Finished reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire this weekend. IMPRESSIVE!
Bryce asked me to read it awhile ago, since it's one of his favorite books... I finally got around to starting it mid-September. Honestly, I'm more of a biography, memoir, history, non-fiction fan when it comes to books. The beginning was really difficult to grasp for me, because it seemed completely fantasy and I had a hard time getting past the word "dragon". I admit, there was a great handfuls of time where I was bored of it, when Maguire was introducing new environments and new characters. I was HOOKED when reading about the interactions with the main character, the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba.
Wicked is a parallel story to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You get to know Elphaba's story from before she was even born. Bratty baby to outcast at school, to political activist, mistress, Auntie... victim...
I seriously never had an interest in this book before, but am very glad I read it before ever seeing the Broadway play. I knew it was a tragedy, but never thought I would be emotionally attached. I was SO, SO wrong! In the end, I was reading without being able the put the book down, and kept thinking in my head, I wasn't going to get emotional. I kept thinking about all of Elphaba's story and could not help but CRY at the end of the book.
I HIGHLY recommend Wicked to anyone who hasn't read it. Again, I admit there were some bits that bore me to pieces, but when it all comes together you'll be taken aback.
After taking so long to read this book, I've started on a light-hearted quick read. Aqua Net Diaries by Jennifer Niven