O.Z. Doesn't Diggs G.C.C. at Emerald City

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
172 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2021
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

O.Z. Doesn't Diggs G.C.C. at Emerald City is a satirical novel inspired by the fantasy classic The Wizard of Oz. Written by Ron Baxley, Jr., the book follows the adventures of O.Z. Diggs VII, a descendant of the original Oz the Great and Terrible Wizard. Princess Ozma summons O.Z. Diggs VII to her palace in Emerald City and relays to him an S.O.S. received by a telegraph machine that she used to correspond with the author L. Frank Baum. O.Z. Diggs VII tracks the signal to Greenyville Community College, where he acquaints himself with Dr. Travey Jude Lightley. Upon arriving at G.C.C., he soon discovers that the first Wicked Witch of the North is back and determined to render magic obsolete by employing an anti-magic half-dome bubble to keep it out of G.C.C.

A humorous and entertaining story brimmed with references to The Wizard of Oz and callbacks to some of its fan-favorite characters, Ron Baxley, Jr.'s O.Z. Doesn't Diggs G.C.C at Emerald City is a delightful and fun-filled read from start to finish. Ron Baxley, Jr. crafts a fascinating tale that instantly grabs your attention with its richly developed world and fills you with a sense of joy and wonder. The plot is fast-paced, with bouts of humor sprinkled throughout the book. I found resemblances to the satirical style humor of Sir Terry Pratchett, and I wouldn't be surprised if his works inspired Ron Baxley, Jr. The characters feel quirky and likable. I highly recommend it to fantasy readers who love adventure stories.