Category Archives: L. Frank Baum

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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Jump Into Cha-Oz

The Wonder City of Oz, by John R. Neill – After Ruth Plumly Thompson gave up writing Oz books, the publishers turned to the illustrator. I understand they’d been considering signing on Neill as the new writer before settling on … Continue reading

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Mean Squirrels

I saw a squirrel in a graveyard last weekend. That’s not really that strange, as Green-Wood Cemetery is also an arboretum, so it gets a lot of wildlife. Still, a squirrel around gravestones made me think of the Skull Eaters … Continue reading

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Glindaness Is Next to Godliness

I appreciate that The Baum Bugle has recently been putting out some issues that largely focus on a particular book. I don’t know if there are plans for this to continue, but I’ve found some information there that I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Ostriches and Old Ones and Vampires, Oh My!

I’ve read a few new-to-me Oz books recently, and I’d like to share my thoughts on them. There are potential SPOILERS for all of them. The Rubber Ostriches of Oz, by Marin Xiques and Chris Dulabone – Greg Hunter’s “Unc … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Seuss Juice

I wanted to say a bit about the manufactured controversy over Dr. Seuss, which is obviously being totally misrepresented by conservatives. It’s the Seuss estate that decided to stop publishing six particular books, so it isn’t some kind of government … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plane Sight

While Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz sets the stage for a sequel with the Wizard and Tin Woodman trying to retrieve the lost Ozpril, such a book was never published. As indicated in Michael Patrick Hearn’s afterword, Ruth Plumly … Continue reading

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Leaving on an Ozoplane

Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – I can’t remember for sure why I wanted to give this one a reread, but it had been a while since I’d looked at it. It’s the last Oz … Continue reading

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The Offbeat Officials of Oz

The Oz books have a lot of small royal courts with unusually-titled officials. This is something we see much more often in Ruth Plumly Thompson, but L. Frank Baum did have a few examples. In John Dough and the Cherub, … Continue reading

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Balancing the Flutterbudget

I received my copy of the 2020 Oziana, the annual collection of original fiction published by the International Wizard of Oz Club, but I waited until it was available for purchase before writing my review. It’s actually the fiftieth anniversary … Continue reading

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