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Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, some...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 364 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Dial Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Greg
Some of my goodreads friends loved it, some seemed ambivalent, and some seemed to have hated it. Unfortunately very few of them wrote reviews though so I don't know much of what they thought about the book. Well, besides the number of stars they gave it.

After a few seconds of mindful hand-wringing, and thinking about what I would rate this book while reading it, I have decided on three stars, although I enjoyed it quite a bit and had quite a bit of fun reading it.

I really liked the re-telling...more
Jojo
Jun 05, 2007 Jojo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: masochists
This book is terrible.

In theory, I like it. The idea behind it intrigues me, but the reality is that it is just so badly written. Good idea, very poor execution! Cliche characters! Stupid names! A writing style so awful it was almost physically painful to read!

Yet I'll probably read the sequel (sequels?) when it comes out. Clearly, I've learned nothing from reading this book.
emily
Sep 13, 2009 emily rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one. I had to give it one star so it would be clear I'd reviewed it.
Recommended to emily by: the "discard" bin at my old library
So, I'd heard of this book before, and when I saw it in the bin marked "free" at my old library, I kind of thought I might put it in my middle school classroom for students to read. Then I realized: what might I be giving my students? So I read it.

I cannot think of enough negative things to say about this book.

First, I have to admit something: I've never even read any of Lewis Carroll's books. Not a one. So I'm no Alice purist. But Mr. Beddor is just straight-up mean-spirited. If you're going to...more
Chris
To the Carroll/Alice purists, don't read this book as a tribute/spin-off/etc and you'll be fine. To the rest of you, enjoy.

That said, let me say that I loved this book. I read Alice (Wonderland and Looking Glass) this past semester for a children's lit class so it was cool to approach this book with those stories so recently re-impressed on my mind. However, you definitely don't NEED those books close at hand to enjoy this book. In fact, as many Carroll lovers vehemently point out, this book is...more
Amelia
In a nutshell: Fantastic idea, horribly executed.

The writing did nothing for it. I almost never start on an author's writing style but in this case, it was a significant factor in how I viewed the book. The style described too much in the wrong cases, not enough with the right ones. There was also a lot of telling rather than showing. The short, almost inconsiderate descriptions of the character's feelings made it seem false. I couldn't get a grasp on the characters at all.

This was an absolutely...more
♥BookGeek♥
Why does she love this book you ask? Let me count the ways...

First before I start, I don't want to hear any of your crap about this book. I've read it five time and counting, I know... just wanted to make that clear ok?

Reasons why I'm reading this book again:

-The way Beddor handles the story is creative.
I don't want to hear that "Alice is the WHOLE WORLD HOW CAN HE DESTROY A SUPERB CLASSIC!!!" Now, I do love Alice in Wonderland dearly. I do think is a great classic. And I don't hate it like Mr....more
Caryn
Sep 09, 2007 Caryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people unafraid of mussing up Lewis Carroll's story a bit.
Let me say up front that I am a fan of almost anything that reworks a classic, as can probably be seen by the books on my GoodReads shelves.

I was nervous about this book for about thirty seconds, until I flipped to the full-color pages in the middle, which put my mind at ease and propelled me all the way to the check-out counter.

Princess Alyss Heart isn't really interested in being Queen of the Wonderlands someday. She's more interested in getting out of the palace with her friend from the royal...more
Ren the Unclean
Nov 08, 2011 Ren the Unclean rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in Wonderland
Shelves: fantasy
This book has a really interesting premise and a cool take on a classic story. The characters are very interesting, especially Hatter Madigan, General Doppelganger, and Bibwit Harte.

My main problem with this book is that Beddor does not do a very good job of writing the story. It is sort of as though he is writing it like a person who is very impressed with the story they are telling you, rather than telling you a story that is impressive on its own. This is sort of strange, since the subject ma...more
Jessica
Oh, by gosh by golly I loved this book. It's Alice in Wonderland on crack! Fabulous!
Meg
Jun 20, 2008 Meg rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Recommended to Meg by: Book critics (hah! I hope they lost their jobs)
Oh my gosh! I couldn't not believe that people actually gave this book a good rating! In my opinion, it did not even deserve the one star that I gave it. Usually, if I don't like a book I just put it down and move on but the idiocy of the fact this story was even published irritates me every time I think of it. Now, this is not one of those rants about how much of an "Alice" fan I am and how much this disgraces her honor, blah blah blah. This is a fundamentally horrible books. The dialogue sucks...more
oliviasbooks
The Looking Glass Wars is not really different from what I had expected. It is a well-constructed retelling, that places Alice as the Queen of Hearts' daughter and consequently the next-in-line for Wonderland's throne. When the evil Red Queen, Queen Genevieve's sister, attacks the palace with her army of card soldiers, Alice - or Alyss - is sent via the Pool of Tears tunnel to a parallel world - ours, but during the life-time of Lewis Carroll, by the Queen's faithful bodyguard Hatter Madigan (yo...more
Janeen-san
Book: The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)
Author: Frank Beddor
Awesomeness level: 5/5
Began: November 9, 2009
Finished: November 14, 2009


It was a long time ago when I saw Seeing Redd, Frank Beddor's second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy, at Barnes & Noble. Back then, I didn't care about it, I didn't know that I'd finish The Looking Glass Wars at 3:22 in the morning, not willing to sleep until I knew how the first book ended. I didn't know I'd squeal with excitment when H...more
Nora
Read this one a while ago, but I still remember what made me love it so much. I can honestly say this is one of my all-time favorites. I'm not exactly a picky reader or rater, but to be added to my favorites shelf, a book has to be pretty damn special. And that is just what this book is. To help you decide if this book is for you, ask yourself the following:

Do you love Alice in Wonderland? (Yes)
Do you love a good, clean, real romance between childhood friends? (Of course you do!)
Do you love the...more
Misty
Somewhere under a 4 for me. Maybe even as low as a 3.5.

The Looking Glass Wars is an alternate history retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass books. Beddor reimagines the children’s classic as non-fiction: Alyss Hart, a Wonderlander, comes to Earth in a time of crisis (her evil aunt Redd has attacked Wonderland in her quest to become the Queen of Hearts), and she finds herself in a far different reality. On Earth, she is just a young girl with no a...more
earthy
Another victim of the great concept, crummy execution flop.

Beddor gives us flimsy, uninteresting characters on a backdrop he's obviously fleshed out in his own mind to the point of an obsessive teenaged boy writing Epic Fantasy (*cough*), and he's so concerned that you envision his world exactly as he does that he spends sentence after dull, plodding sentence describing battles and contraptions in minute detail. Folks, if you're that concerned with the precise visualization of your world, you're...more
Rick Riordan
So I'm a little late coming to this, as it's been out for a while, but I enjoyed his alternate take on the Alice in Wonderland story. The problem with doing a new treatment of such a classic tale is that you will have the purists up in arms, but I thought the story had a lot to recommend it. I found Alyss a believable character and who wouldn't like Hatter Madigan? I want his backpack.
Meghan
Apr 26, 2008 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alice in Wonderland fans, sci-fi/fantasy fans
Recommended to Meghan by: Barnes and Noble endcap
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Gloria
Feb 08, 2009 Gloria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gloria by: Beta
I don't think I can finish it.

It was recommended to me by Beta; Alpha hadn't liked it when he first read it (in author's proof, which is what I am reading). Beta insisted that _Seeing Redd_ must be read, and thus, I had to read this first. That, plus the TABarron series on Merlin, and of course, the Tree of Avalon.

Well, started it. Want to like it. I do like the premise, actually. But I think, now that I have gotten almost half-way through, what just makes it unbearable is that the writing is so...more
Toni
Dec 13, 2008 Toni rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids, alice in wonderland fans
I am a huge Alice in Wonderland nerd. That means I am somewhat obligated to like anything that even hints that it may be related to the characters from Lewis Carroll's original work. Disney movie? sure, lame Disney spin off series? Sure! Cats named Dinah? of course. I am a sap, a fool, a pathetic fan girl. I came across this series by receiving the scrapbook for a birthday present. I decided to read the series, and I didn't really like it. The thing that kept me reading, and the thing that makes...more
Myridian
This is a darker reworking of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In this version, the girl Alice that Carroll based the story on was actually from an alternate dimension in which her parents had been killed and she was the princess who must return to reclaim the throne from her evil aunt.

This is the first in a trilogy and I have little desire to read the rest of the stories. I can very much see that this book was attempting to attract teen readers based on the simplicity of the st...more
Yomna hosny
This is one of those book that people either love with the fiery vengeance of a thousand suns or loathe so completely they wish eternal doom and damnation onto everyone who so much as hints that they liked it.

I gave it a firm five stars so.. :D

Original review can be found here: http://theliteraryinsomniac.tumblr.co...

Anyways.. allow me to explain myself. Ahem.



This book uses actual historical events to create parallel, similar events in the story. elements from the second world war, The american...more
Matt Parry
Good idea. Bad execution. That's my take on this book. I was enjoying this okay until about the last 1/3 of the book. Then it felt rushed. The inconsistencies were very jarring. Apparently, I'm supposed to know what all of these contraptions are without much explanation? All this talk of imaginative power and yet all I saw were a bunch of switchblades, bombs and stars when they battled. Couldn't there have been a more "imaginative" way to kill each other?

To give you an idea of how I felt, here's...more
Delaney
EPIC!!!!
Just one word for you: EPIC!!!!!
AHHHHHH IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

Remember Lewis Carroll's famous works of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland where she meets the Mad Hatter, the Chesire Cat, the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum?? Now remember THE LOOKING GLASS WARS. Where Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is all but a lie. There is so much more to it. Where there is Alyss instead of Alice. Where Hatter Madigan is like Black Butler Sebastian, a killer bomb. Where The Cat has 9 li...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
If you've read my profile you'll know a couple of things about me. First my name is not Erika lolz. I like to knit. And I really like Alice in Wonderland. (it's true lolz. Go look!)

One day a couple of weeks ago, my hubz and I were at Books-a-million looking at ummm.... well.... I guess that's kind of obvious, right? And I saw a display full of Jonny Depp action figurey stuff and "The Looking Glass Wars" books. I thought "Squee!! An alternate reality Alice in WOnderland. TOO COOL!"

Ok ok.. the ide...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I have a confession to make. I have never particularly cared for Lewis Carroll's (aka the Reverend Charles Dodgson's) ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Although I've read those stories, once, they have 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 G...more
Sesana
I regret this one. The basic premise is that the story of Alice in Wonderland is based on the true story of Alice Liddell, who is really Alyss Heart, princess and rightful heir to the throne of Wonderland. And that's about all that deserves to be said about the plot of the book. Everything about this book is so cookie cutter that it smells faintly of gingerbread. The plot is standard and unremarkable. The villain, Redd, is a boring collection of cliches. It shamelessly steals the concept of the...more
Q
May 15, 2007 Q rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Carrollian readers
I'm always cautious when it comes to AIW pastiches, parodies, sequels, etc... largely because the original works were so adept at presenting things, and your imagination did the rest.

Meaning, people rarely see the Wonderland you do. But this one was (happily) an exception to the rule. The basic premise is that Alice Liddel (the real-life inspiration for Dodgson) was really Alyss Hart, princess to Wonderland.

Political intrigue, darkness and power struggles abound. It's a darker wonderland to be s...more
Sandi
In rating The Looking Glass Wars, I'm going by the GoodReads definitions of the stars. Two stars means "It was ok". I admit that I've never read the Lewis Carroll novels about Alice in Wonderland and the Disney movie was way too disturbing, so I guess I'm not an Alice fan to begin with. With that out of the way, I found Beddor's retelling of the classic to be dull and flat. The only parts that caught my interest were the scenes of Alyss in England and how she transitions from Alyss Heart to Alic...more
Mizuki
It's an imaginative retelling of Alice In Wonderland, it's somewhere between 3 stars to 3.5 stars. I love the world building, the action scenes are nice and the plots keep me entertaining for the whole time. But I found almost all of the characters have no development and it's quite boring for the good guys to be always good and the villains to have no other purpose nor personality outside of being power-crazed, sadistic and well, just plain evil. Plus the Good vs. Evil theme is a bit too simple...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Feb 10, 2012 Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, fans of Alice in Wonderland
I absolutely ADORE this book! I was obsessed with Alice in Wonderland when the Tim Burton movie came out last year (or whenever it was) because I just loved the idea of a retelling of the story and characters. I wish I had known about this series then, because I would have gobbled it up in a heartbeat! This story is WAY WAY different from the original story, but that just makes it all the more interesting. All in all it's a really enjoyable fantasy read!
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In addition to being an author with a penchant for retelling Alice in Wonderland, he is also a champion freestyle skier, a film producer, stuntman, actor, and CEO of Automatic Pictures Production Co.
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