Category Archives: Oz

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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Fact Within Fiction

It’s a strange thing to me that a world presented in a work of fiction can be basically just like ours, except without that work, and often related ones, existing in it, even if it’s very popular in the real … Continue reading

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Shave and a Haircut, Two Squits

Jenny Jump might well be the foremost stylist in Oz, but there are other mentions of hairstyling being a thing in Oz even before her arrival, if perhaps less creative. There’s a pun in The Patchwork Girl of Oz when Bungle … Continue reading

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You Oughta Be in Pictures

When I wrote my review of The Wonder City of Oz, Marc Berezin mentioned that he thought John R. Neill had written some of it to make use of pre-existing art. Repurposing his art is definitely a thing Neill did; … 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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There’s No Convention Like Home

OzCon International was virtual again this year, kind of a shame when I’d been getting used to going annually. Still, better safe than sorry, and I believe the typical resort isn’t even open again yet. Colin Ayres and Erica Olivera … 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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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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Golden Ozianaversary

The 2021 issue of Oziana, the fiftieth anniversary edition of the publication, has been released, and I’m in it quite a bit. I’m flattered, but I kind of wonder if my stuff wouldn’t have been better off spaced out somewhat. … Continue reading

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