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Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker

Warwick Gleeson

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Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker

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“Piper Robbin and the American Oz Maker” is an imaginative rethinking, but not retelling, of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an engaging twist of the mystical, mythological, fantastical, and futuristic magic and technology. It also manages to throw in family drama, romantic dalliances, time travel, and aliens into the mix.

It is one of those stories that is nearly impossible to describe and must be read to be understood. An understanding of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is extremely helpful as is a passing understanding of Greek mythology and fantasy tropes employed in many fantasy novels. If any of this sounds confusing, it’s because the book can be confusing at times. However, sticking with it pays off in the end.

The story revolves around Piper, her World Maker father and their rocky relationship, and her father’s lover. Piper must find a way to reconcile and trust her father again if they are to survive an unknown enemy and build an Oz utopia.

With a lot of twists, turns, mysteries, and magic this book is sure to keep you on your toes. As long as you are patient and allow yourself to just take a ride into this new Oz-world you will enjoy the story. If you don’t enjoy ambiguity or occasional confusion in a story, then you may need to look elsewhere. For anyone else looking for a different kind of fantasy novel, I would recommend reading this book and be prepared for the unexpected and strange.

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