Accomplished but Tedious, January 18, 2013

'Wicked' Gregory Maguire


I've been meaning to read this one for a while - as in, years. I LOVED Gregory Maguire's books as a child in the '70s and '80s, read 'Mirror Mirror' and thought it was pretty good, so figured this one would be amazing, given all the hype (and, yes, the spinoff musical.) Instead, I keep finding myself looking at my kindle percentage counter and thinking, 'Seriously? Only 54% done?' And so on. To be honest, I'm not even sure I'm going to finish it. I WANT to like it: as a historical novelist I truly appreciate the depth of thought that's gone into the plot and the vast, immaculate detail in the world-building. As a cranky, over-indulged reader, I enjoy the tart humor. But I can't warm to any of the characters, and for me, that's what makes or breaks a book. At a good 2/3 of the way through, I don't really care what happens to Elphaba, and I don't think that's just because I know how her story ends. If she'd begun as a sympathetic character, then I'd be interested in knowing how she ends up 'wicked', or perceived as such. But she doesn't and so, frankly, I don't. Add to that that though the plot is intricate, it's also very dry and, well, three stars for the massive feat, but not sure I'd recommend it.

By sarah on 09 November 2013 |