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A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years (The Wicked Years #03)


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Deborah Fochler, February 8, 2009 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
This is a fairytale for adults. The characters and story lines are vivid, different but they are not easily forgotten, engaging and make a wonderful story.
Mr. Maguire does not write your "normal" story - his are from an imagination on speed. This is the third book in this collection and is just as good if not better than the first two. He will transport you to another world full of scary, loveable creatures that you wont soon forget. A very masterful storyteller. The problem is that if you like his stories - YOU LOVE them - if you dont - you HATE them. There is no medium with this author. But, you cant dispute his storytelling ability whether you like or hate the books. He can write some amazing characters and story lines. Amazing..
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I've been looking forward to A Lion Among Men since earlier this year and the first few pages have me hooked already. Yackle is such a fascinating character, one of my favorites in the Maguire universe to be sure, so I'm on pins and needles to find out more about her. This will no doubt be a must-read for Wicked fans.
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Maguire, Gregory
William Morrow & Company
Smith, Douglas
by Gregory Maguire
Oz (Imaginary place)
Fantasy fiction
Fantasy - General
General Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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The Wicked Years
Series Volume:
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Grade Level:
, Y
9.30x6.20x1.00 in. 1.25 lbs.

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With this latest installment, it has become clear that Gregory Maguire's already politically subversive Wicked Years series is growing ever darker. A Lion among Men is devoted to (as you may have guessed) the story of the Cowardly Lion, known here as Brrr. His start in life was not a good one, and since then, he's met with abuse and indignity at the hands of humans, who are supposed to consider him an equal because he is an Animal (with a capital A), which means that he has all of the intellectual faculties, including literacy, that people do. In order to survive a government-sponsored purge of Animals, he takes Hobson's choice and "agrees" to service in this corrupt government, which is headed by the born-again Apostle Emperor. Hmm... that sounds like a familiar country, doesn't it? Maguire has once again produced a novel filled with fantasy, intrigue, and shadowy introspection with his singular combination of rich and piquant language.

"Staff Pick" by ,

A worthy next chapter in the Wicked saga, A Lion among Men is a reflective, enlightening look at Maguire's Oz from an Animal's perspective.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The entertaining third installment of bestseller Maguire's Wicked Years series, a revisionist chronicle of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, examines the tragically misunderstood life of the Cowardly Lion before and after his adventures with Dorothy and company. As all-out war looms between the Munchkinland guerrillas and the emperor of Oz's Emerald City soldiers, Brrr the lion, now working as an imperial spy, must somehow glean invaluable information from a crone named Yackle before she dies. But during his interrogation of the irritable oracle, Brrr, the proverbial loner and outsider, uncovers insights into his own mysterious past — and finally begins to understand what it feels like to belong. As usual, the author mixes some relatively weighty existential themes — the search for self, faith, redemption — into his whimsical story line. Newcomers to Maguire's Oz should probably begin with Wicked, the first entry in this darkly enchanting saga. 11-city author tour. (Oct. 14)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Maguire...populates his version of Oz with a cast of utterly fantastical characters who must face their own inner demons while tumult and uncertainty rages around them. An absolute must-read for fans of this ever-evolving dark fairy tale."
"Review" by , "Adjectives and philosophy sprout from his sentences at every turn, though there are too many f-bombs for his writing to be described as flowery."
"Review" by , "Maguire more than makes up for what the book may lack in riveting action with his signature skilled wordplay and profound philosophies on life. A rich reading experience and a worthy addition to the Oz saga. Recommended."
"Synopsis" by , In this third novel of the New York Times-bestselling series, civil war looms in Oz, and an ancient oracle named Yackle prepares for death. But before she can die, the Cowardly Lion arrives seeking knowledge about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West — the woman who had defended him when he was a cub.
"Synopsis" by , Return to a darker Oz with Gregory Maguire. In A Lion Among Men, the third volume in Maguires acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, a fuller, more complex Cowardly Lion is brought to life and gets to tell his remarkable tale. It is a story of oppression and fear in a world gone mad with war fever—of Munchkins, Wizards, and Wicked Witches—and especially of a gentle soul and determined survivor who is truly A Lion Among Men.
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