Automated Alice Kindle Edition
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Whippoorwill leads Alice along with a series of enigmatic riddles, and Alice soon encounters a part-man, part-badger named Captain Ramshackle, Professor of Randomology, and the logical side of her own self in the person of an automated garden statue name Celia. While word of Alice's arrival spreads and she becomes the prime suspect in a series of Jigsaw murders, Alice discovers, in the unlikeliest of places, in the curiousest of future worlds, one after another of her missing Jigsaw pieces. Not until she finds all 12 will she get to the radishes of time that will allow her to elude the Civil Serpents and return to her own time. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication date : July 15, 2012
- File size : 1101 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Publisher : Jeff Noon (July 15, 2012)
- ASIN : B008LW16UC
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,161 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you believe you don't belong. You do. Get this book it will show the way.
This book will get confusing at points. That's okay, re-read at the last point where you felt you weren't lost. You should be fine.
Lewis Carroll was a real head trip back in his day too. Mr. Noon merely channeled him in. Adding a bit of clockwork as far as techobabble goes. Both the Carroll and The Noon are meant to be read with the heart not the brain anyway. So, if you think you'll like this, you won't. If you feel you need to know what happens, please buy this book
This book is a cross-pollination of Lewis Carroll's universe (from whence Alice originates) with Jeff Noon's universe (the setting of Vurt, Pollen, etc.) Noon (who has a distinctive style of his own) does a fair job of emulating Carroll's writing, but emphasizes the puns and wordplay that make Carroll's books so delightful to adults. Although it's a quick read, you're rewarded if you take the time to enjoy the wit.
Unlike many other Alice-"inspired" work, Noon has well-developed plot and a strong central theme he writes towards, one that is enhanced by the allusions to Lewis Carroll. The "Automated" Alice of the title is a robotic Alice; the differences and interactions between Alice Liddell, Alice "in Wonderland," and "Automated" Alice are used to form an interesting central metaphor.
I recommend this book highly. It's clever, fun, and intriguing.
While Automated Alice promises much in it's early chapters, Noon is unable to deliver more than the occasional clever wordplay. The plot is unfulfilling, almost contrived at points. He tries hard to create the same bizarre feel that Carroll's books have, but is unsuccessful; instead Automated Alice feels frantic and unintelligible. The idea was great, but the delivery was poor.
Clearly the reviewer who wrote a wonderfully detailed review three sentences long has no idea who Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson was, or any concept of use of nonsensical verse, and probably not much appreciation for any sort of wordplay. Honey, you're missing out.
'Automated Alice' is a lovely tied-in sidetrack to the worlds of 'Vurt' and Noon's other novels. If you like either Noon or Carroll (or even better and highly probable - BOTH), chances are you'll like this. It's playful, very funny, and means only well. Don't overanalyze it, or take it too seriously - it's a fun read, and particularly good if you want to kill an hour but not with anything heavy-hitting that requires a high degree of cranial chewing. That's not to say there's nothing to analyze, but you don't have to to enjoy it. After all, that's what fiction's for.
I'm sure if Carroll was alive, he'd have a chuckle at this one.
Top reviews from other countries
Automated Alice is very dull in comparison , just a random series of events without any sort of underlying consistent world