Title: Wizard In Wonderland
Author: Ron Glick
Format: Paperback and eBook
Genre: Fantasy, Classic Reimagined
Series: Oz-Wonderland Series # 1
Best Read in Order: N/A
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About the Book:
Dorothy Gale has been to some strange lands, but none as unexpected as 19th century Oxford, England. Yet this is exactly where Dorothy meets Alice Liddell, a young woman with her own fanciful stories of a place called Wonderland. Alice finds herself pulled into Oz to face a new Wicked Witch, while Dorothy must follow the Wizard into a Wonderland civil war. Unknown to either girl though, plots have arisen against both faery lands, and they must uncover the hidden history shared between these lands if they are ever to set things right again.
Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carrol classics, The Wizard In Wonderland reveals the secrets of Oz and Wonderland in a story that brings together both classic heroines in a new epic adventure.
What starts as a simple mash-up of the classics Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz quickly takes a tangential leap and mixes the heroines from each story into a new adventure, with one primary motivation: find the Wizard.
I will admit to being familiar with and a fan of Carroll’s Alice, and familiar with although less fan-girl of the Oz stories: that is a simple bad association with the flying monkeys in the movie and well, I’ve never quite recovered. But, as characters, both Dorothy and Alice are familiar and comforting, bringing memories of first encounters with fantastical dream-like tales.
Ron Glick does not fail to maintain that otherworldly aura and feel in this story: giving the characters a whole new perspective as they hit that “here I go again” moment. In fact, the incorporation of the feel originally crafted by authors long gone is apparent, even as Glick is managing to create new adventures and larger roles for characters previously relegated to minor places or cameos, at least in the first books in the original series.
With twists and turns, as they chase the wizard and struggle with the new challenges they face, the pages fly by, as the two stories parallel and synchronize, informing each other as they maintain their singular progress. Strangely enough, were I to hear the genesis of the idea, and that it would be told in concurrent parallel stories it sounds confusing: in the reality it was clearly flowing from chapter to chapter, each new twist informing the end and providing fans of either or both books with a new perspective on the old tale.
This was a clever, well-written and even courageously conceived idea that did not fail to achieve the lofty goals set at page one. With a nod to the original styles that is apparent in the author’s handling of the stories, this is more than a simple rework of classics, but a reinvention of the stories that are so familiar. Sure to be a hit with fans of either, this just may be the key to encouraging you to read the classics again, if only to see how clever Glick was in his reinvented tale. My one sticking point: an abrupt ending that does feel unsatisfying. Knowing this is the first in the series does mitigate that somewhat – but more resolution is called for.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Ron Glick (born January 20, 1969) is a community activist, and presently operates a nonprofit adult sobriety program, GameHearts (http://GameHearts.org). He was born in Plainville, KS. After living in various states, he currently lives in Kalispell, MT. He is unmarried, with ambitions to someday change that. His poetry has been published in several publications through the years, and he is presently working on the second novel of the Godslayer Cycle, Two, and recovering an older novel from the corrupt wastelands of data storage, Tarinel’s Song.