Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Published in 2003, Regan Books
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Finished: February 18, 2006
Genre: Historical/Fantasy Fiction
Reason for Reading: Didn't like Wicked, but loved the short stories I've read by him in The Faery Reel and The Green Man, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Best Parts: The combination of historical fact and fairy tale fiction.
Worst Parts: At times a little confused, disjointed. It was hard to want to pick it up, but at the same time hard to put down. Some of the fairy tale aspects were just very strange.
Review: This was an imaginative combination of history and fiction. Maguire has taken the true (but embellished) story of the Borgia family from the 1500s and the fairy tale of Snow White and combined the two. Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Rodrigo Borgia aka Pope Alexander VI, and her family were famous for many things including supposed incest, murder, and treachery. She becomes the "evil step-mother" figure of the fairy tale.
For the most part I enjoyed this book, enough to want to try some of his other books. I have a feeling, however, that I enjoy Maguire's short stories more than his longer works.
Favorite Quote: "I believe in the floor. I put in in place and I walk on it. Faith is a floor. If you don't work at making it yourself, you have nothing to walk on."