Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (review)
Author: Gregory Maguire
Dewey Decimal: CD F Mag
I really dislike writing bad reviews. I feel like I have failed the author by not "getting" their story. I know they put so much into each novel that sometimes it feels like the reader owes it to the author to enjoy what they have written.
But in the end writers are entertainers and artists. Some I can appreciate more than others. And unfortunately, Mr. Maguire falls into the group of authors that I just did not enjoy. I gave it my best and even made it to disc 13 (out of 17). But to be honest, I stopped paying attention to the story and used it as background noise around disc 7.
What's the story about? Based on what I'm able to get out of it, it is a reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz as told from a behind the scenes/prequel setting. But what really lost me was the whole thing about the evil witch (that's the green one) being a hermaphrodite. Which means I was pretty lost early on in the book.
And while I hesitate to even call this a review since I didn't finish the book, I did my best to enjoy the book and I'm sure there's someone out there that wll enjoy it. In the meantime, I have another depressingly poor review to write.