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Mirror Mirror

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

another outstanding unusual story

Mr. Maguire has done another outstanding job with an old classic. This is truly another way to look at fairy tales, and one that will make you think. Well done!!!!

posted by 1285095 on April 28, 2009

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

didn't like it, but I don't like Gregory McGuire, so...

I did not enjoy <i>Mirror, Mirror</i>, which was a book club suggestion rather than a personal choice. I had read <i>Wicked</i> and not liked it much- the writing style seemed oddly impersonal and the tone did not work for me. McGuire seemed to...
I did not enjoy <i>Mirror, Mirror</i>, which was a book club suggestion rather than a personal choice. I had read <i>Wicked</i> and not liked it much- the writing style seemed oddly impersonal and the tone did not work for me. McGuire seemed to be going for a balance between the cold pragmatism and cynicism of the Wicked Witch and the delightful, magical feel we associate with the Land of Oz. Despite liking the musical, the book left me cold. Because of that I was not looking forward to reading another book by the same author.

In a retelling of a well-known story the author must be extremely strong on points such characterization in order to compensate for the lack of surprises in the plot. In <i>Mirror, Mirror</i> McGuire tried to achieve this by mixing the Snow White story with the mythologized history of the Borgia family. An interesting concept, but ultimately too similar to <i>Wicked</i> in its faults. The characters seemed to be flimsy and one dimensional. Despite the apparent purposefulness of this choice with regard to the dwarfs, it felt like sloppy writing. The details of Lucrezia's possible incestuous relationship with her brother felt like salacious gossip rather than useful addition to the plot.

The ending was also disappointing. The worst part of Snow White is that she runs off with her prince despite hardly knowing him- and even worse, the reader doesn't know him either. <i>Mirror, Mirror</i> repeats this, despite having the opportunity to introduce a prince of an entirely different nature or a relationship that comes out differently from our princess and her prince in Disney and Grimm's.

Basically, if you liked <i>Wicked,</i> you might like this. I'd call it a toss up. If you love Snow White stories, go for it. If you didn't like <i>Wicked</i> or haven't read anything by McGuire, I wouldn't bother. You're not missing much.

posted by 735488 on February 23, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    didn't like it, but I don't like Gregory McGuire, so...

    I did not enjoy &lt;i&gt;Mirror, Mirror&lt;/i&gt;, which was a book club suggestion rather than a personal choice. I had read &lt;i&gt;Wicked&lt;/i&gt; and not liked it much- the writing style seemed oddly impersonal and the tone did not work for me. McGuire seemed to be going for a balance between the cold pragmatism and cynicism of the Wicked Witch and the delightful, magical feel we associate with the Land of Oz. Despite liking the musical, the book left me cold. Because of that I was not looking forward to reading another book by the same author.

    In a retelling of a well-known story the author must be extremely strong on points such characterization in order to compensate for the lack of surprises in the plot. In &lt;i&gt;Mirror, Mirror&lt;/i&gt; McGuire tried to achieve this by mixing the Snow White story with the mythologized history of the Borgia family. An interesting concept, but ultimately too similar to &lt;i&gt;Wicked&lt;/i&gt; in its faults. The characters seemed to be flimsy and one dimensional. Despite the apparent purposefulness of this choice with regard to the dwarfs, it felt like sloppy writing. The details of Lucrezia's possible incestuous relationship with her brother felt like salacious gossip rather than useful addition to the plot.

    The ending was also disappointing. The worst part of Snow White is that she runs off with her prince despite hardly knowing him- and even worse, the reader doesn't know him either. &lt;i&gt;Mirror, Mirror&lt;/i&gt; repeats this, despite having the opportunity to introduce a prince of an entirely different nature or a relationship that comes out differently from our princess and her prince in Disney and Grimm's.

    Basically, if you liked &lt;i&gt;Wicked,&lt;/i&gt; you might like this. I'd call it a toss up. If you love Snow White stories, go for it. If you didn't like &lt;i&gt;Wicked&lt;/i&gt; or haven't read anything by McGuire, I wouldn't bother. You're not missing much.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Deffinately not Maguires best. The plot was nonexistant, the characters compltely drab, and the scenarios were somewhat disgusting. It was an utter peice of crap, but a peice of crap written beautifully.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Mirror Mirror the movie

    So last night i watched Mirror Mirror an Reallyyyyy enjoyed it! I was hoping there was a book version of the story and I think this is it but I'm not sure. Accoring to some of the comments this book is boring and some would like their money back. So I'm thinking this isn't the right book and I probs won't get it. COMMENTATORS THANK YOU FOR SAING MY $9.99!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    First and Last time reading this author.

    I was completely disappointed. I love retellings and reworkings of classics, but this one was ALMOST as bad as "pride and prejudice and zombies".....Almost.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Not in the same league with his other books

    As wonderful as I thought "Confessions" and the Wicked series was, this book was totally lacking. The characters were flat, the plot non-existent and the book was depressing overall. It truly had no redeeming value at the end. Mr. Maguire, please go back to "Wicked" and writing interesting books. I would honestly ask for my money back on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2008

    Book was strange

    If you want a twist of the story of snow white you shouldn't read this book. This book barely has any resemblance to snow white and some of the writing was weird. If you are expecting a book like wicked it is nothing like that. Most of the book was boring and didn't really start relating to snow white until the middle. The ending wasn't all that great either. You can buy this book if you want to but I wounldn't recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Disappointing

    What's good: the idea, what's bad: The underdeveloped characters and weak plot. It reads as though Maguire cut out 200 pages of storyline. Loved Wicked and look forward to Confessions, but this novel is disappointing - had I read it first I would not read anymore of this author's work.

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