Category Archives: Magic

Flittering Away

Scan by Jared Davis The 1990 Oziana is a professional issue, in that all the authors and illustrators actually do that for a living. Most of them had appeared in Oziana before this, and one of these stories was published … Continue reading

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That Vodou That Yo Dou So Well

The Hollow Places, by T. Kingfisher – When a woman named Kara is going through a divorce, she moves in with her uncle, a conspiracy-minded man who doesn’t believe in evolution until he figures he needs to in order to … Continue reading

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Stay Out of the Deep End

I’m going to guess you want more fish-people, but I’ll admit I’m very bad at predicting what other people want. So let’s just say I want to write more about fish-people. I often go to TV Tropes to see examples … Continue reading

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Get Reel

Since the 1989 Oziana is more movie-based, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it’s not a favorite of mine, but I have some things to say about it anyway. “Biozonnet 1,” by Robin Olderman – The editor presents a poem … Continue reading

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How We Lost the Forest

I’d been thinking about the Lost Woods in the Zelda series, probably largely because Beth recently played A Link Between Worlds. Since it’s a handheld game, I wasn’t able to watch her play it, which is something I miss doing. … Continue reading

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Gone with the Northeast Wind

The 1988 Oziana has a game on both the front and back cover, derived by Fred Meyer and drawn by Bill Eubank. For each of fifty different transformations, the player has to guess who was transformed into what. I like … Continue reading

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Sparrowhawk, Shabba Doo, and Shang-Chi

Tales from Earthsea – The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, it’s a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series, mostly The Farthest Shore and Tehanu. From what I’ve read, LeGuin didn’t really care for the finished product. … Continue reading

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Radical Dreamer, Wake Unto Me

Since the version of Chrono Cross for the Switch is the Radical Dreamers edition, and I’d played through the main game, I figured the obvious thing to do was to check out Radical Dreamers itself. It’s a quite interesting novelty, … Continue reading

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Ho Ho, Kerumph!

Kabumpo in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – You get two Oz posts in a row this week, because I’ve finished rereading this book for its hundredth anniversary. Thompson’s second Oz book is a clear improvement over her first, and Kabumpo … Continue reading

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Threadneedle, Frost, Brown, and Smith, Limited

The 1987 Oziana contains four stories, one much shorter than the others, all of which are of the sort that complement the main series. The front cover shows Melody Grandy’s illustration of Robin Olderman’s idea for the Quadling flag. A note … Continue reading

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