Sunday, March 21, 2010

Book 11 in The Great Book Read 2010: Gregory Maguire's Volume Three of "The Wicked Years" : "A Lion Among Men"

Should have re-read Volumes 1 and 2 before diving into Volume 3. Too much time had passed since I read "Wicked" and "Son of a Witch." Found myself struggling through references I could not connect up. And the book was pretty murky to begin with.

I loved, loved, loved "Wicked." I'm a pretty big fan of Gregory Maguire's work. I enjoyed "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" and "Mirror, Mirror" and "Lost." I love the notion of re-imagining classic tales -- my first encounter with this idea (and still the best; sorry Mr. Maguire) was in Sherri S. Tepper's "Beauty."

All of these books take familiar stories in pretty grim and gritty directions. If you haven't ever delved into this world, don't expect happily ever after. Characters are not necessarily likable, and settings are not fairy-tale castles. But they make for some mighty good reading --- food for thought.

"A Lion Among Men" is the only one of the Wicked trilogy I do not personally own. I have a shelf full of Gregory Maguire, and I think it's time for a little review. As soon as I zip through the next couple of books I have lined up.......

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