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Oz-Story 5 (Oz Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the joys of Paradox in Oz is that, unlike so many books that revisit childhood realms, this one doesn't embarrass you or make you feel 'dumbed down.' No, Einhorn's Oz is one that retains all the wonder and magic I remember while simultaneously finding a way to entrance and amaze my adult mind. The central conceit of the book, a time-travel paradox, is impeccably structured and cunningly revealed layer by layer so that everyone experiences the wonderful 'Aha!' moment when the solution (and the problem too!) finally become clear. Like any good fantasy, it interweaves wonder and drama in perfect proportion. Is it too dark? Of course not. Any child knows that a fantasy with no edge isn't captivating. Even Baum's Oz books had a sense of danger to them. Einhorn's book actually does a very fine job of capturing the walking-the-line quality of my favorite parts of Baum's tales. Shanower's illustrations add dimensions to this experience as well. I highly recommend this to any Oz fan, and especially those who haven't revisited that old friend, because Paradox in Oz shows us that the best memories don't have to remain simply in our childhood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, things have changed in Oz, and so have we, the reader. As a child I collected the hardcover versions of the Oz books, and Paradox in Oz will find a valued place among them. Adding complexity and depth to the story is part of the fun... and part of the experience for those of us who have never outgrown our Oz-y roots. The new characters are wonderful (the Parot-Ox particularly so), and the portrayals of all the classic characters are spot-on. Like all the original Oz books, I think kids would really enjoy it ... but adults will appreciate it more. The prose is enticing, the pictures are fantastic! If you pick up one as a gift for a favorite child, don't forget one fo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paradox in Oz, a holiday gift to my 6-year old daughter, was a wonderful surprise. I enjoyed reading it aloud as much as she enjoyed listening to it. Einhorn has captured the spirit of the original series in a way that I wouldn't have been able to fully appreciate if my daughter and I hadn't recently read our way through Baum's works. And Shanower's illustrations do a wonderful job of bringing the story to life. All in all, I think that anyone who enjoys the original Baum series, both children and adults, will be very pleased with this latest addition to the world of Oz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very mixed bag. As usual, the illustrations by Eric Shanower are absolutely gorgeous. But the story itself suffers from a typical 1990's sense of frustration and the contemporary idea that all leaders are either a)corrupt or b)completely in-effectual. If you liked Martin Gardner's mathematical approach in 'Visitors from Oz', you might like the time-travel paradox elements of this book. If you liked 'Wicked,' you'll probably like the dark sensibilities of the book. But if you don't like seeing a dark Oz, or a hero who tries to do the right thing but ends up causing all the problems, then you probably won't like this book. It is definitely *NOT* for children, which I learned the hard way after I gave a copy to my little brother. It comes as no surprise to learn that Edward Einhorn's favorite Shakespeare play is 'Richard III', a story of the twisted and currupt king, as he uses the same characterization for his 'King Oz.' 'Paradox in Oz' also introduces the concept of a multiverse to the Oz continuity. This can make for some entertaining intellectual excercises, but it reads like a poor rip-off of DC's 'Kingdom' series. It is a move that is greatly mistaken. The whole point of Oz is that it is a magical place and that, like a dream world, things are always different. Having to introduce parallel continuities to 'explain' differences, mixing magic with modern mathematical theories, and presenting the reader with dark and twisted incarnations of Oz, are all serious mistakes.