Alice in Zombieland Paperback – Mar 15 2011
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All the characters, however mentally disturbed, fit perfectly in this freakish land of undead things. (Ramsey's Reviews 2011-03-28)
A cute, quick read. (Palmer's Picks for Reading 2011-03-28)
I love it just as much as all the other classics I've read that have been remade into horror. I can guarantee you that you've never read anything like this, and aren't likely to again.
(Literary Litter 2011-03-17)
This has to be one of the most fun mash-ups I've read.
(Michelle's Book Blog 2011-04-14)
Sincerely cute, if not a little morbid... (Big Shiny Robot 2011-06-13)
About the Author
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer, and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."
Nickolas Cook is an editor, a horror critic and reviewer, and the authorof a couple of dozen published short stories and three novels.
Top Customer Reviews
The story starts with Alice and her sister outside enjoying the lovely day. This time they are in a graveyard., and it is a black rat that distracts Alice and leads her astray and down into an open grave. The tale continues to parallel Mr. Lewis's original story line, though the descriptive details and much more dark and dead. Zombie dead that is.
As with the first version, I loved the description of the Mad Hatter's tea party. The teacups are all there, ample food to share and the same company. It was the change in the details that kept me in rapt attention. While I have had many tea parties with my daughter when she was young, I couldn't successfully imitate this one.
I don't know that zombie books will ever become a first choice read for me, but this one kept me coming back for more. I loved the descriptions of the blood spurts and gore, the flesh ragged bones lying around and the listless responses of the 'cards'. Frequently I would stop and read a particularly gruesome passage out loud to which ever family member happened to be in the same room with me. I fear that they now think I am truly demented. If you have read Mr. Carroll's version and are looking for a read that is a lot less sweet, give Alice and Zombieland a read.
The zombie element does not really get in the way of the plot, so nothing much has really changed. My favorite moment was the croquet game between the Queen and Alice - it's more of a croquet game with body parts which was laughable and was fun to read through.
Even though it was a fun idea, I felt like there just could have been more to this story. There just wasn't enough to it that I could fully enjoy the book. To me, it felt as if they just copied and pasted the zombie bits of the story and added it to Alice in Wonderland, and just changed the title appropriately. It just felt like a very haphazard read.
Perhaps what I wanted to see was, a twist to the plot to enhance the zombie aspect of the novel. Not just zombies added. It did feel like all you got was a simple add on to the story (something similar to an expansion pack for a game). More could be done with the combination but sad to say, there really wasn't anything to it.
It was a clever idea, and it had potential, but a lot more could have been done with this book. Instead, what you got was a few cut and paste moments of zombie goodness. Some parts were good and fun to read, but it just seemed to be lacking in something big to make this book exceptionally good and read worthy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book is disturbing and humorous. A really light, quick read. The illustrations are fabulous. It isn't the typical zombie mash-up, either. I have seen some reviewers upset that Cook only altered some words and kept the writing pretty much the same and not making the story his own, but I didn't mind that. I liked it.
I am really excited to recommend Alice in Zombieland to a friend. Zombie fans should really get into this. It is super creepy, just how I like my zombie books.
Alice in Zombieland is not the book you or I grew up on. Mr. Cook puts his own twists on a classic and makes it his own for the twenty-first century. I have been on a reading spree recently and have been reading a lot of zombie related books. This book did have the creep factor. The illustrations in this book were well done. This helped to add to the creep factor. As I was reading this book, I could not get over the fact that sweet Alice was a flesh, eating zombie. While, I did like this book, I would not say that it will ever gain the classic status that the original Alice in Wonderland is. This is what I do like about this book as it is a tongue and cheek read.
I don't even know where to begin. I must preface this by saying, I was never a huge fan of the original Alice in Wonderland. It was an okay story; but it was not in my top ten reads as a kid. I do not have a dislike for zombies and I am always up for a good horror story with blood and gore; but I am having trouble wrapping my brain around Alice and zombies. It is extremely difficult for me to picture sweet Alice eating flesh and talking to zombies. This just gives tea party a whole new meaning.
I found the story somewhat difficult to read because of the long lengthy sentences. I had to read it in small doses because, I actually found myself dozing off. From the best of my recollection, some of the original storyline is present; but with the present content, it was obviously changed in spots. There was, however, art work at the beginning of each chapter that was quite good at depicting the chapter subject matter.
I rarely find a book that I would not recommend. Unfortunately, this is one of them. I have no difficulty with rewriting of fairy tales; but this one was just a little too bizarre for me. If you have thoughts of reading it, I would definitely suggest the library before you decide to purchase. Alice is certainly not in 'Wonderland' anymore.
I was provided an ARC from Sourcebooks for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.