Posts Tagged ‘Dark Alice

11
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Wars: Seeing Redd

The Looking Glass Wars: Seeing Redd: by Frank Beddor.

Published by Egmont Books Ltd, 2007. First edition in paperback.

ISBN: 978-1405209885

Second book in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

From the product description:

Return to the dazzling world of The Looking Glass Wars as Wonderland is fantastically brought to life again by acclaimed Hollywood producer, Frank Beddor. Alyss of Wonderland’s rule has only just begun, but the Queendom and her White Imagination are already under threat. Someone has resurrected the brutal Glass Eyes, and they are attacking Wonderland on all sides. Has renegade Redd Heart freed herself and her assassin Cat from the prism of the Heart Crystal? Can Alyss trust Boarderland’s King Arch, as he extends a benevolent helping hand? A battle is raging but who is the enemy?

I’m a bit suspicious of Frank Beddor (completely unfounded). I don’t like the books, and I sometimes think he’s just sussed that us Alice freaks will spend good cash on any old Alice related thing: after all, I have bought them all- he’s on to a sure thing. However, I’m sure I’m wrong, as the books have got good reviews, and sold loads. Personal taste, that’s all. Make up your own mind. Here’s the “About the Author”:

Frank Beddor is the CEO of Automatic Pictures, a film, television, and interactive game production company. He produced the hit film There’s Something About Mary. Frank Beddor hails from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Utah, where he trained for the U.S. Ski Team. One of the world’s foremost freestyle skiers, Beddor competed in the sport for five years, and was twice crowned World Champion. Trading the alpine slopes for the Hollywood Hills, Frank has worked alongside Emilio Estevez, Carrie Fisher, Chris Penn, Jennifer Tilly and Kevin Dillion. Frank Beddor lives in the U.S but is available for interviews.

Available on amazon:Seeing Redd: The Looking Glass Wars

Looking Glass Wars website here.

06
Feb
10

American McGee’s Alice

American McGee’s Alice. Third person computer game based on the Alice characters.

Plot:
Alice’s house is burned down by a fire which also kills her family. She tries to commit suicide, and becomes catatonic, so she is shut up in Rutledge Asylum, where she is mistreated by the workers.
After ten years in the asylum, the White Rabbit summons Alice to help save a twisted version of Wonderland, ruled by the evil Queen of Hearts. She encounters rather nastier versions of many of her Wonderland and Looking Glass friends: the Caterpillar, the Hatter, the Tweedles and the Cheshire Cat; who serves as Alice’s companion- appearing to ‘guide’ her with rather cryptic comments.

Alice has several weapons within the game, including some based on toys: jacks, dice, a jack-in-the-box and playing cards. There’s plenty of blood for those that way inclined…

I have both the PC and mac versions: the mac game no longer runs on my newer machines, but the PC one plays fine on my boyfriend’s computer. The mac cover has Alice with a knife rather than the cards shown on my PC copy.

There is talk both of a sequel, and of a film based on the first game.

02
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Published by Egmont, 2004. Hardback with dust jacket.

ISBN: 1405209879

Beddor apparently wrote this for boy’s after being forced to read the ‘girl’s book’ Alice as a child. It shows: I thought this was all violence and no characterisation.

The Amazon review says:

Beddor imagines that Alice’s wonderland did indeed exist. That it was not fairy tale. Princess Alyss Heart was heir to the throne of Wonderland, but was cruelly usurped when her Aunt Redd stormed Wondertropolis and murdered her parents. Fleeing for her life, Alyss was transported to our world, to the world of Charles Dodgson and literary Oxford in the late 19th Century. Taken in by the Liddells, Alyss at first steadfastly refused to denounce her true bearing as fiction. But after years of convincing nobody of her origins and noble birth–Alyss Heart became Alice Liddell. And it was Alice Liddell who inspired Dodgson to write his legendary novel about her–despite Alyss’s accusations that he has cruelly twisted her story to make light of her heritage for entertainment.

Alyss’s Wonderland is an occupied land that must be freed. And Alyss eventually realises that she must once again go back to her true home and try to reclaim it. And it is going to be a bloody reckoning.

Amazon: The Looking Glass Wars
Looking Glass Wars website here.




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