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Etymology in Oz

I bought a few old Baum Bugle issues at OzCon in Portland, and they have some interesting content. There was apparently a sometime recurring feature called “Footnotes to Oz” that explained names in the Oz series, written by Jerry Tobias. … Continue reading

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The Resident Jinn, Number Seventy St Mary Axe

I’ve now finished with Tom Holt’s series of books centered around J.W. Wells and Company, the magical firm from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. I had previously read The Portable Door, In Your Dreams, and The Better Mousetrap. The first … Continue reading

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No Place in the Processional and No Seat in the Convention Hall

They Might Be Giants, Phone Power – TMBG have always been a prolific band, and not everything they do fits all that well onto their albums. Sometimes this doesn’t stop them from including these songs on the albums anyway, but … Continue reading

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Making a Killing

For someone who wanted to leave out the heartaches and nightmares from his fairy tales, L. Frank Baum included a fair number of executioners. I suspect this is partially due to the influence of Lewis Carroll, whose Queen of Hearts … Continue reading

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Non-Traditional Travel

The Long Mars, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The third book in the Long Earth series, and perhaps the last unless Baxter gets another co-author. It’s kind of melancholy reading this after Pratchett’s death. The earlier books established … Continue reading

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One True Parody

In a recent NPR interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic, he responds to a question about Cookie Monster‘s parody of “Call Me Maybe” with “Yeah, Cookie Monster is my No. 1 competition right now.” Apparently he’s forgetting that Cookie Monster did … Continue reading

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The Business of Magic

In Your Dreams, by Tom Holt – When you rely on libraries for your reading material, it’s an unfortunate fact that they rarely carry all of the volumes in a series, and the ones they do have often seem randomly … Continue reading

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