There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late! In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well. Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.
First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. It's as if he writes a sentence, flips through his thesaurus, and then substitutes every word he can with something bigger and, in his humble opinion, better.
He's trying to sound intelligent, but it comes across as pompous and boring. I lost interest soon after starting "After Alice," but I labored on until I just couldn't anymore. Occasionally his musings between characters in Wonderland were reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's and I'd start to enjoy the banter, but then he'd drift back into Thesaurusland and lose me again. View all 8 comments. Mar 04, Joseph Cognard rated it it was ok. I tried hard to finish on February 29th. One of the many tricks that I had to use to finish this book.
Maybe it was nobody's cup of tea. Perhaps it wasn't a cup of tea at all. Joe wondered as he leaned closer to the rectangular object laying on the table. Closing his eyes for a second to strengthen his delight of the fragrance, he swayed I tried hard to finish on February 29th. Closing his eyes for a second to strengthen his delight of the fragrance, he swayed closer and closer to the book.
Not more than a year ago in this very spot had he been offered a tasty tweet by the same maker, with such a scent so incredibly "wicked" that it carried him all the way back to his youth. Joe leaned closer to the book hoping to again be taken for such a ride. When he opened them he was shocked to see that somehow he had fallen right through the cover. After a brief battle with the wind and a few shelves, that he understood even less this time, Joe finally splashed into a pool of words. Actually, there were more words then would fit in a pool, it must be a lake, or even more likely an ocean.
There sure were a lot of letters. They formed words of every shape and size and as Joe battled to stay afloat they formed little wakes about him. Soon the wakes of words bounced off others and returned to pelt Joe in the face. Though sarcastic and mad the words that characters deflected back at Joe struck him nothing like that of Lewis Carroll.
Though all the old and new characters as well as the author tried thier hardest nothing seemed the same. Even high tea with the crew and a back door entry to a Garden Party could do very little to pick up his spirits. Then suddenly, Joe was teleported to another world even stranger than Alice's fantasy land. It was filled with horny governess and teenagers, as well as a good deal social comentary. A group of odd characters fanatically in love with their town.
There was apparently even a brilliant scientist though for some reason Joe never heard anything more than a cough out of him. Though Joe's journey ended pretty abruptly, he did carry some pleasant memories of Ada, a character he actually liked. It just seems to him now that maybe none of them should have went looking for Alice. Jun 10, Alexandra rated it did not like it.
I guess if you are ever suffering from a bout of insomnia, try this one out.
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I certainly don't recommend it. I'm not saying gregory maguire is a bad author View all 6 comments. Jul 22, Tamara rated it it was amazing. I'm at a loss as to why this book has reviewed poorly; it's one of Maguire's best in my opinion. Brilliant retelling and brilliant social commentary.
View all 4 comments. Jun 01, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , history , fantasy. I had hopes for this book, but it was incredibly pretentious and took itself way too seriously. There was a limited vocabulary, very little by way of character development, and reading it only brought images of hipsters to my mind, sipping their Starbucks and scratching their beards while reading After Alice in an attempt to look intelligent.
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Audio: 3 Ms. Kellgren is an animated, exuberant narrator who is like a chameleon in the way she can easily slide from one voice to another. Although she is so expressive and her vocal range is extraordinary, her voice is also extremely piercing and pretentious. I have listened to a few books now which are narrated by Brits but Ms.
After Alice fell down the rabbit hole, what happened to the family she left behind? Did anyone seek her out or notice her missing? Charles Darwin. Maguires writes as pretentiously as Kellgren speaks a well-matched pair for sure! This is quite common for Maguire, although generally his storylines make up for it. I enjoyed the storyline of Ada, on her quest for Alice, but the ridiculous addition of Lydia as she fawns over the young man traveling with Mr. Darwin, seemed completely arbitrary. Maguire seemed to want to draw attention to Mr. The quirky, eccentric characters that existed in Wonderland saved this novel to be sure, including the reoccurrence of the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.
The ending was predictable yet satisfying, but overall I was disappointed. I am generally a huge fan of Mr. Jul 03, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: vine , fiction , own. As much as I geek out after all things Alice in Wonderland, I must say this book was a hot mess. Ada inadvertently follows Alice down the rabbit hole and spends the rest of the story in pursuit of her friend in Wonderland, encountering many of the characters that Alice has already come across.
One redeeming quality was seeing a few familiar characters. The ad As much as I geek out after all things Alice in Wonderland, I must say this book was a hot mess. I got the impression that Maguire was trying to be cleverer than what he achieved. Piggybacking on a classic and giving it a dark, Dante-esque spin just was not successful. I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.
View 2 comments. A copy of this novel was provided by Harper Voyager Australia for review. I tried to love this. This was only a part of the novel. Yes, Ada does go down the rabbit hole and try to find Alice in Wonderland, but it was all very … by the book. There was nothing particularly new to it, and I was bored by everything Ada was doing.
I had no interest in these chapters, or the things that went on in these chapters, either. It was very hard to get into. It almost reads like a classic — a classic that is extremely boring, lacking in any and all emotion, and completely stiff to read. I mean, I do understand that it was set in the s, and people could be pretty prejudiced back then. Extremely so. I wanted a lot more than I received from it, and was pretty sad that it turned out nothing like what I imagined it would be. All rights reserved.
Oct 30, Erin rated it it was ok. This book was nothing like I wanted. If a writer wants to do a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland using the concept of her friend that also falls into the rabbit hole here is my wish list for that story: 1. A story that stays true to the sense of dark whimsy of the original 2.
A story with some sort of strange, spare, fantastical diction, even if not the same as Carroll's 3. A deeper look into Wonderland with more adventures, more characters, and more weirdness, all while occasionally meeting up w This book was nothing like I wanted. A deeper look into Wonderland with more adventures, more characters, and more weirdness, all while occasionally meeting up with some of the original inhabitants of Wonderland and having new interactions with them 4.
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A story that appeals to adults but only because it speaks to the child within us all This book was none of that. For starters, a shocking amount of time actually takes place back in England. I didn't really want to read about Alice's family fretting about her back at home. By my quick count, of the pages in the book, only of them took place in Wonderland, which means that setting is only about half of the book.
Also, I didn't really feel like it was necessary to have discussions of slavery and evolution as part of the story. For an homage to Alice, this book is missing a sense of wonder and mystery. Whenever we meet characters like the Caterpillar or the Mad Hatter, most of what they say has to do with what they've already said to Alice and what they thought of her. It felt boring and added nothing new. Maguire's writing style doesn't lend itself well to this story either. Too many big and unnecessary words and too much flowery prose.
I would trust Neil Gaiman with the source material, but Gregory Maguire just did not do it justice. View 1 comment. Jun 04, Tammy rated it liked it. So Mama waggled her fingers in the air, Go, go, and settled her crown of hair, the color of browning roses, upon the bolster of the davenport. Boyce lay squalid in self-forgiveness. Would I recommend it to my readers, though? After Alice is a more contemplative examination of family and society in s Oxford, with somber undertones. The story is made up of very short chapters that alternate between two groups of characters.
Lydia is joined by a group of odd characters, including a Mr. Darwin yes, that Mr. Lydia is sent to find Alice everyone in the story seems to be looking for her! Winter who is looking for Siam and Miss Armstrong who is looking for Ada , the three have their own adventure, of sorts, but their chapters are more character study than fast-paced action scenes. In fact, this may be the last retelling I'll read for a while. I was hoping Maguire would do something original with the story, but in fact the chapters spent with Ada and Siam were my least favorites, for some reason.
I particularly loved the stories of Ada and Lydia, who are both connected to Alice but have completely separate struggles that have nothing to do with her. Later in the book, Maguire compares her dreaded corset to the Jabberwock, the monster in Alice in Wonderland, which was the one Alice moment I loved. Her mother has recently had a new baby, and Ada, the big sister, has been pushed aside, as all the attention is now focused on the baby.
For a ten-year-old, Ada turns out to have a wonderful strength of character, and I cheered her on from the moment she entered the story. Lydia, on the other hand, has just lost her mother, and is dealing with the horrible death of a beloved parent. Watching her struggle through those decisions, as well as trying to make sense of the death itself, was poignant and heartbreaking.
In the end, After Alice was a mixed bagged for me. But as an Alice in Wonderland re-imagining, it fell short for me, since most of the magical moments in the story happened outside of the rabbit hole. But if you love peering into the dark parts of what it means to be human, I suggest you give this book a try.
Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. Above quote was taken from an uncorrected proof, and may differ in the final version of the book. Oct 14, Audra Unabridged Chick rated it it was ok Shelves: erath-century , formulaic , victoriana , historicals , place-as-character , places-fictional-places , place-uk , teenage-heroine-but-not-ya , i-wanted-so-much-more. I wanted to like this book so much.
I've somehow never read Maguire before, despite loving retellings, and given the slavish devotion so many have to Wicked, figured I finally needed to hop on the Maguire bandwagon. This book, however, was a massive fail for me, and I'm not entirely sure I'm going to attempt Maguire again. This take on Alice in Wonderland follows Ada, an awkward and ungraceful playmate of Alice's, who stumbles into Wonderland, as well as Alice's older sister Lydia, who stays in t I wanted to like this book so much.
This take on Alice in Wonderland follows Ada, an awkward and ungraceful playmate of Alice's, who stumbles into Wonderland, as well as Alice's older sister Lydia, who stays in the equally confusing real world. Ada's story line -- a long bumble through the Wonderland -- was agonizingly slow for me.
Maguire spoofs on Carroll's classic, and after a handful of pages, it triggered in me the same impatience with the nonsensical world that the original does. Worse, it felt as if it were going nowhere -- just cameo after cameo from the classic -- and in the end, I'm still not sure what the purpose of Ada's story was. Lydia's story line was more intriguing, and I wish she had claim to the entire novel. A year-old girl, now mistress of her home after her mother's death, floats uncertainly in her home. Her father is hosting the famous Darwin and a handsome American man.
She imagines a courtship between them, but is treated by her father and the household staff as a child, tasked with keeping an eye on her sister, and the American's ward, a freed slave child named Siam. In Lydia's story, there's an exploration of Victorian life for women, that challenging place between child and adult, the scars of slavery, and the clash of faith and science. But those exciting themes are only briefly tackled in the last 30ish percent of the novel. Yes, Debusys is early twentieth century, but time means nothing to Himself.
I love me some tangled language but this felt so ornate and unnecessary. Bottom-line: not a read for me, but maybe for others who love Maguire and know what his style is like and those who enjoy novels inspired by classic literature. The only thing that I was really rocking was Maguire's take on the Jabberwock, which occurred, like, five pages from the end. Otherwise, the rest was serious ho-hum. First thoughts: Ugh. I don't even know what this book was. Story follows Ada, an awkward and weird girl, playmate to Lewis Carroll's Alice, who ends up in Wonderland. Much like Alice's adventure, Maguire's Wonderland is nonsensical and, frankly, tiresome.
Clunky narrative that just plops vocab words without any snaky playfulness. Alternating chapters with Alice's older sister Lydia, who manages a more intriguing storyline featuring Darwin, an American man who intrigues her, and the American's freed slave ward.
The two chapters read so differently they might as well be by different authors. I basically DNF'd this after getting halfway through -- I started skipping Ada's sections and just skimming through Lucy's. View all 7 comments. Aug 10, Ray Palen rated it really liked it. In this highly imaginative and surreal novel, we find Alice's friend Ada searching for her missing friend.
Even Alice's sister Lydia is concerned as the typically odd Alice has never disappeared for this long. During her search Ada finds the same portal Alice had discovered and finds herself in Wonderland. Although not nearly as bizarre as the land depicted by Lewis Carroll, Gregory Maguire still creates a version of Wonderland that will strike a familiar chord with readers.
This story belongs to Ada, as Alice is not seen until the final pages. A decidedly interesting work that fans of Carroll's will thoroughly enjoy and savor. Shelves: reviewed , on-my-bookshelves , giveaways-reviewed. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews. I happily accept others opinions and do consider them beforehand and while reading but in this case, I happen to disagree with the majority.
It definitely came across as a "wordy" type of book when I first started it and that almost scared me away and was not at all what I was expecting out if it, but the further in to the story I got, the less that seemed to carry on which made for a much more enjoyable experience.
I'm reviewing this as a person who knows Alice in Wonderland - but like the Disney movie.. I do believe if you can get past the first few chapters and really let yourself fall into this book, it's pretty fun and reminiscent. Well it was not as good. What worked? What was maybe not so good? That said, I did get caught up in it and I read it fast — one sitting on Saturday night. I think a lot of whether you will enjoy this or not will come down to your love or not of literary language and your personal relationship with the original work by Lewis Carroll. I enjoyed it.
I didnt adore it but it was a fun read. Nov 08, Cherie rated it it was ok Shelves: published-since No more for me, Mr. You can write, I know, but that was the driest, stuffiest story I ever read. I did not like any of the characters, and I couldn't find anything to be excited about during any of the scenes in "your wonderland". Nov 16, Cassie rated it did not like it Shelves: historical-fiction , travel-through-book , fantasy , fairytale-remix. I always pay special care to caterpillars. I move them from the walking path, and take time to place them without disruption next to the juiciest looking leaves.
We used to meet in the bathroom and cr I always pay special care to caterpillars. We used to meet in the bathroom and create secret handshakes. Gregory Maguire already has the ability to turn fairytales to textbooks, but I was hoping this one would be something like Wicked. In After Alice, he cannot decide whether he is annotating a discussion of Oxford in the s or if he is retelling a fairytale. Lydia is busy finding her place as the woman of her household after her mother dies.
To us, this looks like her talking out of turn, leaning a little too long in a doorframe in the direction of a man, and walking alone through the silent garden paths of Oxford with Mr. Winters has adopted a fugitive boy named Siam who also ends up in Wonderland, a very strange twist on his fate. While Lydia is busy trying to push her feminine woes onto Mr. Maguire has a way to make every book inherently boring because of his use of words that NO ONE has ever heard of. It was a huge snooze fest. Even in the middle of a beheading, I just wanted the whole thing to end.
In normal circumstances, every book with a hint of Alice, I would politely pah-pah and not tear down, but this was such a sham of a book. There was hardly any whimsy in this book. This was a book where nothing happened. Nothing changes. This, Gregory Maguire, is just what we tried to escape in Alice. Alice is a girl who does what she wants, who speaks to the unspeakable, who fights the legends, the expectations, the roles, and just lives the extraordinary in a world that wants to keep everyone except rich, white, men, at ordinary.
Thanks for writing another book of history where even through escape, women are just stuck one world below. Jul 23, Patty rated it really liked it. I knew quite a few things about this book and this author before I read it. I knew that this author wrote Witches. I knew that After Alice was about Alice in Wonderland but with a different view My thoughts after reading this book I really loved reading this book. The humor was so sweet I loved the two stories vying for my attention What I loved about this book I loved when Humpty Dumpty said that salt completes him What I did not love about this book Just a bit confusing at first Final thoughts about this book This book was a very cleverly written fun book about Ada Alice's friend Ada, too, has fallen into that amazing rabbit hole.
There are very clever conversations with a myriad of underground characters. There are very clever conversations with the above ground characters. The combined worlds are tons of clever fun!
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Dec 05, Claudia rated it really liked it Shelves: audible-books , challengebooks , sci-fi-fantasy. Boy, I read the reviews and I wondered if I was reading the same book. I really liked this one Maguire takes us back to Wonderland, Thru the Looking Glass, and gives us two new heroes, both deeply flawed by the world, to navigate.
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So much is going on here And Siam Audible book, so I have not seen the spelling! A former black slave from the US, plopped into the different craziness of Alice's world Siam who has suffered mightily at the hands of adults, and also motherless. I'm sorry that some of my favorite scenes and lines are not included in the quotes here But there are images of epiphany that are tender and fierce Ada and Lydia are forever changed by their afternoon's adventures. Alice is indestructible and probably hasn't learned much yet. But others have learned how to value her and love her. I've had trouble with Maguire in the past.
I know, blasphemy! But Alice and Ada and Lydia and Siam warm my heart They are those kids in my classroom with back stories I'll never know, who are in my charge for a little while and it's my job to help them see how wonderful they are. I was so looking forward to reading this book. The author did so well with OZ books, so I had very high hopes, even paid a extortionate amount for this ebook.
I was so disappointed, let down does not cover it.
Basically this book follows Ada a friend of Alice's who goes looking for her and ends up tumbling down the rabbit hole in search of her lost friend.