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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Gregory Maguire

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indygo88 January 6th, 2007 08:39 PM PST

I've read only one ("Wicked"), but from what I've heard, you either like Maguire's style or you don't. It wasn't particularly my cup of tea, but if you're looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, this author might be right up your alley. Don't go in hoping for an elaboration of the traditional fairy tales, or you'll likely be disappointed. I'd suggest keeping an open mind and judge his style for yourself!

tim helck March 31st, 2007 12:30 PM PST

So far, I've only read "Wicked". It is enchanting! Maguire writes like an angel, albeit one of uncertain allegiance. Just be warned though, this is no children's book!

The novel is based on "The Wizard of Oz", but told from the point of view of Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, who is a far more interesting protagonist than Dorothy from Kansas. Her character is appalling yet strangely sympathetic and tragic. The story reminds me a lot of "Till We Have Faces" by C. S. Lewis. The writing has the vividness AND the creepy lyricism of a Tim Burton movie.

There was a great article about Maguire in the New York Times Magazine on March 11, 2007 (you may have to be a subscriber to access it): http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=FB0A10FE3E550C728DDDAA0894DF404482

emac52 March 19th, 2009 07:45 AM PST

I've also only read Wicked, but although to begin with I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, I have to admit to being 'upset' once I'd finished. I love all the Oz stories, and this was a brilliant new take on a childhood classic. And at the end of it, you're still not sure just why Elphaba is the 'wicked witch'.

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