Five new books of possible interest to younger Carrollians:
- “Gothically visionary” You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum (Pick-A-Plot book 4 in a series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books, Conundrum Press, 2017), written and illustrated by Sherwin Tjia. “In a quest to find your daughter that will take you through the seedy underbelly of London’s Whitechapel district and up into the secret debauched heart of its richest denizens, …” Alice’s Mum is called Hannah for some reason. The Pick-A-Plot series also contains such undoubted masterpieces as You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Described as a “Steampunk Alice in Wonderland,” Curiouser and Curiouser (Clockpunk Press, 2017) by Melanie Karsak (who describes herself as “a steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne”), follows Alice Lewis through adventures with Lord Dodgson, Rabbit, Jabberwocky [sic], and the like through the London of the Crystal Palace exhibition.
- DeAnna Knippling’s The Clockwork Alice (Wonderland Press, 2017) is a YA novel described as “In Wonderland, a terrible curse had been inflicted on the inhabitants. For half the day, they are banished to the opposite side of Wonderland, where everyone is made of clockwork and forced to work until sunrise, winding the Master Chronometer that powers them all. And if they don’t? The entire world will wind down.” She is also the author of
- Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts “Before Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he was humble Charles Dodgson, mathematician at Christ Church college . . . and a zombie.”
- Stefanie Marie’s War of Hearts (2018), Book 1 of her Wonderland Kings series, set in today’s world, follows Alexandra (“Alex”) Kincade into Wonderland, these days full of dark magic and dead things, and her four “kings” in what is called a “reverse harem” arrangement.