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Dude, Where’s My Scalawagon?

The Scalawagons of Oz, by John R. Neill – This book is eighty years old now, and it’s possibly the worst in the main series. It’s not one of those books that’s particularly embarrassing in retrospect, like Royal Book from twenty years … 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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I Spy a May Queen

I knew as a kid that the first of May was May Day, but it’s not something I ever celebrated. I don’t think it’s that big in the States, or at least not the part where I lived. The Wikipedia page … 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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Mean Squirrels

I saw a squirrel in a graveyard last weekend. That’s not really that strange, as Green-Wood Cemetery is also an arboretum, so it gets a lot of wildlife. Still, a squirrel around gravestones made me think of the Skull Eaters … Continue reading

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I’d Turn Back If I Were You

There was a second Virtual OzCon yesterday, this one with a Halloween theme, which means it addressed some of the potentially darker aspects of the series. There are some SPOILERS in here for several Oz books and the film Return … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Die?

It would become a thing in the Oz books that no one in that fairyland could die, but it wasn’t immediate. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz mentions the threat of death quite often, in fact. The first book to establish … Continue reading

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Magical Art Imitates Life

Recently, fellow Oz fan Kevenn Smith raised an interesting question on Facebook about how the magically animated beings in the series function the way they do. “For instance, the Sawhorse doesn’t really sound like he has knees. How does he … Continue reading

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Baum’s Diamond Swan Song

In the past three years, I’d gotten into the habit of rereading the main Oz book of focus before OzCon, which was canceled this year. I still intended to read Glinda of Oz, but I’d been putting it off because … Continue reading

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Ozian-American Studies

The five most recent stories on Hungry Tiger Tales are fairly obscure promotional material for the Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz comic pages. A set of faux news stories about the visitors landing on various planets before … Continue reading

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