Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons
Published September 28, 2015

I felt that this book had a lot of promise but I’m not so sure the execution fully utilized that potential.  In short, Alice Takes Back Wonderland had a lot of delightful characters but I felt that the plot was a little messy and confusing.

My favorite part of this book was the fact that there were so many other characters such as Snow White, Peter Pan, Hercules, Cinderella, Charming, etc. that made the book seem very intriguing.  What I didn’t like so much though was the fact that the flow of the plot such as the transition from Wonderland to Neverland or Neverland to Grimm and everything else seemed a little abrupt and strange.  It didn’t flow very nicely and I was a little confused when Alice suddenly found herself in Neverland.  I mean, where exactly did that come from?  And why was there suddenly David Crocket or Joan of Arc or Hercules suddenly involved?  It would have made a little more sense if everyone came from Fairy Tales and if the author stuck with that theme but clearly David Crocket and Joan of Arc weren’t fairy tales.  They were actual people who lived a long time ago.  As for Hercules, he’s not really considered as a fairy tale – more of a mythology.  It just seemed as if the author randomly decided to add characters no matter where they came from and called it an army.

Alice was definitely mad in this book.  Even though she might not have ADHD which apparently her parents thought she had so they made her take all these pills growing up but she clearly had something.  It was clear that she wasn’t right in the head with all of her nonsense talk (this is minus all the fairy tale and Wonderland talk, BTW).  Her favorite saying literally made no sense – I’m not even sure where the author got that from.  Even the people in Wonderland and the other lands didn’t know what she was talking about.  If people from a usually crazy country or countries can’t understand your maddening talk then perhaps you really are mad.

I did enjoy the slight romance between Peter and Alice.  It wasn’t very obvious but there were hints throughout the book where it clearly showed that Peter cared for Alice a lot.  What I didn’t get was how Alice cared for Peter.  I felt that that was a little random and it wasn’t until they kissed when she suddenly was like “that was a nice feeling”.  I wish it was a little more probable from Alice’s side.

Overall, it was a decent book.  The author could have made it a lot more believable and less messy in terms of the plot and the characters though.




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