I met Frank Beddor at this year's Salt Lake Comic Con. He and I shared a panel about storytelling. I learned a little about him--he's accomplished quite a lot, like a Hollywood producer, past member of the US ski team, writer, screenwriter--like I said, pretty accomplished. We had our panel and it turned out great.
So when I saw The Looking Class Wars, Book 1 of the series, available at the library, I had to get it.
And I'm glad I did!
Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland always kind of freaked me out. I mean, it is a bit over the top--even for a children's fairy tale. What Mr. Beddor did was take the story we all know and kicked it up a notch. I don't want to give away too much because--for me--it's more fun to not know anything about a story before I begin it. I can say that he expands the already fantastic world of Mr. Carroll to create a story that is completely unique--unique to the spirit of the original work.
What I liked most, I think, is the possibilities that this new world opens up. It's a place we already know, or think we know. With Mr. Beddor's imagination, the sky's the limit.
I'm hoping to read more of these books, plus, it's always cool to say, "Hey! I know that guy!" It makes the experience of reading a story that much more fun.
Oh, and another cool thing about the author, he was a ski stuntman in the film, Better Off Dead. Serious awesomeness!