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The Looking Glass Wars Paperback – 2 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405219769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405219761
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first of his Alyss of Wonderland trilogy, Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars is a storming, imaginative tour-de-force that deserves to be not overlooked. Using Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as his inspiration, Beddor has created something new and original, something fresh and exciting.

Beddor imagines that Alice’s wonderland did indeed exist. That it was not fairy tale. Princess Alyss Heart was heir to the throne of Wonderland, but was cruelly usurped when her Aunt Redd stormed Wondertropolis and murdered her parents. Fleeing for her life, Alyss was transported to our world, to the world of Charles Dodgson and literary Oxford in the late 19th Century. Taken in by the Liddells, Alyss at first steadfastly refused to denounce her true bearing as fiction. But after years of convincing nobody of her origins and noble birth--Alyss Heart became Alice Liddell. And it was Alice Liddell who inspired Dodgson to write his legendary novel about her--despite Alyss’s accusations that he has cruelly twisted her story to make light of her heritage for entertainment.

Alyss’s Wonderland is an occupied land that must be freed. And Alyss eventually realises that she must once again go back to her true home and try to reclaim it. And it is going to be a bloody reckoning.

Beddor has pulled off a wonderfully complicated twist of creativity and his ambitious novel is on many levels enormously satisfying. The author has previously been a ski champion, stunt double and actor, but it is perhaps his continuing role as a Hollywood film producer that most influences his debut novel. The book is a visual feast that is begging to be made into a film. But for now, its life as a book is a deserved one. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frank Beddor runs Automatic Pictures, and produced the hit film There's Something About Mary for 20th Century Fox. He hails from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Utah, where he trained for the US Ski Team. One of the world's foremost freestyle skiers, he won the World Championship twice. Frank began his entertainment career doing endorsements and commercials before performing the skiing stunts for the comedy Hot Dog: The Movie. Trading the alpine slopes for the Hollywood hills, Frank has acted alongside Emillo Estevez, Carrie Fisher, Chris Penn, Jennifer Tilly and Kevin Dillon.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. Laster on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
It seems necessary to counter some of the ridiculously negative reviews already posted. First, to criticize a book based on its marketing push (the fact that it's being touted as the true story behind Wonderland) is ridiculous (I am aware that very few people found the review in question helpful, but still). Why don't we review books on the basis of their cover art alone, or by the blurbs on their dust jackets? At least then we'll be criticizing some part of the actual, physical book, no? Similarly, I don't understand the relevance of mentioning that the author is a producer of so-called gross-out comedies. Are we holding the manner in which authors make a living against them? What are the acceptable livelihoods for a budding author? Somebody please get back to me.
Now, for the book itself: what are "genuinely imaginative" characters? Why is Bibwit Harte, a learned albino with extra-sensitive hearing who is Queen Alyss Heart's tutor, not a genuinely imaginative character? Why isn't Hatter Madigan, leader of an elite security force whose array of weaponry is unlike anything we've heretofore seen, a well-imagined character? Why are the creatures dreamed up in this novel, such as the gwynook or spirit-dane, not imaginative? Why are the weapons, such as cannonball spiders or bombs that build, not imaginative? The few nine- and ten-year-olds I know who've read the book, have done so in no more than two days -- a sure sign that they found the book imaginative and fast-paced.
Is Mr. Beddor's book gratuitously violent? I fail to see it. A coup takes place fairly early in the story, and the violence that occurs is necessary to emphasize the villain's merciless, unsympathetic character, as well as the behavior she expects from her underlings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt Sherlock on 14 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a U.S. citizen who picked this book up on a trip to Ireland and it was a good read for the flight home. While it seemed written with an eye towards adapting it for the silver screen, I liked the re-imagined characters and the fight scenes were clearly written. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Richardson on 17 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is is a re-telling of Alice and Wonderland without a lot of the surrealism--it has morphed into a young adult series that has both elements of science fiction and fantasy, and I'm still on the fence as to how I feel about it.

The premise of the story is that the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass stories that we know are false lies cobbled together by Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. Alice, or Alyss Heart as her name is in Wonderland, started as a princess in Wonderland, but after a coup by her Aunt Redd, who toppled Alyss's mother Guinevere from the throne, Alyss finds herself in our world and is adopted by the Liddell family.

Wonderland has the elements of the Wonderland we know, but they are shifted. The Mad Hatter is actually a bodyguard of the Millinery named Hatter Madigan, and fights with wrist knives. it also has a scientific bent. The Caterpillars are oracles who sound hilariously like the Beatles in the audiobook version. The White Rabbit is an albino tutor of Alyss's. Jabberwocky are beasts that live in lava lands.

Wonderland also has elements of science fiction. They have electricity far before the Earth we know does, and I remember a mention or two of nanorobots (yes, odd, I know). The cover of the UK version screams science fiction to me, from the giant mushrooms to the robot-looking card soldiers. But the focus is on the power the imagination holds the fight between White and Black imagination (or magic). With the Victorian setting, it even has a whiff of steampunk to it as well.

I did find the way Beddor integrated his various sources interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2013
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As is happening to me so often these days I purchased a sequel by mistake - they really should be marked much clearer on the covers - even when it is believed that a book can stand alone anyway. `Seeing Red' was the book I'd originally bought. The book looked interesting and I sat down to read it. I was disappointed because although I don't like sequels, the fact that there was a prequel to the book, I felt I needed to read it in order to appreciate the second book, and I didn't wish to have wasted my money on it either, and so although I don't usually read through trilogies, I thought I'd risk it this time and purchase this - the first book in the series. I have to confess I wasn't too impressed at first for two reasons:

Firstly, I do think it's a bit of a cop-out to use another's story - even when it is changed or has a totally different take on it as this does, and second; about two thirds into it there was this big `lull' when I totally lost interest and nearly ditched it and felt I wanted to start something else... I'm a little unsure now what kept me going, but somehow the book managed to redeem itself - not only that, but I really got into it and was SO pleased I'd continued with it! I'm now delighted I have the second book already to go!

I don't usually like war/battle or fighting scenes either, but I must confess that Frank has definitely done something right here, because I did find it VERY exciting - especially towards the end! So at first, although I had only intended to award this book three stars, I changed my mind later to five, because I really enjoyed it after all. It has a great `open' sort of ending, and I'm perfectly ready now to read the follow-up which is something quite new to me!

Loved it!
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