Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond

By John Joseph Adams, Douglas Cohen

FOREWORD through GREGORY MAGUIRE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING writer OF WICKED.

When L. Frank Baum brought Dorothy and buddies to the yank public in 1900, The extraordinary Wizard of Oz turned an quick, bestselling hit. this day the whimsical story is still a cultural phenomenon that maintains to spawn wildly renowned books, video clips, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have introduced jointly major delusion writers comparable to Orson Scott Card and Seanan McGuire to create the final word anthology for ounces lovers – and, quite, any reader with an urge for food for richly imagined worlds. tales comprise:

  • Frank Baum's son has the true reviews that his father later fictionalized in Orson Scott Card’s “Off to determine the Emperor.”
  • Seanan McGuire’s “Emeralds to Emeralds, airborne dirt and dust to dirt” reveals Dorothy grown up, sour, and nonetheless residing in oz.. and he or she has a homicide to unravel – assuming Ozma will cease interfering together with her lifestyles lengthy sufficient to permit her do her task.
  • In “Blown Away,” Jane Yolen asks: What if Toto was once lifeless and filled, Ozma used to be a circus freak, and every little thing you idea you knew as oz. used to be
    really here in Kansas?
  • "The Cobbler of ounces" via Jonathan Maberry explores a Winged Monkey with wings too small to allow her fly. Her basically likelihood to alter that rests with
    the Silver Slippers.
  • In Tad Williams’s futuristic “The Boy Detective of Oz," Orlando investigates the corrupt ounces simulation of the Otherland community.
  • And more…

Some tales are dystopian…Some are dreamlike…All are undeniably ounces.

Includes tales via those authors: Dale Bailey, Orson Scott Card, Rae Carson, David Farland, C.C. Finlay, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Simon R. eco-friendly, Kat Howard, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Rachel Swirsky, Robin Wasserman, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen

A observe On advised analyzing Age: L. Frank Baum’s unique oz. books have been works of kid's fiction--albeit ones which were identified and enjoyed by means of "children of every age" all through their lifestyles. even though some of the tales contained during this anthology also are appropriate for the aforementioned teenagers of every age, oz. Reimagined is meant for a long time thirteen and up, and as such, a few of the tales take care of mature subject matters, so parental tips is suggested.

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Dorothy and her neighbors nodded. “In the realm that you simply all got here from, i used to be as soon as identified for my ability with phrases. i assume a few may well say i used to be a magician, capable of conjure up armies out of peasants, create revolutions with a couple of well-placed tracts. “For years, the Qing courtroom hounded me, and that i was once a guy of many names and lots of disguises, and everybody had a unique inspiration of who i used to be. a few observed me because the guy to carry China into the trendy global as a colonial base for Japan. Others observed me as an suggest of whole Westernization, forsaking China’s traditions.

I instructed the outdated scarecrow you’d be capable to see it. ” “This is especially unusual. ” “No,” stated Theodora. “It’s the Empire of the Air. It’s simply as a lot part of the common universe as anything. It’s no longer unusual, it’s wondrous. ” “It’s wondrous strange,” murmured Frank. yet now he may well see shadowy tree trunks on both sides. now not if he checked out them; yet so long as he saved his eyes ahead, he may perhaps see that they have been relocating via a stand of woods—though he might nonetheless see the corn on each side, besides.

Can’t you spot me in any respect? ” The cobbler stood up and leaned over, first taking a look correct after which having a look left and at last having a look down, and there stood a determine. It was once a determine even within the cobbler’s brain, simply because he couldn't name the determine a guy or a girl simply because that will by no means be right. Nor may perhaps he name it a boy or a lady, simply because neither of these labels might cling accurately at the one who stood there wringing its tiny fingers. “I concept you have been an invisible little girl,” stated the cobbler.

The exhibit all started with a twin of a farmhouse whirling via a twister. It crashed to the floor in an explosion of airborne dirt and dust and particles. Slowly the wind blew the detritus away, revealing what lay lower than. thin, previous legs poked out from underneath the farmhouse. wrinkled, outdated ft wore glossy silver slippers. “Congratulations, Dorothy! ” Glinda beamed. “You’ve killed the depraved Witch of the East and received the 1st problem! ” She got rid of the footwear from the corpse and awarded them to the little lady.

There are probably part a dozen; it’s tricky for me to differentiate one from the following, as they're all cloaked and within the shadows. I stand quietly apart till Flashgleam notices my presence. She claps me familiarly at the shoulder. She ability to go with, i feel, yet her contact is uncomfortable. From inside her cloak, she withdraws a huge emerald that’s been carved right into a spike. The wickedly sharp tip sparkles even during this darkish room. She bargains it, blunt finish first. “Symbols,” she says, “It’s all approximately symbols.

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