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Men Are Pigs

Circe, by Madeline Miller – When I heard about this book, I knew I should probably read it, but it took me a while to get a digital copy from the library. It’s a reinterpretation of the story of the … Continue reading

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The Rest of Nonestica

The International Wizard of Oz Club’s map of the countries surrounding Oz includes a few places, mostly in the southeastern part of the continent (which most likely isn’t technically a continent), that were never directly linked with Oz. They are, … Continue reading

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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer – The author of the Lunar Chronicles turns her attention to the work of Lewis Carroll, presenting the back story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. The book explains why the Mad Hatter and March Hare … Continue reading

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The Language of the Stars

Ultimate Star Wars, by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace, and Ryder Windham – I saw this fully illustrated guide to the series mentioned online, and decided to check it out at the library. It’s divided into sections on characters, … 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

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The Dark Side of Oz

I think there’s a definite temptation for people, when faced with something child-friendly and innocent, to want to find something dark and disturbing beneath the surface. That could be part of why it seems popular to want to make dark … Continue reading

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Mombi Dearest

When studying the history of Oz, you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across Mombi, the wicked witch who successfully captured three successive generations of the Ozian royal family. She first shows up in The Marvelous Land of Oz as someone … Continue reading

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