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The Looking Glass Wars

av Frank Beddor

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When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass av Lewis Carroll (joyfulgirl, Kerian, elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Beddor takes an alternative look at Alice's story. Fans of the original may appreciate the new telling and fans of Beddor's reworking will likely enjoy Carroll's classic.
  2. 21
    Bläckhjärta av Cornelia Funke (kaledrina)
  3. 43
    Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West av Gregory Maguire (joyfulgirl)
  4. 10
    Dust City av Robert Paul Weston (kaledrina)
  5. 00
    Heartless av Marissa Meyer (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  6. 11
    Alice I Have Been: A Novel av Melanie Benjamin (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  7. 23
    Seeing Redd av Frank Beddor (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: A slightly twisted version of Alice in Wonderland, perhaps even more off beat than the Tim Burton movie version.
  8. 02
    Automated Alice av Jeff Noon (madmarch)
    madmarch: Surreal and whimsical, this is a must for all Alice fans!
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Awful artwork meant the story was just unreadable. And the cover had promised so much *sigh* ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Jul 26, 2021 |
What an utter disappointment. The concept of a dark Wonderland is, of course, exhilarating, and the idea of fictional characters learning to grow up by association with the real world - particularly if they're children or teenagers - has a long and storied history in fiction.

Unfortunately, Frank Beddor is not really interested in these concepts, at least not from a literary perspective, and his writing style indicates a limited understanding of basic structural tenets of creative writing. As with most youth-oriented books that I read, I try to view it from the perspective of my cousins in that age group. This book, however, would barely satisfy them, written as it is in such a startlingly underplayed prose.

Beddor's main issues are threefold. First, his dialogue is woefully stilted, with all characters sounding like they walked out of the same Edwardian era children's book. Similar to my issues with the (overall more successful) [b:Taran Wanderer|24782|Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, #4)|Lloyd Alexander|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316635412s/24782.jpg|2628] series, characters speak in the same manner regardless of whether they are holding court or running from a maniacal killer. It severely limits audience engagement with the text, completely cutting side-swiping any attempts at paciness or narrative energy.

Second, the text has a bizarre approach to which parts of the narrative are crucial. While there are some beautiful ideas here (for instance, the Mad Hatter's decade spent searching for his mistress, where he becomes a kind of mythical figure in the lives of 19th century Europeans), many of the key character moments are rushed through (notably, young Alyss' relationship with Lewis Carroll) while we spend a tiring amount of time with the oppressed people back in Wonderland. I don't like to review works by saying what they should have done (honest, I don't!), but "The Looking Glass Wars" smacks of a missed opportunity to tell a cohesive story instead of a set of images.

Because, ultimately, that is the issue here. My third issue with the book encompasses all the problems (and occasional solid moments) mentioned above. Beddor wants to write a comic book or a graphic novel. There's a great concept here for a truly gorgeous visual world, one unifying Victorian decor with gothic fantasy. The story beats are adequate, if not extraordinary, but they would have made far more sense in a visual format. Instead, this feels as if a comic writer is trying to become a novelist by literally transferring the skills of one medium into another - and that almost never works.

I'm going to have to read a few of the rave reviews of this series in an attempt to understand what people see in this - perhaps they, too, have an overactive imagination and are able to overlay this empty husk of a story with some perceived depth from their own mind. I don't have any problem with readers doing that; we all have! (It's how many academics make a living, after all.) But it's always a shame when a book with an intriguing concept leaves me with such a sour taste. ( )
  therebelprince | Jun 24, 2021 |
Awful artwork meant the story was just unreadable. And the cover had promised so much *sigh* ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Feb 24, 2021 |
Decent...Beddor not the best writer and if you aren't a good writer you should never try and do any sort of romance because that is what usually messes up your book. Romance (no matter how small or what age the characters are) requires skill and the tiny bit of "romance" was by far the low/dumbest point in this book. The rest of the book was pretty good. It really deserves about 3.5 stars :) ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
I felt this book was mean-spirited. It wasn't even fun. And it was ruining all the magic of Alice in Wonderland for me. Positively awful. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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