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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

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.

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  • Patricia
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-04-10

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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Odd, but not bad.

I loved Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and while this is similar, it was a bit difficult to keep interested at times. I sped it up to 1.20 time toward the end.

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Loved It!

Would you listen to Mirror Mirror again? Why?

Yes I would! It was a get spin on Snow White with a little of the Borgia tales entwined! It was excellent!

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boring, nothing like his other books

it was boring, I had to force myself to finish. the only thing similar to his other books is the ending is terrible

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terribly boring

This was by far the most boring book I've ever read. I had to finish it, but I'm not sure why.

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Twist on Snow White

I enjoyed the historical present in this book. The dwarfs were of particular interest to me while I listened. Enjoy

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fantastical and thought-provoking

I am always impressed by Gregory Maguire, at his ability to take something so familiar and make a new different and intriguing.this is another great success for him at a wonderful opportunity for us as readers to enjoy a story we've heard for years.the only things that was I think unnecessary, what's the use of several different readers for the different sections.I didn't think it added anything

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  • Leya
  • 03-29-14

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.