Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

This is hardly one of those obscure pieces that I'm blurbing about, for your surprise edification, but I thought I'd say a few words about The Looking Glass Wars.

This draws on the history of Alice in Wonderland, and it's creation, rather than just reinterpreting the story. The premise being that Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Wonderland's Alice, really was Princess Alyss, from Wonderland, and had been chased out when her Aunt took the crown. Trapped in our world, she is mocked for her believe in another world, until she finds the way back and returns to reclaim her throne.

I did enjoy this book, although I found the pacing to be a little slow. Things that I would have liked to know more about (her time in our world, possible ways that things crossed over) were sometimes skimmed over. Some of Alyss's "Woe is me" moments seemed to drag on a bit. I wouldn't call it perfect, but it was an interesting invention, drawing both from our world and Wonderland.

There are two sequels now, which are somewhere in the midst of my t0-be-read list. (It's a really, really, REALLY big list.)


  1. I read this book when it first came out, so I can't remember details, but I remember liking it enough to buy Seeing Redd when that first came out. I think I was more enchanted with it because of how much I love Alice in Wonderland though. But I'll still pick up the last one in the trilogy and be sure to read them all. My list, like yours is GINORMOUS.

  2. Yeah, this was one where, overall, I liked the concept better than the execution. Which isn't to say that I didn't like it! I... PLAN to read the next one, too, which I've heard is better!