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Frank Beddor

Autor/a de The Looking Glass Wars

22 obres 9,403 Membres 330 Ressenyes 19 preferits

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Inclou aquests noms: F. Beddor, Frank Beddor

Crèdit de la imatge: (c) Elizabeth Talbott

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Obres de Frank Beddor

The Looking Glass Wars (2004) 4,723 exemplars, 194 ressenyes
Seeing Redd: The Looking Glass Wars, Book Two (2007) 2,338 exemplars, 62 ressenyes
ArchEnemy: The Looking Glass Wars (2009) 1,252 exemplars, 33 ressenyes
Hatter M : Volume 1 : Far from Wonder (2007) — Autor — 450 exemplars, 17 ressenyes
Hatter M : Volume 2 : Mad with Wonder (2009) — Autor — 201 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
Princess Alyss of Wonderland (2007) 159 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
Hatter M : Volume 3 : The Nature of Wonder (2010) — Autor — 118 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Hatter M : Volume 4 : Zen of Wonder (2013) — Autor — 43 exemplars
Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars #4 (2005) — Autor — 4 exemplars

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor a Fairy Tales Retold (abril 2009)

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Quick and fun.
A little chaotic at times, but what else would you expect in Wonderland.

This is a retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. Takes a look at the origins of Alyss (different spelling in Wonderland) and what happens after Lewis Carroll writes his story. It brings in your favorite characters like Hatter, the card soldiers, the caterpillars, and the Redd Queen.

The telling does seem a bit jumbled at times, with it jumping from one persons story to the other without any indication, then back again. It might also have had to do with the format I read it in. We all are familiar with the small changes that you find when you read a book in digital. It just seemed jerky.

Overall an enjoyable read.
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CagedNymph | Hi ha 193 ressenyes més | Jun 14, 2024 |
What an utter disappointment. The concept of a dark Wonderland is, of course, exhilarating, and the idea of fictional characters learning to grow up by association with the real world - particularly if they're children or teenagers - has a long and storied history in fiction.

Unfortunately, Frank Beddor is not really interested in these concepts, at least not from a literary perspective, and his writing style indicates a limited understanding of basic structural tenets of creative writing. As with most youth-oriented books that I read, I try to view it from the perspective of my cousins in that age group. This book, however, would barely satisfy them, written as it is in such a startlingly underplayed prose.

Beddor's main issues are threefold. First, his dialogue is woefully stilted, with all characters sounding like they walked out of the same Edwardian era children's book. Similar to my issues with the (overall more successful) [b:Taran Wanderer|24782|Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, #4)|Lloyd Alexander|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316635412s/24782.jpg|2628] series, characters speak in the same manner regardless of whether they are holding court or running from a maniacal killer. It severely limits audience engagement with the text, completely cutting side-swiping any attempts at paciness or narrative energy.

Second, the text has a bizarre approach to which parts of the narrative are crucial. While there are some beautiful ideas here (for instance, the Mad Hatter's decade spent searching for his mistress, where he becomes a kind of mythical figure in the lives of 19th century Europeans), many of the key character moments are rushed through (notably, young Alyss' relationship with Lewis Carroll) while we spend a tiring amount of time with the oppressed people back in Wonderland. I don't like to review works by saying what they should have done (honest, I don't!), but "The Looking Glass Wars" smacks of a missed opportunity to tell a cohesive story instead of a set of images.

Because, ultimately, that is the issue here. My third issue with the book encompasses all the problems (and occasional solid moments) mentioned above. Beddor wants to write a comic book or a graphic novel. There's a great concept here for a truly gorgeous visual world, one unifying Victorian decor with gothic fantasy. The story beats are adequate, if not extraordinary, but they would have made far more sense in a visual format. Instead, this feels as if a comic writer is trying to become a novelist by literally transferring the skills of one medium into another - and that almost never works.

I'm going to have to read a few of the rave reviews of this series in an attempt to understand what people see in this - perhaps they, too, have an overactive imagination and are able to overlay this empty husk of a story with some perceived depth from their own mind. I don't have any problem with readers doing that; we all have! (It's how many academics make a living, after all.) But it's always a shame when a book with an intriguing concept leaves me with such a sour taste.
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therebelprince | Hi ha 193 ressenyes més | Apr 21, 2024 |
I picked this up when I picked up The Looking Glass Wars that is to say, during New York Comic-Con 2009 when the author spun me a grand tale that had me enchanted. I count myself extremely lucky as this seems very hard to find now!

I'm a fan of those '-ology' books honestly, I like books like that with little hidden messages and interactive things to read and handle. Its a great way to get kids interested. This book doesn't disappoint me at all in that respect. There is nine different little letters and flip open cards to read as well as the beautifully illustrated playing cards to 'Wage the War' in Wonderland.

The book itself is written like a diary-scrapbook, meant to be a companion to the series as Alyss jots down what she remembers about Wonderland and doesn't want to forget ever. There are dozens of illustrations throughout the book--some are clearly meant to be 'hand drawn' by Alyss while others are pictures she clipped from places--photos offer a little insight into the time period when she lived in this world.

This isn't a book that someone who hasn't read at least the first book should be trolling through, it offers clarification and details about the events, but is not a stand-in for the real thing. Like a real journal the way Alyss describes things are from her viewpoint and perceptions (and this a young girl) so they are colored by her feelings entirely.

The book is beautiful, simply put. Whether its for a little girl who loves Alyss or someone like me who's beyond her 20's but still feels enchantment, its a wonderful companion piece.
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lexilewords | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |
The second book in Beddor's Looking Glass Wars trilogy picks up fairly closely to the end of the first book. 3 lunar cycles (I'm guessing this means months) later and Queen Alyss is doing her best to reassure the people that White Imagination is once again dominate.

There is a little bit of a mislead throughout the book as well, in who's actually the source of evil and motives. King Arch, briefly mentioned and shown in the first book, is a central character this time around (with all his sexist views) and Jack of Diamonds, unfortunately, makes a return appearance. His parents aren't the brightest ever. Redd is more cunning then in the first book, using subterfuge as a way to win out. I admired her, despite her evilness, because she didn't just whine about what she lost (like Jack) or spout impossible ideas (like Arch), but had a solid plan which would have worked.

Hatter Madigan, this poor guy, is put through the ringer. He did take his leave, as he said he would at the end of Book 1, and didn't plan on coming back. We learn more about the civilian he loved, Weaver and what secrets she carried. Which all relates back to Molly (I'm sure you can guess how) and has a surprising turn of events. Doesn't last long however. Molly is also put through the ringer--unsure of herself, prideful of her abilities but shamed by her birth, young and basically self-trained, Arch takes advantage of that weakness.

In the end I enjoyed this book moreso then the first. I enjoyed learning more about the other lands surrounding Wonderland (even if Borderland is...what it is) and despite the ending leaving itself very open to a sequel, I can't be too upset over that. The conflicts of THIS book were resolved and the ending opened the door to a new conflict.
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lexilewords | Hi ha 61 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |

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ISBN
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