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Dorothy Must Die Stories: No Place Like Oz,…

Dorothy Must Die Stories: No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn, The… (utgåvan 2015)

av Danielle Paige (Författare)

Serier: Dorothy Must Die (novellas 1-3)

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Three prequel novellas to the Dorothy Must Die series that follow Dorothy Gale as she transforms from good girl to Wicked Witch.
Titel:Dorothy Must Die Stories: No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn, The Wizard Returns (Dorothy Must Die Novella)
Författare:Danielle Paige (Författare)
Info:HarperCollins (2015), Edition: 1st Edition, 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Dorothy Must Die Stories, Volume 1 av Danielle Paige


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  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
It is neat to read these after each novel, but much of it is lost after you have read the whole series already. Bummer, because I really loved the series and the players t behind these books. ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
To be honest, this was my first time diving into this series and I literally knew nothing besides that it was sort of a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. I have to say, I did enjoy these novellas and I can't wait to actually read the trilogy now and see where the author took this because I am quite intrigued. These are fun, quick reads that give a lot of background, I'm guessing, as to why Oz is the way it is in the trilogy. I would recommend this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Beammey | Jul 23, 2016 |
I'm really liking the series already, and I wasn't disappointed with this collection. No Place Like Oz is the first, and it tells how and why Dorothy returns to Oz. It was my least favorite of the trio, but I still enjoyed it. I already disliked Dorothy, having read the first two books, so her back story didn't make me sympathetic towards her. Perhaps if I'd read this first, and then Dorothy Must Die, my feelings would be different. I did feel that it filled in a lot of the gaps from the original, so I was pleased with that.

In the second story, The Witch Must Burn, we find that one of the witches isn't as good as she claims to be and is, in fact, controlling things from behind the scenes. We also meet Jellia, a young maid working for Dorothy, who is borrowed for the summer by Glinda. Jellia has no idea what is in store for her at Glinda's, but she knows it can't be good.

The third and final novella, The Wizard Returns, tells the tale of the Wizard. What happens to him since Dorothy outed him as a fraud and what will he will do once he finds out that she is now the one ruling Oz.

This whole series is wonderful! I enjoy the retelling of the classic Wizard of Oz stories, Danielle Paige does a great job of twisting the well-known tale into something new and entertaining. ( )
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 2016 |
'Tis a silly book, but I enjoyed it.

I admit that I don't read much YA literature, despite a love for a variety of genres and an academic specialization in literature for children (most specifically, mid-grade novels). I have a sort of image in my head that a lot of YA revolves around fairly unsubtle tropes: high school popularity, doomed first romances, witchcraft and demons, Harry Potter-lite wizards and witches in training. None of these topics interest me, particularly, and so I avoid them. I picked up Dorothy Must Die: Stories because of a display for the series in my local Barnes and Noble. As a lifelong fan of L. Frank Baum's (and others') Oz books, I'm always intrigued - and usually disappointed - by new takes and continuations of that magical world. Usually, though, new stories trade on the imagery and associations with the famous 1939 Judy Garland movie, not the book series (or, indeed, the original novel). I understand why: the film is far better known in popular culture. And I like the film a lot; it's a great classic of golden age American cinema. But I love the Oz books.

So it was with some surprise that I started flipping through Stories and discovered several names I didn't expect to be there. Ozma, Jellia Jamb, Polychrome, the Saw-Horse, Mombi: these are characters from the Baum books, and Ozma aside, not even the most obvious ones. On the basis of that alone, I was interested enough to buy the book and take it home. I really had to find out what Paige was up to and if she got it "right."

Truth be told, Paige's Oz is a mix of awkwardness and inventiveness. She is clearly very well-versed in the original novels; there's a reference to Sky Island, for crying out loud, which isn't even one of the regular Oz books. The characters from the books that she features are reasonably recognizable, if a little tweaked in personalities sometimes, and her Oz has the same basic geography and design as Baum's. It's definitely been retooled to appeal to a fantasy-reading audience, which is perfectly appropriate; instead of Baum's vast frontier lands, Paige has super-colorful fanciful vistas with, for instance, malevolent pixies the size of butterflies. It's very Hollywood Oz, and that's fine. It certainly works better than Gregory Maguire's Wicked series, where the most American of fairylands has been transformed into what feels like a series of European hamlets, with a St. Petersburg-esque Emerald City looming at the center.

Speaking of Wicked, like Maguire, Paige often has to tread the line between Baum's characters, the famous 1939 film characterizations, and something entirely new of her own creation - and that's where the book is probably most awkward. Dorothy is recognizably Judy Garland's Dorothy, telling us she originally visited Oz in a blue gingham dress when she was 14. She lives in a Kansas that seems reasonably 1930s in its landscape and culture, which is consistent with the film. Yet she doesn't talk like she comes from the 1930s. In fact, almost every "young" (or really, "not old") character in the book speaks in a modern, familiar vernacular that feels way, way too 21st century. At times, it's really quite jarring, and it can throw you out of the narrative when Oz personalities start talking like they're living in the world of The O.C.. I assume this is a concession to the teen reader, and it's really, really not necessary. Similarly, there are some bizarre half-concessions to the 1939 film - which, remember, Paige has no rights to reference directly (unlike the original Baum books, which are in the public domain). So Dorothy used Baum's Silver Shoes on her original journey, but she returns to Oz in magical sparkly red shoes - of course. Glinda, who is described as the vivacious young woman of the Baum stories, appears and disappears in a ball of glitter - rather like a bubble. You see where this is going, right? Occasionally, Paige uses these little inconsistencies to her benefit; Glinda's public persona, for instance, is familiar as the teeth-grating, simpery sweetness of the movie, but it turns out to be a mask for something very, very different. When it works, it works. But it does take getting used to.

Did I mention that Ozma has become a sort of juvenile Galadriel, capable of changing her stature and appearance during displays of power? Did I mention she has butterfly wings now? No? Well, you win some, you lose some.

Importantly, what I haven't discussed yet are the actual stories, and there's a reason: they're all setup, especially the final two of the three. The first, narrated by Dorothy (and nearly the combined length of the other two), brings the "Witchslayer," her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry back to Oz, where she quickly discovers that everything is not as it should be. This is easily the most interesting of the stories, not just because it's the most developed or because it features the most Baum elements, but because there's an underlying mystery for the reader to try and resolve. Oz seems pretty idyllic under Princess Ozma's reign, and Dorothy is quickly established as a self-absorbed little prat, so it's up to you to decide whether her perspective has any validity at all. Certainly by the second novella, Dorothy is established as the ultimate in Mean Girls, with her friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion acting very against type. The narrator for this story is Ozma's young maid, Jellia, and while her perspective seems clear, there's again a question of just how these characters turned so wrong so quickly. The final, third-person story represents a slight step back in time (and probably should have been ordered as the second of the three). Here, the Wizard is introduced - oddly, clearly not an old man as depicted either in the original novel or the film - and set on his own destiny back to the broken world of Oz. By the end of the volume, the stage is set for three very different campaigns to try and wrest control of Oz. It's all pretty simple, plot-wise, but it's immensely easy to read and - frankly - 400 pages flew by. I would call that a pretty good success.

Now, where it goes from here is anybody's guess. Some of the machinations in this volume are absolutely ludicrous - one, right at the end of the first story, is manipulated to "book-end" the original Wizard of Oz so cutely that it almost defies belief. (Personally, I chose to simply set the book down and laugh out loud for a solid minute.) Some of Paige's inventions are also pretty trite or just plain boring, like the "mysterious" and "amoral" fairie folk who seem like emo elf rejects from The Lord of the Rings. Others, though, are kind of interesting, at least enough to deserve further investigation: the idea that Oz's magic users draw their power from the land itself, for instance, and that that magic can be mined like oil. In his one extended appearance, the Lion has become not just evil, but primal, and with no explanation given for that here, I'm intrigued to find out more. This may not end up being a great series, but I think Paige has enough creativity on display for it to be worth my time to keep on going.

Plus, she name-dropped Sky Island. I mean, what the hell? ( )
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