Category Archives: Magic

Dagger in Distress

Since I started playing Final Fantasy IX on the PC recently, I might as well give some of my early impressions about it. I played a bit of it on my brother’s PlayStation years ago, but didn’t get all that … Continue reading

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Yookoo Who?

Yookoohoos of Oz, by Paul Dana – Yookoohoos, as stated in The Tin Woodman of Oz and confirmed in Glinda of Oz, are magic-workers who specialize in transformations. According to Paul’s earlier Oz books, most of the Yookoohoos in Oz … Continue reading

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The Rest of Nonestica

The International Wizard of Oz Club’s map of the countries surrounding Oz includes a few places, mostly in the southeastern part of the continent (which most likely isn’t technically a continent), that were never directly linked with Oz. They are, … Continue reading

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Spice and Sprites

Dune, by Frank Herbert – This was a book I’d heard referenced a lot, but really didn’t know what to expect aside from a planet with sandworms. I’d never seen any of the movies or anything. I didn’t love it, … Continue reading

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Ask the Flowers to Tell You

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and Tuesdays are my designated days for writing about Oz, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Since I had something more pressing to write about yesterday, I’m going to look at a … Continue reading

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High Horsing Around

Sometimes the Oz Convention has some programming related to other books that are celebrating significant anniversaries in addition to the hundred-year one. I don’t know if that’s the case this year, but I did use it as an excuse to … Continue reading

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Remember the Old Stories

Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke – Since I’ve read the whole Space Odyssey series, I decided to give these books a shot as well. They’re fairly similar in tone, with an emphasis on space exploration and visits by … Continue reading

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