Gregory Maguire - any good?

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Tue Mar 18 15:07:22 EST 2003

I too loved Wicked, turns Oz in its head, while at the
same time being very faithful to both the books and
the film. Was less keen on Confessions, but still
enjoyed it, my wife was the other way round, she loved
Confessions but only enjoyed Wicked (but she only
knows Oz from the movie). Don't know Lost but if that
is his new one, 19th century ghosts that sounded
interesting too. The copies of the first two I bought
for school last year were British publications, so I'm
rather suprised that they are only available on
import, and they only cost $A20 each, about 7 pounds.
I'm not sure if I'd want to fork out that much for
three books, but I'd recomend Wicked first. But you
may be richer than me :)


--- "Ian W. Riddell" <iwriddell at> wrote:
> 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.
> ian
> >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?
> >
> >Thanks,

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