Category Archives: Hugh Pendexter

Fairy Families

Although I can’t actually find a post where I do so, I believe I’ve written before about how The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus mentions near the beginning that “[a]ll the immortals are full-grown; there are no children among … Continue reading

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Fantastic Function Follows Form

Hugh Pendexter III’s article on magic in Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, which was printed in the Autumn 1978 Baum Bugle, notes, “It seems wise to distinguish between magical technology, in which magic tools and devices imitate the advances of … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Campbell and Irwin Terry, Fairy Tales, Greek Mythology, Hugh Pendexter, Humor, L. Frank Baum, Language, Magic, Magic Items, Mythology, Oz, Oz Authors, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Great Ants

In Rick Riordan’s latest book, The Hidden Oracle, Apollo encounters a group of giant ants guarding the entrance to a sacred grove. These ants, the Myrmekes, are indeed part of Greek mythology, or perhaps more accurately Greek pseudo-history. The Myrmekes … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Authors, Greek Mythology, Hugh Pendexter, Monsters, Mythology, Oz, Oz Authors, Rick Riordan, Trials of Apollo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

From Olympus to Oz

As a fan of both the Oz books and classical mythology, I have an interest in works that combine the two. Such stories are often controversial, though, both for religious reasons and because crossovers always bring in a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Chris Dulabone, Greek Mythology, Hinduism, Hugh Pendexter, Jeff Rester, L. Frank Baum, Marcus Mebes, Marin Elizabeth Xiques, Mythology, Norse, Oz, Oz Authors, Religion, Roman, Ruth Plumly Thompson, Semitic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Oz Under Attack

Fwiirp in Oz, by Nate Barlow, Jeff Barstock, Ryan Gannaway, Greg Hunter, Phyllis Ann Karr, R.K. Lionel, Marcus Mebes, Hugh Pendexter III, and Chris Dulabone – Wow, that’s a lot of authors for such a short book! No, seriously, the … Continue reading

Posted in Atticus Gannaway, Book Reviews, Chris Dulabone, Hugh Pendexter, Humor, L. Frank Baum, Marcus Mebes, Oz, Oz Authors, Phyllis Ann Karr | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Things We Did on Glass

I’ve been thinking of the uses of glass in the Oz books, particularly when applied in a magical way. The Mangaboos live in glass buildings that grew out of the ground and can grow back together again if they’ve been … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Gina Wickwar, Greek Mythology, Hugh Pendexter, John R. Neill, L. Frank Baum, Magic Items, Melody Grandy, Mythology, Oz, Oz Authors, Places, Roman, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

You’ve Got to Hide Your History Away

The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens, by Tarl Telford – This series is a prequel to the Oz books proper, an idea that’s been done a few times, from Hugh Pendexter’s Oz and the Three Witches … Continue reading

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