Book Review: Wonderland

What is it?

The front cover sums it up best – An anthology of works inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Who’s the writer?

It’s edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane. Contributing authors include M.R. Carey, Lilith Saintcrow, Juliet Marillier, Jane Yolen.

What’s it about?

Its fair to say Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland inspires a mix of reactions. From the sheer joy of the nonsense and word play, to more reserved reactions to the violence and uncertainty of Wonderland.

It is a book that has inspired all manner of retellings and spin offs. From a Disney cartoon, to the twisted, murderous Old City of Christina Henry’s Alice universe and even Batman villains.

This anthology brings together a wide variety of short stories that demonstrate just how much Alice has been welcomed into the creative psyche of so many authors. With so many fascinating and engaging stories its hard to pick any favourites, so I’m not going to.

Is it any good?

If you embrace all things Alice; the nonsense, the wonderment and the dark this is a great read. With sci-fi, horror and fantasy rooted takes on Lewis Carroll’s leading lady there is something that is bound to intrigue those who look for any opportunity to jump back down the rabbit hole.

Published by Eddie Bar

Fantasy storyteller, reader and wargamer.

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