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Daughter of Disease, Maker of Snakes

Picture by Tero Porthan In my ongoing search for topics from mythology and folklore, and specifically in terms of ogres and witches, I saw a mention of the Syojatar (properly spelled with marks above the letters, but that’s a hassle) … Continue reading

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Iron Constitutions

I’ve been looking a bit into witches, and I latched onto one physical trait the Russian Baba Yaga is sometimes said to have, which is iron teeth. Such teeth seem to be associated with witches in general in Slavic lore. … Continue reading

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Orc My World

This past weekend, Orcs were trending on Twitter, based on a tweet about how a description of them in Dungeons & Dragons was pretty racist. (Full disclosure: I haven’t played D&D, although I’ve come across it quite a bit in … Continue reading

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We’ll Get Lost in Hoztory

The Lost Tales of Oz, edited by Joe Bongiorno – I guess this doesn’t count as a traditional review. I’m in this book, so of course I’m going to recommend it. I do want to take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Rakkhosh and Ruin

One type of being that’s quite significant in Sayantani DasGupta’s The Serpent’s Secret is the Rakkhosh, a sort of human-eating monster that usually speaks in rhyme. The book also associates them with black holes, presumably an invention of DasGupta’s, although … Continue reading

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Son of a Peach!

I was watching a video about the possible mythological origins of Princess Peach in the Mario series, and it mentioned the story of Momotaro. I don’t think I’d ever heard of it before, although it had elements that appeared in … Continue reading

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Growing Up Magical

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – A twist on the concept of the feral child raised by animals instead tells about a kid raised by the spirits of the dead, with some help from a few other supernatural beings … Continue reading

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Gods, Men, and Monsters

In the Company of Ogres, by A. Lee Martinez – This was a comedic look on fantasy, hardly anything new, but still entertaining. It tells the story of Never Dead Ned, a guy who dies quite often, but is always … Continue reading

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Many Monsters

I recently finished reading the book Monster, by A. Lee Martinez, which includes a lot of different mythological monsters. Some are quite familiar, like the sphinx and the hydra, while others are rather more obscure. I’m going to look at … Continue reading

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Living Waters

While I’ve written about beings in the Oz universe made of fire and ice, I don’t believe I’ve yet covered plain old water. Well, I guess it’s not that plain if it’s alive. Whether Gwyneth Paltrow has met any of … Continue reading

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