The Chess Set in the Mirror
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The Chess Set in the Mirror

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Alone in a room with nothing but an old mirror and a chess set, a young boy anticipates a boring afternoon. But like Alice just before she fell down the rabbit hole – and wound up in Wonderland – this boy is about to embark on a marvellous adventure. Gazing at the mirror, he discovers that the chess pieces (the reflections, not the real ones) are alive! When the White King...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Paul Dry Books (first published 1922)
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I would have really enjoyed this story when I was 9.
For most modern readers this book might be a drag, but for the time period this would probably be a fantastic adventure. I find it a little eerie or weird in the unnerving sense, but am enjoying it. It's virtual/parallel worlds before the dawn of virtual reality. It's fun thinking through possible inspirations for ideas.
By current standards, this is probably just shy of 4 stars. But for a book written in 1922, it's pretty good. There's a Phantom Tollbooth vibe to it--a boy crosses through to another world he never knew existed, and encounters all kinds of strange residents, and it's written with a great deal of humor. It's short and quick (for 115 pages, there are 24 chapters and several full-page illustrations, and the type is pretty big), which helps the story move along. The lack of resolution at the end is...more
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