Category Archives: Places

When the Volcano Blow

I wrote last week about Dorothy’s tornado and other natural disasters that opened the way to Oz or the surrounding fairylands, and this time I’m going to look at ones within fairyland itself. We don’t really hear of many bad … Continue reading

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The Pink Saving the Blue

I had suggested back in this post, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that L. Frank Baum’s Sky Island could count as a white savior narrative, as the white American travelers save the island (or at least the Blue Country) from … Continue reading

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Slide Some Oil to Me

I suppose Oz must use fossil fuels to at least some extent. I mean, the Tin Woodman carries around an oilcan in order to lubricate his joints and keep them from rusting. L. Frank Baum’s father became rich through oil … Continue reading

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A Space Ozyssey

I’ve examined the possible location of the Land of Oz and its surrounding fairylands in the past. To sum up, the earlier books seem to place it in some hidden part of our Earth, while more recent ones tend to … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

I already wrote a post about sports and games in the Oz series, but I had a few more ideas along those lines that I thought I could develop somewhat. Characters in the books are frequently seen playing games, and … Continue reading

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Art with Brains and Courage

After my post on books in Oz, Paul Dana suggested that I write one about the performing arts in that fairyland. It’s a good idea, but they aren’t really covered all that much in the books. I’ve looked previously at … Continue reading

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Books Within Books

One of Robert Pattrick’s essays in Unexplored Territory in Oz, “Books in Oz,” discusses just what it sounds like. It’s interesting to examine what books characters IN books read. Since fantasy adventure stories often don’t have a lot of down … Continue reading

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