Category Archives: Games

Mazes, Memory, and Magic

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke – This is the first thing I’ve read by this author, and it was pretty fascinating. The protagonist and narrator is called Piranesi after the eighteenth century Italian artist and archaeologist (not that he knows that), … Continue reading

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All the Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise

My Oz reading recently has been a bit slow, both because I’ve had other things to read and because I was a little embarrassed to reread my own “Prince Pompadore in Oz.” I did like it, but I didn’t want to read … Continue reading

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Crafts and Cons

As I said last week, I’ve already written about the 2003 Oziana across two posts back when it was new, and I still agree with what I wrote. I didn’t go into much detail, though, so I’ll examine it a … Continue reading

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All Yooped Up

The 2002 Oziana brings back some of the same authors as the last issue, but with less original art. Melissa Bay Mathis supplied the cover art, a picture of the Patchwork Girl riding Pigasus, which is relevant to one of … Continue reading

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Reasoning with Rulers

According to the introduction to the 2002 Oziana, both health and technical issues prevented Robin Olderman from continuing as editor of the magazine, so Joel Harris in Special Publications temporarily took over the job. The issue wasn’t released until 2002, … Continue reading

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Something for the Ruler with Everything

The 1998 Oziana has even less original art than the last issue. Aside from the front cover by Ron Zhang, showing an MGM-inspired Wicked Witch of the West menacing the familiar four (five, including Toto) and a picture of Ozma … Continue reading

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It’s a Celtic Thing

I recently finished reading the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh mythological prose, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest in the nineteenth century. I understand there have been better English translations since then, but this is what I could easily find online, … Continue reading

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Rustles and Flutters

It’s that time again, and here’s the 1997 Oziana. The cover shows an Oz shield that was made to be colored in, but I never did. Original illustrations are sparse this time, and many of them just repurposed John R. Neill … Continue reading

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Eleven, Twelve, Pig and Delve

The first noticeable thing about the 1995 Oziana is that the cover has a picture by the late Rob Roy MacVeigh of the main characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There’s also inside cover art by editor Robin Olderman, … Continue reading

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The Male Must Get Through

I’ve noticed an obsession the far right seems to have with masculinity. Someone on Twitter linked to this article, which is four years old at this point, but seems pretty accurate. It’s based on a non-scientific study, but it supports … Continue reading

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