The Emerald Burrito of Oz
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more