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Random Magic

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Beach Books, LLC (first published November 16th 2008)
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Oct 31, 2010 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it did not like it
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Misha
Dec 21, 2010 Misha rated it it was amazing
If I say that I have never read anything like this before, I won't be wrong. Random Magic is one of the most original novel I have read recently.
I loved the characterization. I felt as if I knew Winnie and Henry - I really grew attached to them. There were times when I felt annoyed and exasperated at Henry for his cowardice, yet I warmed up to him eventually. This was mainly because he is not like the usual male protagonists. (Or maybe I like men being weak....hmm..) We usually have females beha
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Misty
When I first started Random Magic, I was pretty enthused. I'd been chatting with the author, and her emails were hilarious and scattered in a fun, quirky way, and the book seemed much like those emails. It was quirky and scattered and absurd and random for sure, and I look a good bit of quirky/absurd/random in my life. (quirksurdom?) The book was more sort of a series of weird little vignettes that were connected by this search for Alice (of Wonderland fame), and for about 1/3 of the book, I was ...more
Emily
Dec 10, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
. I'm happy to say that the real experience of reading the book lived up to the vicarious one of hearing what other people thought of it.

First off, though, and this should definitely count as fair warning; this is not a book to read when you're tired, or when your brain is not functioning at maximum capacity. There is a lot of doublespeak, entendre, verbal acrobatics, and general mayhem woven into each and every page. No element of a published book is safe from the author's wacky sense of humor-
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
The family solicitor has been called because Henry has been missing for three weeks. The usual suspects have been gathered and then a strange little girl with blond hair and a pinafore appears out of nowhere. She is, without a doubt, Alice, from the beloved children's classic. Alice explains that Henry is where Henry should be, where he went years ago when Alice herself was misplaced by Professor Random, a teacher at Henry's school. She then recounts the tale of how Henry saved the world by find ...more
Lady Rogue
Oct 15, 2010 Lady Rogue rated it liked it
When the author contacted me and requested her book to be reviewed, I wasn't sure if I wanted to review it. She informed me or should I say warned me?, that it was a bit "off the wall" and probably not for everyone. So, I was a little hesitant. But after several correspondences with her, with her quirky and carefree attitude, I couldn't help but be enchanted by her and curious about her book. So, I accepted the request. After reading it, I can honestly say, without a doubt, I have never read any ...more
Bewitched Bookworms
Nov 03, 2010 Bewitched Bookworms rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-posted
I don’t know how on earth to describe this book. I’d like to say that I understood it. I’d really like to hang out with the cool kids and their thick glasses and say it was tre’ cool. But folks, that would be lying. And in my opinion you shouldn’t lie when giving a review.

I just didn’t get it.

Read the full review here.
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 16, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Plot:

It just has to be read, but I can give it a try. Alice in Wonderland has gone missing, and Henry Whiterspoon is sent to find her. In a strange land he encounters a young doodle witch named Winnie, gods, demigods, floating cities, and all kinds of weird things.


My thoughts:

By now you have noticed that this is one strange book. Think Alice in Wonderland meets The Hitchhikers' guide to the and whatever other book that is filled with humour and nonsense.


I enjoyed this book because it was just so
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Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
Jan 19, 2011 Amanda-Lee (StoryWings) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, review-book, fantasy
I am still actually trying to look for the words to describe Random Magic, other than completely random.

Random Magic follows the story of Henry and Winnie on their search for Alice from the book, Alice in Wonderland. She escaped from the pages of her book into the pages of another.

Henry provided the human eyes to view the story through. Being a smart kid and extremely observant the train of thought we gleaned from being in his perspective made you feel like you were walking along side the pair a
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Aimee
Oct 19, 2009 Aimee rated it liked it
What is that, you say? A book that can be described as Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter? YES PLEASE!

Random Magic by Sasha Soren is a firecracker box crammed full of crayon-colourful, whizz-happy tricks. I was so excited to be accepted as part of the somewhat extensive blog tour for this book I almost wet my pants. Figuratively, of course.
And the care package I received upon acceptance into the tour did little to quash my anticipation - there were chocolates, rubber duckies and a symbolic (
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McKenzie
Aug 16, 2010 McKenzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Professor Random has somehow managed to misplace Alice. Yes, that one. Now poor Henry Witherspoon (I've been reading a lot of books that involve that name Witherspoon!) has to go off in search of her. When he gets to this new world, he meets Winnie Flapjack, a doodle-witch. Along their quest they brave numerous indescribable creatures and people, all while forming a quirky connection.

First off, I did not think I was going to be able to make it through this book at all. Based on the first 40 page
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Allison (Well-Read Reviews)
Oct 08, 2009 Allison (Well-Read Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved Harry Potter or a Series of Unfortunate Events.
Recommended to Allison (Well-Read Reviews) by: The author.
Random Magic is truly.. random. The first chapter seems to be off the wall and hard to understand – but only at first. One must continue reading to fully grasp the quirky, eccentric, and brilliant style that is Sasha Soren. (It also helps to have a dictionary handy).

Once Henry comes into the picture, the book (for me) read with much more ease. As a student at (enter long-quirky-title-here), his professor, Professor Random, insists that he misplaced Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Yes, the profes
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Crystal
Jul 12, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok
This book was sent to me from the author. It sounded like it would be an amazing book because it is a vague re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, except our protagonists are on an adventure to try to find Alice and stick her back into her own story. So, I thought I'd give it a read and offer an honest opinion. :)

The title, "Random Magic," pretty much sums up this book. It is INCREDIBLY random and there is magic on every page. It is one of the ultimate fantasy books in that it has everything - vampi
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Moonlight Gleam
May 16, 2011 Moonlight Gleam rated it it was amazing
After misplacing Alice from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, Henry is sent off by Professor Random into the pages of another book to find her. Henry lands in the story, forgetting his compass, and now having no way to get back. Upon arrival, he meets Winnie Flapjack, a doodle-witch who agrees to help him on his quest to find Alice.

Together the pair search high and low, encounter strange creatures in forests, seek help by vampires, face a group of pirates, and challenge a furious red queen, to f
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Bonnie
When I picked up my copy of Random Magic I only had a vague idea of what to expect and that was pirates, magic, and fantasy. I got those three things and more. Random Magic is what I like to call Alice Fantasy because it’s not exactly definable by genre, but at the same time comes across as being inspired by Alice in Wonderland; that sort of surreal setting where the world hasn’t the logic of our own reality, but a logic of the unreal, and is a story that will throw the unexpected at you and kee ...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Sep 09, 2009 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it really liked it
Random Magic, stays true to it's title, it's truly random yet magical at the same time. It's based on the character Alice, which we all know from Alice and Wonderland. Henry Witherspoon misplaces Alice, and starts to frantically look for her. He then meets Winnie which would go to the end of the world to find her. The beginning of the book started out a little slow but eventually picked up when Winnie and Henry start a search party for Alice. They went through a crazy journey trying to find her. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This was not our cup of tea. It was too random for us to follow along and we felt lost on what we were reading.

Here's the review that Sophie & I (Katie) did together for our Random Magic Blog Tour, which was set up like a coffee chat:

We're today's stop (12/19/10) in the Winter Longing blog tour for Sasha Soren's Random Magic. Sophie and I thought it would be fun to mix up our reviews a bit, which resulted in our coffee chat style review:

Characters -
S-They were fun and whimsical for sure but
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Emily Polson
Jun 17, 2014 Emily Polson rated it it was ok
*I received this book as a gift from the author to review for a blog/YouTube book review tour.*

I must admit, I thought the ending was fairly cute, and there was one small section in the second half I want to frame and put on my wall so I can admire it forever and always. But the rest was a lot of adventures and fairytale/mythology/historical figure references and *random* happenings without reason to them. The plot advanced very little, because the plot did not have far to go. So I felt like a l
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Jen
Oct 28, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
My Thoughts: Let me preface this review with a little about Sasha Soren. She is definitely one of the quirkiest, most wonderfully random people I've met in my very few months as a reviewer. This is a good thing, you guys. She possesses an uncanny attention to detail and a deep love for her characters. I knew when I cracked open Random Magic, that I would have a bunch of in-your-face, clever quips and humor.

At the risk of being entirely cliche and corny stating the obvious, Random Magic is very m
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cecilia
May 28, 2011 cecilia rated it liked it
Random Magic is just that: Randomagical – and definitely for the whimsiest of minds! At first I hesitated to continue reading as Chapter 1 seemed like a whole lot of randomness that I was entirely unprepared for – but by the time Henry and Winnie meet in Chapter 3, I settle in quite nicely into this bizarre world that somehow makes sense in its nonsense. I always enjoy a good play on words and ideas – and Random Magic definitely has a party with them! There is quite the colorful cast of epic pro ...more
Chrystal
Aug 07, 2011 Chrystal rated it really liked it
This will be a quite long review as I have chosen to write my thoughts on the chapters along the way. I've divided it by groups of five chapters at a time. Hope you enjoy my new and interesting way to review! I'd say this book is a mixture of being in Wonderland with Harry Potteresque characters and adventuring along like in The Neverending Story. There are so many references to pop culture (The Beatles and The Blair Witch Project) and I am sure that I missed a few along the way. Very hard to wr ...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Oct 31, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing
Of late the thump of books coming through my mail slot has become a very frequent and delightful sound. I love three things above all else as worldly pleasures, cats, books and food, so naturally surprise packages of books (who doesn't love real mail after all?) are the highlight of my afternoons.


So imagine my surprise when one of these packages opened up to this! This was not just a book delivery but an experience. As I unwound wrapping paper and iridescent tinsel I have to say I was strongly r
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Majanka
Oct 19, 2011 Majanka rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I was contacted about Random Magic a couple of weeks ago, and I was quite excited to be part of the tour. It was only when I visited the RMT Tour – Pirates! website that I realized the author has been touring with Random Magic on and off for the last year. It must have really taken a lot of time and effort, and I find it pretty amazing and wonderful that someone goes through all that trouble to promote their book. It shows that the author really loves his work, and is still as passionate about i ...more
Natalie
May 18, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fun lovers
Recommended to Natalie by: Lyrika
Shelves: favorites, own
I feel that I have to make a note of the fact that I was smiling before I opened the book, and laughing before I started the first chapter. The author's zany wrapping techniques had me smiling and the whimsical "Advance praise for Random Magic by raving loonies" had me laughing. The package containing this book arrived wrapped in blue paper with an excess of tape. Once I got past the tape (I had to have help), there were layers of tissue paper, a rubber duck, two teabags and a piece of chocolate ...more
Jools
Jul 30, 2012 Jools rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book for review by the very lovely Sasha Soren, and so this review is part of a series of reviews that will be online this week. If you look in the description box you’ll find links to the others. Each review contains a secret. If you collect all the secrets, you can enter a prize draw for a copy of the book and lots of goodies. The secret in my video will be obvious because this handy symbol will appear, as if by magic. The prize draw is open to all and ends 15th August 2012.

Rev
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Professor Random has sneezed Alice right out of Wonderland. He sends young Henry Witherspoon into the book to find her and put her in her place before the world as we know it comes to an end. But Henry accidentally gets sent into the wrong book. Luckily, he meets the unflappable doodle witch, Winnie Flapjack, who takes him under her wing and helps him find his missing Alice.

This book is for those people who actually believe that it's about the journey and not the destination. Me? I just want to
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Alex Bennett
Oct 25, 2010 Alex Bennett rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Random Magic looked totally and completely cute. And it was, it was a whimsical, light read that kept you wanting to read more the entire time. Though, it was a lot more in-depth and complex than I would have thought it to be. It is certainly a different breed of book.

Winnie and Henry are great characters, Winnie especially. She is quirky and funny, and keeps you wanting to read, even when you are thinking about setting the book down. Henry, though he starts off timid and shy, blossoms as a char
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Freda Labianca
Jan 15, 2016 Freda Labianca rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great writing but just an okay story. That's my lasting impression. I think I set my expectations too high before reading it and maybe that's why I feel this way.
First, like pulling off a bandage, I'll tell you what I didn't like.
I wasn't crazy about the story. It had great characters, and a variety like you wouldn't believe, but even with a set plot, I felt like it didn't always go somewhere. I often wondered why this was going that way and sometimes felt lost. As lost as Alice. But then, beca
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Andrea
Dec 11, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
The Little Bookworm

Professor Random has somehow lost the main character from Alice in Wonderland and sends Henry to find her. Henry meets Winnie, a doodle witch, who leads them a series of crazy misadventures in search of Alice.

I believe the word I'm looking for is random, very, very random. Because that is what a lot of this book is, RANDOM. At first, I wasn't sure because it seemed so all over the place, but after I got into the groove and understood where the author was going, I liked it. I
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Breefolk
Oct 27, 2010 Breefolk marked it as to-read
I have been looking for a full copy of this since Sasha contacted me about it many years ago. I read the first chapter and knew that it would make an excellent novel. Now that I know where to get a copy, I will have to see about getting one. Does anyone know if an audio version was ultimately made?
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