Sunday, November 25, 2012

A review of Frank Beddor's "The Looking Glass Wars"

The Looking Glass Wars reminds readers vaguely of Alice In Wonderland but it does not mean to. The way Frank Beddor explains how the fake story called Alice in Wonderland came to be. Apparently there is a land called Wonderland, but it is an entirely different from Lewis Carroll’s version. When princess Alyss Heart retreats from Wonderland with bodyguard Hatter Madigan into our world after an attack from her evil Aunt Redd. Alyss slowly loses her imagination, (kind of like magic) and is taken into an orphanage and soon adopted by the Littles, a family in want of another little girl. Alyss tries to tell the Littles her story, but they insist that her name is spelled A-L-I-C-E and that Wonderland simply existed in her head. Hatter Madigan has been looking for Alyss since they were separated. Alyss meets a young author named Lewis Caroll who is interested to hear Alyss's story. Carroll promises to write her story and to turn it into a book.  But he distorts the story and turns it into the story we know today. Hatter Madigan becomes The Mad Hatter, Bibwit Harte, a tutor, becomes the White Rabbit, Generals Doppelganger, (he can split into Generals Doppel and Ganger) and he makes many other changes in Alyss’s story. This is just too much for Alyss and she decides too try to forget Wonderland and her name. The next morning she comes downstairs as Alice Little, but what has been happening in Wonderland? Do her friends need her help? You will see if you read the Frank Beddor trilogy and find out what is real and what is not.


1 comment:

  1. Very intriguing conclusion. Indeed, I will look forward to discovering.