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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Magic

The word “magic,” with or without the K at the end that Aleister Crowley preferred, derives from “magus,” a term for a Zoroastrian priest. I’ve seen indications that it might have referred to a specific tribe or caste. When the … Continue reading

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Oh Boy! A Carnival!

Bacchanal, by Veronica G. Henry – Eliza Meeks, a Black woman with a strange ability to communicate with animals due to her spirit guides, joins a traveling carnival during the Great Depression. It turns out to have a dark secret, … Continue reading

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The Plane Truth

A Barnstormer in Oz, or A Rationalization and Extrapolation of the Split-Level Continuum, by Philip Jose Farmer – SPOILERS! I watched a discussion of this book as part of the last virtual OzCon, and I’d considered reading it earlier, so … Continue reading

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Scraps on the Run

The Runaway in Oz, by John R. Neill – Before Neill’s death in 1943, he had completed a manuscript for this, his fourth Oz book. He hadn’t finished the illustrations, however, and that and other factors led to its not … Continue reading

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Golden Ozianaversary

The 2021 issue of Oziana, the fiftieth anniversary edition of the publication, has been released, and I’m in it quite a bit. I’m flattered, but I kind of wonder if my stuff wouldn’t have been better off spaced out somewhat. … Continue reading

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Fair Value

Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire – The third book in the Wayward Children series follows up on the first. A girl named Rini arrives at Eleanor West’s home, looking for her mother Onishi Sumi, who had been murdered. … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

Today, I’m looking at two more Carl Barks comic collections. Uncle Scrooge: The Twenty-Four Carat Moon – The title story here has a rather wacky plot, Astronomers discover another moon behind the regular one that’s made entirely out of gold. … Continue reading

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King Solomon’s Mines, Exit 75, I’m Still Alive

A Witch in Time, by Constance Sayers – This is another book I found at a discount from some promotion I don’t remember. It’s the story of Helen Lambert, a recently divorced woman who goes on a date with a … Continue reading

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Goodness Makes the Badness Go Away

Babes in Toyland (1961) – My friend Jared Davis actually wrote about a whole bunch of different adaptations of this story, and how they differ, so you might want to check that out for some additional details and opinions. It … Continue reading

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I’d Turn Back If I Were You

There was a second Virtual OzCon yesterday, this one with a Halloween theme, which means it addressed some of the potentially darker aspects of the series. There are some SPOILERS in here for several Oz books and the film Return … Continue reading

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