BOOK BOOKS Alice author Christina Henry – dedelicate.com
BOOK BOOKS Alice author Christina Henry – dedelicate.com
With Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll has created a world that has taken root in many eople s minds Wonderland s mysterious inhabitants have entrenched themselves into our dreams as soon as we heard or read about them It should come as no surprise then that this realm has spawned millions of references not to mention the abundance of stories that sprouted in other minds with Disney twists and darker turns but always with the Cheshire s grin somewhere lurking about When I read Lewis Carroll s work for myself I came away a bit disappointed The story felt too disjointed the characters not relatable enough and beyond Welcome to the grimy tales of Alice in Darkland Team of Alice and Hatcher or let s call them ALCHER are getting out of the asylum for avenging the Capture of a Heart people whout them there and leave for nearly 10 freaking yearsAlice was raped by a r 32518 ON SALE for 199 When I first read ALICE I had a hard time categorizing it It was Victorian but it wasn t steampumk It was horror ish Fortunately it very obviously a retelling so at least I had that BUT Just having read this article I can now solidly identify it at DREADPUNK grins creepilyReviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsThe first thing you should know is that I bloody hate ALICE IN WONDERLAND In fact with the exception of THE JABBERWOCKEY which I appreciate for English nerd reasons nonsense words that make sense bc masterful command of grammar I bloody hate Lewis Carroll Too weird sorrynotsorryI ve also read an installment or two of Henry s BLACK WINGS series and I wasn t terribly impressed My top two least favorite subjects in urban fantasy are dead things and angels BLACK WINGS is basically about angels dealing with dead things SO A book from an author I ve The Secret Power Within Your Mortgage previously not had much luck with on a subject I ve loathed since childhood You rerobably wondering why on earth I bothered with ALICE Honestly so did IAnd if it hadn t immediately captured my attention I doubt I d ve stuck with it But it did And I didThe second thing you should know is that this book isn t for the faint of heart This Alice is an adult who s spent the last ten years institutionalized after stumbling out of the Old City with blood on her thighs raving about a rabbitYES That means exactly what you think it meansAnd what happened to Alice isn t uncommon in this world Usually this kind of thing has me running screaming in the opposite direction but ALICE is a Gender in Fiscal Policies perfect example of the difference between dark and crudeDark means real life Bad Things happen It s awful it sresented as awful but you re mostly seeing the aftermath of the awful not a The Russians Pregnant Mistress play bylay account in real timeIt s realistic but not shockingly soCrude means your face is shoved in the awful bc this is life suck it up and deal with it you ansy suburban housewife Crude means deliberately crass terminology used for the express urpose of making something already awful even awfulI have zero tolerance for crudeDark I can handle And if the erpetrators get what s coming to them my bloodthirstiness comes out to lay and rolls around in the darkness Like some kind of fiery eyed hellhoundALICE is darrrrrrrrrk But it s also a New Perspectives On Criseyde perfect blend of old school Carroll strangeness and modern urban fantasy albeit in a Victorian setting that I could notut down I read the whole thing on a Saturday afternoonI loved the characters especially our two MCs Alice and Hatcher who were each other s only solace for eight years in the hospital where they were held Despite the shared experience and insanity they are as different as two Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink people can be their disparate strengths and weaknesses making them that much stronger togetherThe world was bleak yet fascinating Make no mistake Bad Things happen here BUT There is also justice and that makes all the difference ALICE by Christina Henry is hopefully the first of many installments in this new weirdly fantastic series definitely my most surprising read of the year so far Henry s Alice knows that sometimes you have to hurteople before they can hurt you and she doesn t hesitate to do exactly that And even if she did her mad companion Hatcher thusly named for the killing frenzy that resulted in at least six deaths by ax would not They re on a mission and if they re coming for you Run Rabbit run My other reviews for this series Red ueen Alice 2 Review 1255Well as a retelling that did a rather curious jobI was so excited to read this book It s even on my can t wait to read shelf There is something about the idea of a retelling in which Alice has escaped from an asylum that so fits the wondrous aura of the original book Yet this did not stick to any of the That Noble Dream plotoints truly Which was very disappointing I imagine it would be extremely difficult to manufacture a narrative from the nearly unrelated curiosities of the original Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton certainly struggled but it seemed like the only thing this attempt did was take some namesIt seems that this is not the only shared factor between Tim Burton s adaptation and Christina Henry s Both focus upon the The Shadows I Followed plotline of Alice defeating the Jabberwocky which is somewhat ridiculous if you think about it Both reuire a certain blade to kill it Both have weird sexualizations of thelot Japanese Etiquette points which is so odd because the original Alice is a CHILD Especially Henry s the entirety of the book was centered upon human trafficking forrostitution and sexual assault Both have significantly aged Alices The Cowboy and His Baby perhaps to fit this Maybe Henry was adapting Burton s take on the book rather than the book itself It all came off as verylagiarizedThings specifically that bugged me about Henry s take Alice travels with her middle aged mental institution next door neighbor whom she is in love with for some reason He to the best of my detection is not modeled upon a character The Rabbit is a villain the main one and does not share any attributes with the original White Rabbit In fact it seems that Henry may have intended the Rabbit to mean the March Hare Everyone In a warren of crumbling buildings called the Old City a hospital echoes with the screams of the oor souls inside Inside there is a woman Her hair on.
N the book is a villain and there is a strange incorporation of characters from Through the Looking Glass but not the important ones Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum and the chess ieces for example go undiscussed Maybe in the next books In general it was so frustrating to try to compare this book to the original because it didn t add up And that is all the fun of retellingsAfter 291 The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, pages of unspeakable violence the ending of this book was unbelievably anticlimactic We follow Alice and Hatcher her extremely old my only character trait is I m a crazy murderer love interest as they battle their way to the two boss characters the Rabbit and the Jabberwocky I don t want to spoil anything so I ll just say we encounter these guys for a total of the last dozenages Very frustrating God I m so upset by how much I hated this What a cool concept entirely dashedBottom line if you like very violent books you may like this If you like retellings you will not I sure didn t 35 I wish I were a magicianI d find all those lost girls and bring them home I d take all those men who hurt those girls and make them cry Woah This adds an entire new dimension to the word dark If you can think of something gruesome or violent or harrowing it s robably in this bookI read Lost Boy by Christina Henry and although that story contained murder and fighting and battle it wasn t nearly on the same scale as Alice was This bordered on horror for me at leastAlice and Hatcher met while in a mental institution Both have committed horrific crimes though Alice can remember very little of her ast something to do with a rabbit and being kidnapped When the chance for them to escape arises they grasp it with both hands and leg it However a shadow monster the Jabberwocky has also escaped the institution and seems to be following themAlice and Hatcher must find a way to destroy the Jabberwocky Reign of Ash (The Chosen passing through the many areas of the Old City meeting some familiar characters but not as you would remember them Alice is a far cry from the timid young girl we know from Lewis Carroll s stories and from Disney This Alice has seen some horrors and will do whatever necessary to surviveI did find this book entertaining albeit slightly sickening inlaces I ll say I still Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen preferred Lost Boy as it remained truer to the original story than this one did But I liked it enough that I will order the seuel from the library and see what happens to Alice and Hatcher next She must start believing in impossible things for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes Bring it Alice I m not scared Oh how I should haveTRIGGER WARNING Graphic rape a lot and violence By no means is Alice a flawless book and I m not gonna lie the first chapters if they hooked me confused me as hell in the same time Who are theseeople What do they want What are their relationships like Where the fuck are they What s this world where human traffic rape and violence are common Fline en Lingerie practices where the awful way women are treated makes me want to scream To be honest I always thought that Alice in Wonderland was weird as fuck and developed in an undercurrent of crazy violence and here Well Christina Henry sureictured the characters we know in the most terrifying light I love this kind of retellings with Surface passion and despite the horror I couldn t help but be mesmerized at all the magical and strange creatures we meet Moreover as long as it took for me to simply understand what was goi Alice dreamed of blood Blood on her hands and under her feet blood in her mouth andouring from her eyes The room was filled with it This is one of the best darkest and most disturbing retellings I have ever read The author gets extremely creative with this world weaving in characters we recognize from the original Alice in Wonderland but telling a very different kind of story If you like your retellings to stay close to the original then don t waste your time with Alice it is very differentThe world created here is not our world and it is not Wonderland It s a horor fantasy style setting in a fictional Orange 5 (オレンジ, place called the Old City Ever since Alice returned to herarents after going missing as a child with blood running down her legs missing memories and strange inexplicable abilities she has been deemed mad Years later she s in a hospital Her only friend is Hatcher the man who talks to her from the next cell and also remembers very little of his life before And then one night a fire at the hospital sets them both free but their suffering is far from overAfter escaping they see a shadow of a monster watching them and somehow Hatcher knows what it means the Jabberwock is free And there is only one way to kill him To find it Alice and Hatcher are forced deep into the bowels of the Old City a The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams place run by overlords the Walrus the Carpenter the Caterpillar and Cheshire And somewhere in the darkness of this city fuelled byain and misery there lies the truth about Alice s forgotten The Scot past The Rabbit waits for herThese names may be familiar but favourite characters become terrifyingly monstrous in the author s hands I don t want to sugar coat it in the slightest this book is an adult gory and sometimes upsetting fairytale If you are disturbed by Brom s The Child Thief or Margo Lanagan s Tender Morsels then you will not like this book Take this uote about a girl who has been bought tortured and displayed for amusement The wings were not attached to her shoulders by straps The girl s back had been cut from the top of her shoulder to the bottom of her rib cage on both sides of her spine The beautiful butterfly wings were neatly sewn into the exposed muscle As the girl flexed her shoulders the wings would beat That is the kind of book this is I also need to offer a huge trigger warning Wendy already mentioned this but there is a lot of rape in this book At the end I felt like I understood why the author chose to include it and why it had importance in the story but that didn t make it any less disturbing to read But. Ce blond hangs in tangles down her back She doesn't remember why she's in such a terriblelace Just a tea arty long ago and long ears and bloodThen.
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If you can stomach it this is definitely worth the read Very imaginative magical creepy and horrifying A beautifully written little nightmareBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest Find all of my reviews at MITCHELL WAS IN CHARGE OF GIFS TODAY SO THINGS MIGHT GO A LITTLE PEAR SHAPED Beware the jaws that bite the claws that snatch Confession time I hate Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and allllll of the movies that have been made from cartoon to Helena Bonham Carter musey magic It s just never been my thing save your anger I ll robably The Greatest Victory post something offensive before this review is even over That being stated Alicerobably would have remained on my TBR indefinitely were it not for the awesomeness of my Elf on the Shelf wonderfully wicked book fairy this Christmas Once I started reading Alice I was all I gotta feeling wooooo hoooo that tonight s gonna be a good night Ooooooh doggie This ain t yo grandmomma s Lewis Carroll Truly a fresh take that was inspired by the original In this version Alice is a resident of Old City s nuthouse Her only companionship comes from Hatcher someone she can talk tocatch glimpses of through a mouse hole near the floor and who didn t get his nickname over a hat Alice didn t always live in Old City though Nooooooo once upon a time Alice was a fair haired beauty from the right side of the tracks aka New City But Alice wanted to experience a little taste of the dark side of life Boy did she shudder Fastforward back to the Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, present where Alice and Hatcher have a chance to escape the hospital However their only chance of survival is to kill the Jaberwocky No Mitchell not the dance troupe An even terrifying creation In order to come face to face with the darkest of all evils Alice and Hatcher must deal with the various local crime bosses including Cheshire the Caterpillar the Walrus Alrighty then Coo coo ca choo to you too MitchellAnd last but most certainly not least the Rabbit Things are even treacherous than they appear and they already appearretty crappy right as Alice must make her way through the seedy underbelly of a city whose criminals earn their money via kidnapping young girls and forcing them into the sex tradeThis story was DARK and oh so very stabby Do not say I didn t warn you If you re looking for a cuddly cartoon version of Alice you should most definitely look elsewhere On the other hand if you re like me and are looking for something like this I highly recommend Christina Henry s spin on things All the Stars Many thanks to my friend Christopher for Fates Monolith (MacLomain, putting this on the radar for me This selection was chosen asart of the Winter Reading Challenge my library uts on each year Four books and the limited edition coffee mug will be MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE This is a bizarre violent story one full of menace and dark magic It s trippy the way that every Alice book should be and full of nightmarish images and themes I loved it for the most artbut BUT I have one A Family Scandal problem with it and it s aretty major one the book is extremely rape y Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort because it s everywhere in this world both blatant and implied and both active and imagined While I ve always thought most fairy tale retellings and re imaginings could use a bit meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion it s in the very nature of many of the original stories after all I was extremely bothered by the degree of rape and abuse here If you are able to look Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, past that ugh itains me to even The Perfect Weapon phrase this in such a way the book is incredibly imaginative and just what a grown up Alice story should be It s well written delightfully weird and scatter shot with wince inducing horror AND A GIANT RABBIT I couldn t turn theages fast enough and I m very interested in seeing where the story goes next But I also am very disturbed by the rape of Psychic Protection pastresent and กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ possible future And I m bothered by the implication that all men no matter how good are susceptible to bring overcome by lust even under the most horrifyingly extreme circumstances Somixed reactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book and the view of men Please note however the relatively high rating despite that Probably best to judge for yourself if you re interestedA bit of aolish on this review at some Employment Law Cases and Materials point SAY HELLO to one of the creepiest retellings ever writtenI didn t think it was gross or anything of the like but it is really unmistakably disturbing And that s fun Witnessing the new somber Alice kill a bunch of murderers completely captured my attention Crazy thing is she still keeps a sliver of innocence through all of that Maybe because compared to her friend THE Hatcher she s a sweetheart But she really made me think of a fallen angel ready for vengeance and who would stop at nothing to get what they want EhehehI recall the author did notut much emphasis on the appearance of Hatcher or Alice for a matter of fact not that we need it so I basically imagined my own sexy Hatcher He s ten years older than Alice and that s a downer in my opinion I reckon he is in his forties and very much feels his age His being serious all the time seriously never helps in making him sound younger Plus I don t remember him ever cracking a joke Ever He s all about intense glares deep speeches and killing What Would Pacifists Have Done about Hitler? a Discussion of War, Dictators and Pacifism people of courseChristina Henry s writing style is one that will one day make her an international best selling author She might not know it yet but I have a strong feeling that will happen if she keeps writing books as good as this one I am a very hard grader on what I believe MAKES a story the characters But Miss Henryassed the exam with a beautiful mark shall I add As you know this is a retelling of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland a book I was never a fan of So the majority of the rotagonists and antagonists we see are from Wonderland Except funny thing is the author decided to transform. One night a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years