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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Martian Magic, Monoliths, and Mallards

Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf, by L.G. Estrella – This author has written quite a bit of self-published material, much of it in the humorous fantasy and science fiction vein, but this is the first one I’ve read. … Continue reading

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A Space Ozyssey

I’ve examined the possible location of the Land of Oz and its surrounding fairylands in the past. To sum up, the earlier books seem to place it in some hidden part of our Earth, while more recent ones tend to … Continue reading

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Letting the New Year In

Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to have written about this post’s subject last month, but it makes more sense to me to cover her now instead of waiting until next March. Anna Perenna was the Roman goddess of … Continue reading

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Zen and Now

I found another two relatively new Oz books while searching for something on Google. I like it when that happens, although it does make me wonder if there’s anything I’m missing by not using the right search terms. These two … Continue reading

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This Song Is Twice Occurred

Pixies, Trompe le Monde – For years, this was the Pixies’ last official studio album. That changed in 2014, but it still marks the end of an era. It largely returns to the louder, noisier sound of the band’s earlier … Continue reading

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If Your Heart Is Sad, Give Your Dog a Bone

I’m not sure if anyone is reading these reviews, but since I enjoy revisiting the records, I’m going to continue with the 2001 release by Frank Black and the Catholics, Dog in the Sand. I purchased this album used when … Continue reading

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Melting Rock Into Metal Again

Frank Black’s third solo album, The Cult of Ray, brings in David McCaffrey on bass and Scott Boutier on drums, who would remain in the lineup throughout the Catholics albums. Lyle Workman is still there on guitar, but Joey Santiago … Continue reading

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Here I Am in My Bucket Today, in the Middle

Frank Black’s second solo album, Teenager of the Year, is the first one I ever owned. I actually bought it from a guy in the student union building in my senior year of college. I had it for a while … 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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