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The Emerald Burrito of Oz

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The most apocalyptic punk rock Oz tale ever fucking told!





OZ IS REAL Magic is real! The gate is really in Kansas! And America is finally allowing Earth tourists to visit this weird-ass, mysterious land.

But when Gene of Los Angeles heads off for summer vacation in the Emerald City, l
Paperback, 261 pages
Published August 8th 2010 by Eraserhead Press (first published November 20th 2000)
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Dan Schwent
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2011
Oz is real, the gateway is located near Salina, Kansas, and it's something of a tourist destination. Gene leaves LA for a vacation in Oz and stumbles into an impending war between the forces of good and The Hollow Man. Will he get back to LA alive?

The Emerald Burrito of Oz, while a bizarro book, is actually pretty well thought out, more akin to Philip Jose Farmer's Oz book than any of the L. Frank Baum ones. Is Oz being a tourist attraction and exploited by the millitary that hard to imagine? Th
Eric Hendrixson
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oz gets a gritty reboot. Instead of a special, magical place, it's a real place you can actually visit, provided you can get a visa. Oh, and there's a civil war going on, which is, of course, funded by the CIA. That's how we fight a proxy war in the merry old land of Oz. Oz is a dangerous place to visit. Magic in Oz is another kind of science; the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Lion are war veterans; and as the enemy circles the Emerald city, the American expatriate owner of the most p ...more
Matthew Vaughn
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
The Emerald Burrito of Oz tells the story of Gene from Los Angelos taking a trip to the land of Oz to visit his friend Aurora. You get the impression right away that Gene knows as much about as Oz as most of us probably do, and that would be the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland. This book is about as far away from that movie as you could get. And its absolutely brilliant. Once Gene crosses the gate into the strange world of Oz he is thrust into a situation that may very well spell the end of t ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Expanding on the familiar and established mythos of Oz, the authors present a new story worthy of succession suited for adult tastes. Clearly elaborating that what was once magical to a child is insane to an adult.
Intending to set on a vacation to the land of Oz for the first time to see an old friend, Gene passes customs and travels through the dimensional gate into Oz, only to find himself in the middle of a civil war. He barely stumbles into Oz before almost being killed, and getting drafte
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro-fiction

L. Frank Baum could be considered a proto-bizarro. His Oz series was a standard for fantasy literature during the first part of the last century, usurped only by J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings. The strange imagery and impossible setting is an inspiration for authors even today. In its incredible tradition, we are given The Emerald Burrito of Oz.

If the title is not enough to convince the reader that this is most definitely a Bizarro story, consider this summary. An average joe is app

David Barbee
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to pin it down, The Emerald Burrito of Oz would count as an urban fantasy. But it's so much more than that. It's magical, but it can also be dark. It's gross, but it can also be funny. It's a tribute to L Frank Baum's work, but Skipp and Leventhal have built a world that is fresh, fascinating, and weird. It takes the form of two journals, one written by Aurora (owner of the only Mexican restaurant in Oz), and Gene (a friend of Aurora visiting Oz for the first time). Through their eyes w ...more
Nov 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Schizophelia
"Wicked" and the subsequent sub-standard ilk of imitators open new ground on well-founded mythologies based on the worlds of L. Frank Baum. This book does the same but not in any form of homage or kind re-telling.

Oz is real. You can travel to it from a fixed junction in Kansas, and many have, leaving behind their lives in our world. But our technology does not work so well there...I will not spoil the rest of it but suffice it to say that artificial intelligence takes on a whole new meaning in t
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro
Welcome to the Emerald Burrito

So the United States has finally found a portal to the magical Land of Oz. A place where inanimate objects come alive, where animals are intelligent and where childhood characters take on a darker, more realistic interpretation. A gruesome war is being waged by the mysterious Hollow Man interlaced with anterior motives that hit a little too close to home.

The underlying political themes make for a fascinating read. This, coupled with the insanity that ensues, keeps t
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
From the Files of Sheldon Nylander:

I came across a publication the other day called The Emerald Burrito of Oz, put together by John Skipp and Marc Levinthal. It was an account of Gene Spielman of Los Angeles' visit to his friend Aurora Jones, the proprietor of the Emerald Burrito which is the only Mexican restaurant in Oz, a magical world that seems to exist in parallel with our own and is the true world which L. Frank Baum based his books on. The gate exists in Salina, Kansas, but it requires s
The best Oz "reboot" I've read, next to Philip Jose Farmer's classic A Barnstormer in Oz. Unlike nearly every other reimagining, "Burrito" grasps a key concept of Oz-verse: women are the heroes, not sidekicks or lovers. Thus we have a cracking adventure told jointly by American expat Aurora Jones and her visiting best bud Gene, but Aurora is the bad ass hero, who has to rescue her somewhat wimpy friend. ( And no, unlike almost every similar story, Aurora and Gene do not have a romance; they are ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too many people shrug off books under the tag of Bizarro and I think a fellow reviewer has alluded to the same but people like Baum and Carroll are Bizarros ancestors.

The Emerald Burrito of OZ is as much of an OZ continuance as you could hope for, all OZ fans should add this to their recommended reading. The second they identified Fairuza Balk as the better and more accurate Dorothy I was theirs. I love some of there additions to the OZ universe, especially the villains many of whom have become
Melissa Bennett
This book was on my "to be read" list for a while. I was really excited to read it. Maybe I had higher expectations than I should have. Although it wasn't bad, it wasn't that great either.
The books is written in journal entries by either Gene or Aurora. Sometimes when reading these entries I would get a bit confused on who was writing that I would have to go to the beginning of the chapter to see who it was. One of the things I enjoyed was it had a lot of odd creatures and neat settings. The do
Dustin Reade
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
super fun and weird revisioning of the Oz stories. Probably one of the best books I have ever read.
Jamie Grefe
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
Fun, complex, fast-paced, and lucidly written prose that pushes those buttons of mine in the best ways possible and makes me want to write.
Meconopsis Lingholm
silly :)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got queasy when the book got so enthusiastic about how brilliantly wonderful everything was and stopped reading.
Anna Gooding-Call
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro
Baum would have been proud. This was a respectable entry into Oz canon. Imaginative, narratively solid. Good food. Wish it were a series.
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's what I posted on Amazon last year for the re-release of this gonzo trip to Oz!

I devoured the Emerald Burrito way back in 2002 when originally released by Babbage Press. This is an awesome read that deserves a wider audience, one that it will hopefully find now that its published by cult favourites, Eraserhead Press - a match made in heaven in my humble opinion.

I convinced the SF book buyer at a well known high street bookshop to stock this book, which takes its cue from the original Oz se
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure it's as hilarious as the title suggests, keeping in the Baumian spirit with lines like "She made Enchantra look like Rhea Perlman playing a cheesy Cruella De Ville," and "So was No Jimmy, the only guy not named Jimmy in all of Jimvania. (Evidently, this had made him a really good fighter.)"

But it's also a good story--simple but well-executed. The pop culture references enhance and detract, making it feel dated and calling attention to the authors' likes and dislikes. But in all this little
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like playing a mash up of a Charlie Kaufman, Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss movie in my head and for me personally that is like bringing three geniuses together for an epic movie!

This book mentioned so many amazing musicians and also had reference to Salvador Dali whose art I love and that just made me have even more of a soft spot for this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderous adventure and I would actually give it a four and a half stars if I could. I am really look
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to know how to really rate this one. I was blinded by the fact that I hated the main female character, Aurora. I hate that, when I dislike a main character (that is supposed to be likable) it throws everything off. That being said, the other characters were great and it was a fast paced ride with a great amount of humor.
Donald Armfield
what a vacation would be like in Oz I wouldn't mind but not if I had to fight in a war. John Skipp does a wonderful job taking us on a trip thru his version of OZ I enjoyed the plot as Well as the talking laptop. Dialouge a little choppy but overall a good read
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun to be had here. Such a twisted take on the Baum's Oz. It would make a great setting for a video game or role-playing game.
Jared Silva
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second book, i got for the bizzaro fiction craze, and i had to say it was great take about Oz, who would think of something like this.
Christy Stewart
Oz was to African Americans as The Emerald Burrito of Oz is to me.
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