Gregory Maguire - any good?

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Tue Mar 18 13:01:40 EST 2003

I read, and loved, "Wicked."

It's a retelling of the Oz books from the point of view of the Wicked 
Witch of the West--a much more adult retelling you should know. I 
thoroughly enjoyed it.

I haven't gotten around to reading the others, although "Confessions 
. . ." has been sitting on my shelf for a while now.


>Has anyone read anything by Gregory Maguire?
>Borders in Cambridge has three books of his - _Wicked_, _Confessions of an
>Ugly Stepsister_, and _Lost_.  They sound like the kind of thing I enjoy,
>and I'd snap one up like a shot to see if I like it, only... they're trade
>paperbacks.  Priced at about ten pounds each.  And I need a really good
>reason to spend that much on a book by an author I've never tried.
>I've been waiting for mass-market paperbacks to appear, but I don't think
>they're going to.  And I can't borrow the books from the library, because
>they're only available here on import, and Cambridgeshire libraries very
>seldom acquire imports.
>Every time I've tried a new author thanks to recommendations from this list,
>it's been a success.  (Garth Nix, Megan Whalen Turner, Judith Merkle Riley,
>Georgette Heyer...) So if anyone here thinks he's worth the ten pounds, that
>would constitute a really good reason.  Similarly, if everyone dislikes his
>books, that would be a superb disincentive.
>So... any thoughts?
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