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The More Real Than Real World Beyond the Real

Across the Green Grass Fields, by Seanan McGuire – Another book in the Wayward Children series, this one has a girl named Regan visit the Hooflands, a world of mythical hooved creatures, but before that deals with the treacherous nature … Continue reading

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The Offbeat Officials of Oz

The Oz books have a lot of small royal courts with unusually-titled officials. This is something we see much more often in Ruth Plumly Thompson, but L. Frank Baum did have a few examples. In John Dough and the Cherub, … Continue reading

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Falling for the Fairy Fellowship

I’ve mentioned the fairyland on the other side of the world from Oz a few times, but since I’m planning on writing some fiction that takes place there, I might as well detail what we know about it. It first … Continue reading

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Laughing at Legends

Three more Tom Holt books this time: Grailblazers – I think this one is a clear improvement over the last few Holt books, showing the author honing his style. As usual, it focuses on one element of folklore, in this … Continue reading

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Duck, Duck, Mouse

Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot and Lost in Lands of Long Ago, by Floyd Gottfredson – These are the fifth and sixth volumes of Fantagraphics’ reprints of the classic Mickey strips. I still haven’t read the third and fourth, … Continue reading

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Dwarf Stars

As I indicated here, the modern concept of dwarfs seems to largely derive from the dark elves of Norse mythology, although they’ve diverged in modern fantasy and fairy tales. These creatures were said to dwell underground in the world of … Continue reading

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Unicorn on the Cob

The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle – I had previously seen the movie in Josh‘s room in college. I enjoyed it, but what I particularly remember are some stories people had about it. One of my classmates had seen … Continue reading

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Fantasian Studies

Disney’s third full-length animated feature is a departure from the two full-length fairy tale adaptations that preceded it. Fantasia is, as I’m sure you all know, a series of cartoons set to classical music, played by an in-house orchestra. The … Continue reading

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Pinhoes and Patriarchs

The Pinhoe Egg, by Diana Wynne Jones – I assume The Chronicles of Chrestomanci includes the books about Chrestomanci in the order in which they were written, rather than chronological order. The mention of Christopher Chant helping an Italian boy … Continue reading

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