Tag Archives: jinn

Bringing the Magic Back

The Spellcasters of Oz, by Philip John Lewin – Following up on Lewin’s earlier Master Crafters, this book shows the Ozites dealing with most of the magic that sustains their country disappearing, making beings like the Scarecrow inanimate and animals … Continue reading

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Far and Few

When I posted about Edward Lear’s Jumblies, I received a comment from Ceridwen Silverhart mentioning Jumbies, creatures from Caribbean folklore. They’re basically evil spirits, and the name varies from one place to another. It’s sometimes spelled as “Jumbies” and other … Continue reading

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Give Me Pasta Power as Fast as You Can

Okay, nobody at all expressed interest in my reviewing individual Super Mario Bros. Super Show episodes, but I felt like doing it anyway, so here are thoughts on the first four. Each one has both a cartoon and a live-action … Continue reading

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You Should Have Put a Ring on It

The Wizard of Oz has been said to be the ultimate chick flick, as it’s about two women fighting over shoes. But then, J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium is one where a lot of world conflicts arise from jewelry, so maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Magical Arts and Sciences

I’ve been thinking a bit recently about magic and science in fiction. I’m not saying anything at all new when I point out that a lot of what’s considered science fiction contains very little science. Sometimes it just seems to … Continue reading

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What a Piece of Crap Is Man

It’s interesting that Satan’s rebellion against God has become such a significant part of the mythology of the Abrahamic religions, when there isn’t a whole lot of support for the idea in the Bible. It’s described in Revelation, but the … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Lowryland!

Friends, has this ever happened to you? You finish a book but don’t write about it right away, because you can’t think of that much to say. Then you finish several others, but don’t have the chance to write, so … Continue reading

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Hair Club for Warriors

I recently heard about both Bayonetta and Shantae being video game characters who fight with their hair. I don’t know much about these games, but from some brief research I found that Bayonetta doesn’t directly use it as a weapon … Continue reading

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Peri the Wind High, Low

I had heard of peris as basically Persian fairies, which is more or less true, but there’s a little more to it than that. In Persian mythology, including but apparently not limited to Zoroastrian beliefs, the peris seem to have … Continue reading

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Sorcerous Servitude

I don’t know where the idea of supernatural beings assisting magicians originated, but perhaps the most prominent example are the jinn that will serve anyone who releases them from bottles. King Solomon is said to have had a ring that … Continue reading

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