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Wicked/Son of a Witch (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Wicked good

I loved these books and I was pleased to find them in this great looking volume. I found myself unable to tear away from these stories. What the author has done by fleshing out characters we thought we knew and giving them histories that place them in completely new c...
I loved these books and I was pleased to find them in this great looking volume. I found myself unable to tear away from these stories. What the author has done by fleshing out characters we thought we knew and giving them histories that place them in completely new context was brilliant. These stories however are not child friendly. With issues such as oppression of minorities, terrorism, adultery and the search for redemption to name a few I would strongly recommend that parents read the books first before deciding if it is something they want their kids reading by themselves.

posted by WilV on November 13, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Left me wondering how they ever made this into a Kid-friendly Musical

I would call this book a character exploration into how the wicked witch of the west (and her sister) became known as "wicked". Maguire does an excellent job of introducing his heroine/villan as likeable and passionate. All the imagination behind the characters I would...
I would call this book a character exploration into how the wicked witch of the west (and her sister) became known as "wicked". Maguire does an excellent job of introducing his heroine/villan as likeable and passionate. All the imagination behind the characters I would consider fantastic.

The Plot was rather loose, jumpy, and almost pointless/nonexistant.

The other thing for me, which I definitely could have done without was all the gratuitous and elluded to sex. It was over the top - the onlye sex mentioned in fact would be "forbidden sex" (ie- adultry, beastiality, homosexual) No "clean" sex at all. And all the debaucherous images of nudity left me with the feeling that Maguire is a pervert who would get a kick out of sharing his depraved fantasies with a more innocent mind for at least the shock value if nothing else.

Some may be able to edit those sickening scenes out of the book and be left with the gorgeous characterizations and have a good impression of the talent of Maguire (for in my opinion he is as equally talented as he is excessively wanton).

But I could not get rid of the dirty feeling I got from reading this book - and still am left wondering #1 was it really necessary to have those licentious scenes at all? and #2 how did they make this into a family friendly musical?

posted by Hosanna on February 14, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    YUCK ! Ruined the joy

    I found these books to be some of the worst written and biggest disappointments in a very long time. They were clumsy, poorly constructed, crude for no reason; basically torturing the original spirit of the Wizard of Oz. The author took a beautiful, though disturbing, fantasy and destroyed the plot, characters and general naivete' of the original story in a base attempt to fully flesh out the characters and their history/movitvations. Overall, neither story flowed effectively, both introduced unlikable new characters, made old characters unlikable and generally killed the joy of a great childhood classic by including inappropriate concepts. There is no child that should read this book. I can't think of a reason anyone should read this series. I had such high hopes for this book since the play is so successful. The website for Wicked has a great description that should be more than enough info to understand the plot.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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