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A Barnstormer in Oz Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1983

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reprint edition (October 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425062740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425062746
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Gary W. Wright on July 15 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Great novel, speedy delivery. Thanks a bunch, and have a great summer!:>)
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Farmer's Oz is a sad attempt to recover one's childhood Aug. 4 2002
By Charles Phipps - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a man who writes Oz books himself with points that are slightly more adult than Baum, Thompson, Neil, or Snow I can understand Farmer's desires a bit more than most. The reverent love he displays for Glinda in this book is some of the most moving work I've seen in my reading days. However Mr. Farmer seems to rely on a disillusioned childhood as his looking glass for Oz as there is no Ozma (Blasphemy!), Jack Pumpkinhead, or other characters after the Wizard of Oz in this story and he disregards some of Baum's own corrections to his stories to hold onto the idea 'scientiffic Oz' is a better place. The moral relativism and grays in this story depresses what could have been a beautiful trek through the magical land some of the science is as surreal as Baum's magic. I enjoyed the book truly and am glad I bought it but I think I'll stick with the Famous Forty myself for my reading pleasure. The story is...depressing
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Different Return to Oz July 20 2012
By tvtv3 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A BARNSTORMER IN OZ follows the adventures of Hank Stover, the son of Dorothy Gale, as his plane become lost in a green cloud over Kansas in 1923. As a result, Hank finds himself (and his plane) transported to the Land of Oz, which his mother had visited years before. Scarecrow is still ruling Emerald City, but the entire world of Oz itself is on the verge of a Civil War as a new wicked witch, Erakna, raises an army, takes over the world bit by bit, and plans a surprise plot to defeat and kill Glinda. Hank's arrival seems to turn the tide, but Glinda and her allies are leery of Hank's plane and his weapons because Hank's arrival becomes the harbringer for a possible invasion of Oz by the American armed forces.

The story is an interesting one and it does an excellent job of staying true to the original THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ novel, while attempting to explain the world of Oz through a logical and scientific approach.

The book isn't the fairy tale that THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is. Instead, it's a novel aimed at adults with a higher reading level. Some of the concepts and language are difficult to understand. For instance, I found myself looking several words up in a dictionary that I had never heard before. Also, there are some adult situations, e.g. Hank Stover takes up with a Munchkin mistress while he attempts to woo Glinda. Though the descriptions of the bedroom romps are more dull than graphic, they are still there. Then there's the acts of violence that happen throughout. Once again, the descriptions are more pedantic than graphic, but people are Ozians are killed in the book.

The erudite prose will be a turn-off some readers as will some of the adult themes found in the text. However, if you don't mind either of those things and are a fan of the original THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, you will probably enjoy A BARNSTORMER IN OZ. Personally, I liked the story much better than the Gregory Maguire's novel, WICKED.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Scientific study of Oz April 4 2011
By E. S. Charpentier - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Barnstormer in Oz seems to me to be an exercise in explaining the wonders of Oz in scientific terms. Or, at least as close to scientific as you can get in a world of magical events that defy explanation. Farmer has done an excellent job of that. His narrative also includes action sequences which serve to enliven the tale and create suspense, so that it's not just one long treatise. The dual purpose of the text therefore feels a little disjointed, as though explanations must be interrupted for something interesting to happen, and vice versa. I enjoyed Farmer's perspective, but was not much caught up in the action. The subplot of what would happen if Americans invaded Oz was much more fascinating to me than the eventual defeat of the evil Erakna. The resolution of this plot seemed rather protracted, and the climactic scene was rather confusing to read. I found I was spending more time trying to picture what Farmer was describing, than feeling the suspense and excitement of the altercation. This is an interesting book, but recommended only for hardcore fans of the Land of Oz.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Recommended reading (contains a small spoiler) Oct. 15 2014
By Mars Trader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been 19 years since I read this book, but it surfaces in my memory often. I think it would make a good sci-fi movie, so long as the IMO unnecessary sex was played down a bit. Farmer can be a difficult read and as some have mentioned their are some flaws and idiosyncrasies that span his work, but I really liked this book. The pilot angle and the primitive technology are superb. I have no issues with trying to rationalize Oz in terms of science, aliens, or any other angle. Why should I when it's a fiction in the first place? This was Farmer's idea. If someone else has other ideas, all you need to do is publish your own. After all, Roger S. Baum (grandson) did just that. I don't have a copy handy but I seem to recall that Farmer had sorted things out with the Baum estate before writing the book, which is more than enough license to have written this clever book. Oh, and keep your shirt on... Ok if you want a complaint, why didn't Glinda's own scientists know more about atomic theory? But, oh so many clever moments, such as our armed forces bungling another first contact, and delivering the "back off" message to the President. And I so seriously want to take a look in the laboratories of Oz...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Over the rainbow Feb. 28 2009
By Amaranth - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Barnstormer in Oz" is the late Philip Jose Farmer's fascinating take on the magical land. Farmer does some revisionist history--it's as if the Wonderful Wizard of Oz never had any sequels. The Scarecrow still reigns in the Emerald City, Glinda the Good is again battling an evil witch. Oz is on the verge of civil war. Into the story flies Hank Stover, Dorothy Gale's son. He finds out he is in a parallel universe. He marries and impregnates one woman while romancing Glinda on the side. Their passionate love affair sets the stage for crucial events.

"Barnstormer" is a unique contribution to the Oz canon. Farmer attempts some scientific explanations for talking animals, sentient objects, and whether there was reproduction in that magical land. It stands out as one of Farmer's most accessible books.

Philip Jose Farmer will be remembered as a revolutionary science fiction author. (1918-2009)

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