edited by John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen
When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought together leading fantasy writers such as Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds. Some stories are dystopian… Some are dreamlike… All are undeniably Oz.
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.
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 […] brilliantly whimsical.
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. […] A solidly entertaining anthology, and worth a read.