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Frustration Quest

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, so I figured I should write something Oz-related, but I’ve probably covered just about every possible topic when it comes to Baum’s creation. I was thinking recently, however, about how I usually say The … 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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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … 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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Foreign Relations in Fairyland

Since Oz is a country entirely surrounded by a desert that turns any living flesh that touches it into dust and sends up poisonous fumes, its foreign policy is largely at its own discretion. Jack Snow’s The Magical Mimics in … Continue reading

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The Evil That Nomes Do

I’ve written before about how post-canonical Oz books about the Nome King can be quite difficult to reconcile with one another. But what about stories that deal with Roquat (as he was then known) BEFORE the events of Ozma of … Continue reading

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The Wizzrobe of Oz

The fact that The Wizard of Oz is often cited as an archetypal fairy tale is a mixed blessing for someone like me. On the one hand, it’s cool that one of my favorite books has become such a widely … Continue reading

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