The Emerald City of Oz.
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How the General Talked to the King. How the Wizard Practiced Sorcery. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot.
Of course, such tiny heads could not contain any great amount of brains, and the Whimsies were so ashamed of their personal appearance and lack of commonsense that they wore big heads made of pasteboard," which they decorate with pastel wool and large bright eyes. Baum is in top form here - as are my favorite characters: Billina, we discover, has had eleven children and named them all Dorothy until two disobliged her by turning out roosters and she renamed them Daniel - funny, since back in Ozma of Oz she didn't see the point in changing her name from Bill when she discovered to be female - and she has an additional 86 grandchildren and over three hundred great grandchildren, all of whom are ALSO named Dorothy and Daniel!
I love Billina. And then there's Aunt Em. Part of what makes this one so good is Aunt Em's cranky, down-to-earth, back-to-reality commentary as she adjusts to life in Oz Uncle Henry, who adapts better even though he originally had the most doubts, is less interesting, though amusingly placid. And I wondered where Dorothy got her combination of intrepidity and placidity!
Upon first encountering the Cowardly Lion, Aunt Em decides to "eye that lion out o' countenance and save [their] lives," at which point she "turned upon the Lion a determined countenance and a wild dilated eye" until he becomes so uncomfortable that he asks if she's all right. Aunt Em is fierce! She is also the only skeptical person in the bunch.
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Then there's the weird part where Ozma notices the Nome King building a tunnel to the Emerald City and proceeds to do absolutely nothing and for a long time tell nobody about it. Finally our friends discover this pretty alarming situation and confront her, whereupon she laughs "with genuine amusement" and says, "Why, that has not troubled me a bit!
What is the matter with her?!? After dinner we will all meet together and talk it over. I mean, I get that she's a pacifist more on that in a moment , but you'd think she'd at least have thought about the situation! The pacifism is great, though.
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Ozma is completely adamant that no one has the right to hurt other living creatures in any way which is a weird juxtaposition to Dorothy's cavalier attitude about eating the Bunburyans. Oz also happens to be explicitly communist although Baum does append his description of their politics with the caveat that it might not work in the real world : "There were no poor people in the Land of Oz, because there was no such thing as money, and all property of every sort belonged to the Ruler Each person was given freely by his neighbors whatever he required for his use, which is as much as any one may reasonably desire Each man or woman, no matter what he or she produced for the good of the community, was supplied by the neighbors with food and clothing and a house and furniture and ornaments and games.
If by chance the supply ever ran short, more was taken from the great storehouses of the Ruler, which were afterward filled up again when there was more of any article than the people needed. One last fault of this book, though, and it's a frustrating one, is their difficulty figuring out how to turn away the invaders.
In fact, the Nome King plots about how once he gets the magic belt he'll use it to send his allies home if they turn against him, and in fact Ozma uses it at the end to send them all home after they have been incapacitated! Why not use it from the beginning? But no, we have to suspend our disbelief about a very convenient coincidence that allows for a more complex plan to be put in action.
It heightens the suspense a little, I guess, but it is pretty irritating. And it's pretty much the only thing that keeps this book from a full five-star rating. I wish I could give it a four and a half, because it's better than the other Oz books I've given fours. Oh, well! Dec 29, Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi-comics , kids-books-for-all-ages. Baum originally intended this to be the final Oz book.
That didn't work at all, of course, but this book has a very definitive conclusion that's obviously intended to end the entire series. As far as ending a saga goes, he did a good job even though it didn't last. This book had more a plot than some, and it had an actual antagonist. The Nome King is a full-on bad guy, and Baum developed this story-telling element a step further by having two separate plots the adventures of Dorothy, and the s Baum originally intended this to be the final Oz book.
The Nome King is a full-on bad guy, and Baum developed this story-telling element a step further by having two separate plots the adventures of Dorothy, and the schemes of the Nome King running in alternating chapters until the climax of the book. Very well done, and more advanced than his previous "Dorothy just wandering around Oz" plots. I also enjoyed the development of the character of Ozma, who is shown to have what I would consider a major flaw in this book.
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I won't go into it for fear of spoilers, but I was really on the edge of my seat at the end of book, thinking "my gosh, did Ozma really just do that? I got a little bored, though, of the "Dorothy wandering around Oz" part of the plot. This is a staple of the Oz books, but for some reason I got frustrated with it more quickly in this book. Maybe it was the absurdity of all of the creatures she encountered and Baum's over-use of puns like the Kingdom of Utensia, made up of animated flatware and kitchen equipment, and Miss Cuttenclip who lived in a village of paper dolls. All in all, a good read, and if this had actually been the last Oz book, I would have been satisfied with it as an ending to a saga.
Sep 05, Christine Blachford rated it really liked it. I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written.
I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Dorothy and her friends travelling to different lands alongside the Nome soldier doing the same, except his purpose was to recruit an army to invade Oz. I also thought it was about time Dorothy's aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn't make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. It was fas I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. It was fascinating to ponder their adjustment to this fairy land, however.
Kids are so much more open to that kind of thing than older folk. It's also interesting to read the end, where it clearly ties the story up in a neat little bow so that there should be no more correspondence from the world of Oz. And yet, being only partway through my compendium of Oz stories, I know that is not the case! Sep 15, Lori Anderson rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , for-zack. My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books.
They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened! This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books.
We haven't picked up the next one yet but will tonight so I'm not sure what t My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. We haven't picked up the next one yet but will tonight so I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm glad there are more to read! View 2 comments. Mar 08, Tinka rated it it was ok Shelves: book-series , 2-stars-kinda-meh , classics , ozathon , read-in-english , kindle.
Doyle suffered from a well-known Holmes-fatigue and Baum seems to suffer from Oz-fatigue at this point. And really, who can blame him? He never made it a secret that he intended The Wonderful Wizard as a standalone novel with not ambition to turn it into a series and yet did it anyways because childre OzAThon Book 6 In my mind, I constantly compare Baum to a Post-Reichenbach Fall Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the sense of "I'm fucking tired to write these books, but fans just demand more and more".
He never made it a secret that he intended The Wonderful Wizard as a standalone novel with not ambition to turn it into a series and yet did it anyways because children loved it so much. And well, he puts some effort into it, but it is also very half-cooked. This book was intended to be the last in the Oz series and it shows. There is at least an attempt to bring Dorothy's Adventures to some sort of epic conclusion and for the first third of the novel it works very well.
However, slowly but surely it becomes clear that Baum is no mood to actually write the action he sets up and falls right back into his favorite trope, the Deus ex Machina. But first things first.
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What is this story about? Well, initially we have two different plot lines, one involving the Nome King, villain from the third book and one Dorothy and her friends. Shamed by his defeat in the third book, the evil Nome King vows revenge on Ozma and Dorothy though it was technically Billinia who defeated him.