Sunday, August 13, 2023

Crossover of the Week

Winter 2017


The Librarians must stop an individual claiming to be Mother Goose from getting her hands on all three of the original volumes of Mother Goose’s Melodies, written by Elizabeth Goose as a book of rhyming spells, and using it to reassemble the World Egg (“putting Humpty Dumpty back together again”) and undo the Big Bang. The team works with descendants of the original author to find the pieces. Cassandra Cillian is offered a drink at a music club, but declines, remembering her inebriated exploits at Dorian Gray’s club in London not too long ago. Eve Baird asks Jenkins about their current predicament caused by the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, “How much does this suck?” He responds, “More than Vlad Tepes’ family reunion.” Jake Stone, exploring the inside of a well, counts himself lucky he hasn’t spied any rats yet, “unlike that one time in Sumatra.” Cassandra and one of the Goose descendants, tree-trimmer and part-time rapper George “Bo-Peeps” Cole, look for one of the volumes in the library of George’s great-grandfather Ezra Wilshire, which includes several occult volumes, one of which is Mysteries of the Worm. Jenkins dons an old-fashioned jet pack resting on the floor of the Library’s Annex, at the base of a glass display case containing the Maltese Falcon. In a flashback, Flynn Carsen, returning to the Annex from the Even More Forbidden City through the Magic Door, thinks he’ll have to consult Dragomiloff’s Guide to Lethal Implements regarding a jade dagger he has just evaded. He hangs his pith helmet on a hat rack that contains, among other headwear, a deerstalker cap. Flynn wouldn’t trade his job for all the Jewels of Opar. Jenkins contemplates putting the spell book alongside The Secret Memoirs of Tom Thumb and Rip Van Winkle’s Dream Journal

2017 novel by Greg Cox. The Librarians encountered Dorian Gray (from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray) in the episode “The Librarians and the Image of Image.” Flynn Carsen battled Dracula (or rather one of his soul-clones) in the TV movie The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. Although The Librarians treated Professor Moriarty as a Fictional character brought to life, and indeed he is referred to as such here, the Sumatran rat and deerstalker references suggest Sherlock Holmes is every bit as real as the Librarians themselves. Mysteries of the Worm is a Cthulhu Mythos tome created by Robert Bloch. The Maltese Falcon is from Dashiell Hammett’s detective novel. Ivan Dragomiloff is from Jack London and Robert L. Fish’s The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. The Jewels of Opar are from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels. Rip Van Winkle is the title character of Washington Irving’s story. 

This crossover writeup is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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