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Comments for the week ending November 4, 2018

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Last but not least!
Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]

Lol, can't believe this is still alive.

Thanks Spen, though I admit that it's a particular bias on my part as I've been an SF Giants fan all my life.
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Matthew: Glad to see I wasn't the only one whose mind went to baseball when Elisa suggested a Giants game. I thought maybe Elisa's mind was 40 years out of date.
Satan takes me to the pasta!

Back in the late 90's, I researched a lot of the New York landmarks that featured in "Gargoyles", reading up on them in guidebooks to New York I'd checked out of the local library, to include some real-world background information for a "Guide to the Gargoyles Universe" I was writing. (The GargWiki developed from it, by the way.)
Todd Jensen

Hey Todd, GargWiki has a starting point on that list: https://gargwiki.net/Category:Real_world_places

Admittedly, many of them are not in New York and many of them aren't landmarks, but still...


Thanks Todd, I'll probably check out what they have available at my local library (got to support those) before making a decision on which to review.
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MATTHEW - Thanks for the overview.

One element that stood out to me was your mention of New York as a setting offering a lot of famous landmarks. I've sometimes thought that we should make a list of all the real-world New York landmarks that appeared in the series. I know that it's so far featured the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Twin Towers (R.I.P.), the Cloisters, Belvedere Castle, and the George Washington Bridge. There are probably a few that I missed. (As I mentioned recently, when I was rewatching "Hunter's Moon" last week, I noticed a big fountain in Elisa and Jason's chase scene in Part One that was apparently the Bethesda Fountain, as I believe it's called. The main thing I know about it was that it featured in an episode of "Doctor Who" where it was taken over by the Weeping Angels.)

I also enjoyed your description of Hudson; I thought that the series handled his being the gargoyle least at home in the modern world well. When he describes the modern world in Part Three as "too big, too bright, too loud", you can feel the sense of someone transplanted to a strange new environment, who believes that he's too old to adjust to it. (We get another touch of it a bit later when he and Bronx are walking down the corridor towards the television room, Bronx whimpers a little, and Hudson replies, "Aye, boy, it's a strange new world.")

Your new review project looks interesting. I read both "The Wind in the Willows" and "Watership Down" as a boy, though I've reread both as an adult. I haven't yet read "A Wrinkle in Time", though.

Todd Jensen

A Happy Samhain to you all!
And here's the final review for the characters and setting for Awakening.


For the month of November I'm thinking about reviewing children's literature I never read as a kid like "Wind In the Willows" "Watership Down" or "A Wrinkle In Time." I am however open to suggestions and would love to hear feedback, as well as any feedback over my recent Gargoyles review.

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Happy Halloween!

I was visiting the forum of "Gunnerkrigg Court" (a webcomic I regularly read). In it, the heroine has recently been subjected to a "time skip", where she's been kept in a magical forest near her home for what seemed to her like a few minutes but which was several months in the outside world. Someone remarked in the forum that it would be tempting to imagine her return home be like Goliath's return to New York in "Future Tense" (except she's only been gone for months rather than years); someone else remarked in delight "Gargoyles was the best" (then qualified that to leave out the Goliath Chronicles). It's great to see that the show's still remembered.

Todd Jensen

Sixth and a Happy Halloween!
"The suspense is terrible, I hope it lasts" -- Willy Wonka

MATTHEW - Thanks for the review of Part Five. (And good spot on how Demona's mention that she received her name from a human long ago was a hint that her story about being under the Magus's sleep spell with the rest of the clan was a lie.)
Todd Jensen

Don't mean to interrupt the count but the finale of my recap is here:

I'll have a proper breakdown on the characters this Halloween so stay tuned!

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Matt - [Saint Charles, Missouri, USA]
"For SCIENCE, which, as my associate Fang indicated, must move ever forward." - Sevarius

I had to be served three times at a recent Chinese restaurant due to kitchen mistakes. My server, who's last name was Wi, eventually brought out a free bowl of rice to compensate. I couldn't resist, and asked if everything at this place is Wi thrice.

<is run out of the room, cackling all the way, as everyone throw various heavy and/or messy objects towards him>

Also, Matthew, email me if you're on Discord and/or want to talk about Castlevania on a more appropriate forum.

Brainiac - [OSUBrainiac at gmail dot com]
There is balance in all things. Live in symmetry with the world around you. If you must blow things up and steal from those around you, THAT'S WHAT RPGS ARE FOR!

Twice is also nice but second (2nd) is best!!
Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]

And it seems I'm first.
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