Hello and welcome to the Titan Books Blog Tour for Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane.
Tread carefully as you visit the brilliant and bizarre world of Wonderland once again, for these original and fantastically horrifying tales capture a Wonderland that you’ll never have experienced before…
About The Book
“Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in an anthology that bends the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Contributors include the bestselling M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Catriona Ward, Rio Youers and L.L. McKinney.
Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical. There’s even a Wild West tale from Angela Slatter, poetry, and a story by Laura Mauro which presents us with a Japanese folklore-inspired Wonderland.
Alison Littlewood, Cavan Scott and Catriona Ward make the more outlandish elements their own, while James Lovegrove instead draws on the supernatural. Cat Rambo takes us to a part of Wonderland we haven’t seen before and Lilith Saintcrow gives the legend a science-fiction spin. The nightmarish reaches of the imagination are the breeding ground for M.R. Carey’s visions, while Robert Shearman, George Mann, Rio Youers and Mark Chadbourn’s tales have a deep-seated emotional core which will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings.
So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?”
What I Thought
Before you dive down the rabbit hole be prepared for the weird and wonderful tales inside this anthology inspired by Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by CS Lewis. Fans of Alice are sure to enjoy this as a wonderful array of authors take inspiration from her tale and put their own individual twist on it. Some are weirder than others, some creepy and others even sad.
Robert Shearman leads the way with weird and sad in Wonders Never Cease where Alice has returned from Wonderland and sets about getting a new life, but she seems to struggle with reality. Then Juliet Marillier has the ever so slightly disturbing but highly triumphant Dog, Alice! which tells the tale of a young girl called Dorathea and her puppy Alice who helps her out of dangerous situation.
About Time by George Mann is a tale of growing up and passing the mantle onto someone younger. Vanished Summer Glory by Rio Youers is rather sad but I liked how it ended. Black Kitty by Catriona Ward had a wicked air about it and it’s one I wished was longer. I would really love to deliver more into that world and the story behind it. And I really liked The White Queens Dictum by James Lovegrove, it’s the one that is furthest from Alice’s tale but really drew me in and when it dawned on me what was happening I thought it was brilliantly done.
There are so many more tales enclosed but these are the ones that stood out the most to me. Wonderland really is an intriguing anthology of the weird and wonderful. I think a lot of you will enjoy it too. Wonderland is out now!
Many thanks to Sarah at Titan Books for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.