Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2)

Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2)

by Frank Beddor


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ISBN-13: 9780142412091
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Series: Looking Glass Wars Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 83,500
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.36(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frank Beddor is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Looking Glass Wars, the young-adult novel that first introduced young readers to the true story of Alyss. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 307 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im soo excited sister got me this and the 3rd book for christmas so that i could finish the series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the action and plot were good along with some charecter background and devloment, but some elements from the first have been taking away
deviousgirl More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but I wished the ending would have been different- I just feel like he could have made the ending more action and fighting between arch and redd and I thought we should have gotteno to hear a little more of the romance between alyce and dodge
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. When I first started reading this series I didn't know that it was going to have a sequel. Once I found out it was book 1 I went online to find out WHEN the second one was going to be out. When I saw it at Barns and Noble...I bought it. Nothing could stand in my way. There was only one left and I had to fight someone for it. I won. I couldn't help but find this book enjoyable. Being the Alice and wonderland fan that I am. It left me wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Beddor's 'Looking Glass Wars' a good deal. What truly set it apart from standard sword and sorcery fantasy, aside from the Carroll roots, was its wonderful second act. The middle part of 'Wars' was rich with mystery and psychological complexity. Mystery and complexity, however, are nowhere to be found in 'Seeing Redd.' The only thing resembling complexity is the chasm between the two warring queens: Alyss and Redd. Alyss' character has become horribly dull and does not evolve one iota throughout the novel. Redd is what she was before: a hilariously evil, sterotypical, and entertaining character. Continually jumping back and forth between the dry heroes and colorful villians makes the novel seem disjointed . . . and makes me root for the villians. The 'twist' ending that Beddor throws in is nothing more than an easy open-ended cop-out. Here's hoping book three is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the second of The Looking Glass Wars, it has a twist on the original 'Alice in Wonderland'. I think Frank Beddor did a terrific job of writing this exclusive truth of the real Alice Liddell'Alyss Heart'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if i could describe this series in one word..............well i said if.....i really can't! i love books that have a twist. This isn't a goody goody book. Its full of everything you want to read about!
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
The second installment of The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd opens a mear three months after Alyss Heart reclaimed her throne from her mad Aunt Redd, who along with The Cat flung themselves into the Heart Crystal instead of suffering the humiliation of loosing to her neice. But since the Heart Crystal is the spark of Imagination of the universe, Redd and The Cat find their way back to Earth through rather different means than the usual manner for Wonderlanders, the Pool of Tears.Finding herself on Earth, Redd discovers a number of Wonderlanders who have taken refuge there, and decides to build her army on Earth, hidden from Alyss, and plans her revenge. Meanwhile back in Wonderland, King Arch, the monarch of Boarderland, is planning his own assault on Wondertropolis, using any means of subterfuge that he finds useful at the moment. Eventually, Redd makes her way back to Wonderland, and finding that she and Arch have similar goals, strike up a precarious alliance. However, Arch has plans of his own that even Redd doesn't know of, in the form of his new weapon WILMA.Beddor continues to keep the pace fast and exciting in Seeing Redd, just like he did in The Looking Glass Wars. While we've left the similarities of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass behind in the last book, he continues to grow his cast of characters carefully, and each new character is just as imaginative as the last. I continue to be thrilled with this series. It's a fresh take on the Alice mythos and I'll be sad to see the series come to a close with the final volume, ArchEnemy.
calmc296 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I think this book has a lot of suspense, action, and has an ok plot.
Monica71 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it but once I did it was pretty good. I wish the characters had more substance. maybe in book three!
readingrat on LibraryThing 22 days ago
In this sequel, I didn't find much of the subtle charm which so enchanted me in the first book. This book dealt with battle, after battle, after battle, after battle, complete with enough sound effects to make me wonder why the author did not make this a graphic novel instead.
EowynA on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Second book in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy. The first book was charming in its re-imagining of a familiar fantasy place. This book follows King Arch, deposed Queen Redd, and the Cat in their war against Queen Alyss, Hatter Madigan, Dodge Anders and others. This book felt a bit less charming, perhaps because the wonder had worn off. We have more interaction with Victorian-era Earth, and the problems of young love (Alyss and Dodge), governing a kingdom (Alyss), and dealing with the demise of so many friends and family before. The book is fine, but not compelling.
dbhutch on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Book two of The Looking Glass Wars takes Queen Alyss to new worries - and expands on other characters in a great way. Alyss has set about to the rebuilding of Heart Palace and Wondropilis, when her new bodyguard, Molly, suddenly disappears. Hatter Maddigan is off on a personal quest - to try to find a woman he loved named Weaver. He finds a diary, and assuming she is dead, reads/listens to it - only to lean he has a daughter, a halfer - Molly - the Queen's bodyguard. She and Weaver are both being held by King Arch, who is plannign Queen Alyss' demise, before redd returns from her jaunt to earth from the Heart Crystal. Intrigues and plot twists run rampant thru Bedoors second book, and leaves the reader stunned in the intracacites and details that he had built in the new land of imagination.
tangential1 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This second book was very disappointing compared to the first. Definitely had the feel of an afterthought continuation. While the first book flowed very naturally, this one felt very contrived all the way through and the ending was very unsatisfying (yes, I realize it is now supposed to be a trilogy, but the ending was still really boring and didn't really leave any terribly interesting plot lines for the last book).If you liked the first book, maybe think twice about reading this second one.
Ambrosia4 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Unlike everyone else it seems, I liked this book more than the first. I thought Beddor did a good job at fleshing out his characters more than in the first book. There was advancement on all of the major plot lines and the addition of several more that made sense in the context of the book and allowed for a greater history for his characters. While some may find their favorite plot lines stalled, I think each went about as far as it needed to go before the last book in the trilogy. The complexity of interactions and intrigue really pulled me in more than the first book did. Readers are assumed to already know the characters basically, so Beddor delves directly into their thoughts and gives more background to their actions. Still all in all this is a book about a war in the realm of imagination and as such has fantastical battle scenes and court room intrigue.I think we need to remember that this is a book written for young adults and as such will not necessarily be as emotionally complex and character driven as a novel written for an adult. This is not the next Harry Potter, but still, this series is highly entertaining to read and exquisite in it's world-building. This is for the late middle school, early high school set and adults who aren't looking for allegorical narratives and deep reflection.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
The second in a series that is a very strange, yet cool adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. I can't help but love this series. I love the twist it has on Alyss and Wonderland and all the characters involved. This book delves deeper and involves the start of a full scale war in Wonderland. I can't wait until the last of the trilogy comes out so I can see what will happen next. This book is full of action, good plot, and great characters. It's a series you don't want to miss.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Seeing Redd is the second installment in Frank Beddor¿s retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story. The main problem is the story suffers from what may be termed the ¿On Ramp Effect¿: the story's twists are no longer as original as the first time you encountered them, so the story seems a little lackluster by comparison. The style and execution is still quite good, so Seeing Redd does not suffer too much.In this installment, the storyline takes some decidedly dark turns as Redd becomes the truly evil red queen. Redd openly aligns herself with a necromancer in an effort to raise her army to defeat Alyss (Alice for the uninitiated) and dethrone her as Queen. The story also includes some description of a character being tortured and killed, but it is not overly graphic and is much milder than the last Christopher Paolini offering I read. Yes, I am an adult, but I am enjoying the story enough to really want to see this one through to the end. Despite my opening comment, I will still rate this with four stars for enjoyment. If you think classic fantasy stories should not be changed, avoid this series. If you enjoyed the first installment, keep reading as it holds up quite well.
razzbelly on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Not as good as the first one. Waiting for the next one.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Alyss and her supporters may have banished Redd to the depths of the crystal, but the peace in Wonderland is far from easy. When Homburg Molly goes missing and hoards of deadly Glass Eyes attack, suspicion falls first on the absent Redd, but all is not as it first appears....The continuation of Looking Glass War ups the ante and keeps the suspense level high.
TiltedEarth on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I do love the Alice in Wonderland books, and the twist on the original idea by Lewis Carol is what drew me to this series in the first place. The mathematical genius of Carol is absent from these books. This book is an interesting continuation of the looking glass wars, started in the first book of the series. The way the author has re-imagined Lewis Carol's [Alice in Wonderland] is fantastic and very creative. He leaves enough of the nonsense of Wonderland in, without destroying a wonderful world. I really enjoy the twists and turns in the characters and the the world. The story-line is entertaining, but perhaps could have been finished in this second book. My favorite characters are Hatter Madigan and Homburg Molly. I'm not sure that I would continue reading the series if it weren't for these delightful and exciting characters. I love the idea of the Milinary and the use of the Hatter's hat as a weapon.
weeksj10 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Some cool ideas, the first one was better but still not great. All I can say is that I won't be seeking out the 3rd book anytime soon.
lizzybeans11 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I found the writing to again be a little disjointing, but the story was no less likeable. This parallel Wonderland is a great take on a classic story with more grown-up themes for an older audience. The villains are more wicked, the heroes are tougher, and there is more general chaos that little Alice (Alyse) must cope with.
klarusu on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This was a satisfying continuation of the series started with The Looking Glass Wars but much like the first book, it lacked a certain something. I must declare that I have no particular passion for the original Alice stories, just a residual fondness formed from the memories of childhood that they inspire, so a 'retelling' of the stories is not something that offends me in any way. However, where I found the first book in the series a fun and innovative diversion into a modern-day view of Alice's world, this second book doesn't have the novely of the first instalment and the characters and storyline aren't strong enough to convince you that you're not just reading more of the same. It's not a bad book (although the writing is a bit ham-fisted on an occasion or several) but neither is it anything special.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I was honestly very disappointed. I loved The Looking Glass Wars so much, and I was excited to read Seeing Redd...but it wasn't all that great. None of the villains were very interesting, Hatter Madigan wasn't in as much of it as I hoped, and it just The ending wasn't too bad, though, and I will read the third book. It just feels like a pretty big letdown right now, though.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Very good follow-up to The Looking Glass Wars. I still find some characters a bit too unbelievable, but I enjoy the story and the action is interesting and exciting. I wish that Alyss and Dodge's romance played a bit of a bigger part because I find the interchange between them fascinating. I very much look forward to the next book in the series.