Category Archives: Oz Authors

I Can Read Your Mind from Half a Mile

To continue on the topic I brought up last week about Ozian magic that affects minds, it’s worth noting that, in The Emerald City of Oz, the Wizard claims to be “working out a magic recipe to fuddle men’s brains, … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin

Snuff Fiction, by Robert Rankin – While Rankin often employs dark humor, this one is even darker than most, focusing on the narrator’s unfortunate friendship with tobacco magnate, terrorist, and generally underhanded guy Doveston. He’s constantly helping out Doveston with … Continue reading

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Use Your Illusion

There’s a fair amount of magic in the Oz series based on illusion, although exactly what that indicates is a little ambiguous. An illusion is a distortion of sensory input, different from a hallucination in that that actually is a … Continue reading

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Woozy Memories

The origins of the Woozy are never addressed in the canonical Oz series, but there are a few apocryphal stories that propose different explanations. March Laumer gave his story in “The Woozy’s Tricky Beginning,” in which he’s the result of … Continue reading

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Magical Buildup

I’ve occasionally seen the question as to whether it was morally questionable for Dorothy to take the Magic Belt from the Nome King. I think she really didn’t have much choice, as he was determined to keep Ozma and her … Continue reading

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Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

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Not My First Rodeo

Here are my thoughts on a few Oz books I’ve read recently. Non-Oz book reviews should be coming soon. The Prankster of Oz, by John R. Rose – It’s weird how Oz items I’ve never heard of sometimes show up … Continue reading

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