The Emerald City


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar North says:

    I couldn’t stand the sequel novel but I was fascinated by “A Lion Among Men” (the third book).Report

  2. Avatar Mopey Duns says:

    The novel is terrible. Terrible. I went into it expecting to love it. Wicked is a misnomer; that would have been interesting. “Confused” would have been a better title. Or perhaps simply “Narcissistic”. Trying to empathize with the characters is like trying to walk on pudding; there’s not enough substance and after a while you feel sticky and disgusting.

    It baffles me that so many people have bought into it.

    I almost bought A Lion Among Men, but I no longer trust Gregory Maguire.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I think my mother-in-law is currently reading this. I’ll see if I can borrow it when she’s done.Report

    • Avatar Mopey Duns says:

      @Rufus F.,
      Please tell me what you think of it if you do. I want to know if it is possible for a human to like both the Odyssey and this dreck simultaneously.Report

      • Avatar Rufus F. says:

        @Mopey Duns, Sure thing.

        I don’t know if I read a lot of fluff books- my wife certainly picks on me for never reading anything ‘fun’. But I should note, in fairness, that I see pretty much every single horror or kung fu movie that comes out on DVD, and own a few hundred of them.

        Also, if you pause this trailer at 1:49
        you can see me in a leather jacket. I mean, okay sure, “Slime City Massacre” is not what I’d call dreck; but it’s not the Iliad either.Report

        • Avatar Mopey Duns says:

          @Rufus F.,

          Don’t get me wrong; I am not making a claim of high taste. I am an avid consumer of manga, which tends to have plotting and characterization a bit south of the average soap opera.

          Wicked would have endeared itself more to me if it had taken itself less seriously. There is a funny and a good idea hiding beneath all the dreck. Instead it dragged and wallowed and in the end fundamentally besmirched a perfectly delightful children’s series to no good purpose. And she wasn’t even really WICKED. That is what drove me nuts about the book. I could have forgiven it so much more if it had actually been the meaningful exercise in the examination of evil, and what. Maguire simply cheats by fundamentally changing the story to something much more boring rather than simply examining it from the witch’s perspective without changing anything else. The witch, like everyone else, was a self-absorbed, shallow, unappealing navel-gazer. If I wanted to read about that, I’d go over my diary.


  4. Avatar Mark Sanchez says:

    You seem to confuse government with tyranny. Admittedly, this is a standard reflex among the right-wing, but one would hope you could see the distinction.Report

  5. Avatar Mopey Duns says:

    @Mike Schilling, There are just enough things wrong with this question that I am not sure how to answer it.Report

  6. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    It’s OK. Neither of my kids (who took first-year chemistry over the past two years) thought it was funny either.Report