I really enjoyed this. A nice captivating little short to fill an hour or so.
In East Smithville the fog is always coming and with it, the Fairies who whisk people away, not to be seen again for years. This is the story of one such person returning — for a while at least.
I admit to being thoroughly disappointed that it ended, i really wanted it to keep going: away with the Fairies.
Well worth a read of your time and it would be really good if DeAnna came back to East Smithville some time and wrote a few more short stories about people returning.
I revceived this as an ARC from DeAnna to read, comment and review.
As a short story, anthology stocking-filler it does what it’s supposed to. I was quite happy to read it and wasn’t put off at all but, it doesn’t do much more than that.
As with a lot of these shorts for anthologies, there’s usually a really good idea at their core but the word count to play it out just isn’t available, and i do feel that this is one of those. There’s a greedy reader part of me that wants this spun out novel length into a temporal food-fight similar to Recursion by Blake Crouch.
Instead of the fun clockwork story about Alice and all things Wonderland that i was expecting, i found a story heavily biased towards the real life of Alice Liddell and her relationship with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll): this story is set several years after Charles’ death.
I’m not going to get into my views about Dodgson here, this is about DeAnna’s views, and she does a fairly good job of brushing over things (sweeping them under the carpet) and tidy things up in making a story out of Alice’s and Charles’ final years. Although, to be honest, i think that DeAnna just makes things worse: i’m left with the opinion that this story could be a nice little dose of Streisand effect for a lot of its readers.
And for those of you feeling the effects of Streisand, you can begin at Wikipedia.
All that aside, it’s a fairly good read, and a must for all Alice and Wonderland fans: just expect it to be more about Alice reminiscing, through thoughts and dreams of Wonderland, than a pure Wonderland adventure. Sadly, there’s a few typos that detract on occasion, and that are so obvious they should have been easily fixed before publishing.
This is my first book by DeAnna and i was delightfully impressed with it. Although it’s just a short little novella, it does allow you to sit quietly for an hour or so and read the whole book, quite easily in one sitting, with a cup of coffee and slice of cake — or whatever your reading thing is.
If you’re into the AI/VR stuff with downloaded/uploaded human minds (a bit like what goes on in Altered Carbon) then you’ll most probably really enjoy this.
I do hope that DeAnna writes some more stuff in this sci-fi arena: the New Cotton Club seems like a wonderful playground for many more literary adventures.
Wonderful stuff for a freebee, but worth paying for as well.