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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 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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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    I think many would bash this review based off of the love of the

    I think many would bash this review based off of the love of the musical or the original OZ series. As far as the pure aesthetics of the book itself, it is well bound and designed with that front cover picture that we have all come to love. It looks fantastic on the shelf and embodies a very rich green hue against the black backdrop.
    As for the writing itself, if one were to purely take a step back and call it as it is, it is fairly poor written book. The character development is weak and often confusing. The plot-lines drive into such a strong political arena, that you may think they turned a real case into fantasy just to try and make it interesting. Throw in some very awkwardly-done sexual situations, some with animals, and you have Wicked. Far be it from me to bash the author, but whoever re-wrote this for the stage is the pure genius. I bought it for the collection and its cover, and now I will be sure that no one with any time to waste does not read this.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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