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The Undead World of Oz: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Complete with Zombies and Monsters Paperback – September 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1926712178 ISBN-10: 192671217X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192671217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926712178
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ryan C. Thomas is an award-winning journalist and novelist living in San Diego, CA. He is the author of several novels, including THE SUMMER I DIED, BORN TO BLEED, SALTICIDAE, HISSERS, THE UNDEAD WORLD OF OZ, RATINGS GAME, and ORIGIN OF PAIN. When he's not writing, he can be found on the road playing in numerous bands. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two dogs. His website is www.ryancthomas.com

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Customer Reviews

Rather disappointing, I thought.
Daryl Stewart
The zombie aspect was not worked into the original story very well, and, call me crazy, but maybe kids' books are not the best mashup material.
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Language and the product of an author should be sacro sanct.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Willis on January 4, 2010
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I'd never read the original Wizard of Oz, so I took this opportunity to check it out, with the (hopefully) added fun of having Oz overrun by the undead. I found the additional zombie material humorous and sometimes witty. Overall the story was a fun read and most times the new material merged in pretty seamlessly, though there were times it was jarring.

I would have given the book 3 stars, but it was obvious from the get go that this was just pumped out to ride the wave of literary classic/zombie mash-ups. The overall look of the book is very shoddy and is a distraction while reading. No care was given to the formatting, which was pretty bad; overly long indents, uneven margins, typos, sentences left over from previous drafts, shifting fonts, and more. It gives one the impression the producers of this book just put it out there to make a quick buck, quality-be-damned.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Evans on December 6, 2009
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The Undead World of Oz is just one more zombie-fied rewrite of a classic in a market already overrun with them, and it's not even a rewrite. Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I wasn't blown away by either), the original text is used, and the author makes minor tweaks and full insertions to create a tale where the undead are overrunning the magical world of Oz. While the approach was unique and interesting with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, its commercial success is spawning alot of rip-offs. To me, there is no creativity here; I would rather see the tale retold in its entirety, where the author recreates the Baum's tale using his own words and modifying it as needed to make the tale uniquely his/her own. I have read the original story, and this makes for a redundant retelling and I found myself skimming ahead looking for the additions and changes. If you've read Baum's original, stay faithful to its memory and pass this one (and all future "rewrites" of the classics) by. I wish I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom W. on March 2, 2013
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I am thouroughly enjoying this book. It is well written, funny, and and just plain odd. LOVE IT a lot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alicia p dollman on February 7, 2013
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It was a good short read. I just wish the fight with wicked witch was a little more action packed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Stewart on August 29, 2011
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This book did not live up to expectations and I assume the other books of similar titles would be the same. There were simply a few inserts of refrences to zombies, etc. and little original writing. Rather disappointing, I thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. P. Rivera on June 23, 2011
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The author's additions of zombies and zombie-related items are detached from the original story;they don't flow as well as the zombie events in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or as well as the vampire referencesin Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Alford on July 6, 2010
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In keeping with the recent trends of adding monsters to classic literature like Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Ryan C. Thomas decided to add some of the walking dead to the original Wizard Of Oz novel in The Undead World Of Oz. This is published by Coscom Entertainment, which specializes in other zombiefied literature like Alice In Zombieland.

The book is essentially a retelling of Dorothy going to Oz, although once there, she finds out that the Wicked Witch of the West casted a spell that makes the dead Munchkins rise from their graves and eating the brains of the living. Dorothy gets a magic gun from a Munchkin with unlimited ammo that shoots out bullets which always hit their intended targets. Toto gets temporarily infected with the zombie virus too, but is conveniently cured by a transfusion by the only Munchkin who is apparently immune to zombie bites, but gets devoured by hungry zombies. The story goes with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion joining her, although Dorothy accidently kills the Tin Man's zombified ex-girlfriend. They then get sent to the Wicked Witch, who ends up as a zombie buffet. However, her death doesn't stop the curse, so our heroes trek to Glinda for help. Her plan is to create a giant floating brain to lure all the zombies out. This leads into a large Army Of Darkness-type battle, where Dorothy emerges as "Buffy the Zombie Slayer". Also because of all her fighting the undead, her silver shoes turn ruby.

This rewritten adaptation is fair, although alot of it is just a direct copy of the original book. There's not much of a horror element to it, more just zombie gore and violence. Not even very fun in a Sean Of The Dead kind of way. Mainly check it out only if you're a total zombie junkie.
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By Tera on January 30, 2014
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An entertaining read. I thought I'd hate it based on all the negative reviews but I thought it was fun enough. I mean, I didn't expect great literature here, so I guess that's just me. In contrast I didn't like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which I found slow, but I think that's more because I don't like Jane Austin. There is some weird formatting though.
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