Category Archives: Book Reviews

Bringing the Magic Back

The Spellcasters of Oz, by Philip John Lewin – Following up on Lewin’s earlier Master Crafters, this book shows the Ozites dealing with most of the magic that sustains their country disappearing, making beings like the Scarecrow inanimate and animals … Continue reading

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Drawn Into Divine Drama

I’ve had some of these book reviews already written for a while, and I’ve finished a few more books, so I think it’s time to put the finishing touches on this post. City of the Plague God, by Sarwat Chadda … Continue reading

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Scraps on the Run

The Runaway in Oz, by John R. Neill – Before Neill’s death in 1943, he had completed a manuscript for this, his fourth Oz book. He hadn’t finished the illustrations, however, and that and other factors led to its not … Continue reading

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Oz High, Oz Low, A-Whaling We Will Go

Lucky Bucky in Oz, by John R. Neill – I was thinking that maybe I should save this one for its eightieth anniversary next year, but I decided to go ahead and reread it anyway. It’s my favorite of the … Continue reading

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Dude, Where’s My Scalawagon?

The Scalawagons of Oz, by John R. Neill – This book is eighty years old now, and it’s possibly the worst in the main series. It’s not one of those books that’s particularly embarrassing in retrospect, like Royal Book from twenty years … Continue reading

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We’re on a Road to Numenor

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre, by Ransom Riggs – The sixth and final (at least for now) book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series takes place when the resurrected Caul, Miss Peregrine’s evil brother, is using his power to … Continue reading

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The Sins of Silver Island

The Royal Book of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – I’d gotten into the habit a few years ago of starting to reread the hundredth-anniversary Oz book around L. Frank Baum’s birthday, 15 May. Since the last one was published … Continue reading

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Otherworlds at War

The Shadow Crosser, by J.C. Cervantes – In the final book in this series, Zane Obispo and his companions are trying to prevent a takeover attempt by the gods Ixkik and Camazotz. It starts with Zane hunting the last remaining … Continue reading

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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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More Moors

Into the Unknown – This is a 1981 Reader’s Digest book that Beth had as a kid, and liked looking at the pictures. There really are a lot of cool illustrations in here, including a hellmouth from the Hours of … Continue reading

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