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  1. says:

    I've read a lot of reviews for this book and most people seemed to hate it You will notice however that I gave this book five starsTo those who hated it I say this I see what your problems areThe story is badly paced most of the 'action' happens in the last third the reader spends most of the time being confused as to what's going on while it is a third person narrative it is limited third person some of the characters seemed half drawn the narrative is very disconnected occasionally emotionless it completely lacked an ending I won't spoil things but it's left very open ended and most importantly that it is nothing like WickedBut here's the thing a book is than the sum of it's parts And a seuel can be than just the continuation of its predecessor's storyIt's something I find rather amusing considering Liir's struggle throughout the entirety of the book to find his own voice as he is asked over and over again both by his own desires and by the needs of others to take Elphaba's place This is his story and so yes it is a very different book than Wicked and it would ring false if it wasn't This was something I loved about the book as the dense twisted complex tone of Wicked helped to characterize Elphaba for me; the lost sparser somewhat unconnected occasionally clumsy writing very much characterized Liir for me How anyone could think this anything but deliberate after having read Wicked or any of Maguire's other books is something I wonder about; the unreliable or unknowing narrator is something I enjoy a great deal and working my way through the doubletalk and reading between the lines of what Liir seemingly took straight almost made it seem like there were two worlds in this book what Liir saw and what was really going on a theme that should be well familiar to anyone reading one of Maguire's retreadsI might also mention that this is the Oz that Baum's books never really covered While Maguire's handling of Dorothy is somewhat fuddled almost like Liir's Liir's story is his own making There is no framework and unlike with Elphaba no eventual end We don't know what's to come for him since he is an original creation and this freedom sometimes terrifying is another feature of this book that wasn't a part of the preuel And another part I likedThe pacing I admit is a fault of the book I could have done less with the maunts and had of Liir's story given to us but all books have their faults The lack of an ending seems to be part of his plans for a continuationBut if you read this book to slip into someone's world someone's shoes to slide behind their eyes and feel and see and know this world from someone uniuely conditioned to see things from something almost like a fourty five degree angle to the rest of his own world then I think you will enjoy it If you read this book to travel Oz with Liir I think you'll enjoy the book If you read this book to get of Maguire's uniue vision of Oz you'll enjoy this book If you've ever felt as if you don't know what you're doing with your life if you don't think you'll ever live up to expectations if you've ever felt as if you're just a bit off from everyone else then yeah I think you'll like this book Enjoy it for the experience Where Wicked's denseness demanded examination Son of a Witch lets you wander about in Oz The depth is there but the book skims across the surface Hidden depths Liir once saidHidden shallows another character supplied afterwards And that's all you will get if you don't care to consider it closelySo yes a lot of people hated it But I personally adored it down to my bones and will recommend it to anyone you care to name Perhaps I could have written this elouently or in a understandable format but such is life


  2. says:

    This book was so satisfying Liir son of Elphaba comes into his own and after 266 pages he begins to do incredible things to help other people lead unite take the helm of his mother’s legacy And it’s so realistic because he does it while still in a state of confusion and self doubt obstacles he never really overcomes neither did Elphaba really I love how everyone says to him “if only Elphaba was here to see this” The Bird Congress aka Witch Nation charged by Liir to be the eyes of Oz and share info with other species and humans to foil future despots rides in the shape of a witch on a broom and Liir rides in the position as the Eye of the WitchI loved it when he asked Nanny if she thought Elphaba will have a history and she said “She does already ninnykins I just saw her flying up the valley Her cape went out behind her a thousand bits in flight the thousands of birds Nearly touched the peaks to the left and the right If that’s not a history what is?” So Liir GIVES her a history I also like how sarcastic he becomes in the middle of the book like his mother after life kicks him around a lot he lies in a coma etc At one point he says “What condition? I’ve been in this condition my whole life It’s the only condition I know Bitter love loneliness contempt for corruption blind hope It’s where I live” I also love how he becomes a man of wry humor and charm accepting his fate of never knowing the answers He tells Elphaba’s monkey “She always liked you better” and smiles at him The monkey says “Considering who she was is that a compliment or an insult?”He poisons all the Emperor’s dragons which in turn saves lives achieves revenge on Cherrystone frees the skies for the birds unites two warring tribes who thought each other was doing the dragon stuff He thinks of a way to draw out the voices of the dead which allows the She Elephant to die properly He still does not know if he is Elphaba’s son until the last sentence when he holds up his newborn daughter in the rain to clean her after finding her dead wrapped in Elphaba’s cloak and he revives her Her skin is greenNOTE How Maguire is successful in using “perception” of different witnesses and participants to alter our “perception” of the well known Oz Story is through characters who must act without “knowing all the answers” or “having enough information” We all face that in life There are those who do not act because of this lack of enough info are held back they are cautious and they never do anything meaningful And then there are those who do take risks and act you will never have all the answers or enough info and thus make change history In the traditional Oz Story all the risks Elphaba take are mis perceived So it’s fascinating how he again uses this same tool for the story of Liir and everything he does could be perceived as badbut it’s not Thus the immense satisfaction And then you get pieces of additional info that determine he was on the right track confirm his decisions and actions No misperception redirection just the story of a regular Joe schmoe who does amazing things “If only Elphaba was here to see this” I’m talking about than a mother’s pride and personal vindication I’m talking about a righting of the wrongs in the world that her son engineersAnd again I wonder if the son will love the granddaughter properly being her only caretaker Obviously yes because of the way he cared for her immediately again righting wrongs his mother committed against him What kind of person will the granddaughter be what legacy will she leave on the world? How will she carry the burden of Elphaba the burden of being green Will Liir ever find Nor?Green fresh as spring dewy not rotten The first color I learned about in literary symbolism The green light of Daisy’s house that Jay Gatsby stares at across the water all the time It meant HOPE renewal fresh new growth a new beginning


  3. says:

    I love the Wicked series books for the fact that apparently they are NOTHING LIKE THE PLAY to the point that it angers fans of the stage version If you have time read some of the one star reviews for the first book It's hilarious how mad these people get It's like they've been betrayed tricked into reading this divergence from their beloved baby Since the play is based on the book shouldn't they be upset at the play for switching things up and muddling their grey matter?If they continued on reading the series which there's no way in hell they would no doubt this continuation of Maguire's alternative Oz history would further incense them It departs even farther from Baum's original workunless Baum discusses homosexuality in one of his books which I haven't read yet The tone is realistic and contemplative Everything's taken seriously than your great gran's fancy free Oz I'm also a fan of these books for the writing Gregory Maguire can string words together pretty well He's a solid tale teller too although pacing can be his achilles heel Those contemplations bog things down a bit now and then This is definitely not for everyone certainly not for a certain few but if you liked adventuring in the Land of Oz as a kid and long for now that you're all growed up and are fully euipped with an open mind this just might be the escape you were looking for


  4. says:

    I made a mistake reading this book I should have known from the ending of Wicked that it wouldn't get much better But I held out hope My hope was that well maybe the ending I didn't get in Wicked I'll get here and maybe that was the plan all along to fully revise things in a seuel as that would be the author's OWN and he'd be less pigeon holedAlas that wasn't the caseAgain 98% of this book is a great read But the two main problems I had with the first book are the problems I have with this book1 The pace is way too slow I like the author's writing I could read volume after volume of the middle bits of his stories So if this book were DOUBLE the size I'd be ok with it It's just again when I got to the end I realized that not much had happened I'll give credit where credit is due though Liir accomplished about 10 times as much as Elphaba ever did So this was a step in the right direction It's just over the course of the two books I must say all that really happened was about 5 trips between Kiamo Ko and the Emerald City A lot of walking Or flying on a broomstick The old saying about it's not the reward of the uest but the uest itself shines through in both of these books The getting there is a great read But the endings are so well that's point 2 so let's get to point 2 now2 The ending left me flat Very flat I'll again give credit where credit is due this ending was way better than the ending to Wicked It was a big step forward Elphaba really doesn't seem like she's ALLOWED by the writer to accomplish anything Liir accomplishes a few things of importance But that's it That's all So unless there's a third book on the way I'm really dissatisfied with the state the story is left in at the very end Especially with the character of Nor It seemed like everything I read about her was in fact not needed Like she could be cut completely out of this book and it wouldn't matter The same could ALMOST be said of Shell And Trism And Candle after they got to Apple Farm PressIf there's a third book well I like his writing enough that I'll again fall victim to interest and read it But until this story gets some better or complete resolution I can't in good faith reccommend this to anyone


  5. says:

    As much as I liked Wicked I had an inkling I was going to like Son of a Witch even better especially given the beginning with the spate of senseless scrapings and the discovery of the unconscious boy who turns out to be Liir the book's protagonist and the potential son of the Wicked Witch of the WestThe beginning was indeed good Engaging I especially enjoyed the brief time Liir spent with the Yellow Brick Road friends from The Wizard of Oz I'm a huge WoO nut but I didn't have any problem whatsoever with the irreverent perhaps realistic way the classic characters were handled When the silent maunt known as Candle is assigned to take care of Liir that stuff was pretty good too the unconscious Liir's flashbacks were interesting and pulled the plot along nicely I was totally into itAround three uarters of the way into the book though I started to get annoyed It didn't look like Liir was going to accomplish anything he wasn't going to achieve a gratifying ending to any of his uests and charges he wasn't going to settle into a romantic relationship he wasn't going to figure himself out The book makes Liir out to be a sort of malcontent but I don't know He's pretty mild The only thing that really comes across is the character's confusion as to who he is and what he stands for And I didn't feel he ever came to any conclusions about that It was frustrating to get three uarters into the book and still feel that the protagonist had no sense of purposePerhaps his rudderlessness is the point I could see how that might be the case But I don't feel that it made for satisfying reading I'll know I'll reread Wicked again and again but I don't think Son of a Witch was worth finishing the first time through


  6. says:

    Wicked kind of annoyed me from time to time inspite of the fact that I loved reading Elphaba's story If that book fell a little short then this book the seuel completely misses the mark Maguire did okay when he was writing on the basis of someone else's work but here on his own he flounders Whatever it was that did not sit well with me from Wicked is found tenfold in the pages of Son of a Witch At first I thought that it was just Maguire's take on bits of Baum's original story that did not sit well with me then I thought maybe it was just his style Now I think it's just a poorly written book from all angles I kept reading and hoping that it would get better that the real story would soon begin but it didn't and it didn't and it didn't and finally I turned the last page and it was over There have been very few times I felt like reading a book was a waste this was one of them


  7. says:

    I remember reading this book when I was 11 and being highly disturbed by it It's one of the books I remember uite vividly even now and it kinda stuck with me my whole life but in a very bad way I'm still debating whether I should try reading the whole series now that I'm mature enough for it and have obviously read my fair share of creepy and disgusting books The fact that this is a second book in a series where I had not even known the first book existed in the time reading it might also be a factor why I had disliked it so much I remember being so confused to what was going on


  8. says:

    I'm not sure why this has an average of 332 It's a great entertaining and thought provoking book Maybe I'm prejudiced toward GM but I loved it and think it came to its inevitable conclusion Can't wait for the next which goes into Mother Yackle if anyone's following the series he read a bit at last year's Grub Street conferenceI just looked at some of the other reviews and disagree on so many levels The kinship of Elphaba and Liir is demonstrated uite well through his behavior and to miss that I think is missing a large part of the theme ie what is wickedness?Anyhow there are four parts My interview with Maguire is on by blog here if anyone cares to check it out


  9. says:

    I am angry at Gregory Maguire This will excuse the poor grammar and run on sentences that may follow Very angry Maguire writes books that are impossible to read; as such I opted to listen to Son of a Witch on tape after failing to get past the 1st few chapters on than one occasion As it turns out Maguire's books are eually difficult to listen to especially when the audio reader is the author himselfAlthough I am now uestioning my previous opinion I had it in my mind that Wicked was a good book I read it a decade ago during my open minded college years As I began Son of a Witch I was excited to learn about the presumed offspring of Elphaba a character previously so misunderstood and yet so cleverly discovered in Wicked What new insight could Maguire deliver into the Wonderful World of Oz?None He provides none He provides a poorly conceived rambling tale told by an unreliable narrator about an unlikeable wholly self involved kretin of a main character whose entire drive toward action throughout the story and that which inspired the story itself as per Maguire's audio interview at the end of the book is to find his presumed half sister Nor Who he never finds And who he decides occasionally he doesn't care to find oh wait yes he does or no oh yes This book arguably was the sole inspiration behind the phrase WTFPerhaps some of my frustration for this piece of literature stems from how it makes me feel like an idiot Nevermind my recurrent self analysis of why I was trying to finish it but so many times I had no idea what was going on Maguire was literaturely reaching around my back to tap me on my opposite shoulder so I could fall victim to being the clueless one I looked everytime Had I not been listening to his oddly voiced characters in his own audio narrative I'd wonder whether he was cackling with mirth that he'd found another gullible reader with whom to play He makes wild inferences forcing you to create connections that just aren't there He about faces at obliue angles just as you're starting to feel comfortable with the flow of things He lies to you repeatedly without remorse He is just bizarre If possible I would send Liir a bouuet of daisies upon which he could pluck as he debated I love Candle I love her not I love Candle Golly I just don't know I hate you Liir I need no flowers to help me decide I was left speechless when I realized I was reading Giovanni's Room the Twist of Oz It was like a tornado had dropped a house of homoeroticism on my head I'm not going to sleep to let you stab me in the back The milk that only boys make Clearly not in Kansas anyI am angry at Gregory Maguire He tricked us with an ingenious concept revising classic tales from the villains point of view I even wrote a paper about it in college What a humanitarian genius Maguire not me And yet his development of this concept in Son of a Witch leaves me simmering with contempt at his inhumane fumblings Gregory I wish you played the muse and not the creator The premises of your stories are so familiar that I cannot help but plod my way through to see if you can delight me with further insight into classic tales However you manage to use the third person narrative as a weapon Ultimately you only describe Liir's viewpoint and yet you do not give me any insight in the madness behind the man I learn what Liir is thinking but never why Some might argue that this is because Liir himself does not know but then why lock me into complete ignorance while following characters that are even ignorant What's the point?Maguire's greatest talent is using culinary metaphors and terminology to describe the landscape which he does ad nauseum In a warm roasted chestnut shell other than incite my ire to snap and crackle like winter's first batch of fire cooked popcorn this book made me hungry for things that haven't been deemed edible since the Middle Ages Nevertheless I don't plan on reordering this meal and I certainly will not try the dessert


  10. says:

    Jeez and I thought Wicked was bad Wicked mostly stole freely from Baum's universe in a way that lacked both respect and imagination and still managed to be little than a trite exercise in politically correct stupidity Give this man the chance to write a plot of his own and the results are twice as insufferably vain and well lacking in actual content Despite Maguire's extremely poor writing style Wicked could at least prop itself up on the familiarity of Baum's characters but now that we're entirely in original territory it falls flat on its face and stays there This book is boring and I say that as a trained librarian Despite being written by the author of the original book it reads like bad Wicked fanfic as mendaciously unimaginative as it is limited in its execution I think Maguire may be the only modern author I've read so lacking in talent that he's able to somehow pull this off This book was so bad I couldn't finish it which is not something I say very often I'm a bibliophile My house has hundreds of books However after reading this one I wouldn't rest until I'd convinced my wife to get rid of every Maguire book we owned Not recommended except for total masochists or people who well prefer fanfic to actual books and aren't bothered by the sleaziness of this whole franchise where acknowledging the contributions of the original author is concerned


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And wills him back to life with her music What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half sis Wicked kind of annoyed me from time to time inspite of the fact that I loved reading Elphaba's story If that book fell a little short then this book the seuel completely misses the mark Maguire did okay when he was writing on the basis of someone else's work but here on his own he flounders Whatever it was that did not sit well with me from Wicked is found tenfold in the pages of Son of a Witch At first I thought that it was just Maguire's take on bits of Baum's original story that did not sit well with me then I thought maybe it was just his style Now I think it's just a poorly written book from all angles I kept reading and hoping that it would get better that the real story would soon begin but it didn't and it didn't and it didn't and finally I turned the last page and it was over There have been very few times I felt like reading a book was a waste this was one of them Must Love Breeches (Must Love, of her powers? Can he find his supposed half sis Wicked kind Το καφενείο των τρελλών of annoyed me from time to time inspite When Science Fails of the fact that I loved reading Elphaba's story If that book fell a little short then this book the seuel completely misses the mark Maguire did It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy okay when he was writing EUSKARA ADIBIDEZ 4 LEHEN HEZKUNTZA IKASLIBURUA JAKINTZAREN BIDEAK ARINDU BIZKARRA on the basis Studying the Novel of someone else's work but here Quiéreme menos pero quiéreme bien (Volumen independiente) on his Theories of International Politics and Zombies own he flounders Whatever it was that did not sit well with me from Wicked is found tenfold in the pages L'amour foudre of Son Panjamon of a Witch At first I thought that it was just Maguire's take Filip - dječak bez imena on bits Los últimos caminos de Antonio Machado: De Collioure a Sevilla (F. COLECCION) of Baum's Astonishing X-Men original story that did not sit well with me then I thought maybe it was just his style Now I think it's just a poorly written book from all angles I kept reading and hoping that it would get better that the real story would soon begin but it didn't and it didn't and it didn't and finally I turned the last page and it was Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration over There have been very few times I felt like reading a book was a waste this was Red Mercury Blues one Mil veces tú (Secretos y confesiones 1) of them

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Ter Nor last seen in the forbidding prison Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz under new and dangerous management can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up I'm not sure why this has an average of 332 It's a great entertaining and thought provoking book Maybe I'm prejudiced toward GM but I loved it and think it came to its inevitable conclusion Can't wait for the next which goes into Mother Yackle if anyone's following the series he read a bit at last year's Grub Street conferenceI just looked at some of the other reviews and disagree on so many levels The kinship of Elphaba and Liir is demonstrated uite well through his behavior and to miss that I think is missing a large part of the theme ie what is wickedness?Anyhow there are four parts My interview with Maguire is on by blog here if anyone cares to check it out Extracted of a dying princess? In an Oz under new and dangerous management can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up I'm not sure why this has an average Mr. Miller: ¿Cuándo el depredador se volvió la presa? (Spanish Edition) of 332 It's a great entertaining and thought provoking book Maybe I'm prejudiced toward GM but I loved it and think it came to its inevitable conclusion Can't wait for the next which goes into Mother Yackle if anyone's following the series he read a bit at last year's Grub Street conferenceI just looked at some Musika airean (Literatura) of the The Magicians Wife other reviews and disagree Power And Prosperity on so many levels The kinship High Stakes (Vampire Beach, of Elphaba and Liir is demonstrated uite well through his behavior and to miss that I think is missing a large part Half to Death of the theme ie what is wickedness?Anyhow there are four parts My interview with Maguire is Geronimo on by blog here if anyone cares to check it Must Love Breeches (Must Love, out

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Liir hid in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch Left for dead in a gully the teen is shattered in spirit and body But silent novice Candle tends him at the Cloister of Saint Glinda I love the Wicked series books for the fact that apparently they are NOTHING LIKE THE PLAY to the point that it angers fans of the stage version If you have time read some of the one star reviews for the first book It's hilarious how mad these people get It's like they've been betrayed tricked into reading this divergence from their beloved baby Since the play is based on the book shouldn't they be upset at the play for switching things up and muddling their grey matter?If they continued on reading the series which there's no way in hell they would no doubt this continuation of Maguire's alternative Oz history would further incense them It departs even farther from Baum's original workunless Baum discusses homosexuality in one of his books which I haven't read yet The tone is realistic and contemplative Everything's taken seriously than your great gran's fancy free Oz I'm also a fan of these books for the writing Gregory Maguire can string words together pretty well He's a solid tale teller too although pacing can be his achilles heel Those contemplations bog things down a bit now and then This is definitely not for everyone certainly not for a certain few but if you liked adventuring in the Land of Oz as a kid and long for now that you're all growed up and are fully euipped with an open mind this just might be the escape you were looking for