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(re)Visions: Alice

af Kaye Chazan (Bidragyder), Amanda Ching (Bidragyder), Hilary Thomas (Bidragyder), C.A. Young (Bidragyder)

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In 1865, an English author and scholar with an abiding interest in mathematics and logic published a tale originally told for the amusement of a friends young daughter, Alice. The resulting novel, Alices Adventures in Wonderland, was largely ignored at first, but then rapidly rose to fame, with such prominent admirers as Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde; its nonsensical language and endearing characters have made it beloved of generations of children and adults alike, and the escapades of young Alice have inspired writers the world over. Alices Adventures in Wonderland has never gone out of print. With such universal appeal, its no wonder that the quasi-logical tricks and banter of Wonderland have cast a long shadow on modern fantasy. Echoes of the Queen, the Cat, and others can be found in tales old and new, and the idea of falling into a strange, bewildering world is one of the favorite tropes used by authors of the fantastic. The (re)Visions series seeks to bring classic works of speculative fiction back into the modern consciousness, examining how tendrils of the fantastic spiral through all that we think and do, even decades after a work was penned. First, read Lewis Carrolls (extremely) original work; then, let your mind wander through the gardens and passages of Wonderland, guided by four very different modern authors. And dont forget your flamingo.… (mere)
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The stories in this collection were all good. Stories that were adapted from Alice in Wonderland. All the stories kept up with the surreal and weird characters from Wonderland. Actually, they are more adult versions of the beloved Alice in Wonderland. Anybody who loved Alice will also love (re)Visions. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Aug 10, 2015 |
I really, really enjoyed this. Collections can be hard to review, but this was great.

We start with the original Alice in Wonderland. Obviously, we all know the story, but it had been years since I last read it and disneys version had slowly replaced it in my imagination. Rediscovering the original was a delight.

What Aliester Found Here is a gender-swapped, urban fantasy version of the Alice tales, combining elements from both Wonderland and Throught the Looking Glass into a unique and wonderful tale. The writing was top notch, the characterisation was excellent, and though it went slowly at times, it was a great read.

House of Cards was a darker, more bizarre retelling. The time jumped around all over the place, fitting the confused nature of the narrative. The secret at the heart was as nasty as any reader could wish, though I thought it was a little cliche and obvious.

Knave was glorious, a retelling set in a modern crime syndicate. Pitch perfect and refreshing amongst more straight-forwardly 'magical' tales.

The World in a Thimble was perhaps my least favourite, which shouldn't be taken to mean 'bad', jsut 'not amazing'. The idea was nice, but I felt like it had been done before, many times, by better writers. Still a nice finish to the collection, though.

A good collection, and worth a shot for people especially into Alice and her story.

4 out of 5.

Provided free through Netgalley. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
I really, really enjoyed this. Collections can be hard to review, but this was great.

We start with the original Alice in Wonderland. Obviously, we all know the story, but it had been years since I last read it and disneys version had slowly replaced it in my imagination. Rediscovering the original was a delight.

What Aliester Found Here is a gender-swapped, urban fantasy version of the Alice tales, combining elements from both Wonderland and Throught the Looking Glass into a unique and wonderful tale. The writing was top notch, the characterisation was excellent, and though it went slowly at times, it was a great read.

House of Cards was a darker, more bizarre retelling. The time jumped around all over the place, fitting the confused nature of the narrative. The secret at the heart was as nasty as any reader could wish, though I thought it was a little cliche and obvious.

Knave was glorious, a retelling set in a modern crime syndicate. Pitch perfect and refreshing amongst more straight-forwardly 'magical' tales.

The World in a Thimble was perhaps my least favourite, which shouldn't be taken to mean 'bad', jsut 'not amazing'. The idea was nice, but I felt like it had been done before, many times, by better writers. Still a nice finish to the collection, though.

A good collection, and worth a shot for people especially into Alice and her story.

4 out of 5.

Provided free through Netgalley. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
(Re)Visions: Alice is a collection of five stories, including the original Alice in Wonderland. The remaining four stories are retellings, some more easily recognized than others, as a spatiotemporal amalgams of the original. They are all twisted and surprising, but in different ways, and the final judgment will depend on the reader's taste.

What Aelister Found Here by Kaye Chazan is about a boy, who escapes from home, and finds himself as the young protégé‎ of a Duke in London. The world he sees and the world he lives are strangely related, but separate, with what he learns to be Magic. Like the original tale, Aelister's is not one easily understood or made sense of, but the dark, twisted story leaves the reader with goosebumps.

House of Cards by Amanda Ching is ultimately about a servant and the mysterious disappearance of the corpse of the master of the house form its grave. A more realistic take on the magical aspects of the tale, House of Cards is perhaps the most upsetting and sad retelling in the collection. It is about love lost, life wasted in service to undeserving people, and Alice, lost.

Knave by Hilary Thomas is a perfectly crafted noir take on Wonderland, where crime bosses flaunt their powers and their men do the dirty work behind closed doors, and a daring newcomer, Alice, steals the show, and our main man's heart, as she guns her way out of Wonderland.

The World in a Thimble by C.A. Young is as slippery as the original tale, a bit too surreal and confused, and a crazy acid trip from beginning to end. Perhaps the best of the tales to make use of the shrinking, shape-shifting aspects of the original, Thimble is humorous and entertaining, though ultimately existentialist.

The collection is a successful bundle of widely ranging styles and takes on the original Alice in Wonderland, each story adding a distinct flavor to the classic, and taking the multi-layered experience to another level.

I highly recommend (Re)Visions: Alice to anyone who likes the original tale, and enjoys short stories that bend and twist the imagination.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  bluepigeon | Feb 9, 2014 |
(re)Visions–the retelling of classic tales with a modern twist–is such a great idea for a series of books. Each story was imaginative and fantastical. With Jack the Ripper, a Cheshire cheese, familiar characters reimagined as seedy gangsters, and a roving pack of street-tough cats, these stories aren’t derivative or faithful retellings, but fun and definitely adult additions to the mythology of Wonderland.

(re)Visions: Alice begins with the original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Including the original book gave me a chance to get reacquainted with Alice, the Queen and the whole cast of quirky characters; and each time I read it, I’m reminded of just how strange and weird Alice in Wonderland really is. I probably would have missed most of the subtle touches (of which there were many) in the following stories without it.

In the 4 stories we: meet a runaway who shoots down the proverbial rabbit hole, explore the unexpected origins of the Queen, watch as Jack Knave, a hard-boiled detective, solves a gritty who-done-it, and finally, root for a timid church mouse working his way across a Wonderland overrun with cats and anthropomorphic furniture.

While it was slightly jarring going from the eloquent writing of Lewis Carroll to the first story in (re)Visions, after a few pages I was able to settle into the new rhythm. Some were stronger and more exciting than others, but collectively, they were worth reading.
  elka.gimpel | Sep 25, 2013 |
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In 1865, an English author and scholar with an abiding interest in mathematics and logic published a tale originally told for the amusement of a friends young daughter, Alice. The resulting novel, Alices Adventures in Wonderland, was largely ignored at first, but then rapidly rose to fame, with such prominent admirers as Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde; its nonsensical language and endearing characters have made it beloved of generations of children and adults alike, and the escapades of young Alice have inspired writers the world over. Alices Adventures in Wonderland has never gone out of print. With such universal appeal, its no wonder that the quasi-logical tricks and banter of Wonderland have cast a long shadow on modern fantasy. Echoes of the Queen, the Cat, and others can be found in tales old and new, and the idea of falling into a strange, bewildering world is one of the favorite tropes used by authors of the fantastic. The (re)Visions series seeks to bring classic works of speculative fiction back into the modern consciousness, examining how tendrils of the fantastic spiral through all that we think and do, even decades after a work was penned. First, read Lewis Carrolls (extremely) original work; then, let your mind wander through the gardens and passages of Wonderland, guided by four very different modern authors. And dont forget your flamingo.

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