Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fourth Revisionist Oz!

It’s been a while since I last picked up any book by Gregory Maguire. My last was Son of a Witch. A flurry of other books snagged my attention from Maguire’s revisionist Oz, so even if A Lion Among Men was released in paperback, I wasn’t able to pick it up.

I’m currently on a rereading streak (The Perks of Being a Wallflower after The Catcher in the Rye), but I promise that after I’ve finished my un-read stack on the bedside table, I’d really go hunt for the remaining books of the Wicked Years series. Only recently did I learn that WY is a quadrology! Here are the four books (with all the amazing artsy covers) as cross-posted from Tumblr:

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RE-IMAGINED OZ: Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series is a set of fantasy novels that provide a lot of revisionist background stories for L. Frank Baum’sThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • Wicked follows the events in the life of Elphaba, the green-skinned “wicked witch” of the west, told from pre-Dorothy time up to the day of her death. The story mostly tackles the issue of the nature of good and evil.
  • Son of a Witch is a detailed account on the life of Lirr, Elphaba’s son, after the witch’s happy-never-after. One of the story’s recurring theme is the search for identity and how not everyone can—or willing to—pay the price of riding a famous parent’s coattails.
  • A Lion Among Men is about Brrr, the Cowardly Lion that Elphaba once saved when he’s still a cub (I haven’t read this one yet, but I hope it’s good).
  • Out of Oz is the conclusion of the series—to be released on November 1—and is about Rain, Elphaba’s green-skinned granddaughter that was born on the final chapter of Son of a Witch. I heard Dorothy’s dropping in again. :p

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