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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars



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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:

Frank Baum's son has the real experiences that his father later fictionalized in Orson Scott Card's "Off to See the Emperor."
Seanan McGuire's "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 Williams's futuristic "The Boy Detective of Oz," Orlando investigates the corrupt Oz simulation of the Otherland network. And more…

Some stories are dystopian…Some are dreamlike…All are undeniably Oz.

Includes stories by these authors: Dale Bailey, Orson Scott Card, Rae Carson, David Farland, C.C. Finlay, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Simon R. Green, Kat Howard, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Rachel Swirsky, Robin Wasserman, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen

A Note On Suggested Reading Age: L. Frank Baum's original Oz books were works of children's fiction--albeit ones that have been known and loved by "children of all ages" throughout their existence. Though many of the stories contained in this anthology are also suitable for the aforementioned children of all ages, Oz Reimagined is intended for ages 13 and up, and as such, some of the stories deal with mature themes, so parental guidance is suggested.

Release dateFeb 26, 2013
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    So in theory, asking a bunch of talented authors to take Frank Baum's wondrous world of Oz and write their own stories connected to it should yield a trove of good stories. Unfortunately, too many of the results in this collection fall into a couple categories: retellings that translate the main characters of the original Wizard of Oz into a new setting, but offer nothing new; or dystopian fantasies whose twist on the original is that the trademark characters are corrupt, selfish, and/or cynical. Both approaches are boring. That said, I did like Tad William's 'The Boy Detective of Oz' (which suffers from the inherent aesthetic problems of the Otherland universe, of which it is a part, but is a decent story on those terms); and Jane Yolen's 'Blown Away' (which reads like a cross between Baum and Flannery O'Connor). The only story to capture a bit of Baum's own magic is the last, Jonathan Maberry's 'The Cobbler of Oz'. I thought it by far the best in the collection; it echoes Baum's tone with perfect pitch, slides into the canon smoothly, and tells an original story that both invokes wonder and imparts a moral lesson with a wry edge, just as the original books do.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The monkeys and the munchkins finally get their 30 seconds of fame

    Such great fun to rediscover our favorite characters and the land they live in. Once again Oz is back in our lives like never before. Find out how the munchkins are an oppressed race, the wicked witch finally gets what she wanted, and yes this possibly could have been brought to us from those in the mental ward. Too much fun that you have to hope a second set may be possible in the future.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Everything that Wicked could have been and yet so much more. If you've read the original Oz books then don't miss this collection of short, imaginative vignettes. If for nothing else, read it for Cobbler of Oz - Baum would have wept for joy and delight.