Books, Occupation…Magic-A Review of Wonderland

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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. McKinney.

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical. There’s even a Wild West tale from Angela Slatter, poetry, and a story by Laura Mauro which presents us with a Japanese folklore-inspired Wonderland.

Alison Littlewood, Cavan Scott and Catriona Ward make the more outlandish elements their own, while James Lovegrove instead draws on the supernatural. Cat Rambo takes us to a part of Wonderland we haven’t seen before and Lilith Saintcrow gives the legend a science-fiction spin. The nightmarish reaches of the imagination are the breeding ground for M.R. Carey’s visions, while Robert Shearman, George Mann, Rio Youers and Mark Chadbourn’s tales have a deep-seated emotional core which will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings.

So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?

It’s probably not much of a surprise to you that I really, truly love Alice in Wonderland. So when I got a copy of an anthology with some of my favorite authors putting their spin on the Alice tale, I was HYPED.

The wonderful thing about these short stories is that they’re all so vastly different from one another. Wonders Never Cease by Robert Shearman was so absurdist but still deeply moving. The White Queen’s Pawn by Genevieve Cogman is a story I definitely want more of!

And it’s not all fantasy, either. There are horror twists and sci-fi spins. It’s truly an all-encapsulating anthology, and I highly recommend it!

Thank you so much to Titan Books for sending a copy and for including me on the blog tour!

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