(Re)Visions: Alice is a collection of five stories, including the original Alice in Wonderland. The remaining four stories are retellings, some more e(Re)Visions: Alice is a collection of five stories, including the original Alice in Wonderland. The remaining four stories are retellings, some more easily recognized than others, as a spatiotemporal amalgams of the original. They are all twisted and surprising, but in different ways, and the final judgment will depend on the reader's taste.
What Aelister Found Here by Kaye Chazan is about a boy, who escapes from home, and finds himself as the young protégé of a Duke in London. The world he sees and the world he lives are strangely related, but separate, with what he learns to be Magic. Like the original tale, Aelister's is not one easily understood or made sense of, but the dark, twisted story leaves the reader with goosebumps.
House of Cards by Amanda Ching is ultimately about a servant and the mysterious disappearance of the corpse of the master of the house form its grave. A more realistic take on the magical aspects of the tale, House of Cards is perhaps the most upsetting and sad retelling in the collection. It is about love lost, life wasted in service to undeserving people, and Alice, lost.
Knave by Hilary Thomas is a perfectly crafted noir take on Wonderland, where crime bosses flaunt their powers and their men do the dirty work behind closed doors, and a daring newcomer, Alice, steals the show, and our main man's heart, as she guns her way out of Wonderland.
The World in a Thimble by C.A. Young is as slippery as the original tale, a bit too surreal and confused, and a crazy acid trip from beginning to end. Perhaps the best of the tales to make use of the shrinking, shape-shifting aspects of the original, Thimble is humorous and entertaining, though ultimately existentialist.
The collection is a successful bundle of widely ranging styles and takes on the original Alice in Wonderland, each story adding a distinct flavor to the classic, and taking the multi-layered experience to another level.
I highly recommend (Re)Visions: Alice to anyone who likes the original tale, and enjoys short stories that bend and twist the imagination.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review....more
I have not read anything by Connie Willis before, so now I am certainly going to read more. I also have not been so sad for having finished a book inI have not read anything by Connie Willis before, so now I am certainly going to read more. I also have not been so sad for having finished a book in a long time. The book is about one man's search for the elusive Bishop's bird stump. Now, if you did not understand the previous sentence, that's alright. The search will continue. And there will be a boat, a dog (who likes to snore, a lot!), three men in a boat (to say nothing of the dog!), Darwin, drownings, many many many different kinds of fish, the river Thames, many many dresses with ruffles, a cat (who likes to eat all kinds of fish), a butler (who likes to read books!), a lady (who likes to talk with the spirits), oh, and, time travel, of course. Waterloo and Napoleon will be discussed often. And the signing of the Magna Carta. And if a single act and a single character can change the course of history, or a single cat. There will be a series of women who resemble other women in the way they talk, walk, demand, and argue. And it will all make one humorous romp of a tangled story that goes from 2057 to 1888 to 1395 to 2018 to 2057 to 1888. And in the middle of it all, one pivotal, hideous bird stump. Oh, and how can I forget, the butler! In fact, two very able butlers. This book made me laugh out loud many times, made me wish I had a butler named Baine or Finch, contemplate owning a dog, wish I could linger in the Victorian times and travel down some river on a boat, and is the reason why I will read Three Man on a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. ...more