Wicked was the first of the Gregory Maguire books that I read, and I enjoyed it enough to keep going through the next couple in the fairy-tales-spun-for-adults genre.
Then my wife got a hold of the soundtrack, then she went to the Broadway show, and I hit the wall.
By that point I was burning out a bit, which is often what I do when I find an author, or musician, or food that I enjoy: I go for broke until I’m gagging and repulsed by what I had loved.
I work at a busy public library, and it just so happens that a fair amount of Maguire’s books cross my path. Today I saw a copy of the latest and was not immediately driven to shivers, so I think I might be ready.
So consider this page my own Gregory Maguire bibliography headquarters. I had no idea he had written so many books outside of the Wicked Series and the other fairy tale stories like Mirror Mirror, so I have some work to do to read and then review all of these.
I’ll review what I can, when I can, and try to keep it brief. And I’ll keep the list chronological so you’ll know where to jump in if that matters to you.
Books by Gregory Maguire
The Lightning Time
The Daughter Of The Moon
Lights On The Lake
The Dream Stealer
I Feel Like The Morning Star
The Good Liar
Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West
This is the story of Elphaba Thropp, whom was last seen in the movie The Wizard of Oz, melting in a puddle of water. Maguire’s take is a little different. There’s nothing campy about Wicked (the book). There are parallels with Nazi Era Germany, the Nixon administration, and if the thought of Munchkinland seceding from Oz makes you wince, you’ll want to stay away from this book.
Also, Elphaba is described as being so sexy that I found myself wondering what a green woman would look like. This question was finally answered for me in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie.
Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister
Son Of A Witch
What The Dickens
A Lion Among Men
Matchless: A Christmas Story
The Next Queen Of Heaven
Out of Oz (not yet released)
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