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Nov 5, 2008, 12:40pm Top

I've tried to read Wicked twice now. The first time I got about 1/3 of the way through. I've tried again recently and got about half way. BORING!!!! I've had a lot of people recommend this book, but I just can't seem to get into it. I ususally need to like at least one character to enjoy a book and I don't care for any character in this book. I give up. Too many good books waiting to be read! Anyone else have difficulty getting through it?

Nov 5, 2008, 1:02pm Top

It was hard but I did finish it. The end does get better but it's still not that exciting. I keep fighting with myself to try another book of Maguire's but I'm not sure I can do it.

Nov 5, 2008, 1:48pm Top

I found it tedious and preachy myself. I did read the whole thing though. 1st and last for Maguire.

Nov 5, 2008, 2:25pm Top

I read the whole thing, too, and I'm didn't like it much either. I won't be reading any of the sequels.

Nov 5, 2008, 5:40pm Top

I was disappointed in it too. I talked to a used bookseller a few years ago and he said he had way too many copies of that book. Not one that people hung on to, or passed around between their friends.

Edited: Nov 5, 2008, 6:18pm Top

I tried to read Wicked, too. I really wanted it to be good, but I couldn't get through it.

Nov 6, 2008, 8:06am Top

I'm glad I'm not alone. I heard so many people go on and on about it. I was thinking that I was weird.

Nov 6, 2008, 2:28pm Top

Don't let the book put you off the musical, though. The musical is only loosely based on the book and is better in many ways, oddly enough.

Dec 1, 2008, 2:35pm Top

I'm a bit obsessed with fairy tale retellings. I devour them, typically. The first Maguire I read was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and I still think that one is superior to Wicked (though admittedly, I have a thing for Oz, so I love the book). I think I grew to appreciate his writing style more in Confessions and then in Mirror, Mirror-once I stopped worrying about reading every line and jsut let the story wash over me, it became better for me to read. That being said, I thought Lost was terrible and would never recommend it.

Aug 22, 2011, 2:57pm Top

I agree with kaelirenee: both Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and especially Mirror, Mirror were better than the Wicked series -- and there's a new one just out called Out of Oz

Jul 6, 2012, 11:17am Top

It's the premise that is so enticing. I was sorely disappointed at the treatment, and gave it up.

Jul 6, 2012, 11:31am Top

I agree with those who liked Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister better -- I thought the language was more beautiful and the story moved better. But I still liked Wicked well enough to finish it. I want to try re-reading it so I can move on to the other books in the sequence.

Sep 19, 2012, 3:55pm Top

I found a great deal of Wicked to be pretentious. It's like he wanted to show off his wonderful skills with political and religious rhetoric. I remember some writer once commenting that men only wrote love stories to show off their skills with poetry (this was a hundred or two years ago). That's how I feel about Wicked. It's like he wrote all the rhetoric and then bent and warped a story around it to make it fit.

Nov 10, 2012, 8:03am Top

I enjoyed Son of a Witch more than Wicked. Read the whole thing and got lost a few times but found his other stories seemed to be better.

Nov 10, 2012, 12:02pm Top

Out of Oz, which ends the series, was absolutely wonderful. Don't give up, Pam_B!

Nov 11, 2012, 3:51am Top

Always so great to know we're not the only one! I chucked my half-read copy on the recycle pile too!

Jan 6, 2013, 1:36pm Top

Loved the musical, hated the book (which I actually read first). Maybe I'll try Confessions, based on recommendations here.

Jan 6, 2013, 2:38pm Top

Mirror Mirror is my favourite.

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