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5 Things I’ve Learned About Mythology and Oral Tradition

5 Things I’ve Learned About Mythology and Oral Tradition

From Neil Gaiman’s ‘Norse Mythology’ to Bolivian’s ‘Grandmother Cricket,’ here are some interesting facts about myths in general. Read More

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Pirates: Myths vs. Facts

Pirates: Myths vs. Facts

Hollywood and pirate novels would have you believe that pirates were swashbucklers living a life of pleasure on the seas, fighting only when they had to. They make it easy to see past the fact that they were stealing gold and other valuables by making the people they were stealing it from seem worse than them. Well, I enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day as much as most other geeks, but I think it’s important to add a dose of reality. So I’m here to dispel some of the more popular myths about pirates, and to confirm a few as well. Read More

Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One

Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One

Japanese steampunk. Yeah, I said Japanese steampunk. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is a dystopian feudal Japan setting with Iron Samurai wielding chainsaw katanas. Chainsaw katanas. It is a well-done kung-fu movie as a book, but with a female heroine, and a detailed new fantasy setting. Read More

What Do Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lion King Have In Common?

  Joseph Campbell. The famed American mythologist identified an underlying structure within stories and religions around the world. He called it “the hero’s journey.” Ultimately it has to do with each person’s search for the unknowable force that creates and sustains all that exists. This is expressed differently throughout history and is affected by culture,… Read More

A Tradition of Storytelling Tales From The New Inn by Owen Staton

There’s something delicious about hearing a tale as told by a true storyteller. I’m not talking about hearing one read aloud from a book, but rather hearing one told with the drama and passion of someone whose voice becomes the story.  Someone who makes the words come alive in your head and in your heart until you can… Read More

Does a Five-Weekend July Come Only Every 823 Years? (Spoiler Alert: No.)

Last October, you may have seen a “fact” from your email/Facebook/Twitter friends (you know the ones) that the month would have five weekends–five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays–and that that happens only once every 823 years. Now the “fact” is showing up again since the same thing will happen in July 2011. But just… Read More