Category Archives: Places

Right City, Wrong World

One interesting aspect to Philip Jose Farmer’s A Barnstormer in Oz is his indication that the human inhabitants of Oz are descended from people who arrived there from our world, mostly Goths but also Celts and Native Americans. This sort … Continue reading

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Shave and a Haircut, Two Squits

Jenny Jump might well be the foremost stylist in Oz, but there are other mentions of hairstyling being a thing in Oz even before her arrival, if perhaps less creative. There’s a pun in The Patchwork Girl of Oz when Bungle … Continue reading

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The Sins of Silver Island

The Royal Book of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – I’d gotten into the habit a few years ago of starting to reread the hundredth-anniversary Oz book around L. Frank Baum’s birthday, 15 May. Since the last one was published … 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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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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You Want Some Mo?

I’ve already written about elections and politics in Oz, so even though it’s Election Day here in the States, I’m going to write about a firmly entrenched royal family who never have to run for reelection, that of the Land of … Continue reading

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Falling for the Fairy Fellowship

I’ve mentioned the fairyland on the other side of the world from Oz a few times, but since I’m planning on writing some fiction that takes place there, I might as well detail what we know about it. It first … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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