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Clash of Cultures

Immortal Longings of Oz, by Paul Dana – The adventures of Button-Bright and Ojo, who have obtained magic powers and use them to help people, continue with this trip to the Land of Ev. As this neighboring fairyland doesn’t share … Continue reading

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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … Continue reading

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OzCon in a Nutshell, or Perhaps a Peach Pit

I’m back from OzCon International 2017 (sometimes still called the Winkie Convention) in Portland, Oregon. The main theme was The Lost Princess of Oz, and the location because Ozma was Ore-gone. No, I’m actually not sure why that location was … Continue reading

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Mangaboos and More

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz isn’t one of my favorite Oz books, perhaps because the Emerald City seems less welcoming than usual. And after a journey as dark as the one in the rest of the book, where the … Continue reading

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Know Your Gnomes

I’ve been looking into the portrayal of various mythical peoples in works of fiction, and it seems to me that some are much better defined than others. I asked earlier today on Twitter and Facebook what people thought of when … 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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A Pyrate’s Life for Me

Sky Pyrates Over Oz, by Sherwood Smith – Back in 2005, Random House became the first major publisher in some time to put out a traditional Oz book, Smith’s The Emerald Wand of Oz. It featured the adventures of two … Continue reading

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This Is Fairyland, Speak Ozish

I’ve written before about how everyone in Oz at least seems to speak English. Ruth Plumly Thompson apparently thought Ozish and English were the same language, while Sherwood Smith’s books give some hints of an automatic translation spell of sorts. … 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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Oz Fish

Although L. Frank Baum wrote a fantasy taking place under the sea and referenced it a few times in the Oz books, he really didn’t say that much about aquatic life in Oz and its surrounding nations. In Glinda of … Continue reading

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