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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An absolute blast! This is not only the best Oz tribute story I've ever read, it's also one of the best books I've ever read period." - CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland

"Here's an unusual story for you. In the not too distant future, the government reveals that it has secretly been in contact with Oz for many years. It is possible to visit, although the portal doesn't work for everyone. Sometimes they're left standing where they were, on other occasions they die in spectacular fashion. The protagonist decides to emigrate in search of the woman he admires, and finds himself in a strange land where unoccupied cars travel about in packs and electric guitars grow on trees. He also arrives just in time to get caught up in a war between the legitimate rulers, Ozma and Glinda, and the army of the Hollow Man, a would-be usurper. Fortunately, our hero has brought with him a remarkable laptop computer which becomes sentient in Oz. This is an authentic Oz novel, but it starts and ends in very strange places, and the middle is pretty weird as well. The story sets its claws in your imagination early on, and never lets go through a series of adventures, confrontations, and revelations. For the weird little kid in you." -- DON D'AMMASSA, Science Fiction Chronicle


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "bonesawmcgee" on January 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's a rare thing when the atmosphere in a book seems so real and speaks to me on such a level that I want to find a way in and live there. "Burrito" was like "The Wizard of Oz" on acid. Trippy, dippy, full 'o' fun. The safest form of pure escapism that I've had the pleasure to come across in a loooooong time. One of the things that makes this stellar read so much fun is the character's familiarity, but all twisted up in a whole new light. I especially loved the TinMan, nuff said. The writers really know how to make you see what & who they're talking about, even if you've never seen them or it before. I loved the relationships between everyone and REALLY loved a certain little, oh I don't know what to call him, gremlin(?) and the way he mangled the English language. You know what they say about singers? How only a truly great singer can sing off key? Carol Burnett and her comedy sketches come to mind. Well, this amazing book shows that it's doubly true for writers. I didn't want it end and I wish there was more. Now where's that gate?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bradley on February 14, 2001
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What do you get when you mix the magical land of Oz, CIA hijinks, a possessed laptop, occasional dismemberment, fabulous Mexican food, and a hottie named Aurora Quixote Jones? THE EMERALD BURRITO OF OZ, of course! This ain't your daddy's Oz, no question. Instead, it's more like APOCALYPSE NOW meets THE WIZARD OF OZ as directed by Terry Gilliam. Authors John Skipp (of Skipp & Spector splatterpunk fame) and Marc Levinthal (who co-wrote the score for the film VALLEY GIRL) reinvent Oz for the new Millennium, managing to make the fabled land over the rainbow wonderful and surreal and comic and terrifying. GET THIS BOOK!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pork Chop Express on August 20, 2011
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My working knowledge of "The Wizard of Oz" is limited to what the movies have done with it. Having been inundated in childhood with the classic 1939 movie, and then later enjoying "Return to Oz" and later still that "Tin-Man" cable miniseries, that fairly small exposure is probably twice as much as most people. Still, I have no real direct frame of reference to Baum's original series of books, so I came into "The Emerald Burrito of Oz" about as unsullied by expectation as is humanly possible when it comes to source material so ingrained into the pop culture fabric. With that in mind, I'm unsure as to the extent of revisionism at work here, but I assume this accessible, post-modern fantasy from John Skipp and Marc Levinthal is plenty respectful, yet still a bit more iconoclastic.

The conceit at play here is that Oz is real. The Baum books and the MGM movie came out (inaccurately inspired by true events) but shortly after World War II it was made public that Oz was a real place ... sure, it's another dimension, but one easy enough to travel back and forth from if you can get a visa. The point of departure: Kansas. Our heroes are Aurora, a longtime expatriate fully involved in the politics and residents of Oz, and her old friend Gene, who's embarking on his first visit with the same fresh eyes the reader has. The story is presented from their dual perspectives as alternating war dispatches written by two compulsive diarists with two very different viewpoints and voices. Through them we get the entire Oz experience as shady goings-on and government/corporate interests heat up into full scale war over the annexation of the beloved fantasyscape.

But that's big picture stuff, and not as important or well drawn as the richness of character Skipp and Levinthal conjure up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Roberts on August 10, 2011
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I devoured the Emerald Burrito way back in 2002 when originally released by Babbage Press. This is an awesome read that deserves a wider audience, one that it will hopefully find now that its published by cult favourites, Eraserhead Press - a match made in heaven in my humble opinion.

I convinced the SF book buyer at a well known high street shop to stock this title, which takes its cue from the original Oz series and certainly puts its own spin on things. A literary mash-up way ahead of the curve, it should be as popular as the Gothic / Olympic Games thrills of Jane Eyre Nike, the crazy voyage into the heart of biology's darkness that is Wide Sargasso Semen or the dub heavy culture clash of Sense and Sensimilla.

Simply put it's a book that should be read and cherished, respect to Eraserhead Press for this timely re-release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris lail on July 22, 2011
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Expanding on the familiar and established mythos of Oz, the authors present a new story worthy of succession suited for adult tastes. Clearly elaborating that what was once magical to a child is insane to an adult.
Intending to set on a vacation to the land of Oz for the first time to see an old friend, Gene passes customs and travels through the dimensional gate into Oz, only to find himself in the middle of a civil war. He barely stumbles into Oz before almost being killed, and getting drafted into a squad led by the Tin Man. When you are familiar with the source material, there is a sense of irony about having your neck saved by someone who couldn't handle his own neck. It is clear that the violence that was only implied in the original books is now brought to the fore-front from the beginning.
The story is told through an alternating perspective with his friend, Aurora, who works in the titular Emerald Burrito restaurant. This is a woman who has immigrated along with many humans, and has found a happy life cooking for the hyper-colourful citizens of the Emerald City. Portrayed as a strong and respected woman she has adapted to the crazy atmosphere, and has maintained a well rounded life there.
The world is lush and detailed, but not in a rose-coloured gloss that is only suited for children, more of a what the, that is crazy, you are crazy, please stop being so damn cheerful kind of way. This was an aspect that I really enjoyed, the excited tourist of Gene, who had heard the stories and is now overwhelmed by the clear insanity of Oz. Absolutely imaginative, light hearted and grim at the same time. There is such a good mix of explanation and mystery presented. It some how captures that sparkle of imagination without ever crushing it with too much complexity.
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