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Tik-Tok of Oz

Publication Date: April 11, 2013

Chapter: The Wonderful Comics of Oz

"Tik-Tok" is basically the same book as "Ozma." I mean, that's not even a joke. It was BASED on the stageplay version of that earlier book. Baum just changed some names, added a few extra details, and BOOM, new Oz book. You can tell how enthused he was about the whole "new Oz book" idea in 1914.

That's not to say the book is without merit, mind you. The Army in "Tik-Tok" is more clearly defined and really entertaining, and the back half of the book features a dragon, which basically makes everything better. Even so, this is Baum on autopilot. It would take him a few more years to make peace with just writing Oz, as we'll see next week.

Author: L. Frank Baum • Year: 1914 • Info: Tor Online

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