Okay so I went to my first ever Winkie Convention this year at the Asilomar Conference Centre in Monterey. There I managed to pick up a first edition of John R. Neill's Scalawagon's of Oz, which finally complete's my Famous Forty Oz book collection.
I am around 160 pages into the book, it's hard going I was already very well prepared that it is one of the worst Oz books to read and Oz fans were not kidding!
A couple of things that keep bugging me when I am reading it, of course the spotty pacing and poor dialogue are irritating. But it's the characters that are annoying me Glinda has a bigger role than she has in a good while for an Oz book. However her characterisation is completely off! When there is a crisis and the Wizard disappears, her bold decisive course of action is to simply sit there and wait for his return!!
Tik-Tok is back, another character rarely mentioned by Ruth Plumly Thompson, now Tik-Tok is not alive and does not experience emotion's. Well not until Scalawagon's where he is now full of pride or worry and now a mechanic. Neill's characterisation of Tik-Tok would have been far better suited to the Tin Woodman.
Just thought i'd share some observation's that have been bugging when reading this book for the first time, I have Lucky Bucky in Oz to read after this. Can I Just skip please skip to Runaway in Oz which I know has edited by someone who I know can write and edit!
John R. Neill you were an amazing illustrator but should never have been allowed to write.