Oz: Into The Wild

Oz: Into The Wild

-Christopher Golden
-May 2002
-276 Pages

  Summary: Determined to find a solution to his lycanthrope problem, Oz sets out to discover the beast within himself, as well as the rest of the world. His journey takes him to LA, Fiji, Australia, China and finally to Tibet in his quest for peace. Oz finds himself running from Gib Cain, the werewolf hunter who wants his skin, battling vampires and all around, just running for his life. His journey takes him to China where he meets a young woman named Jinan, who is something more than human, and the two of them travel to Tibet in search of answers. A monk can guide Oz through his journey, but he can only take him so far into his own self-discovery. During the meantime, Muztag, an evil demon who has been the monk's lifelong enemy, is gathering forces in an attempt to take over a particular valley in Tibet and he must be stopped before he kills the monk, or Oz's hopes for hiding the best within him will be totally lost.
   
  Rating: 1/5
   
  Review: This book may appeal to some, and it really started to appeal to me in the beginning, but my interest quickly dropped off. I think this is the first time I've ever disliked a novel Chris Golden has written, but my god, this one took me about 3 months to read because I got so bloody bored of it. I do enjoy Oz's character, and thought this would make for an interesting read. Which it did. In the beginning at least. When Oz was in LA and stuff, that was cool, and even the traveling around to Fiji and Sydney and even in China. But as soon as he got to Tibet, the level of interest in the novel just plummeted. It just got ever so boring and endless. Repetitive and just... there was an overall sense of "blahness" to the whole Tibet area. Maybe my own fault but, jesus, did I ever find it boring. Muztag, the demon, and his minions and whatever, weren't developed enough. Oh sure, they were explained but it seemed like they were just thrown in for the sake of having a bad guy in the novel. Blech. Oz's journey was interesting, but it wasn't what I expected. It almost seemed a little too bland. So pick this novel up if you're really interested in what happened to Oz, but I really can't say I enjoyed it. Maybe you'll think differently. Oh, also worth mentioning: the rest of the characters, ie: Buffy, Willow, Xander, etc., really don't play a role in this novel.
   
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