As promised, two reviews.
Son of a Witch- Gregory Maguire
The sequel to Wicked picks up more or less, more like less, where the first one left off. At the end of Wicked, we want to know what happened to Nor. And Liir, but more Nor. We find out what happens to Liir in a kind of roundabout story. It's not bad, I actually rather liked it, as Liir grows up and what begins with him following Dorothy like a puppy ends with him finding his destiny (as Elphaba's son, which is something that he fought the whole time).
We're never really sure, either, if he is Elphaba's son or not, until the very end, when....
he finds the little girl born to him and Candle...and she's green.
Overall, a good story, and I'd recommend it. The sequel, like the first one, touches a lot on the themes of right vs. wrong, good vs. evil and this one throws in the theme of fate/destiny. Liir spends the majority of the novel fighting who he is, and who people want him to be, and the whole time while doing this, he is really fulfilling his purpose, and eventually he comes to embrace who he is- the son of the Wicked Witch.
A Lion Among Men - also Gregory Maguire
The third and, I believe, final book in the Wicked Years trilogy.
Honestly, this book was almost wholly unnecessary. We finally find out what happens to Nor, from the first book. We do not, however, see Liir or the second green girl again.
Mother Yackle is an interesting character, but we didn't need to know what happens to her. The Cowardly Lion's story is completely irrelevant. This one also touches on the destiny/fate theme from the last one, but these characters are so far removed from the original story, that I just didn't care. There was one revelation about who exactly informed on Elphaba and Fiyero, and we find out where Nor's been, but other than that, the book is, while entertaining, irrelevant.
Two and a half goals for today accomplished. I finished my fifth book for the year, wrote the above reviews and went to knitting group. It was raining, so I did not trek to the library with my inside out umbrella, but hopefully it will be nice tomorrow. I also haven't written a chapter. It might happen tonight, but I've got a headache and I'm hungry so it likely won't. Maybe I'll start a new book. Or work on some crochet.
Or just watch a movie and be a bum.