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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Tiffany A. Harkleroad
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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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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It is the tale of the Wizard of Oz, but with zombies. Basically, Dorothy goes to Oz via cyclone, and her house kills the Wicked Witch of the East. There is a plague set by one of the witches bringing all the dead creatures back to life. Along with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Toto, Dorothy journeys to Oz, to see the Wizard, in the hopes that he will not only send her home, but end the plague that is destroying the land of Oz.

I was so sure I was going to love this book, since The Wizard of Oz is one of my childhood favorites, and, as we all know, I love horror, and have been a fan of the mashup genre for a while now. Imagine my disappointment when I read this book, and found it with very few redeeming qualities. It is pretty obvious to me that this book was hastily created in order to jump on the mashup bandwagon before someone else adapted this story. 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. I found it troubling, the accounts of Dorothy covered in munchkin zombie blood and guts, all the while toting a gun and being a killing machine. The language throughout the book is not all congruent, at times it has the feel of the original work, and at other times, it uses modern vernacular. It just was not at all copacetic.

I also saw a pretty large continuity error, in that, at the beginning of the book, the zombie plague is attributed to the Wicked Witch of the East, who lies under Dorothy's house, but mysteriously, and without explanation, the plague is later attributed to the Wicked Witch of the West, thus necessitating Dorothy's quest to find and kill her.
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