Falling For Alice
Published by Vine Leaves Press
Published 24 April 2015
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories to love. From the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian Age of the late sixties, to the present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. Now, follow five Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother’s Alice.
- Drunk by Dawn Dalton
- Alice at Woodstock by Shari Green
- White Rabbit RX by Denise Jaden
- Wormhole to Wonderland by Kitty Keswick
- Wonder in the Stars by Cady Vance
Scratch (DRUNK BY DAWN DALTON)
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is a hard book to review. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the stories in Falling For Alice. On the other hand, the connection between the stories and the Alice in Wonderland I know and love is minimalistic. Taken individually, these stories are all really good. The best stories (and most Alice-like story) is Drunk by Dawn Dalton. There’s a wonderful, crazy hallucinogenic feel to the story. I loved it. My second favourite story was the also excellent White Rabbit RX by Denise Jaden followed by Alice at Woodstock by Shari Green. The other two stories were okay but the similar outer space theme didn’t work as well as the settings of the other stories. Which takes me to the reason this collection didn’t get five stars. Falling for Alice is supposed to contain new stories about our favourite crazy little munchkin Alice. For the most part, the stories have virtually nothing in common with Lewis Carroll’s brilliant book. There are better alternative Alice tales available. At times the Alice references scattered throughout the stories felt almost shoe-horned in as if the author suddenly realised oh, shit this is supposed to be about Alice, better shove in a white rabbit reference. The stories in Falling for Alice are good on their own merit but as a collection about Alice in Wonderland they’re really only five stories about a girl called Alice.