Monthly Archives: February 2012

One Good Witch Deserves Another

The theme of the 2011 Oziana is possible explanations for mysteries in the Oz series. We begin with David Tai’s “Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought, Alone,” which gives the Glass Cat’s inner monologue upon having her pink brains replaced … Continue reading

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Cats in Black

An old game that I was interested in finding out about is the Black Cat Fortune Telling Game, which appears to have been first released in 1897. Part of the Victorian obsession with fortune-telling, this game consists of twenty-four cards, … Continue reading

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That’s So Raven

I’m sure you all know I’m a fan of both Oz and mythology, and I’ve noticed that some writers of apocryphal Oz stories like to combine the two. There’s a fair amount of objection whenever this sort of thing comes … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sim Is Death

As I suppose you know if you follow my LiveJournal, I purchased The Sims 3 this weekend, along with the Pets and Late Night expansion packs. As someone who logged a lot of hours playing the first two Sims games, … Continue reading

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We Support the Status Quo

The issue of things not changing much in the Oz series has come up a few times recently, with both Gregory Maguire and John Troutman saying they preferred the first two books because there’s more of a sense of change … Continue reading

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The Tiddlywink Squad

Today, we take a look at a game with a name that suggests it’s not all that serious, but that actually has organizations centered around playing it. I’m referring to tiddlywinks, based on the simple principle of using a disc … Continue reading

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Semiramis Kind of Life

Looking back at this Chick Tract dissection, I thought that Jack Chick’s obsession with Semiramis might be worth a post. So who’s Semiramis? And is she related to Harold Ramis, who played Egon in Ghostbusters? I don’t know about the … Continue reading

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