“I prefer non-fiction (truth really IS often stranger than fiction), but I love Wicked the play (and the music) so much I felt compelled to give this a spin. WHOA - this ain't your grandmother's Wizard of Oz retelling. It presents the story of Oz from the standpoint of Elphaba, who you might better know as the Wicked Witch of the West. Think politics, religion, sex, class warfare, .... very readable tale. Key question is what is evil, anyway? ”Paul E. Miller wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could not finish this book. I got halfway through it and just could not stand to read another page. I felt no connection with the main character other than pity. The book was depressing and hopeless, and I no longer cared to see whether the main character would overcome her sad life or not. I also disliked every character introduced so far. There was not a single good hearted person.”Sarah Sparkles wrote this review Saturday, June 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“SOOOOOOO much description in this book. No doubt it took up about 60% I'd say. There are a lot of interesting themes presented in Wicked, enough to make me want to read the rest of the series. I'm sure it will take me some time, considering this one took me about 3 months. Maguire does an excellent job of taking a world and characters that we are all familiar with and kind of turning them on their heads. Origin stories are always great and this was an excellent one. ”Christian Canales wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It gives you a different point of view, trying to understand the evil side of a person.”Izzie Reyes wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'd give it a 5 for creativity. The world he created was vivid and imaginative. I loved the characters and the different perspective he provides. My reason for the 3 stars is that it felt to me like all backstory. There was never a point where I found myself on the edge of my seat or sympathizing with anyone. I was really hoping for more detail on the scarecrow, tin man, and lion, but maybe that's brought up in other books. It was interesting, but I didn't feel any big payoff at the end. Like I said, it seemed like all backstory. ”Scott C wrote this review Saturday, June 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was just expecting something different. I wasn't prepared for the whimsical Land Of Oz to become what MaGuire made of it, with such adult themes, and politics as a main plot. I couldn't get through it. I wanted the book to sweep me away from this world, not remind me of reality. I'm sure this is a very important and well-written novel, just not what I wanted from it. My opinion is obviously not shared by everyone, since the Broadway production based on this novel is so beloved. But it just wasn't an enjoyable book for me. ”Janette L wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Boring,did it complete.”jennifer s wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lovely backstory for the Wicked Witch of the West that gives you an idea of how the witch might have felt. No real plot though, which is slightly disappointing and the story meanders through the lands. Pretty depressing; so not a light read.”Melody Cheng wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book came off as much more political and theological rant than a good fiction/fantasy story. I was actually taken aback by the adult tone of the story, in some parts bordering on graphic, in comparison to all I've heard and read about it. I'll admit I've had more exposure to the musical than the book itself but haven't seen it. I realize it could be drastically different.
The blurb claims this is the story from the Wicked Witch's point of view. However, it doesn't explain that this is her whole life story, from birth to the inevitable bucket of water. We learn a lot about her and those around her, but I can't say the character in this book stayed true to what is classically known as the "Wicked Witch of the West". It almost seems as if the hatred of those around her at the end is an afterthought but nothing that comes before gives it credit. She actually has a lot of good attributes up until her final scene.
I opened this book expecting a fairy tale, a fantasy type of telling of an evil character and how she came to be reviled. What I found instead was a blueprint of how political strife driven by religious confusion can overtake a land. It was unexpected and not what I was looking for in a good story. So, though the writing is good I can't say I enjoyed this book. ”
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Note: If you have actually seen the show, Wicked, you should know that the book is much darker. If you loved the show, there's a strong possibility that you will not like the book.