Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Premature Book Review: A Lion Among Men

Well, it is time for book three. A Lion Among Men is the continuation of Gregory Maguire's Oz retellings. Here we learn, initially, about The Cowardly Lion; his origin story, as it were. We also learn the history (perhaps) of another character, whom it would be a spoiler to name here.

If you read Son of a Witch you may feel like you want some closure... I did. This book at least teases you with potential answers, though I am not far enough along to be sure they will be delivered.

As for the style, it is a bit of an Interview with the Vampire, I guess (never read that). The Lion, now no longer cowardly, is interviewing an old favorite about dealings with the story so far. He is being interviewed in turn. The writing is clever and the story humourous, yet with that touch of ugliness/pathos that Maguire always includes. Thus far, I am very happy with it and would recommend it readily.

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