I finished The Road to Oz (book 5) yesterday. Here are my thoughts so far on the first three in the series...
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Pretty damn great. Especially the parts that aren't in the movie. Especially the parts where Dorothy is an ingenious girl and not just some simpering wimp. Especially the honesty of the Wizard and his humbug.
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Holy gender politics, Batman! An army of girls taking over the Emerald City because no one suspects that they can? A male to female transexual who is crowned a Princess after sucessfully transitioning? The day saved once again by the most powerful figure in Oz, the Sorceress Glinda (a woman)? Was this book really written in 1904? And let's not forget Mr. H.M. Wogglebug T.E. - priceless critique of higher education.
Ozma of Oz
I really love this story, mostly because I love the Nome King going from grinning Santa Clause to evil, conniving trickster. And I like when he swears. "Rocketty rickets! Smudge and blazes!" and, of course:
"Hippikaloric!" which must be a dreadful word because we don't know what it means.And Billina and her 'tude are truly priceless. Baum loves the strong women as much as I do, doesn't he?