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What a disappointment Wicked was an act of amazing and original brilliance, taking a world that we are all familiar with, and turning it completely upside down Brilliantly imagined and equally brilliantly realized, one of its strongest suits was the way in which Maguire took elements of the original books, not just Wizard and wove them together into a familiar and yet wholly new world Since then, his approach to the series feels labored and incomprehensible to me Son of a Witch was weak, and left you waiting for resolution of a number of issues at the end of the book With Lion Among Men, these issues all remain unresolved, and a convoluted, and confusing tale is told about the Lion There are flashes of Maguires brilliance in the first few chapters, but then the story just gets too difficult to follow, and the characters never reach the power or internal complexity of Elphaba or Gallinda I am sorry to say this, but I thought this book was a waste If you read Son of A Witch and thought it was terrific, then knock yourself out, you ll probably like this one as well If you were left wondering what happened to Oz, then I d probably pass on Lion. Considering how much I enjoyed Wicked, and how much I enjoyed Son of a Witch, I found A Lion Among Men disappointing I was all geared up to find out what happens with Liir and you know what from the end of Son of a Witch, but the third book in this series barely mentions him Instead, this book focuses primarily on the Cowardly Lion and his life experiences, and touches a bit on Fiyero s daughter I found the author s language annoying, if not incomprehensible at times or maybe I just didn t have the patience to figure it out , and felt as though the effort he spent trying to sound profound could have been better spent developing a worthwhile plot for the Lion overall the reading felt tedious.That said, I did enjoy some of the book, particularly the bits involving Mother Yackle, a strange character first introduced in Wicked, whose history is revealed in A Lion Among Men, and is a lovely example of the bizarre, yet imaginatively delightful writing I was expecting from Gregory Maguire throughout the book. #READ EBOOK ⚟ A Lion Among Men ⚾ In This Much Anticipated Third Volume Of The Wicked Years, We Return To Oz, Seen Now Through The Eyes Of The Cowardly Lion The Once Tiny Cub Defended By Elphaba In Wicked While Civil War Looms, A Tetchy Oracle Named Yackle Prepares For Death Before Her Final Hour, An Enigmatic Figure Known As Brrr The Cowardly Lion Arrives Searching For Information About Elphaba Thropp, The Wicked Witch Of The West As Payment, Yackle Demands Some Answers Of Her Own Brrr Surrenders His Story Abandoned As A Cub, His Earliest Memories Are Gluey Hazes, And His Life S Path Is No Yellow Brick Road A Lion Among Men Chronicles A Battle Of Wits Hastened By The Emerald City S Approaching Armies At Once A Portrait Of A Would Be Survivor And A Panoramic Glimpse Of A World Gone Shrill With War Fever, Gregory Maguire S New Novel Is Written With The Sympathy And Power That Have Made His Books Contemporary Classics Gregory Maguire wrote a terrific book called Wicked that I liked a lot and that spawned a Broadway musical that bore only a passing resemblance to it, but was also terrific He couldn t leave well enough alone and wrote a sequel, Son of a Witch that was really bizarre and a little creepy and didn t make a whole lot of sense, but was okay sort of Well, it s sort of okay now that I ve read installment three, A Lion Among Men Son of a Witch left the reader with a ginormous cliffhanger It read like an unfinished novel Maguire left a lot of loose plot threads So, you knew there had to be a sequel Unfortunately, A Lion Among Men is not that sequel until the last 50 60 pages It s not until the very end that he ties this story into the first two When he does it s through a literal deus ex machina twist that just tells you absolutely everything This book is 250 pages of prologue and 50 pages of story Worse, that story is just a set up for volume 4 I love my husband dearly and it was really thoughtful of him to get me this book knowing that I d read the first two and that I loved the musical Wicked I just wish Maguire had written a book worthy of the first volume. After the rushed feeling of Son of a Witch , MacGuire redeems himself with this novel it made me feel as if some wounds were healed for both the reader and the characters. I really love Gregory Maguire s writing style, and I love where he has gone with this story over the three novels The structure of this book, however, felt somewhat scattered it wasn t until the end, the last few chapters, where I started to feel that it had any coherency, unlike in Son of a Witch, where, although it may not have always been clear what the connections were, exactly, they always felt like connections I suppose this is due to the fact that the protagonist in this story had little relation to characters I d become attached to in the previous two novels I still felt at odds at the end, and wishing a bit to see the Point.As always, however, Maguire s turn of phrase and ability to put complex thoughts into interesting prose did not disappoint, and whatever questions I had about the plot, I was carried through easily on the strength of the writing. It has been three long years since we last traveled to OZ And much has changed.The land, once joined together, is now separated into two parties those that support the current Wizard of OZ and the Munchkinlanders who long to be free and their own people.It is not the OZ we ve come to know It is an OZ on the brink of war and on the cusp of social change Whether it is change for the better remains to be seen.Heedless of the turmoil of OZ that surrounds him, Brr, The Cowardly Lion, is on a mission He must find Yackle, Oracle and Seer, and find out why her name was mentioned in the papers of the deceased Miss Morrible Miss Morrible used to teach Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West.He has other questions too what really happened to Elphaba Where is Liir, Elphaba s son And, though he is loathe to admit it, The Cowardly Lion has questions about himself too Does Yackle know where he came from Was he really freed by Elphaba from a cage Brr will get the answers he seeks But first, Yackle wants to know where his life has taken him, what paths have brought him to her Yackle asks him to tell her of his life before she goes to the life beyond death.Brr concedes, thinking to tell her a few details to please her so that she will answer his questions But Brr does not count on the power of the past Once it is glanced at, it cries out to be examined, to be searched for clues, to be experienced all over again.Memories, after all, are a powerful magic all their own A Lion Among Men is the third book in Maguire s Wicked Years series and it s the best one by far Where Wicked was good, Son of a Witch was great, A Lion Among Men is amazing Where Wicked suffered from being too long and Son of a Witch suffered from not having enough to do with the characters we know and love from The Wizard of Oz, A Lion Among Men has us once again following the yellow brick road And boy what a trip.They say that the third time is a charm and that is certainly the case with Maguire s A Lion Among Men He s clearly found his stride and it s the best book in the series What s lovely about the novel is getting to know The Cowardly Lion from a different perspective We only briefly glimpsed him in Wicked and Son of a Witch.Now we get to know him intimately This is his book after all.And, much like Elphaba who had wickedness thrust upon her, I wonder if Brrr The Cowardly Lion is really cowardly after all.A Lion Among Men is a very intimate book As well as getting to know Brrr, we get to know Yackle and how she came to know the two women who would become the Wicked Witches of Oz Some of the answers we learn in A Lion Among Men were from questions or mysteries first posed in Wicked, so the book should please fans of the series.But even better than that, A Lion Among men is a wonderful parable and parallel of one lion among men who, though surrounded by people, is incredibly alone.A Lion Among Men is one portrait of a lonely lion haunted by a need to belong It s at once funny, charming, harrowing, bleak and incredibly beautiful If you haven t read A Lion Among Men yet, do yourself a favour and visit OZ again.We re not in Kansas any. I don t know what to think about this one I ve wondered why I ve persevered with this series although it has been a long time since I read the previous book These books are too clever for their own good or at least they think they are.The central characters in this book are the Cowardly Lion who briefly appeared in the original book as cub and Old Mother Yackle the Oracle Yackle still lives with the maunts and she wants to die, but try as she might she still lives She even had herself shut in a crypt for a year and she still didn t die So Yackle is trying to figure out why.The Cowardly Lion his real name is Brr comes to Yackle for information he s looking for Liir and thinks she can help him But what he s really looking for is the Grimmerie As a servant of the court he has to find it otherwise he ll end up in Southstairs.But Yackle needs to know if she can trust Brr so she gets him to share memories So this book is mainly flashbacks of both their past but mainly Brr s past Nothing ever seems to have gone right for him, no memory of his family, no memory of his childhood trip to Shiz, no friends, the only Animal in Society when it wasn t fashionable to be an Animal He stumbles from one uncomfortable situation to another.Yackle has no memory of being young she was born old Blind after events in the previous book you re never quite sure if the visions she has are real or not But she was always there on the outskirts of Elphaba s life.But Yackle isn t the only one prone to prophecy s as a certain clock is making its way to the mauntery accompanied by a woman that many thought was dead Her tale is also woven into the story.The problem is, that this story feels like a bit of a filler, a way to manoeuvre characters in preparation for the finale Because it also rehashes what happened to Liir and Candle so the search can begin for them and their little girl Because war has broken out and maybe a witches granddaughter is the only one who can put things right Lions and tigers and bears, oh my Yes, A Lion Among Men has them all This is the Cowardly Lion s story in a nutshelland a few other nuts are de shelled as well Watching cowards in action is hard to stomach We forever wish them to be brave, to show some sign of courage But that is not the Lion s way Following him on his cowardly journey through life is taxing On the other hand, if you re a superfan of Oz the sort who s at least read the Baum originals if not all of the myriad fanfic out there Maguire s re imaginings of the Land of Oz can be enthralling He gives one dimensional characters two and even three dimensions He turns the map of Oz into a living geography It s interesting to see what he s done with the place If you re not hep to Maguire s take on Oz, here s a word of warning He has a somewhat comic approach and his material is occasionally blue It s not all potty talk, but expect a fuck or shit now and then, along with the occasional mention of sex in it s many forms His infusion of reality into a fantasy world matures the source material Sometimes it works, sometimes it misses the mark It s not always easy to go from serious to ridiculous and back again.If A Lion Among Men is said to miss its mark as many critics complain it s due to a lack of a truly engaging story Again, I point to the coward issue Sure, one can sympathize with the Lion and his unfortunate courage sapping beginnings, but sympathy runs out eventually upon seeing someone constantly fleeing and abandoning obligations and friends. So The third book in what s now referred to as The Wicked Years Alright I adore Wicked, both in its written and musical forms Son of a Witch was a decent sequel And I was really excited when I learned that we d get the Lion s perspective in all this Brrr is on Emerald City business, in search of the oracle Yackle, who was mentioned in Madame Morrible s notes Why Mostly in search of both The Grimmerie, Elphaba s book of magic, and Liir, her son Yackle was often on the outskirts of Elphaba s life and Brrr wants to know exactly why It soon gets mixed up with Brrr s past, Yackle s past, and the current civil war between EC and Munchkinland Revolts, Emperors, and the like But for all my excitement of this, I feel really let down There were parts that were interesting, both with Brrr and Yackle Brrr s childhood, for instance, since we know he was the cub in Wicked, and his interractions with Dorothy Yackle s memories of Elphaba and Liir and Fiyero I m sad to say, though, that I was often bored by this, and was just trying to finish it for the sake of finishing it It s clear from the ending that there will be another book, and why not People loved Wicked, and want to meet up with those familiar characters again But I really, really hope the next book is much better Too much politics and information that really isn t vital to the story.