Automated Alice (Vurt #3)
Nello stile Noon si rifà a Carroll, ma aggiunge anche del suo. Se da una parte ci sono indovinelli, giochi di parole e riferimenti all'opera originaria, dall'altra ci sono anche diversi riferimenti culturali moderni nonché agli altri libri dell'autore e una trama che lega tutto e dà un senso anche al nonsenso.
Se dovessi giudicare lo svolgimento della storia forse non sarei così entusiasta: Alice viaggia nel tempo attraverso...more
Life and daydreams merge; the far past meets one of the futures, and beautiful things ensue.
Alice is one of two and part of a cast of dozens, and the words twist and turn like spaghetti, which creates the disconcerting of living inside someones stream of consciousness, yet such is the author's skill that the meaning is never lost and the flow is always smooth, and we arrive at our destination, which is pretty much exactly where...more
Poor Alice is alone, bored, and sleepy in her Great Aunt Ermintrude's house in rainy Manchester, but she is quickly swept away into another world as she follows Whippoorwill, "a green-and-yellow-plumed parrot with a bright ora...more
But it reads a little too much like a YA book (where the actual Alice books don't, of course, because there was no such thing when Carroll wrote them), and behaves a little too much like 'nudge-nudge wink-wink aren't we all so clever for understanding the pop-culture references' between author and reader. The cutesy charact...more
I really, really enjoyed Automated Alice as a fun literary experiment (this is the first book I read by Jeff Noon).
Though some (actually, most) of the present-time references are extremely cheesy, I suspect Noon did this totally on purpose. It's not as much a sci-fi twist on an [im]possible treacle trequel of the Alice...more
Overall I was disappointed by the book. The way it was written stayed way too close to the original tale. The plot references to the original story were incredibly overt, like hitting someone in the arm and going LOOK, I MADE A JOKE instead of being clever about it. The pl...more
While staying with her Aunt and Uncle in Manchester, Alice, bored with her jigsaw puzzle and dreading her impending English lesson on ellipses, releases her Aunt's parrot from his cage. The naughty bird flies up into the grandfather clock...more
This book is very good, if you liked the other Alice books you will like this too (unless you are a nostalgia lover). I read this book's translation to Turkish but even in translation I was amazed by the great language games.
If you are looking for something to read you can read this, it was fine.
Jeff noon has captured the questioning humourous tone and like the original two books its plot is just a random set of occurances strung together by a overall thread. He also loves puns and they are numerous throughout the book I personally think that this silly humour is really inkeeping, but it may not be for everyone.
This is quite a short book with small chapters which m...more
An interesting read, but if you really love Alice in Wonderland you're probably going to be happier rereading the original stories.
This book was a bit of a disappointment. Although the author had caught the Lewis Carroll tone, the wimsey was a bit laboured at times, and the puns over-explained.
It was great that...more
I am unaccustomed to feeling stupid. But this book made me feel like I was missing the point. The author was described to me as some earth-changing genius, and this book seemed to wander aimlessly and not go anywhere. So I assume I am just stupid and di...more
He studied fine art and drama at Manchester University and was subsequently appointed writer in residence at the city's Royal Exchange theatre. But Noon did not stay too long in the theatrical world, possibly because the realism associated with the theatre was not conducive to the fant...more