The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1)

The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1)

by Frank Beddor
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The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor

You know the myth...

A little girl named Alice tumbled down a rabbit hole and proceeded to have a charming adventure in the delightful, made-up world of Wonderland...

Now discover the truth!

Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, was forced to flee through the Pool of Tears after a bloody coup staged by her murderous aunt Redd. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the surreal, violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss had trusted Lewis Carroll to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere would find her and bring her home. But Carroll had gotten it all wrong. He even misspelled her name! If not for Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's nonstop search to locate the lost princess, Alyss may have become just another society woman sipping tea in a too-tight bodice instead of returning to Wonderland to fight Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142409411
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Series: Looking Glass Wars Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 67,098
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frank Beddor spent years tracking Alyss and the fractured truth of Wonderland's parallel existence before writing one word of his trilogy. Currently, Frank has gone underground somewhere in Los Angeles, California, to avoid the impassioned vigilantes at literary odds with his radical revelations while he finishes work on Seeing Redd, book two of The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.
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A multi-talented, multi-faceted individual, Frank Beddor is a former World champion in freestyle skiing and a Hollywood film producer whose credits include THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. Another interesting bit of trivia about Frank is that he was the stunt skier for John Cusack's character in the movie BETTER OFF DEAD.

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The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 528 reviews.
Meg0705 More than 1 year ago
Personally, I've always been a little freaked out by Alice in Wonderland. But with the new movie coming out, I thought I would read something similar. That's when I came across this book! While it is like the original in lots of ways, it's completely and totally different, which makes it interesting. Supposedly, the story Lewis Carroll told was all wrong. Therefore it's Beddor's job to set the record strait. Wonderland isn't as wacky as we thought it was. In fact, it lots of ways, the Wonderlanders are even more sophisticated than humans. Unfortunately a civil war has broke out in Wonderland, and it seems family is killing family. I guess the reason why I liked this book so much was because it was out of the box. It told a different version of Alice in Wonderland but still told a fantastical story with interesting characters. Hope you give it a try!
karen-kelley More than 1 year ago
If you like Alice in Wonderland this is an amazing read. It takes an alternate look at the original Alice in Wonderland. A kind of "What if?" book. If Wonderland really did exsist parallel to our world. It's creative and pulls you in. Great book for young adults and adults. It was amazingly easy to read, and so hard to put down.
Katmandu83 More than 1 year ago
I recently found this re-imagined version of "Alice in Wonderland" on the shelves of a local bookstore. I bought it on a whim, because I'd recently reread the Carroll version. It took me several weeks to actually pick up the book and begin it. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. I found myself in the depths of imagination. It's cleverly reconfigured the classic tale in a way I would never have thought. Alyss Heart is a care-free seven year old, when all she's ever known is ripped from her. Her ruthless Aunt Redd has come to reclaim her throne as ruler of Wonderland. In the process Alyss' parents are killed by Redd, and Alyss escapes with her bodyguard Hatter Madigan through the Pool of Tears into our world. Alyss and Hatter are seperated in the Pool of Tears. Hatter spends many years criss-crossing the globe in search of his lost princess. His hopes in finding her, so they can return to Wonderland and Alyss can reclaim her place as Queen of Wonderland. The re-imagining of Carroll's classic characters is intriguing and imaginative. The Cat, is Redd's assassin who can morph from a human bodied cat into an innocent looking kitten. The caterpillars are oracles. Hatter, the insanely mad tea party throwing character, instead is a blade wielding bodyguard for the royal family. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, along with it's sequel "Seeing Redd" ... and can't wait for the third in the trilogy "ArchEnemy" to be released. Frank Beddor has unleashed his imagination and shared it with us. I would recommend these books to anyone who loved the original version and loves fantasy. The cover art, along with the artwork inside the books is also wickedly amazing. Enjoyed it all!
chirpybird More than 1 year ago
Beddor's interpretation of Wonderland is an amazing world. He parallels our reality with the events in Wonderland, our industrial revolutions with their creations, our biggest wars with the civil war between the Hearts. Beddor really made 'the Red Queen' a true evil villain, and had an insightful take on the Mad Hatter. I only just completed reading the first in the trilogy, but I'm excited to get to the next two books. There is also a series following Hatter Madigan, and his adventures trying to find Alice once she disappears into Victorian England. Beyond being an enticing story, the artwork in both the Looking Glass Wars and the Hatter's stories is beautiful, and truly adds to the emotion of the story.
such_a_jinx More than 1 year ago
When reading this book it gets you hooked from the very first line and your never going to want to put it down until you've reached the end! This book has suspense, action, adventure, romance, anything genre that basically comes to mind! You will seriously be captivated by it till you reach the thrilling climax! Would recommend to THE WHOLE WORLD! This book is an A++, A 100 out of 10, its by far the best book I have ever read ((and believe me i've read many many MANY books)). Welcome to the REAL wonderland! Meet the REAL Alyss! =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this spin on Alice's adventures
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it, but I don't really like how Dodge changed throughout the book. I only liked him when he was still young I also didn't like the parts when Alyss was not in Wonderland.
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
I'm always down for updated takes on classic fairy tales, especially when they involve serious action and violence. The Looking Glass Wars is chalk full of potential, fusing the Alice in Wonderland we know with the historical Alice Liddell. Beddar takes the Wonderlandian characters with which we're familiar and tells their real story, because, apparently, Carroll got it all wrong. But so did Beddar. While I think the bare bones of the story were really clever, overall, the story was a bit childish for my liking. I sort of expected the silliness, because c'mon, it's Wonderland, but not to that degree. The book is highly imaginative so Beddar could've afforded to go a bit more futuristic with his tale. A steam-punk take on Alice would've been really appropriate here. The Looking Glass Wars is a tad too long, cheesy and somewhat predictable but it's undoubtedly fun. The violence and lessons learned here is reminiscent of Harry Potter, only lacking that special something. Beddar does a lot of telling and not enough showing. It's not that this was a bad book, per say, it just wasn't my cup of tea and I'd recommend it to a much younger crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is basically the greatest thing that ever happened. I fell in love with the characters, the plot was smashingly imaginative, and it was very well-written. I don't really think I can explain to you how wonderful this book is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. My husband sent it to me while in basic and i would always read a chapter before bed. Since he does not live with me at my station of duty I decided to get it for the nook. Nook issue - starting on page 161 and forward parts of pages are missing. Thankfully for the first book its just a refresher but im sure would be annoying for any coming upon it for the first time. Hopefully they get this fixed soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I likedvthis book at the beginning but then it got really boring and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story - If you love Alice in Wonderland, you will love this book and the others in he series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good read and an imaginative retelling of the story. The author does a good job of hooking you in and painting a lovely picture of wonderland for you. However, the last half of the book feels incredibly rushed. Between complete character personality makeovers, bouncing around the landscape with no sense of travel time, and viewed from the points of several characters, you find yourself saying "Yeah right..." -- I truly believe that an extra hundred pages dedicated to the whirlwind of the second half of the book would have done justice to evoke the WHOLE story the author intended.
Mr_E58 More than 1 year ago
This was an "eh" read for me. Everyone here seems to think it was amazing though... The concepts and twists of wonderland and its charcters in this story were great and very interesting. But reading the book, I felt everything about it was rushed. I don't know, something in this book just didn't keep me satisfied. So I ended up returning. A bit disappointed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a die-hard Alice in Wonderland fan. Anything and everything Alice, but when I purchased the 3 books in this series I was a skeptic because of the author. I am very judgemental and extremely hard to please most of the time but these books were the best I have ever read! These are instant classics! They brought out so much emotion! Heck if there were 6 stars these books would have gotten them from me.
reader_barbara More than 1 year ago
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is an interesting take on the Alice in Wonderland story. This interpretation contends that Alyss Heart, Princess of Wonderland, is the Alice of the Lewis Caroll story. When her evil Aunt Redd attacks and kills her parents, Alyss flees to the outside world. Separated from her escort and bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, Alyss finds herself an orphan in London who is eventually adopted by The Liddells. Her adoptive family dismisses Alyss' stories of her life in Wonderland as flights of fantasy. She gives up her memories of Wonderland when a family friend publishes her stories under the pen name Lewis Carroll. Alyss is hurt and angry because she feels her life has been trivialized and turned into a fairy tale. She becomes determined to be the ideal daughter and truly becomes Alice Liddell. She is set to marry Prince Leopold when a figure from her past arrives and brings her back to the ruins of the Wonderland where she grew up. Redd has destroyed the city and all those who support White Imagination, that of the former King and Queen. She and her followers practice Black Imagination, which is destructive and evil. In order to restore Wonderland to the peaceful land of her childhood, Alyss must learn to hone her imaginative skills and defeat her aunt. This book took a long time for me to read. I kept getting hung up comparing it to the original story. I was also distracted by the semblance to the real life story of Alice Liddell and the fabricated parts created for the character of Alice Liddell. In fact, at one point, I put the book down and left it for over a month. I read quite a few other books before I came back to finish it. However, I did come back to finish it. I enjoyed the adventure of the story, and the change and development of Alyss' character. It makes an interesting statement about how much is lost when imagination is discouraged. It furthers the statement with the power Alyss has once she begins to hone her imagination as an adult. The characters were interesting, particularly Alyss' childhood friend Dodge, but many of them were weakened by being based on characters in the original story. For example, Hatter Madigan may have appeared as a stronger hero figure if I weren't thinking of him as the Mad Hatter. I can't even decide if I liked this story or not. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been based on Lewis Carroll's Alice. Of course, being based on the famous work is part of what drew me to the book in the first place. I'll say this--The Looking Glass Wars is an interesting adventure filled with some familiar characters in a familiar land. Will I read the sequel, Seeing Redd: The Looking Glass Wars, Book Two? Probably, if I come across it on a book exchange site, but I won't be paying to download it. Follow my reviews at readerbarbara dot blogspot dot com
FriendofFoes More than 1 year ago
Frank Beddor takes Lewis Carrol's Alice and places a whole new spin on things. Taking from the idea that the idea for this story was from a niece named Alice, we meet the character Alyss Heart who actually tells her story of Wonderland. From the Author himself, he creates an amazing world, offering new idea for items in the story, such as the "Pool of Tears" - a lake that, once someone has fallen into it, has never been heard of again - to the "Looking Glass" - an actual way to travel around Wonderland. Besides these new ideas, Beddor offers great character to fill the shoes of our favorites, like the Red Queen - Redd- and the Mad Hatter - Hatter Madigan - as well as some new characters, like Dodge, Alyss best friend. Though written in the third, this story cativated me as well as many others I know. It is a great new twist to an old classic.
kalanigirl More than 1 year ago
I've never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. The original Disney film and other adaptations of the story have always given me the impression that the story really had no point at all. It was bizarre. The Looking Glass Wars calmed down the strangeness of the world that Lewis Carroll created and made it seem less like a opium induced dream and more like a fantasy land that has real problems just like our own world. The characters are complex and easy to relate to, the plot keeps you guessing, and the humor of the story caught me offguard. It wasn't a challenging read by any means, but it was very enjoyable. I'm actually quite sad that this series is only 3 books long because I feel like there could be so much more to tell.
Miffyminty More than 1 year ago
I have always liked retellings of old stories and fairy tales, and this series is by far one of the best I've read so far. Not only is the story compelling and exciting, it is very believable. Having part of the story take place in our world, the world where the original Alice in Wonderland was written, makes one wonder, maybe there is another dimension on the other side of the mirror. Alyss is a character that you want to win, and the obstacles she faces are both fantastical and very real. At first she lives in luxury at the Heart Palace in Wonderland, but she is forced into our world by violence and lies. Her troubles here are very real problems that people face every day, and just when it seems she has her life under control, she is thrown into another role by no choice of her own. In her battles with the forces of her aunt Redd, and then with Redd herself, Alyss learns things about herself and others that she would never have even imagined in her life in London. Frank Beddor's imaginative storytelling pulls you into each character's life and makes you feel almost as if you know them personally. You can tell what kind of moves they will make, or how they will react to situations, based on their personality, but even then, they may surprise you. Overall, these are wonderful books. I enjoyed them very much, and even read the first two in one day. Though they are classified as "teen fiction" these books would be enjoyed by fantasy readers of all ages, within reason of course.
forever_dreamer More than 1 year ago
I've been hearing about this book for about two years now but only recently bought it. I really wanted to read it but I tried not to have high expectations seeing as I'd previously read a book that was also a re-imagining, this time of a fairy tale princess and was a bit disappointed. I have to say this time that I wasn't very disappointed by this book though I agree with some reviews regarding the characters as two-dimensional. The queen was evil but Frank does not go into specifics on why she was disowned by her parents and I've would've liked to have more insight into that. I also don't remember Alyss having any conflicts with her parents (mostly her mother, Queen Genevieve in the beginning of the book) at all. Children will not be 100% perfect at all times! Hatter's seemingly cold nature bothered me a bit but the reason why he is that way is given towards the end of the book so I will give him a pass for acting the way he was. Again a bit fast paced for me but definitely for those who would like to read a fresh re-imagining into Alice and Wonderland (if you don't like books with violence don't read this remember it's called the Looking Glass WARS. Let me note as well that this book is not for children though it may seem so at times.)
Anonymous 11 months ago
Haven't read much but it's, how should I put it, hmm, AWESOME!! Highly recomended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most enjoyable series I've read since Harry Potter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had people tell me they don't like this book because it's too crazy and complicated. Well I think this book has the right amount of crazy to be outstanding. I absolutely will read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this series very much. Wonderful spin on Alice's adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for the first time when I was in high school. Happy to say that I still enjoyed it after re-reading it now that I'm 27. The sentence structure is a little simple, but it's still very imaginative with a good plot. Better than most teen literature.