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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 February 27, 2010

    wicked!!

    Wicked was AMAZING! I totally fell in love with Elphaba! Wonderful work Great characters!!

    Son of a Witch was a little more difficult to get into.. still interesting, i just didn't connect with it as much... but all in all it was a good purchase!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Fantastic Book

    I was extremely impressed with this book. I received it as a birthday gift and could not have been more pleased. It is so beautifully designed, the black leather with the bright green artwork and markings, it is just pleasure for the eyes. Then on to the story, the writer did sucj and excellent job introducing the characters. I found it very interesting to see characters from the movie in their youth and getting to know a little about how they came to be. I was always interested in these characters from watching The Wizard of Oz as a child. I started reading and I just could not put it down. The artwork within the book is also quite appealing. Overall I think you will enjoy this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    I have become a FANATICAL Wicked/Gregory Maguire fan - I love th

    I have become a FANATICAL Wicked/Gregory Maguire fan - I love the Wicked series and it has become very close to my heart, and I now have all of his other available pieces as well. My friend bought me this beautiful, gilded paged version for me and I was absolutely thrilled. I ONLY wish that the two remaining books in the series were turned into matching publications (though Out of Oz might need to be its own book for the sake of length.)

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    Just finished reading "Son of a Witch" the sequel to t

    Just finished reading "Son of a Witch" the sequel to the novel "Wicked" and while it was a 8/10 because the writing was superb, it had great and complicated character, it told the herstory/mythology of oz effectively, and included great bits of wisdom, etc etc; It did leave so many thing unresolved, just like "Wicked". First off Liir's, the main character, main tangible goal is left unresolved/a mystery. Second, so many characters with great backstories, don't get any resolution. They just go away into the ether, by choice or by omission. Third, the state of Oz is left alone at the end of the book. We simply don't find out what happens or the result of the final main event. We don't find out about the status of Animals, which was also left unresolved in "Wicked".
    It is left open at the end. The few things that get resolved are Liir's heritage, and Princess Nastoya's dream. We also learn the good of being able to read, analyze and understand the past, and the good of understanding and interpreting the presents clues.
    All of this culminates to an 8/10 because the writing and background are so well developed that you find yourself having a good experience reading it. I have read alot of bad writing, but both "Wicked" and "Son of a Witch", even though slow-paced and unresolved by the end, is a great example of what great writers can do. I highly suggest reading this if open ending don't piss you off. I was, but I highly enjoyed the ride.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    gorgeous

    A very maculate tale.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Review of the actual book appearance

    This is a beautiful, leatherbound edition. I don't typically purchase leatherbound books, but I thought this one was exceptional in appearance.

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    Posted March 14, 2009

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    Beautiful Book

    This is a beautifully bound book. It is great for a gift or your library.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    Waht a great book

    I just bought the book on Sunday and here it is Monday and I'm almost done. Can't wait to read the rest of this book and get the next.

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