Son Of A Witch: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060747226 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingthegoaliegirlwing of Vancouver, Washington USA on 9/26/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingthegoaliegirlwing from Vancouver, Washington USA on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape-;but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?


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Would like to turn this book into a book ray. I'm trying to make an effort to keep those books moving, esp those that I didn't register. I really enjoyed this book and would like the chance for other people to enjoy it as well.

To help ensure that things run smoothly (or that is the plan anyhow), I've put together a few rough guidelines for this one. I know that some people take longer to read a book (busy, got a bunch of books to read before, work, etc)...

1. Please try to have this book read within 3 weeks. I know this isn't possible, but if you make an effort to try that is all I can ask.

2. Please journal when you receive the book.

3. When about halfway through, please contact the next person on the list for their mailing address.

4. Please journal again when you've read the book and it is on its way.

5. Have fun! Reading is supposed to be fun!

6. To the last person in the ray: Please keep this book moving... RABCK it, give it to a friend, etc... just please keep it moving once you're done reading it. Thanks!



If interested, please PM with your location and shipping preferences. I'll PM back. If you don't hear from me after a few days, then I didn't get your PM. My computer isn't set up yet due to lack of space in my current location, so I have to check my email at work. If you don't hear from me right away, please be patient. Thanks!

Sending order:
symphonicca-Peru
scotsbookie-UK (Inter)
Virgulina-Portugal (Inter)
concertina8-Austria (Int)
TheLetterB-New Zealand (Aus/NZ only) <--- book is here

Journal Entry 2 by symphonicca from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 13, 2007
Soooooooooooooooooooo excited to read this!! Actually, i recently read another MacGuire book--- Mirror Mirror. Anyway, I just got back from christmas holidays and immediately checked my mailbox--- and this was waiting for me!! Have one book ahead of it that I have just started, and then this one will be on my night stand!! Thanks so much for doing an international version of this bookray, thegoaliegirl! I LOVED "Wicked" and am really looking forward to reading the sequal!

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Update Jan 26: Just finished reading A Fine Balance, so will be starting "Son of a Witch" asap! Thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by symphonicca from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 10, 2007
Finished this a few days ago but am just getting to journal now. As usual, i thoroughly enjoyed MacGuire's writing--- he is so good at creating a whole new world that feels so real, and that draws you in so quickly and thoroughly. I have to say that i enjoyed "Wicked" a bit better than this book--- Elphaba was such a more interesting character than Liir--- she owned everything she did, was strong and angry and wouldn't accept the status quo. Liir, in contrast, floated around a bit, both literally and psychologically. He had opportunity to be more than what people asked of him, but until the end never really went there until the situation demanded it.

I liked some of the things that got pulled through from the first book--- especially Yackle, whose character and subtle influence i loved---- i still maintain my submission about the Yackle/Yaweh connection. :) I also liked the new character of Candle--- she was mysterious, but she was not trying to be so. The intense connection she had with the present--- an interesting way to paint a character.

Anyway, good book!! A big huge thanks to thegoaliegirl for creating this international bookray!! I am really happy to have finally gotten a chance to read this book, and look forward to hearing what other people have to say about it.

I already have scotsbookie's mailing address, so will be popping this in the mail this afternoon.

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Mailed Feb. 10, 2007 (holy freg that was expensive!!) :)

Journal Entry 4 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, February 17, 2007
Arrived safely all the way from Peru!!!! Thank you symphonicca & thegoaliegirl. It's #2 on mount TBR.

Journal Entry 5 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, March 10, 2007
Finished this a couple of days ago. Great read I enjoyed the continuing of the Witches story & wonder evn if there's another tale to come. I loved the contrast between the characters of Liir & Candle, her quietness & strength & Liir's insecurity. I agree with symphonnica in that I enjoyed Wicked more.

Thank you thegoaliegirl for the chance to read thi book.

I've already PM'd Virgulina.

12 Mar 2007 ETA:Virgulina has asked to be skipped so PM'ing concertina8

Journal Entry 6 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Popped in the post to concertina8 this morning. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 7 by concertina8 from Wien Bezirk 13 - Hietzing, Wien Austria on Friday, March 16, 2007
arrived safely today. have to finish another book, first - but then i'll get right to it.

Journal Entry 8 by concertina8 from Wien Bezirk 13 - Hietzing, Wien Austria on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
hm, i don't know about this one. the story was interesting and entertaining enough but somehow one is left with too many untied strings in the end (what is the story with shell? candle? trism?). if feels more like the setting for yet another book (the wicked witch trilogy?) than a finished story in itself.

i have read three maguire books so far and my favorite still is "confessions of an ugly stepsister".

anyway, i have the next address. seems like i always end up sending books to the other side of the world (mostly, australia or - in this case - new zealand) :-/. will try to send this off sometime this week.

Released 13 yrs ago (4/5/2007 UTC) at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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started its loooooong trip to new zealand

Journal Entry 10 by TheLetterB from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Monday, April 16, 2007
My second bookring to arrive in two days! I think that's what they call an embarrassment of riches ;)
I'm looking forward to reading this, although as I want to skim Wicked again first (as it's ages since I read it), and I have another ring, a bookclub book, and a book to review before then, I won't get to it for several weeks. Still, as I'm the last on the list, I'm assuming no one will mind!
Goaliegirl, I've been hanging on to Wicked, and was thinking about sending it off with Son of a Witch on a NZ/Australia bookring or ray, when I'm done, and if there is enough interest. Would that be OK with you?

Journal Entry 11 by TheLetterB at Trattorie Cafe (OBCZ) in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, February 09, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (2/8/2008 UTC) at Trattorie Cafe (OBCZ) in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Sorry to have hung on to this book so long, I intended to email round and set up a book ray in NZ, but just never got around to it. Released with Wicked into the very eager hands of FutureCat at today's meet up.

Journal Entry 12 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, February 10, 2008
Snatched out of TheLetterB's arms when she arrived at the meetup this morning - Gregory Maguire is an author I've been wanting to read for ages!

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Journal Entry 13 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
After enjoying Wicked so much, I was a bit worried the sequel wouldn't live up to it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Another great book, that explores even more of what was really going on behind the scenes in the Oz books.

I think Lytteltonwitch had her eye on this next.

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Journal Entry 14 by winglytteltonwitchwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
To be added to my reading pile

Journal Entry 15 by winglytteltonwitchwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, August 20, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (8/20/2009 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Never did get around to reading the book and if it was smaller I would take it with me. My storage space at home is limited to one wardrobe. Given to a fellow bookcrosser.

The Christchurch bookcrossers meet up on a regular basis,the information is on BCNZ Yahoo NZ The main organizers are FutureCat and myself and we welcome new members to our very friendly group.





Journal Entry 16 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, August 21, 2009
Lytteltonwitch dropped off a "few" more books that she hasn't had time to release.

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Released 11 yrs ago (9/26/2009 UTC) at The Coffee Club OBCZ, High Street in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Left on the OBCZ shelf after our meetup.

Happy bookcrossing to the finder!

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P.S. If you live in the Christchurch area, you might like to join us at our monthly bookcrossing meetups. For details, see the BCNZ Yahoo Group.

Journal Entry 18 by winggaboydwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Picked up while dropping off some pre-nums.

Journal Entry 19 by winggaboydwing at The Coffee Room, Elms Hotel in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, October 26, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (10/26/2009 UTC) at The Coffee Room, Elms Hotel in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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OBCZ shelf re-stock.

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