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Son of a Witch (Wicked Years)
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Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name together with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost and Mirror Mirror.

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With a voice that sounds a bit like Richard Dreyfuss on helium, Maguire does a solid if somewhat unconventional job of narrating his own novel. His pace, like his prose, is deliberate and thoughtful. His creativity and imagination shine in his ability to provide his strange characters (not a human among them) with equally unusual voices. It is not the tonal range that makes his delivery interesting, though; it's the cadence and timbre of the voices that win the listener over. Liir, who may or may not be the son of the Wicked Witch of the West, is read with a detached, depressed air, an adolescent with ennui looking for his lost half-sister, Nor. Candle, the Munchkin girl who becomes his sweetheart, has a voice that sounds almost like backwards masking. A short interview with Maguire is an added value on the final disc; he says he enjoys the recording process and that the inspiration for the book was twofold: the many letters from young fans asking what happened to Nor, last seen as a chained political prisoner, and seeing the Abu Ghraib torture photographs. This one-two punch left an itch that could only be scratched by writing Son of a Witch. Simultaneous release with the Regan Books hardcover (Reviews, July 18). (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

For Wicked:"I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story." -- -Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
"As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Maguire's captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness."--People
"As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be."--Entertainment Weekly
"Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining."--Boston Globe
"Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn."--New York Times
For Wicked: "I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story."----Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True
"A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil."--Library Journal
"Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit--that spot is well deserved."----Kirkus Reviews
"An amazing novel."----John Updike
Maguire is full of storytelling brio . . . his Oz is meticulously drawn. --New York Times"
Maguire has done it again: Son of a Witch is as wicked as they come. . . . Thoroughly entertaining. --Boston Globe"
As fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be. --Entertainment Weekly"
Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit that spot is well deserved. ----Kirkus Reviews"
A tale that adroitly mixes drama, humor, and political satire into a well-knit examination of good and evil. --Library Journal"
Maguire s captivating, fully imagined world of horror and wonder illuminates the links between good and evil, retribution and forgiveness. --People"
For Wicked: I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story. ----Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True"
An amazing novel. ----John Updike"

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