Published by Dial Press
Author Web site: http://www.lookingglasswars.com
Everybody thinks they know the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, but they only experienced Lewis Carroll’s (or Walt Disney’s) interpretation of the events
In Beddor’s re-imagined Wonderland,
Re-imagined, familiar stories are quite popular and it would be difficult NOT to compare Beddor’s novel to one of the more popular and widely known in this particular venue – Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. Despite the apparent differences in the intended market, both authors hang something of a dark cloud on these familiar milieus. Both writers do a fine job of peeling back layers of what seems to be a familiar world only to reveal something darker and not-so-pleasant. Where Maguire spends a great deal of time developing his main characters, Beddor focuses more of his novel on the plot and extending the familiar story.
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The story moved along rather quickly and Beddor’s reinventions worked relatively naturally. I think the intended (young adults) market will enjoy the book and parents who are familiar with the original story will enjoy reading along. Beddor has added layers and twists to an established world, making it something his own. The book ended with a good measure of closure, while leaving certain elements up in the air for the promised second and third book of the trilogy. Beddor told and entertaining story and he has my curiosity piqued for the next installment.
I would recommend anybody interested in the book to check out the extensive Web site at: http://www.lookingglasswars.com. Beddor is scripting a prequel to the story in the form of a comic book with acclaimed artist Ben Templesmith. All of this points to either how rich Beddor’s world is, how extensive his plans for the world are, or how great the marketing is behind his work. I suspect a bit of each.
© 2006 Rob H. Bedford