Tag: Alice in Wonderland


Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, 2016); audiobook read by Rebecca Soler (Macmillan, 2019) Meyer seems delighted to revisit Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland but relies on it too much. Stripped of rehash the original content is torturously belaboured, seeding a mystery for dullards and styling a plodding romance that fails utterly to convince as the Queen’s backstory.

Fabulous Monsters

Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends by Alberto Manguel; ill. Alberto Manguel (Yale University Press, 2019) A series of non-fiction vignettes, each of which takes a literary figure as its starting point. Manguel is widely read and lets his intellect wander, musing about this and that and not very much. His insights are engaging enough in small…

42 Word Review: The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester

The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester (Oxford University Press, 2011) Starting from a picture Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) took of seven-year-old Alice Liddell, Winchester examines how the off-kilter allure of Wonderland derived in part from Dodgson’s failed attempts to capture childhood’s essence through wedding his two budding obsessions: photography and Alice.