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Something to Crow About

I probably should start making a list of topics I’ve covered before. There are some broad topics I frequently return to, but when I end up with things like two separate but similar posts about the Egyptian scorpion goddess Serqet, … Continue reading

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Zeebee and ze Bee

The Spelling Bee of Oz, by Robin Hess – The follow-up to Toto and the Cats of Oz has two new visitors to the fairyland. Elizabeth Warren from California, or Zeebee for short, is captured by the Nome King Korph, … Continue reading

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This Tornado Loves You

There was a bit of a theme in the early Oz books about Dorothy reaching fairyland by means of natural disasters. We all know about the cyclone, then there was a storm at sea in Ozma of Oz and an … Continue reading

Posted in L. Frank Baum, Magic, Oz, Oz Authors, Phil Lewin, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Sorcerous Servitude

I don’t know where the idea of supernatural beings assisting magicians originated, but perhaps the most prominent example are the jinn that will serve anyone who releases them from bottles. King Solomon is said to have had a ring that … Continue reading

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Names for the Nameless

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, there aren’t that many characters with proper names. Even the ones who do have them tend not to have last names. The stage play gave Dorothy a last name and the Tin Woodman a … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Chris Dulabone, Dennis Anfuso, Fred Otto, Jeff Rester, L. Frank Baum, March Laumer, Melody Grandy, Onyx Madden/Jim Nitch, Oz, Oz Authors, Peter Clarke, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Gee-Whiz, More Oz!

I am now the proud owner of the 2014 Oziana, the fiction magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club. This issue contains six stories about Oz, starting with David Tai and Jared Davis‘ “Lost and Never Found,” in which … Continue reading

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Name That Witch

This picture spawned some conversation on Facebook about the name of the Wicked Witch of the West. As you probably know, the name Elphaba is from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, and was derived from that of L. Frank Baum. The Wicked … Continue reading

Posted in Atticus Gannaway, Characters, Chris Dulabone, Edward Einhorn, L. Frank Baum, March Laumer, Marcus Mebes, Marin Elizabeth Xiques, Oz, Oz Authors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment