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Mirror Mirror | [Gregory Maguire]

Mirror Mirror

It is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives at Montefiore, the farm of her father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up to the farm. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia, no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a quest, he leaves Bianca under the care of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but salvation can be found in the dark forest as well.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm - and the world comes to Montefiore.

In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia - decadent children of a wicked pope -- no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest, he leaves Bianca under the care -- so to speak - of Lucrezia.

She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but salvation can be found in the dark forest as well.

A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White - and has a truth and beauty all its own.

©2003 Gregory Maguire; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Alexis Yucca Valley, CA, United States 11-13-08
    Alexis Yucca Valley, CA, United States 11-13-08 Member Since 2008
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    "nice"

    It was ok, hard to follow at times. But, over all good. I might read it again to see if i can get more out of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-04-10
    Patricia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting re-telling of the fairy tale."

    I've read several of Gregory Maguire's books - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men. I enjoy his modern twists on well-known fairy tales and his overall writing styles. He always incorporates elements of the fairy tales and weaves them into a believable and thought-provoking plot.

    This book has a nice flow, and I enjoyed it. I would have rated it 4 stars but John McDonough constantly mispronounces "Lucrezia" and "Cesare" and it drove me nuts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regan 07-23-09
    Regan 07-23-09
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    "Not up to par"

    I really liked "Wicked" from the same author, and I had high hopes for "Mirror Mirror", but it just didn't meet Maguire standards and the plot seemed rather forced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie A. Smith 12-13-14
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    "Uninspiring"

    I've greatly enjoyed some of his other stories, including the Wicked series, and most recently, Egg & Spoon. This one missed the mark by a mile. Uninspiring story; I couldn't ever develop a sense of the characters. The entire thing felt forced, and the narration was completely off. I actually couldn't wait until it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie C. Pierce Anchorage, AK United States 01-20-14
    Julie C. Pierce Anchorage, AK United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Tough"
    What did you like best about Mirror Mirror? What did you like least?

    I had a hard time lfollowing this book, as I was listening to it, I am not sure if it was the content, or the dialect, or the accent of the author. Never finished, as it was to hard to follow along.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gregory Maguire? Why or why not?

    Yes,I will try others as I enjoy his other books, it was just this one was tough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Mielke cleveland, OH 09-26-12
    N. Mielke cleveland, OH 09-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "a nice twist."
    Would you listen to Mirror Mirror again? Why?

    probably not...I didn't find it that interesting and don't feel like i missed anything a 2nd listen would clarify.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gregory Maguire? Why or why not?

    maybe. wicked was excellent, but sometimes the odd sex references (which serve little purpose in the story) turn me off...


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    the queen


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matilda 07-26-12
    Matilda 07-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Genius combination of history and fairytale"

    Maguire is the master of reinterpretation. He combines a familiar narrative with two infamous characters. The result is delightful. I can't wait to listen again, I'm sure there's more pleasure to be wrung from this narrative.
    John McDonough leads a talented cast of narrators who link and enliven the various elements of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-26-09
    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-26-09
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    "Snow White?"

    I enjoyed this book,even though it was a bit hard to get through at times. It's a nice adaptation of the traditional Snow White story though far less wishy washy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 03-10-09
    Russell 03-10-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Gregory Maguire has done it again"

    This is a fantastic story.

    I love the way that Gregory Maguire molded the story and characters, very fasinating.

    If you loved the "Wicked Cycle" series, you will love this.

    And all the narrators did a fantastic job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Leya
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    "Not his best"

    I had height expectations with this book but ended rushing towards the end so I could read another. At points there are hints of his potential, but often it just doesn't flow and the idea of entiwining the Snow White story with the historical Borgia's is clunky.

    Anyway I thought the book was going to be better, but I will still read Gregory Maguire's books.

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