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“I have it on very good authority that a muse must have their heart broken six times before they can die.”


Alice Liddell was the muse for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. But before the book was published, a rift opened between Carroll and the Liddell family. Also dubbed the “Liddell Riddle,” historians still speculate as to what happened to separate the famous author a
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Published April 10th 2019 by Annorlunda Books
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Bandit
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Once upon a time there lived a mild mannered math teacher who loved nothing more than to spend time with and photograph (occasionally naked) children. How creepy does that sound? According to Michelle Rene not at all. And so in this tale of a relationship that inspired one of the most famous and most beloved children stories of all time she solves the Liddell Riddle to prove that Alice and Mr. Do Do Dodgson were the best of friends for a time and nothing more, a friendship that ended sadly and a ...more
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to analyze Alice in Wonderland? It’s been picked apart by Freudians and other critics who look through its fantasy and fancy searching for deeper meanings Carroll likely didn’t intend. Still, there remains an aura of mystery surrounding Alice in Wonderland and its enigmatic author that compels us to dig into the story. In the Dodo Knight, Michelle Rene imagines the real Alice Lidell’s perspective on Lewis Carroll, known to her as Uncle Dodo.
Mr. Dodgson, a math professor at
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Natalie Waddell-Rutter
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book perfectly encapsulates the goal of historical fiction - it made me feel like it was written by someone who was there and it put me right in the middle of the story. In this case, the story was told from the point of view of Alice Liddell, focusing on her time growing up with Charles Dodgson. It felt so real, I had to remind myself the story was fiction. Of course, it's written about a real person and taken from real events, but the details are made up.

The length was perfect as well. It
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Katreader
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE DODO KNIGHT by Michelle Rene

While most people are familiar with Lewis Carroll and his famous Alice books, not many know of the relationship between Charles Dodgson and Alice Liddell. And no one knows why their relationship crumbled. In this novella Rene poses one possible reason. Told through the eyes of young Alice Liddell we see how Charles, better known today as Lewis Carroll, loved games and nonsense and was more comfortable with children than adults. And we see how he was inspired to cr
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April Gray
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I quite enjoyed this story, it seems a plausible explanation for the rift between Charles Dodgson and the Liddell family. It's beautifully written, and brings to life the people involved in the story. I could feel Alice's joy and heartbreak throughout the book. The author's afterward gives an overview of what was historically accurate in the narrative, and what she imagined and filled in herself. The only thing not mentioned were the other children- there were ten children in the Liddell family, ...more
Rene Bard
The Dodo Knight is a beautifully-written novella that presents a rosy view of the near scandalous break between Charles Dodgson (known more widely as Lewis Carroll, the writer of the Alice in Wonderland stories) and the Liddell family due to some impropriety between Dodgson and his muse, the child Alice Liddell. The story is told from Alice's POV as an elderly woman recalling her past. Sadness permeates the story as the author implies Dodgson might never have written his famous books had he not ...more
Laura
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Not going to lie, I don’t know a whole lot about Alice in Wonderland. Or much about Lewis Carroll. That being said it, it wasn’t needed to enjoy this story. This is the second story I have read by the Author and I am really enjoying her style and way of building these worlds up.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Publisher. Does not affect my work)
Suzanne Garrison
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining

A delightful quick read. It is easy to accept Right’s version as “the truth”. For some reason I’ve always pictured Liddell Ada it of a spoiled brat, but Right’s book has made her much more human.
Jane
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm a huge Alice fan (the book/ephemera collection is taking over my house...) so was interested to read this. An interesting look at the relationship between Alice and Dodgson from her point of view but nothing really new for me here. ...more
Kelly
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Janet Shawgo
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dodo Knight is one of those books to enjoy and you'll want to read again. I enjoyed the characters and development of the story. Take time to read and enjoy this novel. ...more
Suki Jantzen
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely delightful!

This is, simply, a beautifully written book. And, yes, dear author, you did, indeed, do your job. Thank you for the clarification at the end.
Alice
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is such a delightful little book. It's about the time that Charles Dodgson got to spend with the Liddell's through Alice's POV. It also adresses the possibility of what could have happened between him and her family in a more accurate, believable way.

You can tell the author really cares about this subject because she does a really good job in portraying Charles' charismatic and quirky personality. I also enjoyed Alice's personality, how she is aware and smart for her age.

Besides very few
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Disclaimer: Can't rate because I edited this. What I can say is this is a charming story that will appeal to those who love the enduring world of Alice and the white rabbit et al. ...more
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Michelle Rene is a creative advocate and the author of a number of published works of historical fiction and speculative fiction.


She has won multiple indie awards. Her novel, Hour Glass, won Chanticleer Review’s “Best Book of the Year” award in 2018. Her experimental novella, Tattoo, was a Foreword Review’s Indies finalist for fantasy. The Dodo Knight, a historical novella, placed as a finalist w
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