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Royce Day
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm a 40 something amateur writer with a half dozen original stories and collections available at Amazon… and Smashwords… and entirely too much fanfic based on Peta Hewitt's Terinu webcomic.

FYI Llama badges shall be ignored.

Current Residence: Columbia, MD
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Favourite genre of music: Rock & Roll
Operating System: Windows XL
MP3 player of choice: Phillips
Skin of choice: The one keeping all my organs inside my body
Personal Quote: "Do we have any idea what to do for dinner?"

Summary: The magical land of Oz has fallen, destroyed by two evil wizards who escaped their punishments inflicted on them by Princess Ozma, combining forces in an uneasy alliance to conquer all. Only the sky kingdom of King Iris Mirabillis, Lord of Rainbows, remains free. And from there he sends his daughter, Polychrome Glory, to the Mortal World to find the champion they need to free the Land of Oz.

What they get is Erik Medon, an asthmatic, overweight fan of L. Frank Baum's famous series, who just found his dreams have come true. And is willing to fight for those dreams even at the cost of his own life.

Review: Okay, this book is unabashed wish fulfillment by Ryk Spoor. It's a Portal Fantasy with a stereotypical fannish geek who gets to live out an adventure in the Magical Land of Oz (at least the portions that are out of copyright). Nevertheless it's well-written wish fulfillment. Erik is painfully aware of his limitations as a Hero, even though he gets a fair set of Mighty Thews (not to mention 20-20 eyesight) after a year of intense training up in the Rainbow Kingdom. And Oz is not entirely the happy-go-lucky land of adventure from the books. Wisely, Spoor makes the assumption that Baum simplified and softened the retelling of Dorothy and her companion's adventures when he published them. This allows Spoor to attach more complex motivations and characterizations to both the heroes and villains in his tale, and enriches the narrative.

If I have an objection to this story, it's that Ozma had to be very deliberately and specifically Nerfed to allow Erik his moment to shine at the end. But “Ozma wakes up and makes everything instantly better” doesn't work in a modern narrative, so I'll give Spoor a pass on that one, and the active female characters are strong enough to make up for the loss.

The final battle does get marvelously loony though, as Erik uses his knowledge of sci-fi, fantasy and Japanese anime to fight the villains. It reminded me strongly of Jim Hine's Libromancer books, and that's not a bad thing.

Strongly Recommended.  

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rubbervixen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Happy Birthday!
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Dear!
OddStrange Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Jeebly-Weeblies, I really like your Officer Wayne series.
That is, like, Mondo Cool.
Also, hi! You're the dude who wrote the DotL TvTropes page :3
Nice to meet you.
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Pleasure to meet you! And yeah, I did put together the DotL page, though it needs one of the comic cover pages to be added to make it look nice.
OddStrange Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
How 'bout this?… *boop*
dan338 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
thanks a lot for the fave and the comment.

Much appreciated :happybounce:
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. I really love your vehicle designs and characters
ardashir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Thanks for the fave and the comment.
diogenes-von-wien Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Topic: Tez and Maria, Old but Good :)

I'm interested for the in-world chronology of your stories about this rathwer strange pair. Could you explain it to me?
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, that's complicated. A rough timeline is more or less..

350,000 BUD (Before Unexpected Diversions): Tez is created/born. Not just the Eldest Elf but the FIRST elf. Not that he remembers that.

350,000-50,000 BUD: Tez attempts to destroy the world at least three times.

100,000 BUD?: Tez betrays a friend, is horribly mutilated, and exacts his bloody revenge.

50,00 BUD: Tez creates the cult of Grignaz to use as a tax shelter.

3,000 BUD: Failure Mode. Approximately a year late Tez finally escapes his bonds and the merfold, washes up on the shore of an island in the Midterran Sea nad is enslaved by some local goatherders. 

2,000 BUD: Events of "The Island Lord". Tez fakes his death and escapes the island.

450 BUD: Tez rescues six year old Andrea and shelters her in the Elven Domain.

??: Tez spends a couple of hundred years in the Dragon States, returns without much in the way of funds

0 UD:Unexpected Diversions, Unforeseen Consequences: Tez is betrayed by a group of adventurers he was guiding, ends up enslaved by Maria
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