Tag Archives: tales of magic land

This Tornado Loves You

There was a bit of a theme in the early Oz books about Dorothy reaching fairyland by means of natural disasters. We all know about the cyclone, then there was a storm at sea in Ozma of Oz and an … Continue reading

Posted in L. Frank Baum, Magic, Oz, Oz Authors, Phil Lewin, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Make My Millennium

I have three book reviews for you today. The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, by Norman Cohn – I bought this on a whim when I found it at the school bookstore … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Catholicism, Christianity, Cults, France, Germany, History, Holy Roman Empire, Humor, Oz, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Arachna Phobia

The Yellow Fog, by Alexander Volkov, translated by Peter Blystone – The fifth book in the Magic Land series involves a giant sorceress named Arachna, who had been put into an enchanted sleep 5000 years previously by Hurricap, the guy … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Making Life Out of Nothing at All

One thing for which Oz is known is its collection of magically animated beings. In that fairyland, anything from a scarecrow to a footstool to a painting can come to life, always with its own distinct personality. The first book … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Magic Items, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Urfin Jus Conquers the Marrans

The Fiery God of the Marrans, by Alexander Volkov, translated by Peter Blystone – The fourth book in the Russian Magic Land series is…well, busy. I think the translator was right when he said Volkov tried to pack too much … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

We Seven Kings of Ore-Diggers Are

The Seven Underground Kings, by Alexander Volkov, translated by Peter Blystone – This is the third book in the Russian Magic Land series, the earlier ones being The Wizard of the Emerald City and Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers. … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Drink More Urfin Jus

Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers, by Alexander Volkov – This is Volkov’s first original sequel to his translation/rewrite of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and it’s clear that he’s going in a totally different direction with his Magic Land … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Characters, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments