The Clockwork Alice — DeAnna Knippling

I found this book on a Kindle Daily 99p deal and as i love ‘Alice and Wonderland’ stuff it just had to go in ‘The Pile’.

Quite looking forward to what looks like an interesting take on the original idea.

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Red Queen – Christina Henry

I really enjoyed reading ‘Alice’ and was expecting a bit more of the same, but this book feels quite different.

Whereas Alice had me feeling like i was reading the adventure of an escaped patient from a max security mental hospital who hasn’t had her meds and has gone into full blown psychosis, ‘Red Queen’ read far more like normal fantasy, probably due to Alice finding her magical abilities in this book.

Both books have been great in their own way and i’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful new take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Red Queen’ is a good ending to Alice and Hatcher’s tale.

I certainly look forward to reading more from Christina in the future.

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Alice – Christina Henry

Wow. This was awesome.

This can pretty much be read as the story of a paranoid schizophrenic who has escaped from a max security mental hospital and is rapidly withdrawing after being heavily medicated for years on anti-psychotics. It truly has the hall marks of full blown psychosis.

Of course, you can read it as a fantasy novel that bears no relevance to the real world if you don’t want to think about why people in full blown psychosis due to rapid withdrawal of anti-psychotic meds go around killing people.

Whichever way you want to read this, it’s a fantastic re-telling of the Alice in Wonderland story.

Straight onto ‘Red Queen’ now. I’m so looking forward to more of Alice and Hatcher.

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After Alice — Gregory Maguire

Reading other reviews one has to agree that Gregory has a penchant for using words that are far too big and little used.   But then i think one is maybe missing the point…

‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ were very much books of the Victorian age and Gregory’s writing in his spin offs from both simply tends to keep with the language of that age and the words used — he is, after all, a Victorian spin off specialist so why be surprised at the Victorian use of words in his writing?   I would definitely say that all the words i had to quickly look up on my Kindle were Victorian throw backs and to be quite honest they didn’t detract from Ada’s story at all for me.   If anything, they brought a genuineness to Ada’s story in the they kept with the upper middle class Victorian world in which this is set.

And i also find it nice to learn a few new (old and forgotten) words to baffle people with.   Pompous as accused by curmudgeons or simply having fun with language?

There are certainly worse writers out there for using overblown language, and they have no excuse at all for doing so as they are writing contemporary fiction, not Victorian spin offs.

If you can’t be bothered with a little, Victorian style language then maybe this book isn’t for you.   But if you can just accept it’s there for a valid reason and deal with it accordingly and enjoy expanding your vocabulary a little along the way then you’re in for a good yarn.

I read this immediately after reading the original 4 books on Wonderland and i felt it flowed really well from those.

Although, unlike the original Alice books this book is certainly not for young children.   It’s definitely aimed at a more mature audience — those who enjoyed Alice in their childhood who would like to revisit Wonderland as late teens and adults perhaps.

The story does end with several loose ends, which i hope means Gregory will be coming back to Wonderland in the future to finish these loose ends off.

I for one enjoy Gregory’s writing and will always be a fan of his books.

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The Hunting of the Snark an Agony, in Eight Fits — Lewis Carroll

The last of the 4 books in the Alice series.   Although it’s not actually about Alice because Carroll had stopped chasing after Alice Lidell at this point in time because Alice had grown tall.   He had moved onto another young girl, i believe her name was Gertrude.   So one wonders what he alludes to with the word ‘Snark’.

That aside, it’s a great poem, but the layout on this version leaves a lot to be desired.   But it is a free version so shouldn’t really complain.

Would recommend paying a few pence for a version with a better layout if you do wish to read it.

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Through the Looking-Glass — Lewis Carroll

As much as these are wonderful stories, if we just take them as stories, the tale behind them is, i think, a rather dark and disturbing one.

Who is this written for? Is it to confuse or calm the young girls that Carroll was chasing after?   Or is it Carroll dealing with his demons?   Or a bit of both?

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll

A classic book that will stand the test of all time, for adults as well as children.

Best of all, it’s completely free on Kindle.

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Alice’s Adventures Under Ground — Lewis Carroll

I’m having an Alice binge at the moment and decided i needed to go back to the very beginning of the story to see how it came about.

This book is great, not just having the original story, but also letters to and from the author at the time.   A very enlightening piece of literary history which puts the whole Alice and Wonderland thing into a somewhat disturbing perspective which i’ll let everyone else make their own minds up about.

Anyway, disturbance aside, i can’t change history, so i’m going to continue the journey and get straight into ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, which is the re-written and added to edition for public consumption of this original which was written purely for Alice Liddell by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll).

Definitely something all adults should go back and read – and maybe learn not to take things too seriously, or at least, at face value.

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