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Good (never great) but always a fun ride
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Reader reviewed by Misty (Book Rat)

The Looking Glass Wars is an alternate history retelling of Lewis
Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
books. Beddor reimagines the childrens classic as non-fiction: Alyss
Hart, a Wonderlander, comes to Earth in a time of crisis (her evil aunt
Redd has attacked Wonderland in her quest to become the Queen of
Hearts), and she finds herself in a far different reality. On Earth,
she is just a young girl with no allies and a fading Imagination. When
she is adopted by the Liddell family, and comes across the young deacon
Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) she thinks she has found a
sympathetic soul. She tells him her story -- which he then publishes in
the drastically altered tale that we know. Disheartened, Alyss (now
Alice) tries to adjust to life on Earth and forget about Wonderland.
But all is not right in Wonderland, and the two worlds Alyss knows are
about to collide.


For much of this book, I was fairly
indifferent. It came highly recommended by a number of friends, and I
am completely smitten with the Alice story and will read/watch*
anything having to do with the insanely fabulous world Carroll created.
So I really wanted to love this, and at times I did. But for much of
the book (probably the first ½ or so), I just didnt. I felt Beddor
struggled to find the tone he wanted; it waffled back and forth between
an imitation of Carrolls light, irreverent style, and a more current,
action-drama feel. Also, with attention divided between the two worlds,
Wonderland and Earth, it never felt like either got the attention it
deserved, and I never got to really live in either and experience it,
which was disappointing. But there were moments when I got what I
wanted, when the worlds became real and the action was compelling, and
the tension was high and I was in it. I just wanted that to be more
consistent.
Eventually, the book did find a middle path and start to
come together, and I will say that I saw enough in it to like that I
will certainly keep reading, and do not really regret spending the
money on it. I am not saying this is not a good book, just that I
wanted more, and didnt quite get it.

More can be found on Book Rat, but it gets spoilery.  Full review is here:
http://bookrat-misty.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-looking-glass-wars-frank-beddor.html


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