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Alice de Christina Henry
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Alice (edició 2015)

de Christina Henry (Autor)

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"A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...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"--… (més)
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Títol:Alice
Autors:Christina Henry (Autor)
Informació:Ace (2015), 304 pages
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Wow. That was an excellent retelling of Alice In Wonderland.

It's bloody, visceral and full on mind-bending. I love Alice. She's strong, but has serious doubts about herself at all the wrong times. She stomps across the pages only to get the precipice and experience profound fear.

The best part of the book is that she doesn't feel like the Mary-Sues of so much woman driven fictional work in the 21st century. Alice falls victim to the worst that society has to offer. Although she refuses to let it define her, it has a profound effect on her nonetheless. She allows herself to be emotionally carried by the Mad Hatcher at times. She realizes that his trauma is as deep as hers and that he expresses his in a very different way and he struggles with it from minute to minute. He is utterly insane and he needs her as much as she needs him. Both broken, they grow into their own private horrors. They see each other as complimentary beings rather than both being strong in the same ways. I love it.

The setting is a horror show of Victorian-Steam Punk-Gothic pieces arranged crazily into a city. Real people taken to their extremes in the setting that makes them grotesque parodies. The rich separated from the poor by a caste system that is brutally enforced. The enforcers consisted of the other Wonderland characters and their lackeys. The secondary characters are well written villains.

Starting to read The Red Queen right away. I'm excited to learn more about Alice's family and how she came to be. We know Hatcher's story and I hope to see the resolution in the end, but Alice must be the most important element in Red Queen. There's so much mystery surrounding her. I can't wait for more! ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
But she wasn't a Magician, whatever Nell or Hatcher liked to believe. She was born to an ordinary family in an ordinary part of the New City. There had never been a hint of anything out of the way in their blood, not on her her mother's side or her father's. They were quiet and perfect and eminently respectable.
Except you, Alice thought.
You were not any of those things. That did not mean she was a Magician, though. It just meant that she didn't belong.
1 vota isabelx | Nov 15, 2020 |
Alice in Wonderland is in my top 5 books and so I read all the books set in Alice's life or Wonderland. This one is as disappointing as all the others so far. It's unnecessarily dark and disturbed. Quick read though so that helped.

If you are looking for a really interesting Alice fan fiction try Jeff Noon's automated Alice. Good way to get into Vurt world. ( )
1 vota rickycatto | Sep 9, 2020 |
Alice by Christina Henry is... interesting. Compelling. Artful. There's a poetry to the writing, the dialog is spare and evocative. The author's vision of a violent Victorian world, shaped by sharp caste divisions and twisted by strange magic, is deeply rendered and believable.

We meet Alice in an insane asylum, suffering from post-traumatic stress after a violent encounter ten years prior which she can't fully remember. She's from the wealthy part of town but her family has abandoned her. Her only friend is the man in the adjacent cell, who, if anything, is even more insane than Alice and also suffering from memory loss. He knows about a monster trapped in the basement.

There's a fire, they escape, and thus begins a quest through the darkest parts of the City's underworld, which returns their memories and brings Alice into her own as a Magician in a world where magic has been banned.

It may not be the most original tale on the shelf but it's a good story, one worth reading.

What elevates Ms. Henry's novel above other similar fare are her characters. There's a depth of humanity to each of them—even the violent, even the depraved—which imbues the narrative with a deeply personal resonance. This is more than just another dark magic story. This is a story about the resilience of human nature.

Ultimately, Alice is a cathartic and moving experience.

But for all the novel's strengths, there's a problem...

This isn't a story about Alice. Not in the sense that we expect from a work which presents itself as a riff on Lewis Carroll.

This novel was initially inspired by Carroll's Alice stories. As inspiration, that's fine—but I wish it had been allowed to move beyond that inspiration, to throw off those shackles and breathe freely as its own idea. The references to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass actually get in the way of Ms. Henry's story.

Beyond the names of the characters (some of which are delightful puns) and the quasi-Victorian setting, this novel has nothing in common with Carroll's original Alice stories: structurally, thematically, stylistically, it's an entirely different beast. None of the characters need to have their Alice-referencing names: every one of them could be rendered exactly has they are with completely different names and nothing would be lost from the story. There's a tea party, but again: it could have been rendered as any other kind of party where food and beverages are consumed and it would serve its function equally well.

All of these references to Carroll are arbitrary. But because of these references, I kept looking for something more meaningful in them, some essential point of connection between this story and Carroll's, which would make all of it necessary. There aren't any. They do nothing to add meaning or expand the narrative. Searching for concrete points of connection between Ms. Henry's story and her source material becomes a distraction, interrupting the flow of my reading. As a result, this whole concept becomes a stumbling block which gets in the way of my ability to fully invest myself in this story on its own terms.

Ms. Henry's story is good enough that it deserves better.

Moreover, presenting this story as an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tale significantly undersells what Ms. Henry's novel has to offer. Dark, violent riffs on Lewis Carroll are a dime-a-dozen, commonplace to the point of cliché. Alice is good story, a compelling vision with fascinating characters told through powerful language. Insisting that it's another dark, violent riff on Carroll characterizes the tale as something less than what it is.

Ms. Henry's story deserves better. It's interesting enough on its own without the forced and awkward trappings of Carroll's Alice. It's an ill-fitting costume thoughtlessly draped over a tale which deserves to be seen and appreciated for itself.

I really don't understand why she insisted on presenting her Alice as something it's clearly not. She got stuck on her own clever idea and it prevents the novel from reaching its fullest potential. ( )
1 vota johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
Highly recommended for fans of fantasy books.
The story has unpredictable twists and helpers where you don't expect them at all. I was unable to put the book down once I had started reading it. ( )
  WiebkeS | Aug 10, 2020 |
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"A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...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"--

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