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Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland

(Steampunk Fairy Tales #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  896 ratings  ·  225 reviews
To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 7th 2017 by Clockpunk Press
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I love Alice in Wonderland, and I came across this steampunk version quite unexpectedly, and I became rather curious. I mean, a steampunk Alice? This has to be read to be believed. You definitely get the feel of the original story, but this one includes other scenes, and really, it kind of goes off the beaten track.
I love that the Jabberwocky is a pretty prominent character. As a child, my parents used to read me The Jabberwocky as a bedtime treat, so it holds much history for me. The Jabberwoc
Amber J
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I love retellings. So when I saw this steampunk retelling series. I was so excited and thought I was going to love it. I was wrong. It was ok. It was a quick read and had a lot of references to the original tale. It also was definitely steampunk, but still, I just didn't love it. Which really is sad cause I
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gave-4-5-stars
I received this book in a subscription box, and I am so glad that I did! Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story itself was also well worth it! The only issue I took was the constant back and forth from past and present, as well as the repetitiveness that happened; while it was important for us to know all those details, I would have preferred more moments in the present, getting to see things develop between Alice and William. Those moments between them, however, are so well done that I s ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the start! This book is a true delight.

Melanie Karsak paints a beautiful and engaging world in her novel Curiouser and Curiouser. This steampunk fairytale retelling of Alice in Wonderland is riveting and beautifully told. The blend between original and reimagined is fantastic. This new colorful world of mechanical creatures and airships is peppered with dialogue from the original story to create an endearing connection between old and new. Instead of a trip down a rabbit hole i
Lisa Lynch
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it

I have a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland retellings. I've read every single one I have found and was excited to pick up Melanie Karsak's Curiouser and Curiouser despite knowing full well the risk I was taking. With this book being both an Alice in Wonderland retelling and a steampunk Alice in Wonderland retelling, I had a feeling that, more likely than not, this bo
Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)
I never read anything that has to do with Steampunk. I know what steampunk is but I've never fully looked into the subject matter. I saw this and since I haven't read many Alice in Wonderland retellings

So down the rabbit hole I go.

This was an different approach to the fairy tale. It's not your typical Disney movie.

Alice aka Bandersnatch use to work for the Jabberwokey after he got her and her sister out of a London factory. As soon as she could she got her and her sister out of that life and has
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was so good and added that amazing extra atmosphere to the original tale of Alice in Wonderland.
Jammin Jenny
I loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. We've got Jabberwocky, Caterpillar, Alice, a mechanical Cheshire cat, and of course the Queen of Hearts (who turns out to drink blood). In the first scene we meet her she's chopping off dead people's heads. Great story especially if you like steampunk fairy tales! ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
4.5 Stars

Curiouser and Curiouser is yet another hit from Melaine Karsak, one of my favorite authors. In this she takes the story of Alice in Wonderland and turns it on its head, adding something altogether new to a story very familiar with retellings.

Most readers are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, and it’s tale of whimsy. It’s off the charts strange at times, and full of characters that fit the definition of unique. Curiouser and Curiouser actually turn that tale of fantasy into something a
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I have always wanted a Steampunk Alice, this book isn't quite what I had in mind but WOW, this was so much better and so unique! The story doesn't exactly follow the Alice in Wonderland story but it does. You get the feel of the story but it's just done so different. The people in the story are all from Alice. You have the Caterpillar, Hatter, Ellie, The Queen of Hearts, The White Queen, Cheshire, Dinah, Jack and a few more. I just loved how this was done and it's an awesome love story with a re ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love it!!!! Wonderful smashup of Alice the Bandersnatch, a criminal in recovery! Love, intrigue, intrepid heroine, clockwork cat, airship pirates, and a nasty villain.
Donald Firesmith
Really enjoyed it. Highly creative and great characters.
Izzie d
An interesting retelling.
Alice and William.
No cheating.
No intimate scenes.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Karsak does particularly well with her world-building, to the extent that this feels like an established universe. The timeline bounces back and forth, between the present and the various incidents which brought Alice to where she is. It’s an approach which could easily be disruptive, but I felt this was admirably pulled off, and balanced nicely.

I was, however, a bit disappointed that much of the book seems to be directed towards a final-act
Wendy Lohr
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile:

Teapots, flamingos, whimsy, and chaos... it's all in this book that is a kind of retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland but with many differences that assist in making it it's own story. All of the beloved characters make an appearance in some form or fashion and Alice is recreated to be a strong heroine that is intelligent and resourceful, but makes mistakes.

This is a story of adv
Curious indeed, and a fantastic read. Imagine a fusion between Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist. It's that compelling. And witty, adventurous and clever.

As I was reading about the characters, I had the impression that there might have been another book before this one. Whatever the case, the facts that linked them in the past and how those affected their present situation were being clearly described so there was no detriment to the flow of the story and I quickly became engrossed. Then I re
A fantastically dark Alice with a steam punk flare!

William chuckled. “Shall we take it all in?”
Barely able to breathe, I nodded.
“Now, there is my Alice,” he said softly. “Her curious eyes open wide.”
I smiled. “It’s a wonderland.”

As soon as I saw the cover for Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak, I knew I had to read it! Imaginative fractured fairy tales are one of my favorite genres and I have loved Alice in Wonderland tales since my childhood. I’d never previously picked up anything by t
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Steampunk Fairy Tales. There are five books in this series. I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited.

Story (5/5): This is a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It mainly follows Alice (aka Bandersnatch) who has decided to leave her life of crime and make an honest living as a maid. Unfortunately, her childhood friend, Caterpillar (aka William), is in trouble with the Queen of Hearts. Alice gets drawn back into nefarious activities that on
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories ever. Or better said: It's one of my favorite worlds and concepts ever. I've read a lot of retellings during the last few years, some better than others, but I don't think I came across a Steampunk one yet. Let me start this review with the fact that I'm not that into Steampunk and don't know that much about it, but I was curious anyway.

And although the book is totally not bad, it's written quite well and especially Alice is very clearly recognis
I received this from the author for a review.

I loved it. I wish it had been longer, but I still enjoyed it.

Alice has got away from a life of crime and is working for a Lord. When her sisters suitor is beaten up for gambling Alice ends up doing a job to save him, which puts her back in the fold with her true love. She ends up doing one last job for the man she loves .

The story starts with the theft of a pocket watch and Alice finds herself once again down the rabbit hole. From start to finish
I received this complimentary audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

Retellings are typically hit or miss for me and Curiouser and Curiouser was a hit. It was short, so it didn't get overwhelming with the crazy worldbuilding that it certainly could have been, as a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland. But, it was just enough to enjoy the characters and enjoy the spin on the story.

The story takes place in basically Victorian London, in a steampunk fashion. There were airships (and an ai
Katherine Paschal
**3.5 Stars**
I really enjoyed this version of the Alice and Wonderland fairytale, with Alice escaping her life of crime just to be brought back in. All the characters from the original story were involved in the story in some way or another, but as humans. And there were tons of fun references to all the other Wonderland elements which made it fun to find the subtle clues. The world was fun with all kinds of steampunk gadgets, transportations and even a mechanical grinning cat- as well as some t
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Alice made a clean break from a life of crime. In the process she lost the love of her life. Something happened and Alice got sucked back into the life she tried to get away from. I liked the organized crime part of the story. It was an interesting twist. There were a few flashback scenes that explained why Alice chose a different path in life. Her reasons for leaving were solid ones. The romance was good. I liked Alice and William together. It definitely had a YA vibe because they loved each ot ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride! I'm new to steampunk and also to Melanie Karsak, but it didn't take long to get into the thick of the plot. Ms Karsak took a classic story and turned it on it's side, then ran with it. In this story, she has turned Alice into a reformed thief who turned from the dark life to a respectable assistant to a wealthy man. She still misses the love of her life, who she left when she left her dark past behind her. But she soon is drawn back into his ways, unwillingly made part of a gra ...more
Daniela Medeiros
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so ready to be blown away by this! I am always looking for Alice In Wonderland retellings and a steampunk version of Alice sounded just perfect! Alas, I was a bit disappointed. Right from the beginning, this is so full of spelling errors, I can't believe someone even proofread this... The plot also feels rushed and everything is so easily resolved, it lacks depth.
However, the characters are likeable and the brutality of the Queen of Hearts was one of my favourite things.
One of the best pa
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

This was a steampunk retelling of Alice in Wonderland in which Alice Lewis, a bit of a Mary Sue "guttersnipe," is drawn back from a life she had hoped she had left behind. The story starts out smashingly, with the good-hearted Alice, aka "The Bandersnatch" rescuing her sister Bess's beloved Hatter from a horrible fate due to unpaid gambling debts by agreeing to use her skill set to commit an audacious crime. The characters redrawn from Carroll's Alice were interesting but the romance a
Shannon Ross
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I can honestly say this is a nice new twist on one of my favorite fairytales. I loved that it took on a more adult rated version of Alice. The story is a quick read that left me wanting more of Ms. Karsak's fairytales. I hope to see more of bandersnstch and catapiller, but also excited to see what she has in store for Red, Cinder, Belle, and maybe even Tink..who knows. I loved how the original references of Lewis's works were woven i ...more
Ruby McDemon
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, arc
This was a really different and dark Alice. I LOVED IT! The original Alice in Wonderland was twisted, but this brought it to a whole new level and made it gloriously dark. Melanie took a wonderful story and made an amazing twisting maze of a story that was even better than the original in my opinion. Lesley did a wonderful job narrating with her lovely accent and wonderful way of injecting so many emotions into the words she read.
Hannah Feild
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think 3 1/2 stars is more accurate, but I rounded up. This was a slightly-steampunk take on Alice In Wonderland, and, with the exception of a certain Queen of Hearts, was cute and a fun read. I do feel that it wrapped up a bit too quickly and I would like to know what the voice said. I enjoyed the nods to the original Alice In Wonderland but do wish it was more steampunk than it is. Worth reading though, absolutely!
Raquel (Silver Valkyrie Reads)
Since I read Beauty and Beastly first I was surprised by how dark and disturbing this book was. At first I was put off by it, but by the end I think I was okay with the way the subject material was handled. Definitely avoid this book if you consider yourself a sensitive reader though.
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical fantasy author Melanie Karsak is the author of the Celtic Blood series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, Steampunk Fairy Tales, the Road to Valhalla Series, and other works of fantasy and fiction. The author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

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