Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire This was definitely not what I expected. I thought the concept was good. In the beginning chapters I was really into the book, then it turned political, Wizard of Oz political. That's when I started to lose interest. After the middle chapters I lost the desire to even pick up the book. It took me awhile to finish and I was glad when it was over. Over all the story was not bad, but I wished it wasn't so heavy on the politics.