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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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Morbid and Marvelous

The Chickens of Atlantis and Other Foul and Filthy Fiends, by Robert Rankin – This is the fourth, and presumably the last, book in Rankin’s series of novels taking place in a steampunk Victorian England where War of the Worlds … Continue reading

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Crispin’s Night Speech

Beth, Stephanie and I saw Crispin Glover at the Alamo Drafthouse last night. If you don’t know who he is, he played George McFly in Back to the Future and came close to kicking David Letterman in the head. He’s … Continue reading

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A Pumpkin Under the Sea

The Pearl and the Pumpkin, by Paul Clarendon West and W. W. Denslow – After the success of a children’s book called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (perhaps you’ve heard of it), there were many attempts to recapture it. This … Continue reading

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Duchess, Duchess, Duchess, Put All the Love Back in Me

When Charles Dodgson (better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll) expanded his original Alice’s Adventures Under Ground manuscript for publication as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he added some characters who have become quite famous, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad … Continue reading

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Sweet Escape

The Natural History of Make-Believe: A Guide to the Principal Works of Britain, Europe, and America, by John Goldthwaite – This book was a Christmas gift from Tavie, but I don’t know if she’s read it. I have to say … Continue reading

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