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Recent Reading

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner – These two books take place in and around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where Garner grew up. Twin children named Colin and Susan come to stay there, and … Continue reading

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Sold Short

Mythology and folklore include all kinds of strange beings, including both the very big and the very small. The ancient Greeks wrote of Pygmies, called that because the pygme was a measurement from the wrist to the elbow. This was … Continue reading

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Literary Logic

I came across this article on how Spock and Sherlock Holmes aren’t really as rational as they pretend to be, and other characters often acknowledge them as being. Spock applies logic to situations where it doesn’t really apply, and doesn’t … Continue reading

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This Immortal Coil

It seems that, as long as humans have been aware of death, they’ve entertained the possibility of staving it off and living forever. It’s highly unlikely that this could ever be achieved, since everything has to wear out eventually. Actually, … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Cucular Power

Dark Lord of Derkholm, by Diana Wynne Jones – This story is based on the interesting idea of a fantasy world exploited by an unscrupulous businessman from our world who somehow gained control of a demon. He brings tour groups … Continue reading

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