Review: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked cover
Wicked cover

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
My review: 2 of 5 stars

It was okay. The book seemed more about the philosophy of religion and politics and their intermixing than I expected and without a clear point. It was more Xenocide than Ender’s game. Scarily, the coworker who loaned me it said this was the best book of the series.

This book is a fantastic draw for the attention of cute early to mid 20 year old women. Not just the theatre geeks came to talk about it. Five women in places I regularly go who ignored me with other books just had to ask. Three total strangers who had never seen me asked. Three women and two guys I am acquainted with also were excited to ask. Most had seen the musical. The rest were disappointed to have missed it. Only a couple had read the book. The cover like the musical posted is best for this.

I wonder… Is there a book a woman could be reading say at a restaurant that would make a guy just have to ask if she had seen the movie, play, or similar?

Prettier hair and hats

Everyone should take a few minutes (meaning a few hours once you get sucked in) and take a look at Quora. The concept of the site is to use crowdsourcing for answers to questions. Questions are asked of the community. People choose to answer.¬†For example, someone asked: “Why did people wear more hats in the past?” Top answer at the moment is “Prettier hair correlates with the decline in use of hats.”

Depending on the quality of the people following the topic, a great, okay, or poor answer will be given.

Another good Quora question: “What are some systems we live with today that were designed for a world of the past?