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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West | Gregory Maguire
This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn't nearly as Wicked as we imagined.
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Blueberry
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🍭 The Man with the X-ray Eyes (I was a kid.)
🍫 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
🍬 Burnt orange/rust

I tag @NataliePatalie.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs 🧡🎃😱 1mo
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Roary47
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Will be trying to catch up today and read a bunch while home with my youngest who is now sick. Lots of Minnie Mouse and cuddles for today. Here is the prompt “Wicked” for #OminousOctober the only book in this series I liked. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #Scarathon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope he feels better ❤️‍🩹 1mo
Eggs This book looks fun 🤩. Hope your little one is getting better 💕 1mo
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vonnie862
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧙‍♀️ 🖤 1mo
Eggs 💚🖤💚 1mo
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marleed
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Pickpick

Honestly, I anticipated struggling my way through this book that was on my TBR so long that I donated my original copy unread - then couldn‘t resist this beauty at thrifting prices. I‘ve seen the touring musical several times and enjoyed reading this book for the whole story. I think I‘ll read Son of a Witch next October!

CaitlinR I‘ve enjoyed all of his books, I‘m glad you liked this one! 2mo
marleed @CaitlinR I don‘t know why it took me so long! 2mo
CaitlinR “So many books, so little time …”. I‘m sure you‘ve been reading some great stuff 🙂 2mo
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Blueberry
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MommyOfTwo Loved that book 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤🧙‍♀️ 2mo
Eggs Stacked!🖤🖤 2mo
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Kshakal
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Mom and I had tickets for this in March of 2020 and we are finally here!!

BethM Soooo good 4mo
Kshakal @BethM it is my favorite… my third time seeing it and mom‘s second! 4mo
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Kshakal
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Although this is my favorite musical I have never been able to bring myself to read it! #beenonmyshelf4ever #bookmoods @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

BethM It‘s weird. Soooo weird. But delightfully, head scratching weird. And nothing like the play. 6mo
JuliaTheBookNerd I struggled to get through it 😬 I found it kinda boring 🤪 6mo
Eggs 🖤 🧙🏻‍♀️ 💚 6mo
MadDustKitties It's deep, with lots of subtle political undertones. It's not a book I would have thought they would make a musical from... But they did. The musical and the book are not the same animal, no pun intended. 6mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! The musical is still on my must do list! 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Thrift store book haul from Saturday. $1.50 for the lot!

I‘m always on the lookout for leather bound volumes in good condition. I‘m pretty picky when it comes to paperbacks. I actually prefer paperbacks because they are so much easier to travel with and I can fit more on my bookshelves. But even when they are really cheap ($.10 each at the thrift store), I only want copies that are in like new condition. This helps me limit myself!

vivastory That Sherlock! 8mo
Kimberlone @vivastory yep, total steal! Glad I found that one :) 8mo
TheBookHippie WOWIE!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️😍📖📖📖 8mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage What an amazing deal!! 8mo
SRWCF And here I thought I was getting such a deal with my $0.99 thrift store books. $0.10 is just unheard of! I would have bought up each and every 📖 at that sale! 8mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, some Ezra Pound. My most recent library sale hauls last week 2 days in a row came at 16 for $4 and 5 for $1. 8mo
Kimberlone @tokorowilliamwallace that‘s awesome! Love a good deal! 8mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF this is a locally owned thrift store so I think that‘s why the books start at 10 cents. Some hardcovers can be up to $1 but compared to Goodwill or the main used bookstore in my city (which even for the cheapest books starts at $3 usually), still an extremely good deal! 8mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Kimberlone, huh, really? The two Goodwills I frequented in Melbourne, Florida mostly had books for a dollar. 8mo
SRWCF @tokorowilliamwallace My local Goodwill store books usually start at 2 to 3 bucks. 8mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF @tokorowilliamwallace I don‘t go to Goodwill for book shopping since there‘s a better thrift store option for books in my area, but I live in Alaska so everything is more expensive, including Goodwill prices. I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen a book priced at Goodwill for less than $2.99 here. (edited) 8mo
SRWCF @Kimberlone I live in Idaho and I definitely have my fave thrift stores to shop at. My number one is St. Vincent De Paul's. Next is any library sale. Those two have the best prices! 8mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF Bishop‘s Attic is my go-to for book thrifting! They have the best deals in my area. Can‘t beat 10 cents per book! 8mo
SRWCF @Kimberlone What a great name for a thrift store! 8mo
Caitlin89 Oh my gosh!! What a steal! Like everyone else here, I only ever see thrifted books for 2 or 3 dollars at best! 8mo
Saknicole Have your read Wicked? That series is so um darkly unsentimental? The musical is so fluffy compared! I read Wicked and Son of a Witch in HS and honestly idk how I felt. 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole I read it in high school around the same time as the musical came out and was definitely surprised at how different they are. I don‘t remember reading any of the other books in the same universe. I loved this edition and couldn‘t resist for 10 cents. Love the green pages! 8mo
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vonnie862
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About last night...🤗
#musicals

annahenke Oh I went to see this in Chicago and adored it!! 10mo
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brittanythebookdragon
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Panpan

My God. Don‘t read it. Go watch the musical and enjoy it. Skip this hyper sexualized shit. No one will ever be able to convince me that Old Greg wasn‘t 100% fondling himself while writing this book. I‘ve decided I will never be a Maguire fan. He just isn‘t for me.

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PuSsNbOoKs
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“Ah, we‘re slow learners,” Nanny countered, “but they (men) can‘t learn at all.”

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MeganAnn
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2/2 #basicwitchswap
@DebinHawaii you clearly read my answers carefully because I asked for mahogany obsidian & now I have this beautiful sphere to set on my desk to help manifest my creative ideas. The turquoise pouch you wrapped it in is beautiful. The Taurus oil smells lovely. I‘m looking forward to finding different ways to use it.
Deb, you really spoiled me! I cannot thank you enough, I hope you love yours too. Happy Halloween + Samhain 🔮✨

DebinHawaii I was excited about the sphere! It was the first thing I bought. The Taurus oil caught my eye (& nose) at my local crystal shop, where I got the pouch & witch‘s datebook & I hoped you would enjoy it & could find something fun to do with it. 🖤💚🖤 13mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! 🖤 13mo
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peanutnine
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

🎃 Oh gosh, so many right now 🤦🏼‍♀️ Just started the tagged, even though I'm also in the middle of reading Once & Future Witches, SBC's Guide to Slaying Vampires, the Puma Years, and #DoWRTR

🎃 I'm visiting one of my best friends in FL for an event at the Kennedy Space Center! 🚀🧑🏻‍🚀

🎃 Flexible work hours ☺️

Eggs #2 how nice!! 🚀 13mo
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peanutnine
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Finally got to see our first (masked) show of the 2020 season! 😅 Wicked is one of my favorite musicals, it was such a great performance! It's made me want to read the book now. I've had it on my TBR shelf for years, this may finally be the season that I read it 💚

xicanti I love the book very much, but it‘s got a completely different tone from the musical. Everybody I know who read it because they love the show was either disappointed or horrified. 1y
tdrosebud I'll be seeing this for the first time in Nov! I loved the book. 1y
peanutnine @xicanti lol yes I've heard that. I'm definitely not expecting the same optimistic bubbly tone that is the musical. I'm interested to see the darker side of the story honestly. Thanks for the heads up though! 1y
peanutnine @tdrosebud yay! I hope you enjoy it! It's such a fun experience 1y
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Shallett

Im almost finished Wicked its been a chore. It is such a boring book and the characters are so flat I cant stand it. I desperately need to find a good book to read.

booksbrewsandbooze Ok you‘re the only person I‘ve seen online who felt the same way I did! I keep on meaning to give the audiobook a try instead… 14mo
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Kshakal
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My heart is so happy right now!! 💚💖💚

ReadingOver50 I love Wicked! 1y
Kshakal @ReadingOver50 me too!! My favorite Broadway show for sure! 1y
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Shallett
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On page 144 of wicked an nothing interesting is happening yet when does it get better

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Shallett
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Starting Wicked Tonight DNFed it many years ago and want to give it another try

CrowCAH I slogged through it after falling in love the play. The musical is definitely better! 1y
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MatchlessMarie
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I‘m late but this prompt was a little tricky for me because I recently moved and have still been unpacking but haven‘t really established a cohesive aesthetic so here is one corner I have put together. Special mention to Wicked photobombing 😂 #readathon #deweyaug

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peanutnine
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Day 31 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Musical

Okay so I'm cheating a little on this one because no one in the book is actually musical but the musical adaptation of this story is one of my favorites 💕

Thank you @Eggs and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for hosting this monthly photo challenge! I've had a ton of fun with the daily prompts 😄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! Thank you for playing! Hope to see you in June!! 📚🙌🏻 2y
Eggs Great choice❣️ it‘s been so much fun reading your posts 🥰👏🏻🥳 2y
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xicanti
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I switched to red tea tonight. I probably won‘t finish WICKED before I fall asleep, but I‘m hard into it now. I forgot how skillfully Maguire manages POV here, and how good it gets once Elphaba finally begins to speak.

alisiakae I‘ve been meaning to reread his books! 2y
xicanti @4thhouseontheleft finished this one last night after all, and now I‘m all afire for the rest of the series! I‘ve never read the finale so I‘m especially excited for that. 2y
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xicanti
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Green tea felt like the most appropriate beverage tonight.

I‘m over halfway through my WICKED reread now, and while I still love it, I don‘t think it‘ll retain its Top 16 status. (My faves make a Top 15, now.) I expected that and I‘m at peace with it. It‘s been twelve years since I last read it, and this is only my fourth time overall. I‘m so fickle that the faves that STAY faves in the long term are pretty rare.

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MariaW
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Saw the novel Wicked posted by @xicanti and had to buy the whole collection. 🙈

xicanti Yay! 2y
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xicanti
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My dad needed help with something at a venue right near this public art, so I paused and read a nice chunk of my book while I waited for him to show up.

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xicanti
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Back in the day, I set April aside for rereads. I let the practice drop off a few years back when my reading priorities shifted a bit, but this year I want to focus on rereads again!

First up: Gregory Maguire‘s Wicked Years series. I‘m finally gonna read the fourth one.

And yes, I know you probably hate WICKED. I don‘t need to hear about it. It really bugs me when people go out of their way to tell me they loathe something I love.

mcctrish I loved Wicked 2y
xicanti @mcctrish yay! I often feel like the only one, and for some reason, the people who hate it always feel the need to rant at me when they find out. 2y
reading_rainbow I have this on my TBR and I‘m actually really excited about it 2y
xicanti @reading_rainbow I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Panpan

This book is a major downer; the scope and magnitude of things gone wrong in Elphaba‘s life from start to finish is astonishing. Honestly, it was a slog. Also, I‘m not afraid of sex in books, but the sheer number of things described in sexual terms felt awkward. Like mountains, or a person going through great stress over a loved one‘s mortal peril and digging their nails into something. This happens a lot and the dissonance was distracting.

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Kris10H
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Got a new Kobo with some Christmas gift cards, so I guess I'm also finally reading this gem! It's been ages since I looked at my Kobo collection, and turns out that, like my physical collection of books, I have a lot of ebooks waiting to be read. Maybe I should stop buying until I've read them all?
(Nah! I don't have that kind of restraint.)

AkashaVampie I only read ebooks... so that would be an easy answer for me 2y
Kris10H I go through phases where I'll only read ebooks, and then only physical copies for a while, nd then mostly just audio books. A book is a book is a book, I guess. Lol 2y
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CrowCAH
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#RememberNovember #Defiance

Alphaba sure knows how to defy gravity and social norms; but she‘s still so Popular

Klou 😂😂 love it! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My #basicwitchswap 📦 is here!!!

sprainedbrain Yayayayayyay!!! 2y
ErinSueMreads Oh thank goodness! I wasn't sure it was going to make it with this ice storm we had! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @ErinSueMreads I‘m so excited. I don‘t know what‘s in there but the box smells amazing. Candles? Incense? 2y
ErinSueMreads Does it????? Yay! No incense. You said no on that on your sheet. But their may be some other delicious smelling things in there 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Unintentionally seasonal reading

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katy4peas
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Ha-ha-hehe-haha-he!!

Lindy Cute! 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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Mehso-so

3⭐️s for now...
I‘m still not sure of my feelings towards this book... There were huge chunks of the story that just, didn‘t exist. Sometimes this worked in favor of the story, but mostly I found it a bit annoying. There were other moments where I wondered why exactly the author felt the need to write certain sentences. The Arjiki children are already pitifully disgusting beings, I don‘t need certain cringeworthy details just to make me go 😨🤢⬇️

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I did like reading a different take on the Oz story. There were plenty of moments where I sympathized with Elphaba very strongly. I never expected to feel for the Wicked Witch of the West in such a way, so I would say Maguire was very successful in retelling a classic in a new way. Overall, I‘m hoping the next book is a bit better and that Wicked is more of a world-building starting point. 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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I really need to get in some reading time this weekend. I feel if I set a goal with encouragement from something like the #24B4Monday Readathon, I‘ll have a better chance of actually accomplishing it. So my ambitious plans are to finish Wicked, start & finish Gone Girl, & start Mossflower to cleanse my palate before diving into all the creepy Oct. reads I have planned. I promised a few peeps Doctor Sleep was next, but we‘ll have to wait til Oct.😅

jb72 Glad to have you aboard! 2y
Andrew65 Hope the Readathon helps. Great to have you with us and good luck. 😊👍 2y
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Zephsomething
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“died in a sadly timed explosion” ???? What, pray tell, the fuck, does that mean?? Sir? Did you kill this babies mother so you could put in a cage as an experiment? What the fuck sir?

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Zephsomething
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They really do just like, absolutely have Doctor Dillamond murdered huh? This reallly truly is significantly darker and more political than the play.

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Zephsomething
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The only thing I‘ve liked better in the book than the play so far is that Galinda is actually quite intelligent; flighty and silly and caught on the idea of Society still yes but also clever and excitedly interested in architecture.
I think when inevitably I write a hogwarts au they will both be in Ravenclaw and everyone will be Baffled as to why Galinda is there.

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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I feel you, Elphaba, me too. 💚💚💚

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DAB
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Someone went to a lot of trouble to make me happy. HAPPY MONDAY!

Andrew65 😍 2y
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wanderinglynn
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My #basicwitch aesthetic ♑️ 🔮

Witchy books I‘ve enjoyed:
Wicked because there are 2-sides to every story & Elphaba‘s story is fascinating
Witchcraft Mystery series because Lily 💜
The Iron Druid series because druids are all about the earth

And what I‘m trying to reflect 👆🏻is the magic of the earth—it‘s 1 reason I was drawn to environmental law. But I‘m still a novice, still learning. And fascinated by crystals, tarot, moon, water.

Meaw_catlady Great aesthetic! 😭💜 2y
wanderinglynn @Meaw_catlady thanks! 😘 (edited) 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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1. Tagged. The only one I can think of that is any good (so far) is the one I‘m currently reading. 😅
2. The Princess and The Goblin. I think there is SO much potential for a truly dark, intense, mature take on this classic children‘s tale.
3. Oh I‘m sure I‘ll be adding several from everyone‘s posts. 😅
#SundayFunday
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Oh The Princess and the Goblin would be so amazing! Thank you for sharing! 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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MoonWitch94
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This week has been busy! (Sorry no #ThoughtfulThursday this week!) Tonight is the opening night of OZ.ORG, for the #PhillyFringeFestival2020 💚 If you love the original story, you will love this new spin on the beloved classic—set in the digital age! I will be playing the role of the Newscaster, and I also assisted with directing. Each show takes place over Zoom, w/link emailed to you just before the show.

Link below! ⬇️ For more info!

squirrelbrain Break a leg! 2y
MoonWitch94 @squirrelbrain Thank You Helen!! 2y
litenthusiast Happy Opening! 🎉🎉💜 Philly Fringe is awesome, congrats on being part of it. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks I missed this. Hope it was awesome! 2y
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reading_rainbow
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Gift from the pop‘s 💚

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Zephsomething
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“Perhaps, thought Nanny, little green Elphaba chose her own sec, and her own color, and to hell with her parents.

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Zephsomething
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I‘ve gotten to page 33 and I‘ve decided I‘m jumping into the book and stealing this poor girl away from these awful people. Just because she‘s got green skin and sharp teeth they‘re all acting like she‘s a monster and not a baby. At least Nanny is pretending but babies pick up on that sort of thing anyway.

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Zephsomething
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Y‘all ever read the first page of a book and the time in which it was written and the author grew up in just smacks you in the face? Because that‘s what Wicked just did to me. Wicked; clearly written in the early 90s by a man who grew up in the 60s.

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I was surprised to find this is the only book on my physical bookshelf with a map in it 🤔
The world is that of Oz, as I'm sure you are all already familiar with. Munchkinland, Emerald City, etc. The map let's you grasp the borders in the world, because the story is pretty dependent on geo-politics (if I recall correctly, it's been a while).