Friday, November 27, 2009

The Looking Glass Wars

Symbols ran down the right side of the paper, but what he noticed first was the horribly drawn picture that filled the rest of the space. The eyes were too big and the lips too small, the head too round, and the ears too pointed, but it was Tsira. He choked as he read the bold symbols, crushing the page in his fist.

I've written the opening of my FanFic, and I had a dream the other night that I think may end up as an interesting story. My mind just has ideas that it wants to express, and I know that it's not going to be easy, but I can do it. Even if others don't like them, I will like them, and that's really all that matters.

I read The Looking Glass Wars this week. It's a book by Frank Beddor about Princess Alyss Heart of Wonderland--the pretense is that Lewis Carroll got poor Alyss's story all wrong. She jumped through the Pool of Tears to escape The Cat and her murderous aunt Redd, landing in England in the 1850's, where she met the Reverend Dodgson (Carroll), who thought she'd made it all up. Though it's written at maybe a sixth or seventh grade level, it's pretty violent. Redd, or the false Queen of Hearts, kills her sister Genevieve by cutting off her head. The Cat has nine lives, so when he dies, he simply gets up again. The fighters consist of Card Soldiers and Chessmen, with guns like the AD52 (automatic dealer), cannonball spiders, and every imaginable medieval weapon. There's flesh-eating roses and corpses everywhere. As the title states, it is very much a war--a war that takes place over thirteen years.

I found that the ideas and characters were interesting, transforming the far-out tale of Alice in Wonderland into something believable while still maintaining that fantastic aura. People often say that Carroll was on an opiate trip when he conjured the classic story, but it had some very poignant thoughts, as does The Looking Glass Wars. I loved the book and recommend it to anyone with a taste for fantasy--except those with a weak stomach.

-Tsira

1 comment:

  1. BEST BOOK EVER!!! My favorite characters are Homburg Molly and the white rook.

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