Category Archives: Oz

Shopping O-Z

I wrote about traveling salesmen in Oz last week, but I forgot about one. That was none other than Ruggedo, the former Nome King, who was a peddler of sunglasses at the beginning of Pirates in Oz. Now, I might … Continue reading

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$ave! $ave! $ave!

Maybe it’s because of role-playing video games where you have to buy a bunch of stuff for your quest, but I tend to associate fantasy lands with wandering merchants. That sounds so much classier than traveling salesmen, even though I … Continue reading

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Quite a Descent

The Second Summoning, by Tanya Huff – The follow-up to Summon the Keeper further develops Claire Hansen and Dean McIsaac’s relationship and its initial difficulties inasmuch as it’s someone magical and has a lot of responsibilities with a more normal … Continue reading

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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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Every Modern Convenience and Comfort

I’ve been thinking a little more about the level of technology in Oz. I’ve written about this subject before a few times, but there are a few things I wanted to add. We know that Oz has electricity to some … Continue reading

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Up in the Air, Junior Birdgirl

Lost Worlds, by Clark Ashton Smith – Joe Bongiorno’s Lost Histories from the Royal Librarian of Oz contains a few references to Smith’s work, including the sorcerer Eibon and Tsathoggua, his patron toad-god from Saturn, which made me interested in … Continue reading

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Aslan Will Provide

When reading Katherine Langrish’s reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia while having the theme of civilization on my mind, I thought about how Narnia is considerably more anti-civilization than Oz, even if I don’t recall the word being used (which … Continue reading

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