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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond (Otherland #4.6)

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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 Orso ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by 47North
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I struggled with this anthology at first. Don't get me wrong - I almost always love the JJA anthologies and own several. I blame myself for never reading the original Oz books. I've always meant to and wanted to but never got around to it, so my only experience is through the movies of the Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz. I know that the original book had emerald glasses, but I don't know any of the other characters, back history, weird details, etc. So it made it hard for me to know which of the ...more
Ramie
Feb 05, 2013 Ramie rated it it was amazing
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The stories in this book range from about 10 pages to around 20 or so (give or take a few). How age appropriate they are vary. Their settings and style all vary. The one thing they all have in common though, is they're loving tributes to Oz, in their own ways. As is the case with anthologies, you'll surely like some stories better than others. I found myself wishing for more of some of them and less of others. That said, I f
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I can't help but feel fortunate each time I open my front door to find the tell-tale rectangular shaped package that promises to contain a book. It's a promise of a new story, a new adventure, and I look forward to opening the book and diving in.

Last month, I found one such package containing Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond,edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, with illustrations by Galen Dara. In 2011 I had read and enjoyedBrave New Worlds (Dystopian Stories),
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Melani
Feb 28, 2013 Melani rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, collections
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
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Lou Robinson
Aug 12, 2013 Lou Robinson rated it liked it
It's always going to be difficult to rate an anthology anything other than a 3, as there are most likely going to be some stories that you love and others that don't cut the mustard. And that's exactly how I feel about Oz reimagined.
I have to admit, I've never read the original L. Frank Baum but the film is a classic that I've seen dozens of times and have also read the BFI film classic that accompanies it. I must admit, I'm tempted to go back and read the original now, as there were a number of
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Joel Neff
Mar 25, 2013 Joel Neff rated it really liked it

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
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Rich Stoehr
Mar 02, 2013 Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
There have been many tales of Oz told over the years, but none of them, I guarantee you, quite like the fifteen stories in these pages.

Explore Oz Reimagined, and you'll find the Wizard as an unrepentant, verbose huckster in "The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz" and Dorothy cast in the role of rebellious outcast in "Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust." The story we know so well becomes a vehicle for the rise and fall of communism in China in "The Veiled Shanghai" and a fierce competition in "Beyond th
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Fantasy Literature
Jul 29, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Shelves: bill
Oz Reimagined is a collection of tales whose characters return as often, if not more often, to the "idea" of Oz as opposed to the actual Oz many of us read about as kids (or adults) and even more of us saw in the famed MGM version of the film. As its editors, John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, say in their introduction: "You might not even find yourself in Oz, though in spirit, all these stories take place in Oz, regardless of their actual location." And actually, I personally found my favorit ...more
Laura Martinelli
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
Shomeret
May 18, 2013 Shomeret rated it really liked it

There were several stories in this anthology that I considered particularly good.

The title "One Flew Over The Rainbow" points toward One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Readers shouldn't be in any doubt about the thematic emphasis of this story. Like Kesey's novel, it deals with the patients at a mental institution. Dorothy is one of them. The metaphoric use of characters from Oz might seem heavy handed to some, but I thought it was very apt. It's not for those who expect a story for c
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Randy
Mar 15, 2013 Randy rated it it was amazing
I'm always leery when I see the word reimagined attached to something I like. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I took book in hand to read. I've read all of Baum's Oz books, a number by his successor, Ruth Plumly Thompson(who actually ended up writing more than Baum). and a few by other writers over the years.

Though these are distinctly different from most of the Oz titles, I'm happy to say I was pleased with this book. A number of different writers take a crack at the legends
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Nicole
Apr 04, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Oz Reimagined is an anthology based on the Wizard of Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. I received this book as a Klout perk and I found myself liking it for the most part and the cover art is just too dang cute! Some of the stories I didnt particularly care for - they were just a little too bizarre for my taste, but maybe that's because I'm only familiar with the movie and not the original stories.

There's 15 stories in all, but three stories in in particular grabbed my attention, the first one title
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J.M. Cornwell
Mar 20, 2013 J.M. Cornwell rated it really liked it
There is a vast variety of stories imagined and reimagined throughout Oz Reimagined, which was the intent. Some of the stories were sparkling gems, like "A Tornado of Dorothys" where people were sucked into a situation to replay the original story line over and over for The Great Wizard of Oz's view of the world, until a real Dorothy comes along.

Stories like "Veiled Shanghai" was a bit hard to grasp and I got lost on the other side of the veil wondering exactly what the point was. The story was
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Kay Glass
Mar 26, 2013 Kay Glass rated it really liked it
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
Wayne McCoy
Jun 08, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Oz Reimagined is a fine collection of stories. While each has a vague familiarity, they play out more like alternate realities, reusing and reshaping familiar landscapes and characters in quite satisfying ways.

Some stories feel familiar, and some vary in unusual ways. The Oz story is played out during the Chinese Revolution or in a mental hospital. Dorothy revisits the land after many years to find things unchanged and waiting, or vastly changed based on the course her life took. To say more wo
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Shoshana
I at least liked all the stories, really liked some, loved a few. The last was so lovely!!!!!!! And I loved The Cobbler of Oz.

Basically, I have a lifelong love affair with Oz - with the original books, with the Ruth Plumly Thompsons, with the movie, with Wicked (the book), and with the way it's almost like a fairy tale in the way it lends itself to retelling, the way the canon is a bit hazy, the ability to politicize, the all of it. So even though I don't like short stories, this was a really fu
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Janice Bonczek
Oct 27, 2014 Janice Bonczek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Oz
This is a collection of short stories in which the authors were tasked with "re-imagining" Oz. I give it 3.5 stars. I thought some of the stories in the beginning were not as good, with the stories getting stronger towards the end of the book. Here is a list of my favorites, which I think did the best job of re-imagining Oz as we knew it:

One Flew Over the Rainbow by Robin Wasserman
A Tornado of Dorothys by Kat Howard
Blown Away by Jane Yolen
City So Bright by Dale Bailey
Off to See the Emperor by Or
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Bufo Calvin
L. Frank Baum's Oz is one of the most intriguing worlds in literature.

As one reads through it (and I've read all the original books and more), precedents for other series clearly appear. They were the Harry Potter books of their day, with Oz clubs and people waiting in line for each new volume.

Well, when I say "their day", it should be clear...that day has continued until now, more than a century after the first publication.

Since the original stories have fallen into the public domain (they are
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LAPL Reads
Feb 04, 2014 LAPL Reads rated it really liked it
Oz. The mere mention of the name can conjure up images of flying monkeys, roads of yellow brick, witches (both good and wicked) and the Emerald City. For well over a century, children and adults alike have cherished L. Frank Baum’s original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 34 sequels with 13 written by Baum and, after his death, the remaining 21 written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Even more people have been introduced to Oz through the 1939 motion picture The Wizard of Oz, the 1985 film Return to ...more
H Lynnea
Summary: 3/5 stars. Like many short story collections, this is a hit-or-miss set of stories. Some of them were fantastic, some were so-so, and a few missed the mark entirely for me.

Note: one story (One Flew Over the Rainbow) contains Self-Harm, so I'm adding a trigger warning.

Because the stories in this collection span genres, time periods, characters, and settings, I'm going to give a few comments on each of the individual stories.

Foreword: Oz and Ourselves—Gregory Maguire: Honestly, I found th
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Sarah
Jan 06, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
Oz Reimagined is a collection of 15 short stories, and I almost gave it two stars because I did enjoy a few of the short stories. However, I decided on the one rating when I saw the note on the content said it was intended for ages thirteen and up; it did suggest parental guidance, but I would never recommend some of these short stories for a thirteen-year old.

I've read other re-imaginings and enjoyed them, but some of these stories were less of a reimagining than a slaughter of the first Oz nov
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Tyrannosaurus regina
I was hesitant about this book at first, because often when professional writers (those who haven't been steeped in the tradition, anyway) try their hand at what is fundamentally fan fiction, the results are fairly tepid. But I was really impressed with this collection overall, not only playing with point of view, tone, and continuing story but also time period and cultural setting and otherwise vastly divergent alternate universes. It doesn't hurt that I recently finished (re)reading the comple ...more
Terrence
May 16, 2014 Terrence rated it it was amazing
First off, allow me to state that, while I've not read all the original Oz books (though most I did as a child, I certainly don't have any clear recollections of them... and as an adult I've only read the first four or five, and have been meaning to revisit the series and read them all one day), that Oz is likely one of my most favourite otherworlds out there.

With that in mind, I found this to be an amazing, delightful anthology. Sure, some stories were better than others, but none of them were
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The Flooze
Jan 24, 2013 The Flooze marked it as to-read
Most stories also available individually as ebooks.
Meg McGregor
Nov 22, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tales, oz-books
Okay. I know that some of you may not agree with me but here goes!

Call me old-fashioned if you will but I cannot stand when someone or someones take a perfectly good series and turns it on its ear.

L. Frank Baum is probably rolling in his grave right now.

I only liked three of the stories. That is it.

I liked when OZ was revealed to be heaven and the story where the little boy accompanies Dotty to the Empire of Air.
And I especially enjoyed the story with the little monkey earning her wings.

But the
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Alan
Feb 03, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcase, kindle
A solid mix of stories with a few standouts, which is pretty standard for John Joseph Adams (Editor)anthologies, which is why I usually give them a look.

This collection is heavy on dystopian visions of Oz, which works well. Baum gave us 14 happy, fun Oz novels, so a little savory to leaven the sweetness is a good blend. Most stories are set in Oz, but some are a reflection of Oz in this world. The best of these is Ken Liu's The Veiled Shanghai, a story that was both enjoyable to read, and inspir
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gia
Apr 02, 2013 gia rated it really liked it
Indoctrinated into the Wizard of Oz series of children's novels as a young'un, it didn't take much convincing for me to snatch up Oz Reimagined when it was available as a Kindle Daily Deal, and by and large I enjoyed the collection of Oz "remixes," which vary from the expected (a demi-noir murder mystery with lesbian undertones) to the truly remarkable (an Oz allegory set during the May Fourth Movement in Shanghai, 1919).

The fifteen stories are also available as individual Kindle singles, and
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Joy
May 24, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
I picked up a recommendation for this book online last week (it might have been on a Kindle special too, I don't recall) and since I read and loved all of the Oz books as a child I grabbed it. It's an excellent collection of short stories, including both well-known and emerging authors, and I really enjoyed reading all of them.

The book description says Some stories are dystopian... Some are dreamlike... All are undeniably Oz., but I would qualify that and say that nearly all of the stories are d
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Eli
Sep 21, 2013 Eli rated it liked it
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
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David
Feb 24, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Another solid collection from Adams, this one allowing people to explore,extrapolate and exploit the mythology of L. Frank Baum's land of Oz. As in the foreword the editors would not use any spoilers to affect your enjoyment I shall endeavor to do the same. I know very little of Oz, my knowledge is limited to the movie, which I grew to greatly dislike as I aged and still dislike and the musical Wicked. So I come to this collection without any religious adherence or ideology as to what Oz should ...more
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