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Companimals

Animal companions are a recurring theme in the Oz books, starting with Dorothy’s dog Toto. Kids reading the books were likely used to pets, so it makes sense. Since animals talk in Oz, however, some animal characters are more equal … Continue reading

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I Can Read Your Mind from Half a Mile

To continue on the topic I brought up last week about Ozian magic that affects minds, it’s worth noting that, in The Emerald City of Oz, the Wizard claims to be “working out a magic recipe to fuddle men’s brains, … Continue reading

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The Second Most Dangerous Game

I would have to suspect that, in a land in which practically all animals can talk, humans killing and eating them would pretty much disappear. Perhaps strangely, however, there are a few mentions of human hunters in Oz. They’re most … Continue reading

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The Science and Secrets of Red Magic and Art

If you’ve read Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, or for that matter just followed my blog for a while, then I’m sure you know about Jinnicky, the Red Jinn of Ev. I thought I could say a little about the … Continue reading

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Poets Who Know It

One of the characters introduced in the 1902 stage play of The Wizard of Oz who wasn’t in the book was Sir Dashemoff Daily, the Poet Laureate of Oz. I’m not sure if it was L. Frank Baum or someone … Continue reading

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Nome Magic at All

One item that’s somewhat inconsistent throughout the Oz series (now THERE’S a shock, right?) is how much magic power the Nomes have. In The Emerald City of Oz, General Guph tells Roquat, “Nomes are immortals, but they are not strong … Continue reading

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Having a Ball

Remember the Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball from The Wizard of Oz? Like when Dorothy sees Aunt Em in it, only for her to be replaced with the Witch herself? As anyone who’s read the book can tell … Continue reading

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The Emerald Horror

Shadows of the Emerald City, edited by J.W. Schnarr – This is a collection of Oz-themed horror stories by various authors. They vary in quality, but many of them show clear knowledge of the original Oz books on the part … Continue reading

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A Bitty Bit of Information

In The Wishing Horse of Oz, we meet Bitty Bit, the Seer of Some Summit. I said a little bit (or should that be “a BITTY bit”?) about him here, but I think he deserves a little more attention. Physically, … Continue reading

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Nome Invasions

I’ve already discussed the constant invasion attempts of the former Nome King, but this time I’d like to take a closer look at the individual attempts. The first occurs in The Emerald City of Oz, in which King Roquat’s goal … Continue reading

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