C&C REVIEW: Alice by Christina Henry (2016)

Alice by Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 325
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis via Goodreads: In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

This review is part of my new feature Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews where I review books based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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New Monthly Feature: Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews

So it’s pretty obvious that I love Alice in Wonderland.

But when it comes to literature, I’m a bit of an Alice purist. Nothing’s ever as good as the original, right? So I typically avoid reading any books based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. But I haven’t been as critical of other media based on the source material. I love Disney’s animated remake from 1951 and I’m a sucker for American McGee’s dark recreation of the story in the Alice video games. But I’ve steered clear of any written retellings. I didn’t see the point.

However, that isn’t totally fair, is it? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that really does have really good (and really bad) potential for retelling. There are so many ways to interpret the story, whether it truly is ‘nonsense’ or if it has some sort of deeper meaning. Taking the base of the story, whether it’s Alice herself or just the concept of a whimsical dream world, and turning it into something brand new not only sounds like a unique challenge but also a super fun one.

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