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2.0 out of 5 stars A retelling of a classic fairytale? More like a jumbled mess, October 3, 2004
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This review is from: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Paperback)
Let me start off by saying that I really, really had high hopes for this novel. While I enjoy the movie and read most of the books when I was young, I knew that this would be something different. I'm a fan of fine literature and re-imaginings of classic stories -- unfortunately, this is neither. The story, while intriguing at first, slowly bogs down in the dense, overwritten prose of the author. There are too many stories going on here and none of them gets fully drawn out. This is one of the only books that I've ever considered not finishing, and even when I was done I couldn't wait to get it out of my life.

If you're a fan of a good story, look elsewhere. This book bears only a vague resemblance of the original story, and even then it gets lots of details wrong that you'd be willing to overlook if this was not based on a classic, but instead they just serve to irritate.

The author seems to have pulled out his unabriged dictionary to write this, and for no good reason other than to "impress" everyone with his knowledge of obscure words. Instead of being an interesting device and adding to the story, it detracts and seems affected.

I also had lots of problems with the pacing of this book. It jumps all around and never settles into a comfortable spot that draws you in and keeps you reading.

I was really interested in seeing the musical when I first heard about this (before I read the book) but now I have to say that I'll skip it. I'm sure Broadway will have something else going on for me to see.
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