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Glinda of Oz (Oz #14)

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Book 14 of L. Frank Baum's immortal OZ series, in which Ozma and Dorothy travel to an enchanted island to prevent an impending battle between the Skeezers and the Flatheads, but are instead imprisoned in the city just before the island is submerged.
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May 09, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Two small nations of the Land of Oz declared war on each other.
When Ozma learned about this she decided it is her duty as a ruler of all Oz to make peace between the nations. Off she went accompanied by Dorothy who wanted to tag along. Pretty soon it turned out the girls bit off much more than they can chew – their magic trinkets and all. Magic heavyweights of the Land – Glinda and the Wizard – had to join the fun very soon.

L. Frank Baum wrote the book being mortally ill. As such it was suppose
Mar 18, 2012 Shoshana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
(4.5, but for Oz's sake I'll err up instead of down.)

I've read reviews that suggest that Glinda of Oz is the darkest, possibly because Baum knew he was dying at that point. I don't actually see explicit darkness, but I do think that there is an element of fear in this one that there isn't in the rest, that things might not actually turn out right. Of course, as an adult, it is clear to me that they're going to figure it out, but I remember as a kid liking Glinda of Oz less even while knowing tha
Baum ended his Oz series on a strong note. Many people say that this is the darkest Oz book. I would disagree - "dark" is not the word to describe this story. "Serious," perhaps, and it had a stronger moral message than some others. It also had an actual plot, and the book followed a logical structure, with set-up, complications, rising action, climax, resolution. So many of Baum's books are plotless fairy-land wanderings, so I was pleased with the structure of this story.

Glinda and Ozma are the
Jason Pettus
Sep 19, 2009 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. This review covers all 14 of the Baum Oz books, which is why it's found on all 14 book pages here.)

I think it's fairly safe by now to assume that nearly everyone in Western society is familiar with The Wizard of Oz, most of us because of the classic 1939 movie adaptation; and many realize as well tha
Feb 24, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I haven’t read an Oz book since my Children’s Literature class back in my early college days. The Wizard of Oz really came to life when I realized that within that well-known children’s story was a political statement on bimetallism (ie. “getting off the gold standard”). Okay, I know that Baum denied it but, come on, silver slippers and yellow brick road—emerald city (ie. greenbacks)! If it wasn’t deliberately written to advocate bimetallism, it’s one of the happiest coincidences in literature. ...more
Good and readable and interesting, but not anything all that special. It would definitely be worth reading aloud. Not sure that the series had enough of a trajectory for me, considering this was Baum's last book. He never ran out of good ideas though. And this one is a bit less of a travelogue. 3.5 of 5.
May 11, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This book features Ozma in full diplomatic peacekeeper mode as she embarks on a mission to negotiate between two warring factions in hopes of putting an end to their war and restoring peace to that corner of Oz. Up until now, there have been mentions here and there about her responsibilities in this area, but in practice, we don't really get to see her that hands-on of a ruler. Though she supposedly can see everything in her Magic Picture, she tends to miss a heck of a lot, and often only interv ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This final book of the Oz series by L. Fran Baum is often categorized as the “darkest” of the original Oz books but I really didn’t find it so. I did see it as a little more complex than most of the others but the fact that the author knew he was dying at the time he wrote it doesn’t contribute to any darkness as far as I can see.

In essence, this novel is like most of the others in the series. Several main characters including Dorothy and Ozma, set out to a remote area of Oz because they have fo
Thats such a pretty cover isn’t it. Too bad I don’t own that particular cover. But anyways. This book. Its the final one in the Oz series, remember there are 14 over all. I’ve read three. Not even in order. This is about Glinda, the good. She is great.

Ozma of Oz, who rules all, finds out that there is going to be a war between the flatheads and the skeezers. Ozma has never heard nor seen of these countries in oz. But as she rules the land, she feels it is her duty to prevent the war and make eve
David Lundgren
Sep 25, 2016 David Lundgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, the fourteenth and last of L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books, we find Princess Ozma traveling to a previously unknown part of her realm to prevent war between two of her subject peoples: the Skeezers and the Flatheads., both of whom have come under the power of cruel dictators. the Skeezers live on a domed, submersible island in the middle of a great lake, where they have developed the use of air locks and submarines, all of which work by magic. Given that the book was written around 1918-1919 ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Danns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And 14 marks the end of L. Frank Baum's run on Oz books. What a fantastic journey, so full of adventure and so fun. This final tale begins with Dorthy and Ozma traveling to the far reaches of the Giliken country to the land of the flatheads and skeezers. There a war is brewing between two societies who have never heard of Ozma's rule. To stave this war, bring peace, and tame the use of magic, Ozma and Dorthy fly to the rescue, and are summarily dismissed and captures by the wicked rules bent on ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Wilder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, we did it! My daughter (7 and a half) and I really enjoyed this final book of the Oz series. We loved that Ozma was a main character and that the majority of main players in the story were strong (somewhat) interesting girls/women. It was very "modern" written in 1920? and had an air of "future" to it that was interesting. Our only problem was that Dorothy didn't seem as plucky as usual, easily concerned and frightful for some of the book. There was more bowing down to Ozma as your supreme ...more
This one was a little better than the others, and Ozma is surprising useful in this one. It startled me with how useless she's been throughout the series in relying on everyone else to save her when she actually has something to contribute to the world in general. There was also a lot of suspense in this one and an overlaying "dark-ish" quality to the story. It's sad that it took Mr. Baum becoming so sick that he was able to touch on such dark themes and craft this tale so well. Dorothy is still ...more
I think this will be my last ever visit to Oz. Three stars because it was one of my favorites as a child, but I had to grit my teeth to get through it reading it aloud to my son. We had a library copy of the Books of Wonder edition, and one nice thing was seeing the full color plates, which my childhood copy lacked.
Jun 21, 2012 Carlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz
Maybe it is just knowing it is the last book but for some reason I never really enjoy the last book in a series. The Hunger Games is an exception. I knew this was the last book and I had some preconceived ideas about it. It was a really good book though and it makes me sad to think there are no more oz books. I love these books primarily because they are pure imagination. They are not like Alice in Wonderland which is pure nonsense. These stories make sense and they are so full of imagination. T ...more
Michael Tildsley
Sep 09, 2013 Michael Tildsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a few things to say about this last Baum Oz book besides my usual, "This was really good," and "Can't believe it's almost 100 years old," and "Suck on that, Sponge Bob!"

I feel like everyone has been looking in the wrong place for Baum's political and social commentary. Everyone I know of points to the original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as this commentary. I believe that they arrived 13 books too soon to the party.

To start off with, people tend to say that this book is "darker" th
Mar 02, 2017 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, not just following some pattern of "typical" Oz stories. I stayed interested in how they would solve the situation. It was neat that Ozma just wanted to get to know and help her subjects. And I liked how she said that all of the "legally registered/authorized" practitioners of magic arts all knew different forms of magic, so it wasn't like one person knew everything, but they had ways of combining their knowledge. Maybe they should've started a school of magic arts, where each of th ...more
Tony Laplume
May 16, 2016 Tony Laplume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final Oz from L. Frank Baum finally puts Ozma and Glinda directly in the spotlight, and on that alone proves a worthwhile addition to the series.

Frequently supporting characters and perhaps more frequently part of Baum's penchant for employing the classic deus ex machina method for his endings, these are in any respects the most powerful women in the stories. Ozma came second (Marvelous Land of Oz), but she quickly eclipsed Glinda (the Good Witch) in significance, so it's perhaps appropriate

"If every one could wave a wand and have his wants fulfilled there would be little to wish for. There would be no eager striving to obtain the difficult, for nothing would then be difficult and the pleasure of earning something longed for, and only to be secured by hard work and careful thought, would be utterly lost."

Mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso dall'ultimo libro, ma non per questo ne sono rimasta delusa. La storia mi è piaciuta moltissimo e la trama è stata costruita in modo intel
Rebecca Timberlake
In the final installment of the Oz Series, we get to see Glinda and Ozma in action in a way we don't typically see them. We also get Scraps, Dorothy, Uncle Henry and the rest shining in new ways, which adds something interesting to moments that would otherwise be boring. This story isn't anything special compared to other books in the series, and characters make decisions and speeches that are predictable (it's a children's book, so what more can we really expect?), but it's still a fitting end ...more
Julia Brumfield
This was actually a somewhat interesting book for Baum since he again changed the style of his writing in this book. In all the other books Dorothy can seem like a rotten brat who is full of herself, a bully at times and just a very mature character with all the crazy adventures she ends up - mostly indirectly, sometimes directly. And in this book she is once more relegated to being a child with childish issues and for once her peers are actually concerned about her getting in danger while in t ...more
Joshua Gross
Jun 25, 2011 Joshua Gross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While visiting Glinda the Good Dorothy and Ozma learn that two people, the Flatheads and the Skeezers, are about to go to war with each other. Not wanting this to happen Ozma and Dorothy set out to make peace with the two nations. Along the way Dorothy learns some more about how magic works, and that everyone who can use magic has their limits. They have some adventures and mishaps along the way, but thanks to their friends and the good hearts of Oz's inhabitants everything manages to work
S. W.
Jul 02, 2011 S. W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glinda of Oz is about a war between the skeezers and the flatheads, two peoples that the land of Oz knows little about because they are isolated. The flatheads have flat heads with brains at their side in cans that can be stolen, given away, or lost. The final moral/ark is that Glinda decides the flatheads need more then peace to be happy, they have to have 'normal' heads with brains under their skulls like everyone else... She makes them 'normal and pretty' and then tells them they must be rena ...more
Will Waller
Dec 23, 2010 Will Waller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction, fantasy
It's over! It's over! The foray into children's lit and specifically the world of Oz is over for me! It's been a strange journey, but one that I've ultimately enjoyed. Reading all of the Baum books on Oz have given me a greater appreciation for one of the major voices in American Fantasy writing and the development of a genre in America. Bravo Mr. Baum...well, if bravos could reach across the lost cold grave.

This book was the best, hands down. It had a thick(ish) plot, the characters were in vas
Apr 12, 2011 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT WAS STUPENDOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Jennifer Zartman
Sep 03, 2014 Jennifer Zartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of the Oz books as a girl and loved them, and now as an adult and author I enjoy Baum's world building skills and the interesting plots he creates with his fantastic characters. I liked the trek around the invisible wall and the magical steps up to the flathead village, and I loved the domed city with its telescoping bridges and the ability to submerge. The wacky conversation between Ervic and the Yookoohoo sparkles with wit, and Baum posed an interesting magical problem for Glinda t ...more
One of the travesties of the 1939 Wizard of Oz film and the play Wicked is that they created an image of Glinda the Good Witch as a fluffy headed, bubble traveling giggler. Nothing could be further from her character in the original Oz books, in which she is a wise and powerful sorceress, charged with protecting the people of Oz and their princess Ozma. In this, the last book in the series, Dorothy accidentally discovers a war brewing between 2 tribes in a remote part of the land. Ozma, dedicate ...more

Well, that’s the last of the Oz books, at least, the last of the L. Frank Baum ones (Ruth Plumly Thompson‘s are largely out of print). But it also knocks a blue book off of my list. Squee.

(And I got hit with lots of good ARCs this week, so I need the headway.)

In the final Baum Oz book, Glinda of Oz, two regions of Oz are waging war against one another. Dorothy sets off with Ozma to stop the battles between the Skeezers and the Flatheads before they destroy one another.

This was Baum’s final book,
Christine Blachford
There's definitely a darker tone in this final book of the original Oz series. With an imminent war about to breakout, Princess Ozma goes to intervene and finds herself trapped, in a situation where her magic just won't help. It's up to the rest of the gang (and pretty much all of the previous characters were revisited here), to come along and save her, with inspiration coming from an unlikely direction.

It was actually quite a good story, although there were a few too many morals in there for my
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth
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Oz (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
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  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
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