When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought together leading fantasy writers such as Orson Scott Card and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds. Stories include: Seanan McGuires Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust finds Dorothy grown up, bitter, and still living in Oz. And she has a murder to solve assuming Ozma will stop interfering with her life long enough to let her do her job. In Blown Away, Jane Yolen asks: What if Toto was dead and stuffed, Ozma was a circus freak, and everything you thought you knew as Oz was really right here in Kansas? "The Cobbler of Oz" by Jonathan Maberry explores a Winged Monkey with wings too small to let her fly. Her only chance to change that rests with the Silver Slippers. In Tad Williamss futuristic The Boy Detective of Oz," Orlando investigates the corrupt Oz simulation of the Otherland network. Frank Baum's son has the real experiences that his father later fictionalized in Orson Scott Cards Off to See the Emperor.Some stories are dystopianSome are dreamlikeAll are undeniably Oz.No stranger to Oz reinvention himself, Wicked author Gregory Maguire provides the foreword to these outstanding modern stories inspired by the enchanting Land of Oz.Authors include: C.C. Finlay, Dale Bailey, David Farland, Jane Yolen, Jeffrey Ford, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Howard, Ken Liu, Orson Scott Card, Rachel Swirsky, Rae Carson, Robin Wasserman, Seanan McGuire, Simon R. Green, Tad Williams, Theodora Goss...
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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond (Otherland #4.6) Reviews
This anthology is a mixed bag. Some of the stories are excellent, most are okay, and a few are downright poor (either due to content or weak writing).
"The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz" is a fun, quirky story. It's a great opener for the anthology and its humor seems to evoke Oz's greatest moments.
"Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust" has vulgarity worthy of a PG-13 or R-rated movie and the mystery aspect is very thin. I didn't care for the characterizations of Dorothy and Ozma.
"Lost Girls of Oz" ha ...more
Overall I really enjoyed this book. There are some really great stories in this collection. I loved the art work that accompanied each story, a cover art if you will. That said there are a few things that bothered me.
First, I’m sure some of these authors haven’t read any of the OZ books beyond The Wizard of OZ. Now normally, I could care less whether someone has read beyond the first book in a series, but when you’re writing a short story for a book about OZ, I think it’s a little important to ...more
Was really surprised with how good this book is. Haven’t read the OZ books it is based on and haven’t watched the movie in near 20 years. This books is an amazing short story collection each one set in a different genre. Highly recommend
I received this book as a perk from Klout.com and finally had a change to finish all the stories. Many of them are 5* reads (One Flew Over The Rainbow, A Tornado of Dorothys, Off To See the Emperor, The Cobbler of Oz, A Meeting In Oz, and Dorothy Dreams) that make this book a wonderful addition to my book shelf. I will reread many of these stories again and again. Some of them I didn't care for, or would only give 2* or 3* to, but overall, I really recommend this book to anyone who loves the lan ...more
I’ve always only just liked the Wizard of Oz and its various incarnations, updates, reimaginings and what have you, but I’ve never really loved it. The only Oz-related thing that ever captured my imagination was Ozma of Oz, which I read and reread all throughout the last two years of elementary school.* (And I first picked up because I had seen Return to Oz on a double feature with Labyrinth. Yeah…) I think the 1939 movie’s fine, I’m not enamored with it, I read the first book once upon a time, ...more
There were several strong stories here, but more weak ones. However, the real disappointment for me was how few did anything unpredictable or new with the concept of Oz. Pretty much all of them too obvious approaches or twists that anyone could brainstorm in a few minutes given the task. Pretty much all the stories fell into one of these categories:
-Science fiction. Instead of magic, the "magical" elements are accomplished by some sort of advanced technology.
-Non-fantasy. The Oz main characters ...more
Quite a fun book of short stories set in various reimagined Ozes (this looks wrong, but how else would I pluralize Oz?). Im generally fond of dark reimaginings of fairy tales, so these were right in my wheelhouse. My favorite was probably the least dark (The Cobbler or Oz), which was about a disabled Winged Monkey in search of a pair of traveling shoes. But they were all worth the read!
I'll be honest: I wasn't going to read this book. I've been a fan of Oz for too long to want to try to keep up with every new take on Dorothy and the Wizard. And, frankly, I'm tired, too. I didn't really want another retelling, another reinterpretation, another re-imagining. I want more Oz stories. Pure and simple. And this book is not that.
But I ended up reading it anyway. Because each of these authors, while re-whatevering their particular, individual, Oz stories, still gets it. They understan ...more