What I've finished:
...What I'm reading:
I'm three-quarters through When the River Ran Wild
, by George W. Aguilar Sr. Aguilar was raised on Warm Springs by his grandparents; he was 75 when he wrote this in 2005. Much of it is personal memoir or anecdotes from people he knows; some is research from Oregonian articles and white anthropologists. Basically just talking about life on Warm Springs and stuff what has happened, and sometimes what he thinks about it, too. Fascinating read, if you like that kind of thing.
Meanwhile, Code Name Verity
sits with the bookmark exactly where it was last week.
Oh, and I've started reading Ozma of Oz
at bedtime. I forget why I suggested it, but she was enthusiastic because about a half of my "Ozma and the Royal Jackknife of Oz
" is based on Ozma
. (The other two big inputs are The Land of Oz
-- obvs, the prompt was based on that one -- and Glinda of Oz
.) As of last night, we have met Billina, the Wheelers, and Tik-Tok. We haven't yet gotten to Princess Langwidere.
So far, we both agree that Dorothy has got an extremely bad case of settler-colonial arrogance. (Omg, the bullshit she pulls in The Lost Princess of Oz
! In that book, she keeps meeting people who have their own sovereign rulers, and who have never heard of Oz but are happy to open diplomatic relations with Ozma's court. And then every single time, Dorothy makes fun of them for being "too ignorant" to know that they are Ozma's subjects. It's not just that book, either: Dorothy is Oz's answer to the Corps of Discovery
. In general, Oz has got a bad case of Manifest Destiny: from the Deadly Desert to the Deadly Desert, everything belongs to Oz, actual facts of whether anyone has even heard of Oz notwithstanding.)
...erm, as we read, you may be getting a good part of the Oz commentary that I couldn't do when I was reviewing canon for Yuletide last winter.
Grrlpup also went into total survival mode when Dorothy was floating around in the chicken coop, and suggested that Dorothy imprison Billina for eating later. (She received a Stern Look from me for that suggestion.) I'm trying to remember: are the books consistent about all animals in Oz being Talking Animals? I think it's not like Narnia, where there are, say, beaver and Beaver.What I'm Going to Read Next, Probably: Bridge of the Gods, Mountains of Fire
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