|The Emerald City of Oz
||[May. 24th, 2009|02:02 pm]
Twelve Months of Reading
I think this is probably the best book since the first one because it actually has a driving conflict and tension as well as element of strange characters and worlds. In fact from a quality and enjoyability standpoint, it may be better than the first since it has the cohesive subplot storyline of the Nome King building tension while Dorothy and company are toodling around exploring the wonders of Oz. There's still the flaws of black and white/bad and good ("permit me to call your attention to the exquisite joy of making the happy unhappy.") but I think that may be more a product of the time the book was written and the nature of who the audience for the book was. Over all it's a very enjoyable read and I was honestly caught up the last few pages at the fountain when there was a "what's going to happen moment." Of course the obvious inclusion of the drawn out history of the fountain makes it pretty clear but I was still drawn in enough that the story actually provided a small emotional goose. Perhaps that's why this is the only other book we've read to be turned into it's own movie not made by L. Frank Baum (according to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emerald_City_of_Oz).
There's still a lack of conflict in the exploring Oz moments. “In some of the dense forest there lived great beasts of every sort; yet these were for the most part harmless and even sociable, and conversed agreeably with those who visited their haunts. The Kalidahs – beasts with bodies like bears and heads like tigers -- had once been fierce and bloodthirsty, but even they were now nearly all tamed, although at times one or another of them would get cross and disagreeable."
"In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders, and in the Land of Oz Dorothy found these same qualities had won for her the love and admiration of all the people...the only real grief the Ozites had ever experienced was when Dorothy left them and returned to her Kansas home."
"An' my back hair looks like a fright!" Funny line, even funnier that it comes from Aunt Em.
I like the Whimsies with their fake heads, and of course the lesson "it is folly to try to appear otherwise than as nature has made us."
Chapter 16 with the visit to Utensia is hilarious. So many puns. It's like I'm back hanging out with my band member friends again!
I liked the Flutterbudgets, I think I've worked with a few of them. I would also be ok calling them flibbertygibbits.
Think this book also had one of the best collection of random groups they encounter. All in all, a fun read.