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Hoztorians Outside Oz

Spectral Snow: The Dark Fantasies of Jack Snow – Snow was the author of the thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth of the official Oz books, and a known scholar of L. Frank Baum. He also wrote horror stories in the fantasy vein, … Continue reading

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Magical Buildup

I’ve occasionally seen the question as to whether it was morally questionable for Dorothy to take the Magic Belt from the Nome King. I think she really didn’t have much choice, as he was determined to keep Ozma and her … Continue reading

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Fantastic Function Follows Form

Hugh Pendexter III’s article on magic in Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, which was printed in the Autumn 1978 Baum Bugle, notes, “It seems wise to distinguish between magical technology, in which magic tools and devices imitate the advances of … Continue reading

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Where Virtue Is Victorious

When looking at a Tor article about mapping fantasy lands, which I previously looked at here, I noticed that the description for post-Wizard Oz gave it a Virtue level of two, defined as “Overriding harmony in world, active championing of … Continue reading

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She’s a Real Nowhere Witch

I finally got around to purchasing the third and fourth issues of Kirk Kushin and Gonzalo Martinez’ Ozopolis, a comic series that sticks to the continuity of the original Oz books. It provides the sense of familiarity that I get … Continue reading

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Permanent Records

J.L. Bell recently wrote about Glinda’s Great Book of Records, and I don’t think I ever did a proper entry on this magical item, so I might as well say a bit about it now. The Book, which is sometimes … Continue reading

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Needs More Salt Sorcerer

One of Eric Shanower’s short stories, which he apparently liked enough to name his collection of stories after, is called “The Salt Sorcerer of Oz.” Its title character is named Aa, which is actually a Hawaiian term for a certain … Continue reading

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