Author: Geoff Ryman
Length: 371 pages
3.5 Stars out of 4
Review by Suzdal
3½ Stars out of 4
This is a strange but wonderful book. While it's not actually fantasy it
still manages to feel like it, and although the events in it are almost
uniformly grim and terribly sad it's not depressing.
The premise is what if Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz had been a real
person on whose experiences the Baum book and the Judy Garland movie were
based? It may sound like a strange approach to a seminal work of fantasy
but it manages to be utterly original and somehow add to the mythos
without lessening it.
The writing is superb and haunting, you finish the book utterly believing
every word-even while you know it's fiction.
Geoff Ryman also wrote an excellent collection of four novellas
called Unconquered Countries which have a similar haunting atmosphere.
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