Rinkitink in Oz (1916) – Frank L. Baum

Before I ride out one last time with Roland Deschain and his ka-tet in the final volume of the I needed to buy a little more space on the blog (it’s a big book), I decided for another quick trip to Oz and enjoy the storytelling of Frank L. Baum, in Rinkitink in Oz, the…

The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) – Frank L. Baum

It’s been a while, so I figured I would get in a quick visit to Oz, as I visited the ninth book in the series, The Scarecrow of Oz. Written in 1915, this is apparently Baum’s favourite of the Oz novels he penned. It also serves to introduce two of his previously created characters, the…

Return to Oz (1985) – Walter Murch

It’s time to go back to Oz, with Disney’s 1985 film Return to Oz, which serves to combine two of the original Frank L. Baum novels, The Marvellous Land of Oz, and of Ozma of Oz. And that magical land is the next stop in the DK Canada’s tome, The Movie Book. They recommend the…

Tik-Tok of Oz (1914) – Frank L. Baum

A quick trip to Oz has been overdue, so I figured it was time to dig into book eight in the series, and check in with all those old friends, and new ones, to see what was happening in that faraway land. Following in the quest stories which have been the hallmark of the series…

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913) – L. Frank Baum

It’s been over a year since I travelled to the land of Oz. So I decided to buckle up for a quick jaunt back to that fairyland that shaped the lives of so many children at the beginning of the 20th century. Baum guides us back to his world as we go on another quest…

The Emerald City of Oz (1910) – L. Frank Baum

  It’s been a while, so I thought it was time to return to Oz, and check on Dorothy and the gang, in this, the sixth book, in the series. This was originally intended to be the last book in the series, and by the way it ends, with Dorothy’s message to Mr. Baum, it…

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908) – L. Frank Baum

The fourth Oz tale sees Dorothy in more adventures, once again caused by a natural disaster (I’m not sure how this kid keeps surviving these things). On her way to California to visit her uncle, Uncle Henry is already there, she meets up with Zeb, a young boy, who is her second cousin who is…

Ozma of Oz (1907) – L. Frank Baum

  Baum’s third novel in the Oz saga, sees the return of Dorothy Gale, lost at sea, after being swept overboard. She and a talking, yellow hen, the feisty Billina, arrive in the land of Ev. Here on the shores of a large ocean they come across a warning to beware the wheelers, and encounter and befriend the…

Wild at Heart (1990) – David Lynch

The final road movie from my viewing of Easy Rider for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this classic David Lynch film, that I hadn’t seen in years, and was very much looking forward to seeing again. Sailor (Nicholas Cage) is feverishly in love with Lula (Laura Dern, who is stunningly…

The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904) – L. Frank Baum

The second Oz adventure came along four year’s after the original novel, as Mr. Baum was swamped with letters asking for more tales of Oz and to learn what had happened to the Lion (sadly, missing from this book), the Tin Woodman, whose real name is revealed to be Nick Chopper, and the Scarecrow. This…

The Listener Set Visit

Tonight, The Listener returns for Season 5 on CTV at 9p.m. , and our good friends at Shaftesbury and CTV invited Sue and I over to chat with the cast, and have a look at the fantastic sets on the gorgeous Pinewoods Studios here in Toronto. Located on the east end of town, close to the…