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Fantastic Alice [Mass Market Paperback]

Margaret Weis


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Dec 12 2012
Today's masters of modern fantasy pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland and its inspired creator, Lewis Carroll, in this all-new anthology. Includes outlandishly wonderful tales by...

* Esther M. Friesner

* Roger Zelazny
* Janet Asimov
* Tobin Larson
* Jody Lynn Nye
* Janet Pack
* Lawrence Watt-Evans
* Kevin T. Stein
* Jane M. Lindskold
* Bruce Holland Rogers
* Lawrence Schimel
* Gary A. Braunbeck
* Peter Crowther
* Connie Hirsch
* Mickey Zucker Reichert
* Lisa Mason

* Robin Wayne Bailey

* Introduction by Margaret Weis

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM) (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006342
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,179,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The current spate of themed, written-to-order anthologies leaves us awash in mediocrity; Fantastic Alice, in which 17 authors rework material by Lewis Carroll, is only a partial exception. Only Bruce Holland Rogers in the touching "A Common Night"-the best story here, despite an unconvincing close-illuminates what he borrows. He makes intriguing connections between Carroll and Emily Dickinson, and his verse is impressively clever. Several stories bring Carrollian characters to the real world; the best is Peter Crowther's eerie, disturbing "Conundrums to Guess," in which the Red Queen shows up (with an ax), but it's undeveloped and rushed. Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jane M. Lindskold and Esther M. Friesner bring to reality the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse and the Duchess's pig-baby, respectively, with some cleverness and imagination. Most of the stories that put characters into versions of Carroll's worlds, though, fail to one degree or another. The late Roger Zelazny contributes turgid and violent mythopoeia, Janet Pack a whimsy-slaying and sloppy "It was all a dream-or was it?" cliche; Mickey Zucker Reichert's and Connie Hirsch's takeoffs are flat-footed and laborious. While the writing here is generally professional and there is some cleverness throughout, too often we feel we're seeing an old-time star spliced into a low-budget remake.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discover Wonderland All Over Again April 17 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wonderland is a remarkable place. It has survived all attempts of analysts and adaptors to structure and sentimentalize it. It is wonder, it is madness, it is a comic nightmare which reflects desires and perceptions within us exaggerating them into caricatures of absurd proportions.
In this anthology, seventeen bold and practiced explorers of the literary genre have dared to journey back into madness in quest of...what? Wonder? Truth? And the remarkable thing is that each one of them brings us back something different, because, of course, Wonderland is never the same twice...
There are stories in this book that will arouse your interest. There are stories that will bore or annoy you with their approach. And there are some that will terrify you with a moment of insight that will take you back to Wonderland all over again. I particularly enjoyed "A Common Night" but that will vary...
Welcome to Wonderland. Don't bother preparing yourself because here is where all structures break down. Prepare to lose yourself in a world of puns and nightmarish absurdity. Or, as I suppose the Mad Hatter would put it...
"Abandon all mope, ye who enter here!"
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read July 27 2012
By Wren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This short story collection is full of creativity, though some of the stories are better than others. I like books like this, where all the pieces are a take on a specific central riff. Overall, I think it's well written, though some stories grabbed me better than others - and some I skimmed through at best. Worth a read, especially if you are a big fan of Alice in Wonderland.
4.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't make sense? It's not supposed to.... June 23 2011
By Richard Chappell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are fond of a variety of veiwpoints and differences of perspective, this is a collection for you. Though familiar and similar, none of the stories can be or should be read together. A total of 17 tales, the major theme in abut half of them is of introspection, especially the last one, "A Pigs Tale", just as one would expect from Alice and her mad companions. This could be given to an older child, but in such a case, I would warn against "Hollywood Squares" which features language AND casual sleeping around, of which there isn't much detail, but enough that it would be innapropriate. Overall and underall, if you have a free afternoon, I would strongly suggest this book.

Posted by Poor Richard's daughter
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderland through new eyes Dec 10 2007
By A. Firestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book. I've been reading Alice since I was a child, but when I found this book, my appreciation for Lewis Carroll's world went to a whole new level.
A collection of short stories based around characters and Wonderland, this book breaks the childhood fix and reveals the darker, more sinister side of what it's like down the rabbit hole. Some stories follow new characters who end up in Wonderland or interacting with familiar faces. Others are simply steeped in references, comparing people and everyday lives with the extraordinairy events that we know to have happened on Alice's travels.
This book is not for children. It's not for people who are happy and comfortable with Alice the way it is. This book is for people who, although appreciate the original text, have grown away from it and seek something new with familiar reference points. Some of the stories are not top quality, but don't let that put you off. More than half of them are, and are extremely thought provoking (did you know the White Rabbit turned out to be gay?).
It's a challenge to readers who know Alice well. And definitely worth the trip to Wonderland.
1 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ April 2 2000
By Jon Arveson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It was very dissapointing for a margeret Weis book Its not a book u wanna read. Some people might though

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