Review : Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

33009276Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
First Published : 1865

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

Oh dear god this book. And I’m not saying it in a good way. I’m not one for classics but I do enjoy whimsy every now and again but this was just too much. I also disliked all the characters. I hated Alice and how childish she was any maybe that was just because I read this book for the first time being 25. I know Alice was supposed to be young and naive.

My biggest problem was I couldn’t keep up with it all. There was so many things all happening at once and I couldn’t handle it all. Especially the ending with the court.  I was so close to DNFing this book. But I knew pushing through it was just going to give me the satisfaction of getting through one of the most dizzying and confusing books I’ve ever read. And I was sadly disappointed with it all in all.

I don’t think there’s really much else I can say about it. Sorry Lewis Carroll…it just didn’t do anything for me. I tip my hat at your whimsy and imagination.

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DNF Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

12558285Splintered by A.G. Howard
Published: January 1, 2013

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

So this is my first DNF and I’m sure it won’t be my last as I read books throughout the year. I know this happens from time to time with books. But I tried so hard to read this book. I thought the concept was great and I liked the idea of all of this. I enjoyed the style of writing and all that, but I really couldn’t invest in the characters.

I think there’s tons of potential in this book though so maybe I’m not picking it up at the correct time. I also think the book had a very “Tim Burton” feel to it and I’m not sure I appreciated that close resemblance to his style of characters. Maybe it felt like the author ripped off Burton’s style in a way? I’m not 100% sure if that’s what bothered me.

I also found Alyssa as a really odd character I couldn’t find any connection with. I thought the insane mother and grandmother aspect was kind of awesome way to spin everything.

But please let me know if it’s worth it to keep going because I will try if I get enough people telling me to go for it.