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The Looking Glass Wars Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 26, 2006
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While it is not necessary to know Carroll's work to enjoy "The Looking Glass Wars", it certainly would add to the reader's awareness of Beddor's humor. Throughout the book, he utilizes characters from Carroll's work in amusingly re-imagined forms; Here, the White Rabbit is a seven-foot tall albino tutor named Bibwit Harte (just unscramble the letters a bit and there you go). The Cheshire cat is actually a mercenary fighting for the evil Redd, who represents the wicked Queen of Hearts. The Mad Hatter is a loyalist named Hatter Madigan, who searches the Earth for Alice so he may return her to Wonderland and help her to regain the throne. The innately clever underpinning of Beddor's book is how he can gently poke fun at Carroll's work, by making his fantastical descriptions and flights of fancy as a basis for Alyss' reality.Read more ›
It's "eh." It's not the worst book I've ever read. It was a relatively quick read, because it didn't give me very much to think about. It's certainly not what I would call good, either. It's a bit too much like what you might get if a hack Hollywood screenwriter enamored of True Lies got hold of Alice.
What I mean by that is- I didn't believe Wonderland, at all. I'm a great lover of fantasy, I have no trouble suspending disbelief for a good tale. But this Wonderland was too technically futuristic while simultaneously culturally simplistic to feel real. The characters did not behave in believable ways, given who they supposedly were.
Why would the Alyssians trust Jack of Spades? Everyone hated him. Why would anyone who wasn't ridiculously dim keep any of the cards suits around, even before Redd takes over, let alone require their child to marry one?
I liked the Caterpillars (although the opium smoking Buddha interpretation is by no means original). I thought Hatter Madigan and Molly Homburg were interesting, if never really explored. I liked the white rook, although I found it a little farfetched that he KEPT showing up at the last minute. Once or twice is amusing. Every time is too much.
I felt rather sad for the Cat, honestly. It was as if the author came up with this character purely for sadism's sake.
Redd was poorly concieved. I didn't believe her for a minute. And honestly, you have to believe the villain if a story is going to work. I won't outline the number of times I rolled my eyes at the cliched or dumb choices or references made- it would take too long.Read more ›
We're all familiar with the story of "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland". How the author Rev. Charles Dodgson (i.e. Lewis Carroll) was friends with Alice Lydell and conjured up a world of make-believe for her enjoyment. But what if it was the other way around?Read more ›
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