|Tik-Tok of Oz
||[Jun. 23rd, 2010|10:30 pm]
Twelve Months of Reading
I enjoyed his author's note at the beginning about how he'd received notes from kids about bringing in characters from his other novel franchises into the Oz books. And then in later books he does. One distinct feeling I got over the course of reading these books is that L. Frank Baum was a consummate showman and if he could be successful with a story, he'd milk it as far as possible. That would explain why he did the books, the stage plays, and even created a film production company in Hollywood initially dedicated purely to Oz movies.
I liked the concept of royalty being under-ripe and needing to bloom before it could be picked and rule. A lot of these later books didn't seem to have much in the way of the historic analogies that the first book did, but every now and then things like the concept above made me think that perhaps the social commentary was still there. If only in smaller doses. It's also interesting that this commentary on the aristocracy came on the eve of World War I.
Another thing I enjoyed were the grouping of light maidens: Daylight, Sunlight, Moonlight, Starlight, Firelight, and Electra "ready to flood us with bright rays." It's interesting how things like electricity (and planes and cars in other books) are described/addressed in a way that's casual but still regards them as something new and not to be taken for granted. Again, another sign of the times.
That's pretty much everything I took from this book. I looked at the wikipedia article to remind me of the story and I remember specific characters and incidents but it's basically another journey story with characters we've visited before.