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Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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Aug 30, 2007

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bookshelves: fantasy, witches-and-wizards
Read in October, 2007

So, part of me really liked this. The idea of it, anyway. The first half or so I enjoyed quite a bit. I've always found Oz to be a very creepy place, and I figured I wouldn't like this take on it enough to get very far with it. I don't like the original movie version of it AT ALL, and it honestly makes me a bit queasy even thinking about it. But I actually really enjoyed the details Maguire put into the world--the politics and the view of what everyday life in Oz might be like. And I liked Elphaba and several of the characters she meets at school. Only halfway through, the story takes such an odd direction and things get...really weird. And stop making sense. And, at times, get really, really, really boring. All of the characters kind of go CRAZY towards the end, and I no longer liked or cared about any of them. So while I think Maguire's vision of Oz was pretty creative and interesting, I feel that ultimately his execution of the story was severely flawed. I'd really go with 2.5 stars on this one, but since Maguire actually did make me interested in Oz despite my rampant dislike of it, I'm bumping it up to 3. But I probably won't be reading anything else of his. Sorry...

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