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Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation Hardcover – November 5, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014312479X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143124795
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Entertaining . . . Touching . . . A cool, PG-13 revisiting of classic stories [that] feels a bit like tossing a Disney princess into the cast of HBO’s Girls.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Tim Manley is a writer and illustrator and the creator of the blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings. He has won the Moth StorySLAM, taught high school English at New York City’s School of the Future, and served as a mentor with the PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program. Born in 1985 on Long Island, he lives in Queens, New York.
 

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Tim Manley is a writer and illustrator and the creator of the blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings. He has won the Moth StorySLAM, taught high school English at New York City's School of the Future, and served as a mentor with the PEN American Center's Prison Writing Program. Born in 1985 on Long Island, he lives in Queens, New York.

He has officiated eight weddings, one of which was Beatles-themed.

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Alice's Adventures in Tumber-Land is a fun spin-off of fairy tales.
Mazie
The book is so funny to read again and again and the stories are innovative and humorous!
Kindle Customer
There is an honesty in these stories that should make them resonate with any reader.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
At first this feels like a one trick pony, with fairy tale characters texting and tweeting and maintaining their face book pages. I get it; modern social life. But wait. This is actually a sneaky, deeply cool book. It is composed of brief chapters of only a few sentences each; they're really more like captions to the accompanying illustrations. We hop from character to character, and chapter by chapter we learn a little bit more about the crises in each character's life. Peter Pan needs to grow up; Arthur needs to stop screwing around and act like a king; the Frog Prince can't score a date, much less a kiss. But these aren't played for jokes or silly laughs. Rather, each character hides some drama or hurt or disappoinment for which you begin to feel sympathy. In a detached, deadpan style the author draws you in to different versions of the angst that is modern life.

Here's an excerpt: "Little Red Riding Hood continued her masochistic tendencies with a string of terrible blind dates. The first guy was obviously a wolf in women's clothing, which was disturbing on multiple levels....And the last guy was James Franco. It was exciting for a minute, but then he started talking". If you think that line is brutal, funny and a little sad, then you'll like this book.

Everyone's here - Chicken Little, Alice, Rapunzel, Mulan, the Little Mermaid, Robin Hood, and so on. Everyone has some secret pain, some existential issue, some disappointment. Everyone is to some degree damaged and trying to get on with it. In style and effect this reminds me a lot of the work of Jules Feiffer in the '50's. (In a very early strip, filled with post-war anxiety about modern life in the big city, Feiffer put Oedipus on an analysts's couch in a toga and shades, saying, "All right... So I marry her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
All hell has broken loose in happy-happy-forever-after land. Peter Pan is addicted to the Internet, Sleeping Beauty is battling depression, Cinderella's photography isn't selling, and Mulan has decided to become a boy. Fans of Tim Manley's blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings will find plenty to enjoy in ALICE IN TUMBLR-LAND. Included are over 200 carefully edited entries following Manley's usual cartoon-text format. Maybe about a tenth of this book has already been seen in his blog, but many of those have been updated--both text and illustration. For the most part, Manley's most original and most humorous efforts have been reserved for the publishing of this book. The editing team has done an an excellent job in arranging these panels in a coherent, chronological order.

As with any comedy, it's best to keep the punch line a surprise. For newcomers to Manley's work, you can either check out his blog or the three panels that Amazon has posted in the preview. Each page holds an illustration followed by text, both working together to tell twisted, adult-themed mini-stories revolving around a classic Disney and fairy tale character. Millennials and Generation Y's will especially appreciate the humor that incorporates not only web-based technologies (Siri, Twitter, Facebook), but also many of the pop cultural references (YOLO, dubstep, Gangnam style). Considering this, the humor may be lost on some older readers unfamiliar with these terms. Any newcomer should be aware that the book contains a few F-bombs (four to be exact).

If I had to recommend a version of this book to buy, I would vote for the hardbound book. This is something that can be set out inconspicuously on a coffee table prior to company arriving, causing someone to pick it up, and spread the humor about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TheSherm on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I casually picked this book up in the store this morning with the intention of glancing. I read through a quick story or two and had a chuckle so I got it. I've gotten through about half of it and it is really funny. A great spin on the characters I grew up with as a kid. Any 20-30 something year old looking for a comedic read should snatch this up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SeaOtterNerd on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings (the blog from which this book originated) is quite possibly my favorite Tumblr, so it is perhaps unsurprising that I loved this book. The beauty of fairytales is that they tend to tap into core human experiences. The experiences that Alice in Tumblr-Land taps into may be different than the experiences tapped into by the original stories, but that's kind of the point. By starting from well-known children's stories, this book is able to contrast the simplified version of life that was presented to us as children with the complicated, modern world that we find ourselves in as 20-somethings. These contrasts are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes enlightening, and sometimes a mixture of the three. The structure of this book is interesting - it is composed of a series of vignettes that unite, both thematically and into individual story threads following specific characters, to form an overall story arc. This story arc was both relatable and ultimately uplifting. I laughed out loud, but I also nodded in agreement. While some of the characters resonated with me more than others, the wide range of early adulthood experiences presented here means there will likely be something for everyone.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book to other young adults trying to find their way in the world. It has everything that I loved from the blog, with revised text for those stories that appeared there, and beautiful artwork (seriously - I am tempted to make copies of some of it to hang on my walls), as well as many new stories. More importantly, the change of medium makes the thematic trajectory possible in a way that it wasn't in the blog format.
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