Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

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"A brilliant achievement."

--Boston Herald

"Entertaining...profound....A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain."
--Christian Science Monitor

Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in his New York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, offers a brilliant reinvention of the timeless Snow White fairy tale: Mirror Mirror. Setting his story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy--and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen--Maguire and Mirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of Harry Potter to readers of the sophisticated stories of Angela Carter.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Regan Books
Copyright Date: ♭2003
ISBN: 9780061748042
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ArapahoeSteffen Jul 19, 2017

My favorite Maguire after the Wicked series.
Set in Italy, I LOVE the inclusion of Lucretia Borgia and his take on dwarves felt fresh.

ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

Set in Renaissance Italy, this revisionist version of "Snow White" casts as its heroine young Bianca de Nevada. Her widowed father is a minor nobleman with loyalties to the Borgia family, particularly Cesare and his sister (and lover) Lucrezia. But when the lecherous Cesare begins to pay too much attention to Bianca, jealous Lucrezia orders a young hunter to lead the girl into the forest and kill her. The girl escapes and is taken in by seven dwarves, who are on a quest to retrieve their special mirror. If you enjoy this novel by Wicked author Gregory Maguire, you may also want to read his Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a retelling of "Cinderella" set in 17th-century Holland.

Oct 12, 2013

It was alright. It grew dull for me and was difficult to finish. I read this after Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister though so I could have been growing tired of the concept. It was my least favorite of his books of this style though.

Krull14 Aug 28, 2013

This book was interesting, and was not very comparable to those fables we have known about Snow White. This has more of a historical aspect to it. I belive it is more historical than any of the books I have read by Gregory Maguire, and this is what I liked about it. The inclusion of the Borgias family intrigued me, thought this was probably my least favorite of Maguire's books I've read so far.

Jul 25, 2012

This book is intriguing. It's a variation of Snow White set in Italy and with the historical figures of the Borgias playing the antagonists. It is the same story with different characters and plot devices, but it is entertaining nonetheless.

Dec 15, 2010

A very intriguing novel, and not one for the faint of heart - or at least, those who oppose or can't stomach incest. Lucrezia Borgia plays the role of the Evil Stepmother quite excellently, and is actually more intriguing and interesting than Bianca de Nevada, the book's Snow White.

Maguire's handling of the story is not so original as his take on the characters and the origin of the mirror, as well as its creators. Definitely a page turner.

Nov 27, 2010

"average" rating means, it's anything but average, I just can't decide if I liked it or if I'm mad that this guy's literary art used up so much of my time.

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Jul 25, 2012

emcmanus11 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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