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October 13, 2008


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Darby Lohrding

That was a lot scrolling! Yet I appreciate the "family tree" for I know it will be referenced!
Now on pg 3....that sounds like a horrid way to die! I say let her live out her years and die a natural death with or without a bottle! ;-*
Do you think you need to read the first 2 books prior to this one?
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What I love about these books is that they completely transport the reader to another time and place. The fantastical (is that a word?) nature of the story allows the author to be really creative with the character's names. It makes it fun to read.

The bottle comment cracked me up. Certainly a more appealing way to die than what they have planned for her.

I have Wicked but I am still reading it! I guess I'd like to add this one to the collection.

Melissa Cummins

It is mind boggling to me how Gregory has made up this whole other world with so much *detail* and compounding history for us to soak up and get his readers engrossed in! I am profounding grateful for his maps and charts delineating all of the characters and topography of Oz! I find I am constantly referencing them in my reading.

The bottle comment was funny on page three. What a way to die.

I am also just now reading Wicked a bit late to the game, but I would love to add this third book to my collection of books to be read!


I think I'm the only person who doesn't like these books.


Everytime I start to read one of his books I find myself transported to the setting of the story. Anything that is going on around me just disappears and I find it hard to come back at times. Just reading a few pages from this book, does the same is just amazing


I would love to receive a copy of this book. I love Maguire's books. He always puts so much detail into them. I really appreciate the family trees at the beginning. That really helps out!


Wow. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the first two. Also, the material in the front was a surprisingly good help to my memory of the first two. Please enter me to the drawing!


Julie E.

OK, well, the book seems to have several beginnings. :) For starters, I love the Goethe quote at the beginning--one of my favorite quotes of all time. I also loved the Oz timeline; I love the Wizard of Oz books but haven't read them all, so this was really interesting to me. As for the text itself, it was really intriguing! I did read "Wicked" and thought it was great; I'll add this one to my TBR list regardless of whether I win a copy. Thanks!


I'm still not sold on Gregory Maguire. I've most of his works and while I enjoyed some, others I found tedious and self-important. This story looks like it is headed into the unnecessarily complicated but still, I've read the previous two, I'd like to give this one a shot.


I love Maguire's books because they take you into a totally diffferent world. How can't you like a book with names like Yackle, Brocolli Breath, Vinegarish Almonds. Not to mention wanting to be interred alive and waking a year later asking if it's morning yet-I love it.


This amazing and intriguing book is certainly an original. The characters names, the incredible ideas and the time and place which is out of this realm takes me away to far off places which I would never know about. Thanks for this feature.


I love it :) It's funny and gripping. My f2f group will be discussing Wicked in November. I can't wait to share this new book with them.


I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Wicked. I am definitely going to have to re-read the first two books before I read this to get all caught up. I love how he provides all the history with the family tree, etc. Thanks!


I have been a HUGE fan of Wicked (the book and the musical) because I always liked the Wizard of Oz. It amazes me that Gregory Maguire is so creative that he can create a whole new Oz...and write three books about it!

I like the timeline and family tree in the beginning of the book and am sure it will come in useful at some point!

Carmen T

OMG. I been waiting for this book forever. Absolutely loved the first two books. Anyways, went to the bookbrowse. And like you said, I skimmed through the first few pages... and I can't wait to truly start going through those family trees and such. I have to say that I read up to page 5, and it feels a little confusing. So many new characters to learn about. Please enter me in the contest. I would love the chance to read this ARC before all my other "Wicked"-loving friends. haha. xD


Read through the link and all the comments. Have always found that Maguire's work is a take it or leave it proposition for readers but I will take a Maguire book every time. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is one of my favorite books. The sharp, staccato prose (as seen here in the first few pages of new book) pulls me in instantly. And yes, read the first two books before the third. And yes, I soooo hope I win this!

Lori Barnes

I Love what was written before the story about Luck and Chance. This author is awesome he is able to take you to another place and you are in it. What a imagination. I've always loved the wizard of oz it's such a magical place un like any other! I would Love to win a copy of the book I have Wicked and i have to get the second one. I liked the part in the reading about the bottle, kinda humerous there. I Love Gregory Maquires imagination and would love to win a copy of this! I also like the maps and charts that was really neat!


I love Maguires vocabulary he truly takes you to another world with his words. This looks to be a great 'third' book.


I loved Wicked, but I wasn't completely entranced by these first few chapters as I was with the original book. So far, it's overworked and overly complicated. Nevertheless, I would still like to read it to find out what happens.


I cannot wait to get my hands on this book (whether I am lucky enough to receive a free copy, or will be buying it soon!) I read Wicked a couple of years ago and LOVED it! I recently got Son of a Witch but decided to wait to read it until A Lion Among Men came out so that I could read them both back to back.

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