Everytime I start one of Gregory Maguire's books, I am reminded that his style takes some getting used to. Once with the flow, however, I am happily on a new adventure. I loved Wicked, and liked Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men is a worthy addition to the series. I would agree that nothing is resolved in the books. Questions are posed that I expect--and hope--will be answered in the next installment. That is how the original OZ books struck me, as well. Each book a little more about the old characters and a slew of new ones to look forward to learning more. Anyone who has read the series so far, and enjoyed it, is probably asking what exactly did happen to the Scarecrow after he left the limelight....or was it the Scarecrow at all?
Much like the protagonist of the story, the Cowardly Lion, this novel seemed to meander about with no clear direction. By the end of the story I was left feeling that there was no resolution at all, only more questions about the characters of the last two novels. I did not find Brrr or Yackle to be interesting at all, rather I was much more interested in the other minor characters (who, for those yet to read it, may or may not actually be "minor" in relation to the overall story arc). I like Gregory Maquire's style, and because of that, I have given this story 4 stars. His "take" on the Oz mythos is both original and interesting. But where Wicked started out with the question of what is evil, A Lion Among Men doesn't seem to have a question at all. Read it to be complete, but don't expect much more than that.
The book was so ...... boring It took me FOREVER to read it and I LOVED the other two.
This was NOTHING like what I had hoped it to be. Trust me.. save your money this was ... a waste of mine.
I'm always conflicted when an author takes liberties with fairy tales. The Lion is such a pathetic character, and with a little more humor, he'd be a brother to Eeyore. Nothing is resolved, but the Clock of the Time Dragon tells us more than in previous stories. I did not love it, but I did not hate it either. I think my love for the Wizard of Oz will always get me to read anything that might hint to the story.
I had no idea this book was coming out, so imagine my surprise when I see in the airport a book that I *think* is a Gregory Maguire book. And then how happy I am to find it is a continuation of the Wicked storylines!
Of all the Wizard of Oz characters, the Cowardly Lion was one of the ones that was least interesting to me. However, that didnt stop me from immediately buying and reading this book. It starts out kind of slow, and I admit that the switching from time and character was a bit frustrating at first. I would feel like I was just getting into a story and then bam! different character.
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