- Series: Alice's Adventures in Underland
- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1514690152
- ISBN-13: 978-1514690154
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,266,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts (Volume 1) Paperback – July 22, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
I got seduced: Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, a zombie? In Victorian England? I never dared to think Knippling would knock my socks off. And how she did! Probably THE BEST tale in a tale I’ve ever read!
I’m blown away and looking very forward to what we’re going to get to see in Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Knight of Shattered Dreams!
Through NetFlix I’ve probably seen all the versions of “Alice ub Wonderland” on television and in films ever made here in the US and the UK, which is why seeing this book intrigued me enough to have entered this giveaway.
This I feel is part biographical as it pertains to the life of Carol Lewis [Charles Dodgson] since he was indeed a photographer in 1856, the year when Chapter One takes place; and that of Alice Pleasance Liddell and her family. In fact, if you look the collection of photos which exists, you’ll find one which closely matches the illustrations of Alice in the original edition of the books.
Ms. Knippling takes this relationship between Lewis, the Liddells, and then throws in zombies holding professional positions in Victorian England’s society along with the charm of the era but with mischievous children. If they got their daily dose of a special serum which controlled their normal behavior they could also hold menial jobs such as servants and the like; if not, the macabre aspect of the story takes over, giving us the intriguing read the author has given us here in the retelling of the story we came to love as children.
While blending of the genres of zombie and classical children’s literature is interesting; it’s not totally original as there had a series of books containing Alice and other characters from Wonderland set in a world of zombies. I feel it the author’s love of these items which had influenced her to write this book, and why I’m giving it 4 STARS.
Back in high school, I had an excellent English teacher who assigned Alice in Wonderland one year. I still remember being amazed at the depth of commentary and satire that Lewis Carroll wrote into his book, compared to the simply silly surrealism of the Disney movie I was familiar with. Deanna Knippling has accomplished much the same thing in this retelling of the Alice story. There is some gore, but mostly this is a story about manners and societal mores, and how those tools are used to bludgeon us into submission. It left me thinking about issues surrounding feminism and racism in society today without being preachy.
The book moves along quickly without much explanation of the setting, so some prior knowledge of Victorian society is helpful. Likewise, the story is potentially confusing in spots unless you're familiar with the original book (the movies probably won't cut it here). Ms. Knippling writes macabre horror quite well, and uses it effectively here. For that reason, I don't recommend the book for young readers. The original isn't really for children either, despite its reputation as a children's story. Fans of this book should consider A Murder of Crows, her collection of macabre short stories.
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes.
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