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I first read Maguire when Wicked was published and have read every book he’s published. I’ve loved almost all of them. I was excited to see this but the reviews had me puzzled. Still I downloaded it because I’m a big fan of his storytelling.
That’s why I’m sad to say this book just wasn’t good. The narration was excellent and that may be the only reason I pushed through. The story has potential but just goes nowhere at all. I’m not even sure what, besides the location, this has to do with The Nutcracker. I kept waiting for explanations or connections that just NEVER happened. It’s like the publisher had some leftover stuff and threw this together and called it a novel. When it ended I actually had to go backwards a chapter or two because I couldn’t believe it was done. I thought I missed something but nope, just....not good. And I’m the last person that wants to write this about Maguire.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I struggled to finish. I don't like Gregory Maguire as a story teller. The characters are not likeable and the storyline doesn't flow. He somehow made Germany and the story of the nutcracker boring. I was disappointed I listened to this book. The narrator is articulate and does a good job reading.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful