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I saw that on a table in Barnes n Noble several weeks ago, and thought it looked like a good read. Now I wish I *had* picked it up! I'll check the library first...

I read Wicked this summer and highly recommend it aa well. It's hard to explain to people exactly what it's like, because it takes such a hard look at the social, religious and political underpinnings of Oz and isn't your typical other perspective retelling.

I also read Mirror Mirror this summer as well. It retells Snow White, with a little Lucretia Borgia thrown in for good measure. Not nearly as complex as Wicked, but still a good read.

Gregory Maguire is one of my favorite authors. But one must read 'Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister:A Novel' That was as amazing to read as Wicked in so far as the imagination and creativity he had to create the 'true' story of Cinderella. 'Mirror, Mirror' was good, but probably my least favorite of the three. He also wrote 'Lost' which is hard to describe, so I'll paste in the authors description:

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades -- some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.

I have it started, but I've put it down temporarily to read other books. I'll get back to it I swear!

Sorry to post in such an old entry, but I can't resist talk about 'Wicked' and Gregory Maguire!

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