REVIEW: “Solidly Entertaining”

In the August issue of Locus Magazine, Gardner Dozois reviews Oz Reimagined:

“The stories here can be sorted out into three main categories: stories that take the mythology of Oz seriously and treat it with respect, even while tweaking it in various clever ways; stories that reinvent the Oz mythology in the language of another genre or another culture […] ; or stories that set out to deliberately demythify Oz, giving us a cynical, hard-edged, revisionist modern take on it, demonstrating that the dream has died, if it ever existed in the first place.”

He adds “The best stories here are probably Tad Williams’s ‘The Boy Detective of Oz: An Otherworld Story’ […] and Jane Yolen’s “Blown Away.” […] There’s also good work in Oz Reimagined by Orson Scott Card, Seanan McGuire, Simon R. Green, Theodora Goss, Dale Bailey, Jonathan Maberry, and others.”

Then, summing up, he says “A solidly entertaining anthology, and worth a read.”

You can read the whole review in the August 2013 issue of Locus.

REVIEW: Tor.com

Tor.com reviews Oz Reimagined: “Oz Reimagined is, admittedly, a more adult take on the source material, building on a century of sequels, spinoffs, reimaginings and illegitimate literary offspring, but it’s a heck of a read. If The Wizard of Oz is a book for children, Oz Reimagined is the book for when children grow up. ”

It mentions “the magnificence of this anthology,” and among other individual compliments, it cites Theodora Goss’s tale as “a strong story, well-suited for the anthology’s mission,” and Jonathan Maberry’s story as “brilliantly whimsical.”  [review]

REVIEW: Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly reviews Oz Reimagined: “Revisiting L. Frank Baum’s Oz with all-new stories, this anthology showcases up-and-coming talents as well as acclaimed writers such as Jane Yolen and Tad Williams. […] Less comforting than Baum’s original stories, this anthology will appeal to Oz lovers looking for new perspectives.”

It goes on to single out the stories by Rachel Swirsky, Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, and Jonathan Maberry as “gems.” [review]