Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Friday, December 3, 2010

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Speak (August 21, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0142409413
ISBN-13: 978-0142409411

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

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.

My Review

Frank Beddor is a friggen' genius. Even the tiniest detail in the world of Alice is Wonderland has a part in this world. It's just a bit... tampered with. Yes, I have read the original Alice in Wonderland. I must say that Alyss is much cooler then Alice. The action in this book is completely awesome. Now, we can't give Mr. Beddor all of the credit for the genius of this book. Lewis Carrol (a character in the book and author of Alice in Wonderland) did come up with the mystical world of Underland (Wonderland, as Alice calls it) and all of it's inhabitants. But, Mr. Beddor is responsible for the Wonderland in this book. Even the smallest of characters in Underland are changed and have a part in this book. Remember Tweedledee and Tweedledum's story, The Walrus and the Carpenter? The Walrus is Princess Alyss's butler. Yeah, it's pretty cool.
Because I like the old, wise guys in books, Bibwit Harte (an antonym for White Rabbit) is my favorite character in this book. His role in it isn't as big as I would've liked it to be but it is an awesome role, nevertheless. When reading this book I was completely shocked that I liked the world and characters more then I like those in Lewis Carrol's version. He made a quirky, humorous book into one that is full more sinister creatures, much more action and a queen that is much more evil and doesn't have an abnormally large head.

People (I don't yet know who) are making a movie for this book. Frank Beddor will be writing the movie which I think will improve it greatly to some movies that have been after books *cough, Twilight!*.

This is honestly one of my favorite books. I have not yet read the rest of the series but they are definetally on my to-be-read list. Not only was this book completly genius, it was also very well written. This is a highly enjoyable book. Completly clean save some violence, it really can be loved by nearly all ages. Thank you, Mr. Beddor for bringing us a book the book that so many love and make it into a book that can be loved by many more.



  1. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I didn't like Seeing Red and ArchEnemy as much as I liked this one.

  2. I have yet to read the others in the series, but I loved this book.
    The twists on the original story are just so cool.
    It will definitely be one that if done right, will be an awesome movie.

  3. Yay! I recently read this book and will post my review tomorrow. I loved it too! I'm a major fan of Alice and love reading any adaptations to the tale. Great review, Austin!

  4. I have had this one on my TBR pile for I think 2 years. Glad to know it is a good book. I'll have to try getting around to reading it sooner rather than later.

  5. Love Alice, must have!!! Thanks for the review!!!

  6. Ah, I read this years ago, I absolutely loved it! Ill post my review sometime, having only made a blog last week, I reckon it will take awhile to get up all my book reviews, sorry rambling :) Couldn't wait for the sequel but that wasn't anywhere near as good as the looking glass wars book #1!

    Jess :)


Leave us a comment. Commenting people are our favorites! And we like to give things to favorites :)