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The Best of Inventions

If you’ve read the Oz books, you might remember Smith and Tinker as the creators of Tik-Tok, as well as the Giant with the Hammer and, as per Rachel Cosgrove Payes, the Hundred-Year Alarm Clock. I’ve written about them before … Continue reading

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Automa-Tons of Fun

During a discussion of Ozma of Oz at the most recent OzCon International, Lee Speth proposed that, while Tik-Tok was not the first mechanical man in modern literature, he was perhaps the first artificial intelligence. L. Frank Baum himself had … Continue reading

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Expanding Game Worlds

I’ve long had somewhat of an affinity for media based on video games, even though most of them aren’t really that good. I grew up on the Super Mario Bros. cartoons and Choose Your Own Adventure style books, and read … Continue reading

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Comic Confusion

My general formula for deciding what comics to read consists of seeing what looks interesting on the shelves at the library. The problem is that a lot of what I see there is a follow-up to something else, and even … Continue reading

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Wily Never Wins

The Mega Man series from Archie Comics has recently gone on hiatus after fifty-five issues. So far, the first thirty-six have been collected into graphic novels, and I’ve read all of these. Perhaps because the main series of games is … Continue reading

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The Force Sets Its Snooze Alarm

I finally got around to seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and here are my thoughts on the film. I should warn you that there are SPOILERS in this post. I feel like I’m the last one to see this, … Continue reading

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Droids and Ducks

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez – It seems like every comedy author eventually takes on the noir private detective genre. Martinez, author of fantastic humor novels, sets his tale in Empire City, a retro-futuristic urban center full of … Continue reading

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