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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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Leaving on an Ozoplane

Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – I can’t remember for sure why I wanted to give this one a reread, but it had been a while since I’d looked at it. It’s the last Oz … Continue reading

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We Are Family

This post on the Merry Old Land of Oz Facebook group got me thinking about how most of the kids who visit Oz tend to be only children. Okay, to be fair, it’s possible they have siblings we don’t know … Continue reading

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Lockup: Emerald City

My wife, who has read several books about prison and watched many episodes of Lockup on MSNBC, has mentioned to me that she doesn’t like the way the prison system in Oz is set up. Of course, thanks to an … Continue reading

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Military Maids

Oz is known for not having much in the way of a military. In Ozma of Oz, Ozma journeys to the Nome Kingdom with an army made up of twenty-seven officers and one private, then promotes the private to Captain-General … Continue reading

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Best Friends Forever and Even Longer

We’ve established that there aren’t very many ROMANTIC couples in the Oz books, but there are a whole lot of best friend pairs. Some people choose to make them romantic pairings as well, because that’s what fans of pretty much … Continue reading

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The Roots of Language in Oz

My recent post on language in the Oz books has led to some interesting discussion on this topic. Many of the names of native Ozites are either descriptive of the characters or puns, if not both. There are also frequently … Continue reading

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Shoot ‘Em Up

I know there was an article in an old Baum Bugle called “Guns of Oz,” but I haven’t read it. In writing about guns in the Oz series, I’m probably going to mention many of the same things, however. The … Continue reading

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Ozma in the Funny Pages

Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young – The third of the Marvel Comics versions of the Oz books continues the trend of the first two, with a script quite faithful to the … Continue reading

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Glinda’s Kin

Glinda, Good Sorceress of the South, is one of the most mysterious characters in the Oz series. We never learn her origins in any canonical book, but the hints we are given suggest that she’s been around for a long … Continue reading

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