Review: “Alice Takes Back Wonderland” by David D. Hammons

Review of "Alice Takes Back Wonderland” by David D. Hammons A review by Amanda.

Alice’s adventure in Wonderland was real, although the story by Lewis Carroll got some things wrong. For instance, Alice was not from 19th England, but 21st century Missouri. When she returns to her family, spewing tales of talking white rabbits, a murderous queen, and a disappearing cat, her parents send her to therapy and she is prescribed medication to stop her “hallucinations”. After a while, even Alice begins to think that she imagined the entire thing. One day, though, she’s late to take her pills, and the white rabbit from her dreams comes to bring her back to Wonderland.

Things have changed drastically in the ten years since she left Wonderland. The Ace of Spades is in charge, the Cheshire Cat is dead, and many of the inhabitants of Wonderland have had their “wonder” removed. Ace has seen what Alice’s world is like – full of logic and reason, not madness and silliness – and he wants to remake Wonderland in the same image. The White Rabbit has brought Alice back to convince Ace that her reality is not all that it’s cracked up to be. When that doesn’t work, an old friend sends Alice on a mission to other worlds, other fairy tales, to raise an army and save the wonder of Wonderland.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland is a hodge-podge of classic tales. Alice meets several characters from stories that she recognizes as fairy tales from her own world, not realizing at first that she is one as well. It’s not only fairy tales either; other well-known people from famous stories and events find their way into this book, such as Hercules and Davy Crockett, albeit not exactly as readers will remember them. Fans of the ABC show Once Upon A Time will appreciate the combination of stories and the overlap of characters, but others may find it to be overwhelming. Several of my favorite tales were mentioned, like Peter Pan and Pinocchio, and I loved the differences between the familiar stories and this one. This appears to be a standalone novel, with no sequel in sight. If you are a devout defender of the classics, this book may not be for you. I do recommend this book to those who are fans of updated retellings.

 

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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