Tag Archives: wizards

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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Co-Ed Casting

I get the impression that the general depiction of a white mage in the Final Fantasy series is female. I thought of this when I recently talked about Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix, which have a generic white … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Sorcery

One running theme in Glinda of Oz is that there are several different types of magic in Oz, all of which have their specialties, but none of them can do everything. L. Frank Baum contrasts the fairy magic of Ozma … Continue reading

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Baum’s Diamond Swan Song

In the past three years, I’d gotten into the habit of rereading the main Oz book of focus before OzCon, which was canceled this year. I still intended to read Glinda of Oz, but I’d been putting it off because … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Men

The Greek Myths, by Robert Graves – The library system only had one copy of this, so it took me a few checkouts to finish it, but I finally did. It’s an interesting and pretty thorough retelling of Greek mythology, … Continue reading

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Seafaring and Serpents

Sam Steele’s Adventures on Land and Sea, by L. Frank Baum – The six issues of Oz-story Magazine, published by Hungry Tiger Press from 1995 through 2000, all ended with a full-length novel by Baum. I’d read two of them, … Continue reading

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Wizards’ Work

Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – Written by a queer couple and published under the imprint of mystery and thriller author James Patterson, this combines the King Arthur myth with science fiction, LGBT themes, and … Continue reading

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Calamity Physics

Wizard of the Grove, by Tanya Huff – This is actually an omnibus edition of two different books, Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard. I had quite enjoyed Huff’s first two Keeper Chronicles books, so I looked into … Continue reading

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Lightning with My Hands

Shazam! – SPOILERS! Hey, it’s that movie where Sinbad is a genie! No, seriously, while I can’t say I’m familiar with the comics in which he’s featured, I’ve looked into the history of the character, who was the original Captain … Continue reading

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Mythed Opportunities

Myth-ion Improbable, by Robert Asprin – This was Asprin’s return to this series after a break of eight years due to trouble with the IRS. And I haven’t read any of the books in the series in a few years, … Continue reading

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