Book Review: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

This is a perfect example of the effect a good editor can have on a book and an even better example of how desperately a good story editor is NEEDED.

Indulgent, long drawn-out boring sections of history and setting that weren’t needed to move the story along had the exact opposite effect and slowed the story down, sometimes bringing it to a screeching halt.

It’s a good story, a great concept and the characters and dialogue are written very well. The author’s strengths are in those areas – concept, characters, and dialogue.  The idea is fantastic. The execution? Not so much.

I had high hopes for this book and maybe that was part of the problem. I wanted to love it.  I’ve stated in a couple other reviews that I dont like “prettying up” the language just for the sake of doing so. If an author is always choosing the $5 SAT words it becomes distracting and takes me out of the story.  You’re an author, you know big/fancy words, WE GET IT. Put down the thesaurus.

– Dialogue was well written.
– Character development seemed really great for some and others felt completely flat.
– I like that Elphaba had a little sass, a hint of tough without the mean.
– This book would’ve been better at about 300 pages and after a good editor or two got their hands on it. So many things and people were introduced that served no purpose. Others were given loooong introductions and history, only to never be brought up again.

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