Review – Glinda of Oz
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  • January 5, 2011

Well, that’s the last of the Oz books, at least, the last of the L. Frank Baum ones (Ruth Plumly Thompson‘s are largely out of print). But it also knocks a blue book off of my list. Squee.

(And I got hit with lots of good ARCs this week, so I need the headway.)

In the final Baum Oz book, Glinda of Oz, two regions of Oz are waging war against one another. Dorothy sets off with Ozma to stop the battles between the Skeezers and the Flatheads before they destroy one another.

This was Baum’s final book, published after his death, and it’s pretty dark. I find it interesting that many critics cite his failing health as a source for the war plot line in the book. What about World War I? That was going on at the time. Baum was notorious for dragging current events into these books. I can’t help but think that WWI has something to do with it. It’s pretty dreary. And Bleak.

Overall, I found this book to be less satisfying. It’s far from perfect, but still Oz. 4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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