Review: (Re)Visions: Alice

May 31, 2014     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Books I've Read, Reading, Reviews

Many thanks to Candlelight & Gleam for sending me this review copy via Netgalley.

Read: April 19 to April 23, 2014

Confession time! This is the first short story anthology I have ever read. Shocking, right? But I am glad that I broke into the anthology world, because reading (Re)Visions: Alice was quite enjoyable. I am not entirely sure how to review an anthology, so I am going to wing it!

We start with the original Alice in Wonderland, as written by Lewis Carroll. I loved that this was included, because if you aren’t familiar with the original work, or you have forgotten what you read years ago, it is a nice touch. You get to familiarize yourself with what they are expanding on.

I think the way the stories are arranged is interesting, because I found I liked each story more as I went.

The first story, What Aelister Found Here was promising, as it featured a male character in the place of Alice. It was the only story in the anthology to take our plucky heroine and make her a hero. I know, in today’s male-dominated society it might be odd to hear me say I was eager to read about a gender-flipped Alice. But I really was intrigued to see how the character would transfer to a male. However, I found the tarot theme and very loosely woven reality to be quite hard to follow. I enjoyed the story once everything came together in the end, but getting there was a bit of a chore for me.

The second story, House of Cards was interesting in that it didn’t follow Alice’s story directly, rather something that happened before. Honestly, I don’t remember much about this story, other than I liked reading about people before Alice, and that I liked it better than the first. It was different from the original Alice in Wonderland, but not quite so different as the first entry in this anthology.

Knave was the third story in the (Re)Visions: Alice anthology, and it was hands-down my favorite. All of the best known and loved characters of Alice in Wonderland have been dropped into an underground crime setting. And it suits them. I devoured this portion, and I really wanted more.

The World In A Thimble was probably my second-favorite. It read a lot like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, but with an Alice twist. Our main character was male, but he didn’t take on Alice’s role.

A lot of the stories seemed to focus on the Jack or Knave of hearts, which I found interesting, but I couldn’t put my finger on why.

Overall, my first foray into the world of anthologies was enjoyable, and I can foresee myself stopping by from time to time.

Talk bookish to me!