Thursday, June 14, 2007

Royal Blog of Oz Reviews Lost in Oz

Here's what Jared Davis of the Royal Blog of Oz had to say about Lost in Oz.

LOST IN OZ by Joshua Dudley
Lost in Oz is not your ordinary Oz book. But then, it's not about your ordinary Oz. (Whatever that is.)

Before I finally got the opportunity to read it, I'd heard mixed opinions. Some loved it, some hated it.

I found Lost in Oz to be a very enjoyable book. This book is not meant for those who prefer to have Oz just exactly as L. Frank Baum originally envisioned it. This Oz definitely takes twists and turns that he would have never intended. If you enjoy science fiction, then you will find Lost in Oz a delight.

The book tells of four modern-day teenagers who have found themselves suddenly transported into the Land of Oz... except if you're familiar with the original books, it will seem quite unlike what you expected. Instead of being simply transported to Oz, the four find themselves actually in the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, back in 1899.

The four teens, Joshua (yes, his last name is Dudley), his sister Tamara and their friends Tommy and Laura have to find some way to get home, but when they accidentally alter the events of the story, will it play out all right in the end? And can they survive dangers like a mermaid king who finds human flesh a delicacy and poppy pixies, as well as the more familiar terrors of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Winged Monkeys, Kalidahs, and... Dorothy?

In the story, Joshua has not read any of the Oz books and only knows Oz from the MGM movie. This is mentioned several times, and could get those unfamiliar with the original books interested in picking them up.

And the ending will surprise you. Can you ever really go home again?

Fans of the original books may find this story a little hard to take. If you're an Oz "purist," you will probably not like this book. If you only know Oz from the classic MGM film, you may like it if you can swallow science fiction. If you're a fan of Oz alterations, like Wicked, Illusive Arts' Dorothy, and Was, you will find this a delight.

All in all, I found it a wonderful book, and I truly could not put it down until I finished it. If you can take Oz a little mixed up, here's the book for you!

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The Royal Blog of Oz: LOST IN OZ by Joshua Dudley

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