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Robot Mastery

Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide, by David and Nadia Oxford – The Mega Man series is pretty difficult (I could never get much of anywhere in any of them, although I watched my brother win the first seven), but … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin

Snuff Fiction, by Robert Rankin – While Rankin often employs dark humor, this one is even darker than most, focusing on the narrator’s unfortunate friendship with tobacco magnate, terrorist, and generally underhanded guy Doveston. He’s constantly helping out Doveston with … Continue reading

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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Hyrule on the Hog

Years ago, I wrote a post on how common people turning into pigs is in mythology and fantasy. More recently, this post on Power of Babel also addressed the theme of pig-people, specifically that of orcs with the heads of … Continue reading

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Dragon-Infested Waters

Dragons are pretty common in Chinese mythology, serving as the protectors of various aspects of nature. Four of them are regarded as the rulers of the seas, and are known as the Long Wang, implying that they know how to … Continue reading

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Wheels of Fire

I wanted to feature some aspect of mythology associated with fireworks, what with the Fourth of July and all. The best I could come up with through Google was the Chinese hero and deity Li No-Cha, or Nezha. He fought … Continue reading

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A Jaded Monarch

The Jade Emperor is a significant character in Journey to the West, in which Sun Wukong challenges his rule over the universe for no real reason other than because he wanted recognition. He’s more or less the head of the … Continue reading

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