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Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a mouth like a dock worker and an attitude to match. When she walks into Voyages Through Literature—a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics—the last thing she expects is to be whisked away to an actual, magical world. To make things worse, this Oz is very different from the one she saw in a Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a mouth like a dock worker and an attitude to match. When she walks into Voyages Through Literature—a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics—the last thing she expects is to be whisked away to an actual, magical world. To make things worse, this Oz is very different from the one she saw in a movie when she was little. Ferocious beasts with grizzly bear bodies and tiger heads? A town of creepy, porcelain dolls? The Tin Woodsman lying broken and battered at the bottom of a ditch? Arabella will need more than surliness and silver slippers to find the answers at the end of this rainbow—or even just survive the trip. EDITOR’S NOTE: Profanity, for real. Arabella Grimsbro curses like a longshoreman. If you are considering purchasing this book for a child, please be aware that, among other obscenities, it features some variant of the word “f---” eighty-seven times. (Eighty-eight if you include the editor’s note.)


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Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a mouth like a dock worker and an attitude to match. When she walks into Voyages Through Literature—a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics—the last thing she expects is to be whisked away to an actual, magical world. To make things worse, this Oz is very different from the one she saw in a Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a mouth like a dock worker and an attitude to match. When she walks into Voyages Through Literature—a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics—the last thing she expects is to be whisked away to an actual, magical world. To make things worse, this Oz is very different from the one she saw in a movie when she was little. Ferocious beasts with grizzly bear bodies and tiger heads? A town of creepy, porcelain dolls? The Tin Woodsman lying broken and battered at the bottom of a ditch? Arabella will need more than surliness and silver slippers to find the answers at the end of this rainbow—or even just survive the trip. EDITOR’S NOTE: Profanity, for real. Arabella Grimsbro curses like a longshoreman. If you are considering purchasing this book for a child, please be aware that, among other obscenities, it features some variant of the word “f---” eighty-seven times. (Eighty-eight if you include the editor’s note.)

30 review for The "Wonderful" Wizard of Futhermucking Oz

  1. 5 out of 5

    TL

    This one was lots of fun. Now, I haven't read the original yet (I have the audiobook) but maybe that was for the best in my case. I wasn't comparing it to the original and/or griping at how different/similar it was. If you don't like cursing, this may not be the book for you... there is a LOT of it. It amused me more than anything else. I may have been cursing more than Arabella actually. Some of my favorite bits were when she was trying to teach the Scarecrow to curse, even Jessie liked that This one was lots of fun😊. Now, I haven't read the original yet (I have the audiobook) but maybe that was for the best in my case. I wasn't comparing it to the original and/or griping at how different/similar it was. If you don't like cursing, this may not be the book for you... there is a LOT of it. It amused me more than anything else. I may have been cursing more than Arabella actually. Some of my favorite bits were when she was trying to teach the Scarecrow to curse, even Jessie liked that one:). Low rating? I liked it and at some places loved it.. but I wasn't in love with it. It matched my humor for the most part though, and that was awesome. Near the end.. it felt over-long. I had the same questions Arabella and the wizard did but whay had been a fun journey started to fizzle out for me and.. unnecessary? Ending (view spoiler)[the same as the movie (hide spoiler)] would have seemed lazy but still... to me it felt like a deliberate set up for a second book instead of a natural progession of her adventures. Would I recommend? Still yes, it was fun for me and helped lift my mood. Will I continue the series? Maybe, will have to think about it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Laughed so hard I had to stop reading when my family went to bed because I was keeping them awake.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    3.5 First off, that cover is just awesome pretty. Half Peruvian, angry 'Dorothy' is fearsome and I love her. Secondly, I appreciate the diversity in the few non-Oz characters available to the author. (The Oz characters are, you know, a scarecrow, a tin man, a lion, a dog, some witches, flying monkeys, munchkins, etc. So, you know, Youngmark was maybe a little tied down with them.) Thirdly, this book is funny. Utterly ridiculous, of course, but purposefully so. It's completely hammed up. I had a 3.5 First off, that cover is just awesome pretty. Half Peruvian, angry 'Dorothy' is fearsome and I love her. Secondly, I appreciate the diversity in the few non-Oz characters available to the author. (The Oz characters are, you know, a scarecrow, a tin man, a lion, a dog, some witches, flying monkeys, munchkins, etc. So, you know, Youngmark was maybe a little tied down with them.) Thirdly, this book is funny. Utterly ridiculous, of course, but purposefully so. It's completely hammed up. I had a ball with it. Having said all that, I am glad it isn't any longer than it is. Because for all its humor, it is still the story of Dorothy in Oz, a completely known and predictable plot. It is at the end of the day a one trick pony and if it had been much longer the schtick wouldn't have been enough to carry it and I'd have lost interest. As it is, it ended in time and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie S

    This book was pretty hilarious! I probably loved it so much because I'm a huge Oz fan but I found it very entertaining!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    While my wife and I were walking around the Wa. State Summer-Con we came upon the booth for these books, and Matt Youngmark the author was there. So we got to meet him as well. Super nice guy. While I'm not necessarily the demographic for this book, it was a quick read and fun retelling of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. My only disappointment is I wish we bought the other volumes as Arabella doesn't quite make it home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

    #2. Arabella: FUUUUUUUUUUUUU Mars (*Not Me*) #3. Arabella: FUUUUUUUUUU All The Leagues Arabella Grimsbro curses. A lot. Specifically she likes to use the word " Fuck ". A lot. Thanks to the author I can keep score: the word " Fuck " appears 76 times in this manuscript. To a swear-loving adult 76 might be an - admittedly - smol number but, as the author reiterates, Oz was "theoretically" intended for children. So, 76 fucks are 76 too many. *Huh. Who knew* Of course this is why I fucking liked #2. Arabella: FUUUUUUUUUUUUU Mars (*Not Me*) ★★★★★ #3. Arabella: FUUUUUUUUUU All The Leagues ★★★★★ Arabella Grimsbro curses. A lot. Specifically she likes to use the word " Fuck ". A lot. Thanks to the author I can keep score: the word " Fuck " appears 76 times in this manuscript. To a swear-loving adult 76 might be an - admittedly - smol number but, as the author reiterates, Oz was "theoretically" intended for children. So, 76 fucks are 76 too many. *Huh. Who knew* Of course this is why I fucking liked this book so much! Also the writing. *nods* Before I go I want to mention a couple of things: 1. Before randomly finding this book on Amazon and reading it, I hadn't seen and/or read anything Oz related. I knew things through Internet Osmosis only. I was still able to read this and follow along nicely. You don't need to have any actual movie/book Oz knowledge to read this. 2. At the time of me writing this I have finished the trilogy (Oz, Warlord of Mars, 10.000 Leagues) and can confirm that it gets even better! This may or may not have something to do with the fact that the " Fuck " count rises! WooHoo!

  7. 4 out of 5

    M. C.

    I enjoyed the second volume enough to go back and read the first, but I was a star's worth of disappointed in the Oz volume. Arabella was less snarky as Dorothy than she was as John Carter (Futhermucking Classics #2), and spent too much inner dialog angsting about following or not following the plot of a book she hadn't read, in order to possibly escape from a virtual reality she doesn't understand. Considering the wizard's unfortunate situation, her angst is understandable, but it also makes I enjoyed the second volume enough to go back and read the first, but I was a star's worth of disappointed in the Oz volume. Arabella was less snarky as Dorothy than she was as John Carter (Futhermucking Classics #2), and spent too much inner dialog angsting about following or not following the plot of a book she hadn't read, in order to possibly escape from a virtual reality she doesn't understand. Considering the wizard's unfortunate situation, her angst is understandable, but it also makes her a relatively passive character in an adventure she doesn't understand. At the end the book is back on track with the movie (she's seen the movie), and Arabella finally takes a stab at actively changing the plot; it's a great ending for this volume, but unfortunately I'd already read volume #2, in which completing the plot as written is the way out of the story and into yet another one. There don't seem to be rules to the virtual public domain book-jumping magic, or if there are, they're strangely complicated. Once again (for the first time) the author bios included an inappropriate dig at the departed public domain coauthor. I'm sure he wouldn't think much of the political opinions of our time, either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Kimbell

    Really cool book. It was refreshing to read a book that almost immediately jumps right into the main story. The protagonist was entertaining to listen to, as her vocabulary is a lot of cursing. The length was also good, as it didn't drag on in certain scenes, but didn't move too quickly for it's own good. Ending definitely sets up a sequel, which I will read! 4/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Vogel

    This book is delightful, hilarious, and DEFINITELY not for kids. There's much more to the Wizard of Oz than you've seen in the movies, and Arabella definitely runs afoul of that throughout this book. But it's fun to watch her navigate the world with lots and lots of swearing. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Loved it! Very funny. I hope there is a second one coming :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A new take on the Wizard of Oz, with a foul-mouthed, hilarious main character. Her voice carries you through with joy and cynicism. I dare you not to have fun with this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karlen

    Fun for fans of Oz fiction. I prefer Wicked and Spelled.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Court

    I just.... couldn't get into it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The first couple of pages seemed like the right kind of humor for me. Unfortunately the story seemed to be on rails pretty hard. The main character talks a good game about finding places to diverge from the original Wizard Of Oz storyline, but she never actually manages to get off the rails (as far as I could tell). This felt like a disappointment. The whole point of a self-insert fanfiction is that you find a way to make the story better. The only thing Arabella managed to do was to add profanity The first couple of pages seemed like the right kind of humor for me. Unfortunately the story seemed to be on rails pretty hard. The main character talks a good game about finding places to diverge from the original Wizard Of Oz storyline, but she never actually manages to get off the rails (as far as I could tell). This felt like a disappointment. The whole point of a self-insert fanfiction is that you find a way to make the story better. The only thing Arabella managed to do was to add profanity and sarcasm to the narrative. And, don't get me wrong, it was good profanity and sarcasm. But I wanted protagonist agency and there wasn't any here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael St. Marie

  18. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Joy Joy ♥

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ed Dexter

  20. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Kelleher

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arref Mak

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele Mercado-Chimkin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wichael Tellez

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McBain

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mindi Welton-Mitchell

    I laughed a lot, and often out loud. I heard Matt read the first few chapters at Norwescon and I had to buy it. Warning--f-bombs are dropped throughout the book (87 times, 88 if you count the editor's note). So, keep that in mind. But he gets the angsty teen girl well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brad Kary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Allen

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