Archive for February 2nd, 2010

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Lewis Carroll’s Games and Puzzles

Lewis Carroll’s Games and Puzzles compiled and edited by Edward Wakeling

Dover Publications Inc 1992. Paperback.

Includes illustrations from Alice and from Sylvie and Bruno, and diagrams for the puzzles themselves.

ISBN: 0486269221

Lots of Carroll’s logic and word puzzles, including such delights as Cakes in a Row, Alice’s Multiplication Tables, Looking-Glass Time, Arithmetical Croquet, Four Brothers and a Monkey, Hidden Names, Diverse Doublets, Mischmasch and The Number Forty-Two.

Answers in the back, fortunately…

On amazon here: Lewis Carroll’s Games and Puzzles

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10

The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Published by Egmont, 2004. Hardback with dust jacket.

ISBN: 1405209879

Beddor apparently wrote this for boy’s after being forced to read the ‘girl’s book’ Alice as a child. It shows: I thought this was all violence and no characterisation.

The Amazon review says:

Beddor imagines that Alice’s wonderland did indeed exist. That it was not fairy tale. Princess Alyss Heart was heir to the throne of Wonderland, but was cruelly usurped when her Aunt Redd stormed Wondertropolis and murdered her parents. Fleeing for her life, Alyss was transported to our world, to the world of Charles Dodgson and literary Oxford in the late 19th Century. Taken in by the Liddells, Alyss at first steadfastly refused to denounce her true bearing as fiction. But after years of convincing nobody of her origins and noble birth–Alyss Heart became Alice Liddell. And it was Alice Liddell who inspired Dodgson to write his legendary novel about her–despite Alyss’s accusations that he has cruelly twisted her story to make light of her heritage for entertainment.

Alyss’s Wonderland is an occupied land that must be freed. And Alyss eventually realises that she must once again go back to her true home and try to reclaim it. And it is going to be a bloody reckoning.

Amazon: The Looking Glass Wars
Looking Glass Wars website here.

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10

Alice in Puzzleland

Alice in Puzzleland by Raymond Smullyan. Illustrated by Greer Fitting.

Published by Penguin, 1984.

ISBN: 0140070567

A range of puzzles dealing with word play and logic, mathematics and philosophy, featuring Alice and the creatures of Wonderland.

“How do I know for sure that I’m awake?” asked Alice. “Why can’t it be that I’m now asleep and dreaming all this?”

“Ah, that’s an interesting question and one quite difficult to answer!” replied the King. “I once had a long philosophical discussion with Humpty Dumpty about this. Do you know him?”

“Oh, yes!” replied Alice.

“Well, Humpty Dumpty is one of the keenest arguers I know—he can convince just about anyone of just about anything when he puts his mind to it! Anyway, he almost had me convinced that I had no valid reason to be sure that I was awake, but I outsmarted him! It took me about three hours, but I finally convinced him that I must be awake, and so he conceded that I had won the argument. And then—”

The King did not finish his sentence but stood lost in thought.

“And then what?” asked Alice.

“And then I woke up!” said the King, a bit sheepishly.

Amazon: Alice in Puzzle-land

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Feb
10

Anthony Browne

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Anthony Browne.

Published by Julia MacRae Books, a division of Walker Books, 1988.

Hardback first edition with dust-jacket.

ISBN: 0862033241

There are plenty of slightly surreal colour illustrations throughout in text and full page. I like the fact that they don’t  follow the Tenniel’s too closely.

I bought this for my father: he was an Alice fan too. In fact, all this is probably his fault.

Available on amazon: Alice in Wonderland

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Feb
10

Mabel Lucie Attwell

Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell.

The Treasure House Library, published by Raphael Tuck and Sons Ltd.

Hardback with illustrated boards. No dust jacket.

Dedication on flyleaf dated 1930.

Lots of charming line drawings, and 5 colour plates.: I think there should be 6 but it’s a really tatty copy and I suspect one have fallen out.

I think this was bought on ebay, but I do tend to lose track.

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Feb
10

Two Parragon Editions.

Two Parragon Editions.

Left: Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking Glass (Children’s Classics).
Published 1993, Parragon Plus. Paperback. No illustrations.

ISBN: 1858135613

Right: Alice in Wonderland, with Tenniel illustrations. Spine says ‘Parragon’, but title page gives copyright to William Collins.

The ISBN on the cover is 5019477000593, but that now seems to be identified with The Secret Garden by the same publishers.

I’m confused.




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