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Ding dang dong! Who comes up with this stuff? I am finding a great many brilliant stories out there that play off of something else, but amp up the story so that you get more fun out of the characters. I knew I was in for a treat as soon as the comparison to Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was made. I just need someone running through the book screaming, "I have your pa-yamas!" and I'd have lost my mind.
The brilliance here is in keeping the changes made at the end of Oz, but amplifying them just a touch. The scarecrow is like Sherlock Holmes who just had a stroke. He has information he can access, he just can't apply it properly. He might be able to confer with the flowers or consult with the rain, but figuring out what they told him would be asking a lot. The lion finally has some, as they say, Ca-jones, and that gets him into more trouble than before. I won't even go into the Tin man. Let's just say that he really FEELS things now. Alot.
This book reminds me of another great novel that took an old movie, fantasied it up, and reimagined a far better world. No, Not Pride, Predjudice, and Zombies. I'm talking the Malaise Falchion by Barret. We get a reworking of the Maltese Falcon in a fantasy setting. Same characters, but done so brilliantly you don't even recognize that it was spawned elsewhere. That's the same thing here. You know the characters, you recognize them, but then you really DON'T know them at all.
It doesn't hurt that the story takes you to new places, introduces some new characters, and is masterfully plotted. The story is fresh and even if you are a little too grown up for another trip to Oz you might find that things have changed enough to allow for a little ozzy styled goofiness into your life. The writing is rich and funny, you will undoubtedly laugh. I know I found myself grinning so hard that my cheeks hurt. My butt cheeks, because I clenched them when I laughed, and I laughed a lot. This is one of those books that could stand alone or continue on, and I for one would love to see some more of these ozmatic maniacs in action.
Mayne plays it cool as the narrator, he takes each character and makes them his own. He has great comedic timing, and knows how to crack off a joke while seeming to just be telling the listener what is going on. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
This series is shaping up quite nicely, and lots of room for growth. I can't wait to see what comes next!
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I love this take on the Wizard of Oz story! The characters are edgy. No dull moments here!