Reviews by Elita

Ozma of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Another wonderful addition to the Oz series. Ozma of Oz tells the story of Dorothy finding herself lost again and ends up in yet another enchanted land. This time, it is Ev, not Oz. She is befriended by a fellow lost creature, a yellow hen named Billina, and a smart mechanical copper man named Tiktok.

It doesn't take long before Dorothy and her new friends find themselves in trouble. Luckily for her, the wonderful folks of Oz including Ozma, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Hungry Tiger, and many more have important business to deal with in Ev and quite coincidentally come to Dorothy's rescue. However, it is at this point, this unique group of adventurers set off to rescue the first family of Ev from the evil clutches of the Nome King.

Ozma of Oz is quite the adventurous read. All our beloved characters are back with new friends to enjoy, including Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion. And there are lots of new characters to enjoy and laugh with, evil villains to disdain, unique lands to travel, and a touch of magic to keep things wondrous.

I did find a formatting fault with this particular ebook version for the iPhone E-Reader that I've encountered. There are missing words to the story as you end one page and go to the next. I've had this happen to me several times already.

Otherwise, Ozma of Oz is a fun read for all ages. My 7YO son and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories together. Sometimes we just don't want to stop.


Reviewed on 2010.07.23

The Fun of Getting Thin

by Samuel Blythe

"The Fun of Getting Thin" is a short yet fun read on one man's weight gain and weight loss journey. I read this book out of sheer curiosity on what the weight-loss struggle was like "back in the time" only to learn that not much has changed. The bombardment of ideas and philosophies on what it takes to lose weight back in Samuel Blythe's time (circa 1912) is very similar to what we experience today.

Mr. Blythe's book is not about shoving a product or diet idea. Neither was it working towards the perfect body. It was about the decisions Mr. Blythe made, regardless of conventional diet plans or exercise products out at the time, to change his life and his eating habits so he can be happy with himself again.

In that respect, the book is commendable and encouraging. It's a fun and quick read that may help motivate you further in your own weight loss journey.

Reviewed on 2008.05.30

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