The Looking Glass Wars Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006
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The first of his Alyss of Wonderland trilogy, Frank Beddors The Looking Glass Wars is a storming, imaginative tour-de-force that deserves to be not overlooked. Using Lewis Carrolls classic childrens story, Alices Adventures in Wonderland, as his inspiration, Beddor has created something new and original, something fresh and exciting.
Beddor imagines that Alices 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 Alysss accusations that he has cruelly twisted her story to make light of her heritage for entertainment.
Alysss 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 alternate Hardcover edition.
Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings...His attention, happily, put Wonderland back on the map again. (Booklist)
"Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings...His attention, happily, put Wonderland back on the map again."--"Booklist"
"The tale is clever and flows like an animated film,"--"School Library Journal"
"[Narrator] Doyle juggles an eclectic and other-worldly ensemble, never letting anything hit the ground.""--Publisher's Weekly
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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.Read more ›
Cant wait for the next one!
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!
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Not as described. Pages yellow,ex library book so well read.Published 18 months ago by Mrs. J. D. Mitcheson
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.Published on 30 April 2014 by Alma Abbs
Bought this book for my son and he is thoroughly enjoying it. Wants to read more in the series, so it must be good.Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by Fantasy Fan
I have been trying to find this trilogy for ages and it was such a great price too. I love the fact that this is Alice in Wonderland as you've never read it before.Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by Demi
This book hit me as lurking somewhere in between the brilliant and the unsuccessful.
What I loved about it is the sheer whimsy of the story and the setting. Read more
I really love the ideas that went into this great book and all the wonderful characters in it but i felt that a lot of the concepts within it weren't described very well and i... Read morePublished on 28 July 2011 by Jeanette A
I am not sure what I expected when I brought the Looking Glass Wars. The initial prologue is indeed, intriguing opening the book with the main theme that the previous tale is a... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2010 by Juniper113