flacklovr45, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by flacklovr45)
Frank Beddor gives a twist to the Lewis Carroll classic. He gives the story action and adventure, showing us that Wonderland for Alice is real. Beddor gives us many different places to imagine, and he uses many creative words to help us image all of these fun lands in Wonderland.
emmejo, July 15, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
What if a little girl named Alyss fell into our world and told her story to a man named Lewis Carroll? What if he wrote her story down as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and had it published? What if and adult Alyss had to return to Wonderland to fight the evil queen Redd? How could she return and would she be able to find a place in the land of her birth? The answers to these questions are the basic premise of the book.
If that didn't seem like enough of a plot to keep going for over 350 pages it is because it isn't. The plot drags horribly and the amount of filler tangents that have little to add to the book far outweigh the true story. The writing is very poor and sloppy, heavily overusing certain words and lacking any kind of pacing.
My dreadful reading experience makes me wonder if I am reading the same book so many folks are raving about!
Jena, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
Beddor's Wonderland is a place of singing flowers and whispering trees, but also a place of flesh-eating roses and genetically modified card soldiers. Nearly everything can take readers by surprise. Fantasy readers rejoice--you're going to love this!
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NoelJr, August 13, 2008 (view all comments by NoelJr)
Have not yet read Mr Beddor s LOOKING GLASS WARS.
But surely, someone at Powells must be aware of
Martin Gardner s extraordinary ANNOTATED ALICE.
Please advise. Thanks.
s/ Noel E. PARMENTEL Jr
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In the wake of Harry Potter, YA fantasy novels have become a dime a dozen. Luckily there are gems like The Looking Glass Wars that stand out. This lively, engaging adventure will thrill anyone who's ever read the Alice in Wonderland books and wished they could go back. You can enjoy Wars even if you haven't read the Lewis Carroll classics (but you really should read them, too).
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Alice was real — although her name was spelled Alyss, one of the many details Lewis Carroll got wrong in the story told to him by the young queen of Wonderland, according to Beddor's imaginative opener to a planned trilogy. Seven-year-old Alyss Heart is heir to the throne of Wonderland, just beginning her training under her albino tutor Bibwit Harte (an anagram for 'white rabbit,' one of many such puns) when her evil aunt Redd, long ago banished to the Chessboard Desert, leads a violent coup that kills King Nolan, Alyss's father. Alyss narrowly escapes (via a looking glass, naturally) with the help of bodyguard Hatter Madigan, and ends up in a London orphanage. Here she meets Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a 'gentle, shrinking-violet type of fellow,' who will turn her story into a children's book; years later, Hatter finds the book during his quest to find the lost princess, and seeks out Carroll. While the girl (now Alice Liddell) prepares to marry Prince Leopold, life in Wonderland grows ever harsher under the reign of Redd, and the 'Alyssinians' await the return of their young queen-to-be. Beddor makes ample use of Carroll-esque humor and wit, so much so that the thought of an entire trilogy is somewhat daunting; fortunately, the ending to this first entry allows readers to treat it as a standalone. Fans of the source material will find this an entertaining diversion, while those unfamiliar with it will miss much of the humor. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Agent: Barbara Marshall Ltd." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Children's Buyer's Guide,
"A highly original and engrossing read that takes the story of Carroll's Alice and turns it on its head in a totally believable way. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the next volume."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The action moves swiftly from one complex scene to the next."
"[R]eadable and appealing...a good choice for reluctant readers."
by School Library Journal,
"Fans of Carroll's stories will flock to this and those who have managed to miss that less violent classic can get to it while waiting for the next volume in this exciting and humorous trilogy."
"The clever premise, the superior production values, and the publisher's ambitious marketing plans will no doubt ensure success at least on par with that of other recent juvenile fantasies. This book is enjoyable, but it could have been more."
"Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings of Dodgson's concepts...but his transformation of Wonderland's lunacy into a workable world sometimes leads to stilted exposition on history, geography, and government."
The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
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