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Wizard of Oz

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Oct 13, 2010, 1:06pm

vigorous nod to "Tin Man" mini series and "The Wiz"

I just came across The Wizard of Quarks.

Oct 15, 2010, 1:33am

Not so much a retelling, but blatant inspiration as we follow 4 characters on a journey in Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler.

Feb 5, 2011, 7:27pm

I read Wicked last summer, slowly followed by Son of a Witch (both in one, shiny edition). It was an interesting read, and I can see why it's so popular, but I wouldn't give it the highest praises and marks it has received. Maguire really cherry-picks through his references, sometimes drawing from the 1960's movie and sometimes drawing from the original Wizard of Oz series (which is now free on gutenberg.org), and most of the characters are nearly always miserable (especially in the sequel, hence why it took me so long to read).

Again, it was an interesting read, but I doubt I'll ever pick it up again. I gave it to a friend of mine for her birthday, which was just a couple weeks before we (with a group of friends) went to see the musical. She might like it better, and if not, she has plenty of people to whom she might pass it on.

Feb 7, 2011, 11:57am

>3 justjukka:
I thought the premise was outstanding, and was terribly disappointed that Maguire doesn't seem equal to the task.

Feb 7, 2011, 12:41pm

I really enjoyed Wicked, but the subsequent books in the series seem to get progressively worse.

Feb 11, 2011, 5:57am

Not exactly a retelling, but this is the film version of The Wizard of Oz that I grew up with. It is an anime, and I did bring it to a local anime club for viewing. Unfortunately, they dismissed it as "creepy looking" and "questionable", so we never watched it. I simply brought it home and haven't returned to their little organization. Of all the things that exist in the realm of anime, this series was deemed "questionable". So sorry that it's actually family friendly for a change.

Yeah...I'm not irked at all. ^^; I will concede that this version may seem a bit weird from an adult standpoint. I might have my nostalgia glasses on a little tight when I watch it these days, but it's kinda nice to escape into my childhood after a long day.