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The Looking Glass Wars Library Binding – Apr 18 2008

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  • Library Binding: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-18; Reprint edition (April 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435244680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435244689
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,867,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up—Frank Beddor's clever novel (Dial, 2006) puts Lewis Carroll's heroine—along with her loony, puzzle-riddled world—into a new and wholly satisfying frame. In this version, most of Alyss Heart's family and friends are ruthlessly killed by her evil Aunt Redd. Alyss escapes through the Pool of Tears, which is actually a portal between worlds, and winds up in Victorian England and is renamed Alice. At first, the child tries to tell ordinary humans about her world and the power imagination actually effects in Wonderlandia, but they gently chide her for telling stories. She believes that she's found a sympathetic ear in a young Oxford don who is a friend of her adopted family, but he turns her story into the travesty we all know as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Meanwhile, Hatter Madigan, a member of Wonderlandia's Millinery, who also escaped through the Pool, searches for Alyss across continents and time, until he finds her more than a dozen years later. Back home in Wonderlandia, the few who have escaped evil Redd's soldiers plot to retake the land. Gerard Doyle reads with asperity and speaks the copious puns without any added slyness. 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.—Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, is forced to flee when her vicious aunt Redd murders her parents, the King and Queen of Hearts. She escapes through the Pool of Tears to Victorian London, but she finds she has no way home. Adopted by the Liddells, who christen her Alice Liddell and disapprove of her wild stories about Wonderland, Alyss begs Charles Dodgson to tell her real story. Even though he writes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, she knows no one believes her. Years go by, with Alice repressing her memories. Then royal bodyguard Hatter Madigan, determined to start a war for Wonderland's throne, crashes her wedding. Beddor offers some intriguing reimaginings of Dodgson's concepts (such as looking-glass travel) and characters (the cat is an assassin with nine lives), but his transformation of Wonderland's lunacy into a workable world sometimes leads to stilted exposition on history, geography, and government. Even so, his attention has, happily, put Wonderland back on the map again. Krista Hutley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 15 2004
Format: Paperback
I admit to being a pretty big Alice fan, but I don't think it's a purist's heart that makes me dislike the book. I was completely up for a bloody, gorey, almost unrecognizable Wonderland. I was absolutely ready to admit that Beddor had some pretty interesting ideas, like the politics of the card-suit families and the horror of 'black imagination'. I was even okay with the total concentration on action sequences with little richness of character. And then the 'real life' Alice became engaged to 'real life' Prince Leopold, which I am pretty darn sure is far from historically accurate, and I lost all hope.
The genuinely imaginative premise was wasted with equally genuine bad writing. The plot thumps along, sprinkling bizarre killing machines wherever it can and sending Alice into twist-of-fate situations that ultimately lead no where (why the street orphans?). The naming scheme in the book is equally questionable and even distracting. Hatter Madigan, Redd Heart, Bibwit Harte (that's White Rabbit scrambled, folks): it had me guessing whether a Hera March or Dido Byrd was going to turn up.
My problem is not that Looking Glass Wars messed with a classic, it's just that it did it so badly.
Still, the book isn't a complete waste of time. It's clearly written from a Hollywood point of view, and very suggestive of strange visuals. It would doubtless make a great movie or video game. Although, come to think of it, that video game has already been made in the form of American McGee's Alice, which Looking Glass Wars seems to draw from.
The action is exciting and the characters, though under-developed, are theoretically interesting. Kids who like the Artemis Fowl books will probably like this.
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I have a confession to make. I have never particularly cared for Lewis Carroll's (aka the Reverend Charles Dodgson's) ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Although I've read that story, once, it has never even come close to being one of my favorites. With Frank Beddor's THE LOOKING GLASS WARS, however, I can easily say that I was drawn into the story from the first page--and have found a new book to add to my list of favorites.

THE LOOKING GLASS WARS begins in 1863, in Oxford England, with eleven-year-old Alyss Heart having told her story to the Rev. Charles Dodgson over a matter of months. After four years of living in this world, Alyss is sure her story is about to be told. Unfortunately, the "liberties" that college scholar Dodgson took with her telling of her life in Wonderland have been turned into a parody, a fictional tale that resembles nothing like the life she had previously led. The events that led to her living in England have become nothing but a foolish story, something to be read to privileged children by their pampered parents.

Alyss's story actually begins long before that day she is given a bound copy of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Dodgson. While Alyss was celebrating her seventh birthday in Wonderland, plans were being put into action to overthrow the Queen, Genevieve, Alyss's mother. Genevieve's evil sister, Redd, has grown tired of being exiled from Wonderland--and her powers have grown strong. She stages a coup that begins with the death of the King, Genevieve's husband, Nolan. And it doesn't end until Genevieve is dead, as well, and Alyss is forced to escape through the Pool of Tears.
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I didn't want this book to end! I was racing through the pages, and then realized I had to slow down and enjoy it while it lasted. The Looking Glass Wars really made me take a second look. What if Lewis Carroll didn't tell Alice about Wonderland? What if instead she told him? What if he messed up her story to suit his needs? I liked that Princess Alyss has an imagination, even if she uses it to make gwormmies appear in Bibwit Harte's food. Later it becomes a more serious issue when she grows up, and I really liked the message that imagination is an important part of Wonderland, and in our own lives. I can't wait for the story to continue, and to find out what happens with Dodge Anders. I thought Hatter Madigan as a hat-wielding bodyguard was so cool, and so was the Cheshire Cat assassin - I liked him even better when he had to go tell evil Queen Redd that he failed. This is a great read, and would recommend it to anyone looking for one. It's well worth it!
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