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From the greatest names in fantasy and horror comes an anthology of stories inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in an anthology that bends the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll's classic novel. Contributors include the bestselling M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Catriona Ward, Rio Youers and L.L. McKin
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Titan Books
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Dannii Elle
Anything Alice inspired always has a place in my heart, regardless, but I thoroughly enjoyed the contents of this anthology of Alice inspired short stories. I don't believe any of the authors were ones I had previously read from, so this had the dual appeal of providing me with a sample of their work and a list of future authors to read from. Not all of the contents appealed, as is to be expected with an anthology of such disparate authors and genres, but the majority did and I appreciated the u ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
While I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been the biggest fan of the original source material, there’s something about the world of Wonderland that draws me in over and over again through retellings; I can never seem to get enough, so when I heard an entire anthology was being released of dark fantasy and horror stories themed around Alice and her adventures, I couldn’t get my hands on a copy soon enough! I’m so pleased to say that it was everything I hoped it would be. Many anthologies ...more
Umairah | Sereadipity
Overall Rating: 3.75 stars

Wonderland was a magical anthology full of short stories inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. All the stories managed to capture the wondrous yet morbid whimsy of Wonderland as they were full of imagination and followed no rules. It was a mixed bag- some were amazing and some not so much. Here's a brief summary of the stories and my thoughts on them:

Alice in Armour by Jane Yolen- 3 stars:


This was an amusing poem which I liked but it
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Lauren
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐ Let's go down the rabbit hole to my Wonderland review! Whilst I absolutely loved a few of the stories in Wonderland, some just weren't for me. Some of the stories were a definite 5 star for me but others weren't. I could only give this Anthology a 3.5 rating max. My particular favourites from Wonderland were: There were no Birds to Fly by M.R. Carey, The White Queen's Dictum by James Lovegrove and About Time by George Mann. These stories are full of Monsters, horror, twists and turns and a ...more
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Huge thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! ****


As soon as I read the description for this one I was pretty excited! I’m a big fan of retellings, especially Alice in Wonderland retellings, and horror. So an anthology of horror based Alice re-imaginings sounded fantastic! I was pleased with a good majority of the stories and I had a blast reading
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Sarah
An anthology of stories inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland already jumps straight to the top of my wish list but then you tell me it includes stories from authors like Juliet Marillier & L.L. McKinney and I just get even more excited about it! This book includes a collection of 17 short stories and 2 poems that were all inspired by Alice and her adventures and written by some very well known writers: Jane Yolen, Robert Shearman, M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Cavan Scott, Juliet Marilli ...more
The Nerd Daily
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Carolyn Percy

Featuring short stories from M.R. Carey, Mark Chadbourn, Genevieve Cogman, Jonathan Green, Alison Littlewood, James Lovegrove, L.L. McKinney, George Mann, Juliet Marillier, Laura Mauro, Cat Rambo, Lilith Saintcrow, Cavan Scott, Robert Shearman, Angela Slatter, Catriona Ward, Jane Yolen, and Rio Youers. Edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane.

You think you know Alice in Wonderland? Think again. The stories within these pages will take
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Beth The Vampire
Beyond the world of mortal man lies a place called Wonderland. A place of visions both delightful and dark, where marvels ride the winds and evils claim the shadows.

It's a wonder that Alice in Wonderland continues to have an impact on modern writing and literature. There is something completely captivating about the young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland. Who has tea with mice and hares, and chases a white rabbit all the way to the Red Queen. From the absurdity of it a
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Justine
Anthologies are really tough to rate! With different stories from different authors, it's really difficult to figure out what to rate the actual collection.

This book is, as the title implies, a collection of stories based on Alice in Wonderland. Some of the stories are continuations of the original book, some are inspired by Alice's adventures, and some are very loosely connected to the ideas of Wonderland. There were some hits and some misses in this book, as to be expected. My favourite was on
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Alex (PaperbackPiano)
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with most anthologies, this was quite a mixed bag but taking the collection as a whole, it was a fun reading experience.

Wonders Never Cease by Robert Shearman
This was an interesting opening story that initially felt quite true to the spirit of the original Alice story. I liked the dry wit but there were some genuinely awful images that I wasn’t sure how to take. I guess this story is quite open to interpretation which I appreciate but ultimately it was a bit too weird for my taste.

There Wer
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Nicole
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting collection of short stories and some poetry but unfortunately it just missed the mark for me.

There was some really interesting stories in here. Some I really liked, one of my favourites being the first story, it was hilarious.

However, there were no stories which I loved. Saying that, there were also no stories that I hated. They were all just pretty average.

I found that as the book went on, the stories started to merge into each other. Which became confusing. Maybe it's
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Annette
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The moment I discovered this anthology, I just had to have it. The more Wonderland I read, the more Wonderland I crave. It's a weird phenomenon. You'd expect that at some point I'd seen enough versions of Wonderland and met enough Cheshire Cat's, but nope. I want and need more.

And just like with every story collection there were stories I liked better and stories that didn't really speak to me at all. The stories in this book are incredibly diverse and there's something in almost every genre I c
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S.E. Anderson
From classic quests to speculative sci-fi, this collection reimagines the Alice in Wonderland world in such a contrarywise way. While I loved some stories more than others, that’s the curse of any anthology. It was entertaining and fun!
Runalong
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best story anthologies take a theme and make you totally reappraise what it can do. I really dislike the original Alice tea but this collection does amazingly wonderful things with it

https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Gemma
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kindly gifted a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for review.

Anthologies can be little bit hit or miss for me. Either I really enjoy most of the stories or the majority end up being a bit too lyrical and metaphorical for me and end up going over my head. This collection was a little bit of a both, I really enjoyed some stories but others I just didn't really gel with.

As you can probably tell from the title of this anthology it is a collection of stories inspired by Alice in
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Kirsty Stanley
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think most people are somewhat familiar with the original stories. My first introduction to Alice, I’m fairly sure, was via the Disney animated film, and to be honest I’m not convinced if I’ve even fully read the original stories. I really must rectify that soon (would love a MinaLima to design an edition btw). The genre bending children’s fantasy, has definite horrific aspects and many a joke has been made about what Carroll was on when he wrote these tales. They are a true classic, and have ...more
Museofnyxmares
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

*I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’m sure that the majority of us have read Alice in Wonderland at some point, or at least are familiar with the story. It has been a while though since I’ve read it, but it’s always been a story that fascinated me and I love the different interpretations of it in both book and film, so this anthology piqued my interest a lot. These stories were very original and were a very eclectic mix and it
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Lauren
Dec 18, 2019 added it
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover?! Okay? Done? Good.

You may have noticed that I haven't given this book a rating. It's not because it's bad, just that I find it hard to rate anthologies because as with all short story collections there were some stories I really enjoyed and some that I didn't enjoy so much.

The writing in each story is so whimsical and I felt like even the horror stories had a little bit of magic to them. I found myself liking the historical fiction s
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Luana
This one was a 3 because unfortunately I only enjoyed approximately half of the stories and ended up skipping many of the others. However, I have to say, of the ones I enjoyed, there were some there that were truly fantastic and shone through at anywhere between a four to a five grade, making this a book well worth borrowing from the library.

The stories I did enjoy ranged from; an Alice on a mission in the Old West version of our world to track down the rabbit who is guilty of abducting children
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Amy
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Firstly I'd like to say thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of Wonderland! I always enjoy receiving books that are slightly out of my comfort zone to try and find something new that I will love!

Sadly I just didn't enjoy this collection of stories; for me all the stories felt very negative and had what seemed to be a negative outlook on the Alice in Wonderland story and her creator. I'm not sure if I just missed the message with the stories...

There is only story that I really enjoyed i
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Kali Napier
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* I highly recommend this collection to readers interested in the afterlife of classics. The diversity of genres and interpretations makes this an exciting and surprising read. Some are firmly within Carroll's fictive world, others link to the 'story behind the story', others link through themes. My favourites were the western horror "Smoke 'em if you got 'em" by Angela Slatter, "The White Queen's Pawn" by Genevieve Cogman, "The White Queen's Dictum" by James Lovegrove, "The Hunting of the Ja ...more
Lisa
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. I remember reading Alice Through the Looking Glass and Alice in Wonderland as a kid and how deeply twisted it felt to my young mind. I was disturbed and entranced by how it made me feel like reality had kaleidescoped around me. These stories recaptured some of that original experience for me.
Katy
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Favorite short story: About Time by George Mann ♥️
Nicole Minerva
Incredibly weird and disturbing, perfect for October.

Favorite stories:

Wonders Never Cease
The White Queen’s Pawn
Dream Girl
Vanished Summer Glory
Black Kitty
The Night Parade
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Let me start this review by saying that Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an immersive, fascinating and thrillingly unsettling anthology that celebrates the bizarre and wondrous nature of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass". I was wholly satisfied with this anthology and enjoyed reading each of the stories.

If you've ever been fascinated by the original Alice novels and love them
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David Harris
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to Titan Books for a free advance copy of Wonderland to consider for review and for inviting me to take part in the book's blogtour.

I love themed anthologies. It's always interesting to see what a diverse group of top-grade authors make of a meaty subject, what similarities and differences there are between their take on it, and how the editor juxtaposes things. Recently there seems to have been a resurgence of anthologies playing with classic stories - understandably because, reall
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Jthbooks
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think this book was for me, but I did enjoy some stories! Well 3 of them!
Dan Trefethen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Occasionally I enjoy reading some variants of Alice in Wonderland, so I picked up this anthology. I'm afraid it was not to my taste, having a lot more horror-related stories than I am accustomed to. While I realize that the original stories contained many references to violence (“off with her head!”), it was not realized on the page. There is a lot more blood and gore in these stories than I was comfortable with in my Alice tales.

Of course, those readers who would like to see more horrific versi
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The Lotus Readers

When I noticed this new set of short stories inspired by Alice in Wonderland I immediately begged a copy to read. I’m such an Alice fan that recently, when someone came into my home for the first time, they asked if it was my favourite book. I’m not sure I’d fully realised that I’d acquired a tea set, a dodo, a Mad March Hare, and a 5ft white rabbit with working pocket watch that stands in the hall! I have a lot of the literature inspired by Alice and fell in love all over again watching the rec
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Doreen
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: titan
First of all, Titan Books just has the best speculative fiction short story anthologies. Between this and the recent Wastelands 3: The New Apocalypse alone, I feel entirely spoiled with exposure to some of the best minds working in fantastic fiction today. Wonderland collects 20 brand new short works (18 stories, plus two poems from Jane Yolen) inspired by Lewis Carroll's classics, that run the gamut from luminous to terrifying, with every shade of wonder in between. Whether looking at Wonderlan ...more
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