Saturday, September 30, 2017

This Week's Oz Short Story

The 1984 issue of Oziana opens with "The Blue Raindrops of Oz" by Camilla Townsend, with illustrations by Melody Grandy (Grandy also drew the front cover, which goes with this story), and wow, what a premise: Trot goes to visit Sky Island, and the former Boolooroo has learned magic. I'll be honest, I'm surprised it took that long for someone to come up with Trot returning to Sky Island as the basis for a story! But of course the old Boolooroo didn't really reform, and finding a trunk full of magic, he sets out to learn it, then happens to set out to stop Rosalie and conquer the Pink Country the very day Trot has decided to come for a visit! (What are the odds?) Of course he eventually is defeated, and meets a fitting fate, but the nice part is that it's the Boolooroo's own hubris and magic that turns on him. But where did that magic come from in the first place? It seems that there is a mystery there that involves Polychrome and her uncle, the Rain King. Ah, but I don't want to give away too much!

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