The Oz BooksFrom: kitsumehime Sent: 10/17/2007 5:33 PM
Is anyone interested in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum and others? Then they were the literary equivalent of such things as Harry Potter. Even today people are writing in this shared universe. A visit to the web site for the International Wizard of Oz Club revealed a bit of the history. There are about 40 books considered "canon", most written by Baum or his daughter Ruth Plumly Thompson.
A romp through their Frequently Asked Questions board was most enlightening as well as the Wikipedia article on Oz Books.
In addition to the canonical works, there are over 100 more cited ranging from works that are little more than fan written fiction to works by well known sf writers to further adventures in Oz to current best sellers such as Wicked and Son of a Witch. I have the first 14 of Baum's books in paperback. When I was a kid, the library had about 20, and I remember liking the ones by Thompson more. on't know how many are still in print or how many of them would be considiered children's books today.
Here's a link to the IWOC site:http://www.ozclub.org/
From: DaiLowe Sent: 10/18/2007 1:16 AM
Not that long ago somebody did a tv doc about them ~ can't remember who it was but they were a big admirer and made a strong case for the better ones.
From: MikeAlx Sent: 10/18/2007 5:07 AM
I read the first couple of sequels when I was 9 or 10 - can't remember the titles off the top of my head - I recall flying beds, Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wheelers, the evil Princess with interchangeable heads - great stuff!