Book Reviews of Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror
Author: Gregory Maguire
ISBN-13: 9780060988654
ISBN-10: 0060988657
Publication Date: 10/1/2004
Pages: 283
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 541 ratings
Publisher: Regan Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
I can't decide whether I like Maguire or not. I somewhat enjoyed Wicked, it's interesting to say the least. Mirror Mirror was...something else. It's always interesting to see someone's interpretation of a well-known story, but Maguire just runs away with it. I wasn't a huge fan of this story.
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Helpful Score: 7
I started off with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and thought it was very good once I was able to get into it. I decided to continue on with this one, not the greatest book I have read! I'm having trouble deciding if I like this author or not!

Between the Borgia's, the runaway storyline, it was mildly entertaining, but not a fantastic book.
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Helpful Score: 7
From the writer of Wicked comes another fun read. The "true" story of Snow White. Reads like historical fiction intermingled with fantasy. Entertaining and fun. Familiar and off the wall.
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Helpful Score: 5
A great re-telling of a folk tale classic. A grown-up fairy tale with so much in it that makes you stop and think. But, don't make the mistake I made and read it trying to find the similarities. Read it for what it is, fabulous.
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Helpful Score: 4
I prefered some of his other books better but this one puts a new twist on the snow white story. As a wicked step mother myself, I appreciated the story and could realte to the characters.
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed "Wicked" very much, but have not enjoyed any of Maguire's other novels quite as much. I found it very hard to "get into" this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Good read. Interesting twist on the Snow White story.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't put Wicked down, and I enjoyed Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, but I just couldn't get into this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
Somehow not as good as I was expecting. Some parts were a bit confusing..... and I definetly wasn't expecting the Borgia's to be in the story.....
Overall though it was a good read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Different look at a common fairy tale. I thought it was pretty good, but it is NOT for young readers.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the least of Gregory Maguire's compelling retellings and refashionings of classic fairy tales, but it is nevertheless intriguing and actually original. Set in 1500s Italy, the story tells the familiar tale of Snow White, but with so many historical and fantasy elements as to make it a near-new tale. Bianca de Nevada is our Snow White in this story, and the wicked stepmother is none other than the infamous Lucrezia Borgia of the equally infamous Borgia family. It is clever the way Maguire, a fantastic writer, weaves the familiar elements of the tale into his own weird historical/fantasy hybrid creation, but too often the narrative feels too loose and too little. I never fully understood the characters, and the plot feels a little thin, but it's still worth reading if only for the most unique representation of the seven - or is it eight? - dwarves I have ever encountered in my entire life. I won't spoil anything here, but suffice it to say it's bracingly and wonderfully inventive.
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I found it boring but my cousin loved it, so I guess it's a matter of opinion. Definately different from the regular Snow White fairy tale, which is kind of cool. I just thought it could've been told better.
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I loved the historical fiction take on the Snow White story. It was well writen and I could not put the book down.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm not sure what it is about this author's writing that I don't like. Maybe it's the flow of the story. I think this book is better than Wicked. I like the refrences to real historical figures. I did not like the portrayal of the dwarves, however. It was very dificult to understand what kind of picture he was trying to paint with them.
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being a HUGE fan of Greggory Maguire, i was excited and dissapointed by this book. I think that he has an imagination that is interwoven with intelect enough to craft anything into a captivating piece of art... that being said, this book was my least favorite of his...
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Helpful Score: 1
An interesting twist on the Snow White story. I was not overly impressed with it, but it was worth a once-over.
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This is the backstory of Snow White. Very good read, I loved it.
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All of Maguire's novels, this one included, are so horrible over-written and dull. Wicked was a one hit wonder.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought that this was a wonderful retelling of the more tradition version we've been used to reading. The author took some interesting twists with his that are a great example of his creativity when it comes to weaving a new story out of an old favorite. I found it a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down because the writing style was simplistic yet beautiful at the same time.
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I agree this book is s-l-o-w as molasses. It's an OK read. I had to re read it since I got lost and had no idea what was going on. The idea of the book was also hard to grasp. AND I felt there was no satisfying ending :(
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Not my favorite Maguire book. It was a good story and well written but I was expecting a realistic tie into the fairy tale and it wasn't there. The fairy tale part seems added as an after-fact. I don't think it should have had a fairy tale linked title. I would still recomend it as a read but it did not make it to my 'Keeper Shelf' nor will I read it a second time. I loved Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Wicked.
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Helpful Score: 1
Entertaining, but not as good as other Maguire books. A twist on Snow White.
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Interesting take on the Snow White story, although Maguire displays a disturbing fetish of the human reproductive system. That really turned me off.
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Helpful Score: 1
Maguire's prose is dense and heavily descriptive. If you enjoy Dickens, historical fiction, and fantasy/science fiction writers such as Bradbury and Gaiman, you will probably enjoy this book, because it blends thick description with intense characters, plot twists, and mixture of real-world elements with magic. I found it very appealing and creative.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very interesting take on Snow White. Although I liked "Wicked' better this one was good. Interesting view of the dwarves.
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A spellbinding retelling of Snow White! I couldn't put it down!
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It was interesting, but not really what I had expected...a little too strange for my tastes.
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If you're a Macguire fan you know his style. This one is about Snow White and 'the real story'. Interesting as usual!
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I thought that this was a wonderful retelling of the more tradition version we've been used to reading. The author took some interesting twists with his that are a great example of his creativity when it comes to weaving a new story out of an old favorite. I found it a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down because the writing style was simplistic yet beautiful at the same time.
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I loved this story. Historical figures tied into well loved fairy tales. What a fresh premise. Hated for it to end.
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This is a cool spin on the classic fairy tale of sleeping beauty. It was an easy read (although I wish there would have been more of a story with the dwarves.) Its a story of trickery, jealousy and betrayal and how one family changed so many lives and none in a good way! I recommend it although in my opinion he has yet to top the original Wicked book!
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This was a good read. I don't think it's as dark as many people told me and what I read from other readers... but it was good. Diffently has some differnt twist to the story and is quit fanciating. I liked it.
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I liked the way he incorporates actual historical people into the fairy tale. However, it was a little contrived in places.
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I love Maguire's remakes of classics. Amazing twists and new (adult) ways of thinking about children's tales. Fantastic.
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Great. His writing can be hard to follow at times but it presents a different twist on Snow White.
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Great read and a fun twist on the old standard of Snow White.
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Not as good as Wicked - which is one of my favorite books of all time - but still very good and hard to put down. I wasn't disappointed! I love the way Gregory Maguire writes and I look forward to reading more from him
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A quick and entertaining read. Maguire is a real master at creating these fictional worlds that stir all five senses. Didn't enjoy it as much as Confessions, but good.
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Love this book's (and the others Maguire has written) twist of a Fairy Tale's point of view!
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I loved this one! I liked it even better than Wicked. Really good story.
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This book is really great! It's written by the author of Wicked, so you know it's good.
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I enjoyed Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, but I didn't enjoy this one at all. Though the Borgias were fascinating historical figures, Maguire's portrayal of them disappointed me. Instead of highlighting the humanity of the 'villains' as he usually did, he went with the classic stereotypes of them- Lucrezia Borgia, an incredibly powerful and intelligent woman in history, was turned into the beauty-obsessed stepmother and the image of the incestuous murderer that her family's political opponents painted her as was faithfully adhered to. Bianca's father was also two-dimensional, the typical good father come on hard times and/or betrayed, and Bianca was scarcely memorable, ridiculously naive but without the appeal as a character to make it endearing. She seemed more creepy and stupid than anything.

His concept of the dwarves- dark, ancient, inhuman spirits of the earth- intrigued me, but they had very peripheral roles and stayed pretty enigmatic throughout. The characters who were the most alive and appealing to me were the servants at the keep. I'd say that this book is worth reading in the bookstore or borrowing from a friend, but not worth actually buying.
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Another version of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Don't miss "Wicked" which is just as good
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I thought that this was a wonderful retelling of the more tradition version we've been used to reading. The author took some interesting twists with his that are a great example of his creativity when it comes to weaving a new story out of an old favorite. I found it a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down because the writing style was simplistic yet beautiful at the same time.
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One minute I enjoyed this book, and the next, I found it frustrating. Sometimes the writing came off as really pretentious and self-conscious, as if the author were saying to the reader: "Look! Obscure vocabulary and elaborate metaphors! You are reading Intelligent Literature."

However, I loved Maguire's characterization of Lucrezia Borgia as the tale's wicked queen. She was so deliciously evil, it gave me chills and made me wonder gleefully what she would do next. Maguire gave the reader frequent glimpses of the hurt, confused woman behind the chillingly beautiful mask, so it was possible to sympathize with Lucrezia, as well. If only Bianca, the heroine of the story, and her father had been such interesting characters ...
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This was a pretty good book, but not as good as Wicked, in my opinion.
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I loved this book. Maguire uses historical facts to create a world for Snow White to come to life.
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very fun!
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I found this book slow going and really not that interesting. I had planeed on reading other books by this author, but have now changed my mind.
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Maguire has a lock on clever, elaborate retellings of fairy tales, turning them inside out and couching them in tongue-in-cheek baroque prose. After his revisionist takes on Oz's Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked) and Cinderella's ugly stepsisters (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), he now tackles Snow White. The notorious Borgia habit of poisoning rivals inspired him to transplant the classic tale to 16th-century Tuscany, where Vicente de Nevada is an expatriate Spanish widower who lives with his daughter, the fair Bianca. Beholden to sinister Cesare Borgia and Cesare's sister (and perhaps lover) Lucrezia, Vicente is sent on what appears to be a fool's errand, to discover and steal from a Middle East monastery a branch of the Tree of Knowledge complete with three apples. When Bianca is 11, Cesare's attraction to her causes the envious Lucrezia to order a young hunter to murder her and deliver her heart in a casket. Bianca, of course, is spared and taken in by seven dwarfs. But this is not Disney; the dwarfs are boulders, stirred to life by Bianca's arrival ("a clothed, bearded obstinacy became slowly apparent"). Several years pass in surreal, dreamlike fashion, with Bianca tending to the dwarfs, who cavort stiffly and philosophize collectively. When Vicente returns successful, Lucrezia poisons an apple for her rival. Innocent Bianca's fate is gentle, but that of the corrupt Lucrezia, in brilliant Venice, is appropriately grotesque. Fairy tales in their original form are often brutal and disturbing; with his rich, idiosyncratic storytelling, Maguire restores the edge to an oft-told tale and imbues it with a strange, unsettling beauty.
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This is my third try with this author. Am sending it on to someone who might like this style or what ever.
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Another book from the author of "Wicked." This time it's a rewriting of the tale of Snow White.
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This is NOT a children's book, even though it's a retelling of Snow White. In this case, the evil witch is a Borgia, and the book is full of descriptions of her depravity, like incest (who wants to read about a woman turned on by her brother?). It was a nasty book and the twists were not enough to make it a good retelling. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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Great book. Intresting take on the fairy tale of snow white
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if you read Wicked this book is highly recommended.
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If you like Gregory Maquire's style in Wicked, you'll like this...very odd.
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I just couldn't get into this book. I enjoyed Wicked but this one, boring.
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OK book, but not as interesting or unique as Wicked.
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Anyone else watch the Borgia's on Netflix? How can you not? It's like a historical soap opera, and my guilty pleasure. I absolutely LOVED how Maguire tied in the historical Borgia's to this fairy tale. I don't even care that this story was entirely made up to follow the tale of Snow White. As I am already intrigued by the perilous tales of the Borgia's, this fantastical fairy tale just heightened my love for the tales of the treacherous family. Save Wicked, this happens to be on of my favorite books.

4 out of 5 stars!
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quirky twist on sleeping beauty
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This is of the same quality of all of Maguire's books.
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I love Gregory Maguire! Here is his story of Snow White.
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The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm--and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia--decadent children of a wicked pope--no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest, he leaves Bianca under the care--so to speak--of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest salvation can be found as well...A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, MIRROR MIRROR gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White--and has a truth and beauty all its own.