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08
Jul
14

Wonderland No More

TAG30017_thumbWonderland No More by Kevin L. Anderson, Lansing D. Tryon and Jordan Peacock.

Softback, with B&W text & colour cover. Published by Triple Ace Games.

Publisher’s details:

WE’RE ALL MAD HERE!

In 1865, Lewis Carroll introduced the world to the delightful nonsense of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and followed up with Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There in 1871. These tales present us with a world of whimsy and absurdity, and maybe just the tiniest hint of danger and adventure.

But what if there really was an Alice who visited Wonderland and what if it didn’t vanish as soon as she left? What if Wonderland’s childlike charm tarnished just a bit with the years, and it warped under the weight of its own nonsense? Maybe it’s all just a dream—or a nightmare—but it’s all very real for anyone trapped within.

Wonderland No More provides a setting for adventures within a realm of fantasy and the unexpected, a madcap ride that bounces between humor and horror. Here, when the Queen of Hearts cries, “Off with their heads!” it usually happens!

Take on the roles of wooden Chessmen, two-dimensional Cards, talking Animals, mobile Plants, Tweedle, or even the occasional Human. Knights quest for blessed artifacts of Alice, Little Girls master the deadly Queen’s Croquet, Haberdashers have a few tricks under their caps, and Gourmancers create magical foods and drinks (helpfully labeled “Eat Me” or “Drink Me” for those who can’t figure it out on their own).

Lighthearted or sinister, it’s all what you make of it in Wonderland—because we’re all mad here.

Contained in this book:Six playable races, including Animals, Cards and Chessmen.

* Over 40 new Edges and Hindrances explore the new character options the world of Wondrland.
* Three Arcane Backrounds – holy priests who worship Alice or the Spirit of Conflict, Gourmancers who cook their powers into dishes and Haberdashers wielders of hat themed magics.
* Detailed setting rules covering the science of Wonderland, its relation to our world, and more.
* A fully detailed campaign.
* Over twenty Savage Tales.
* Side Quests and Other Diversions – suggestions for further adventures along various themes.
* Full stats for dozens of allies, opponents and creatures the heroes will encounter on their journies.

Triple Ace Games presents Wonderland No More for the award winning Savage Worlds RPG – adventure in Alice’s world!

Some of the character types:

Bounty Hunter: Since the Queen of Hearts began taxing her subjects, jobs abound for those who want to hunt their kin for
money. Tax evaders disappear or become outlaws, and need to be tracked down.
Common Folk: “From small acorns mighty oaks grow,” so says an old proverb, and it is nowhere truer than with the common folk of Wonderland. By circumstance or happenstance, many a common villager has been thrust upon the path of adventure.
Explorer: These folk are no longer content to stay in their known and safe area, following the urge to wander and see what is over the horizon.
Guard: There is always a use for a guard, including warding the royal presence, ensuring that a tax collector remains unmolested, or fighting a
war with a rival.
Gourmancer: A few of those who study the culinary art of preparing magical dishes choose to travel the realms to sell their recipes to those who have immediate use for them, to cure an ill or right a wrong. These wandering Gourmancers often stumble into adventure whether they seek it out or not.
Haberdasher: Sometimes people ask for the strangest things on their hats! Whilst seeking the perfect jubjub feather, other adventures may intervene.

See more here.

Sometimes pops up on Amazon. Mine was a birthday present- Thanks Roz & Simon!

 

08
Jul
14

Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin

Malice-in-Wonderland-1-Alice-the-Assassin.225x225-75Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin by Lotus Rose.

Self published paperback, 2012.

The blurb:

It’s a lot easier to be ruthless when you’re heartless. . .
The truth is not what you were led to believe. Alice never left Wonderland. It wasn’t all “just a dream.”
It’s a nightmare. A nightmare she can’t escape, where formerly pleasant characters throw her unhappy unbirthday parties to torment her, while others like to make her cry so they can lick her tears.
But one day after years of this unpleasantness, she loses her heart. Literally. Well, technically someone steals it.
And she has to get it back. By any means necessary. And it’s a lot easier to be ruthless now that she’s heartless.
She will have her heart returned to her even if she has to kill all the citizens of Wonderland one by one…

You can get the Kindle edition for free!

 

06
Jul
14

The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case

Picture 14The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case Along with Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter-Writing by Lewis Carroll.

Modern French facsimile edition of the original, which was published by Emberlin and Son in 1890 and was sold in a printed envelope, together with a pamphlet written by Carroll.

I wish I could afford an original

From the pamphlet (although mine is in French):

Some American writer has said “the snakes in this district may be divided into one species—the venomous.” The same principle applies here. Postage-Stamp-Cases may be divided into one species, the “Wonderland.” Imitations of it will soon appear, no doubt: but they cannot include the two Pictorial Surprises, which are copyright.

You don’t see why I call them ‘Surprises’? Well, take the Case in your left-hand, and regard it attentively. You see Alice nursing the Duchess’s Baby? (An entirely new combination, by the way: it doesn’t occur in the book.) Now, with your right thumb and forefinger, lay hold of the little book, and suddenly pull it out. The Baby has turned into a Pig! If that doesn’t surprise you, why, I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised if your own Mother-in-law suddenly turned into a Gyroscope!

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Inside there are sections for different value stamps of the time, with an extra slot for the most commonly used onepenny stamp..

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Occasionally available on Amazon.

05
Jul
14

Alistair in Wonderland: Daily Mail

6a00d8341d417153ef01156f4bf68a970c-800wiALISTAIR IN WONDERLAND; Curiouser and Curiouser … Darling Refuses to Cut Public Spending, Hits the Rich with 50p Tax and Pins His Hopes on the Fantasy of a Swift Return to Growth. Daily Mail.

Front page headline from Thursday , April 23rd 2009. Article by James Chapman, Political Editor.

From the article:

Alistair Darling has gambled Britain’s future on a 1970s-style tax raid against the rich and a wildly-optimistic forecast of economic recovery.

The Chancellor drove a stake through the heart of New Labour yesterday by stinging top earners with a new 50p tax rate.

Experts said the move – resisted for a decade by Tony Blair – was largely symbolic and could even lose the Treasury money by prompting an exodus of the rich. It was the big shock in a nakedly political Budget which will mean unprecedented levels of borrowing and led David Cameron to dismiss Gordon Brown as the ‘clapped-out’ leader of a ‘government of the living dead’. While Mr Darling plans to slow the growth in public spending, he still is refusing to make cuts.

The decision to ‘soak the rich’ shattered Labour’s election manifesto pledge not to raise income tax and appeared chiefly designed to wrongfoot the Conservatives.

 

05
Jul
14

First Day Cover 1994

1994_Greet_PO_sloganFirst Day Cover 1994.

Mad Hatter First Day Cover. There were others: yet to be tracked down…

According to the BFDC website:

First day covers are specially designed envelopes with attractive postage stamps which have been postmarked on the day the stamps were issued by the Post Office.

 

Stamps:
Dan Dare and the Mekon
Three Bears
Rupert the Bear
Alice
Noggin the Nog
Peter Rabbit
Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Orlando the Marmalade Cat
Biggles
Paddington Bear
This isn’t my actual envelope I’m afraid- my lack of scanner is impeding me. Mine has the stamps all level rather than split, and is postmarked Nottingham.
29
Jun
14

Alice in Sussex

alice-in-sussexAlice in Sussex written and illustrated by Nicholas Mahler.

Published by Suhrkamp Verlag Gmbh (Mar 2013). Softback.

German graphic novel in which Alice chases the White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole in search of an illustrated edition of Austrian poet H. C. Artmann’s Frankenstein in Sussex.

From the publisher:

Alice is back in Wonderland. Here she meets the White Rabbit, who leads her down into his rabbit hole in search of an illustrated edition of H. C. Artmann’s Frankenstein in Sussex. Over the course of the novel Alice repeatedly runs into the Rabbit who quotes freely from other literary works by the likes of Herman Melville and E. M. Cioran.

Unlike in Carroll’s classic, this Alice is not in Wonderland but rather in a house deep beneath the ground. On subsequent floors she encounters the famous creations of Lewis Carroll: the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, and many others. One after the other, these creatures address the terrors of childhood and youth. When Alice reaches the ground floor of the house she comes face to face with Frankenstein’s Monster, whereupon she awakes from her terrifying dream.

Available on Amazon.

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29
Jun
14

Alice’s Bloody Adventures

51d9CWkTjlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX342_SY445_CR,0,0,342,445_SH20_OU02_Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Raul Contreras.

Published by Demented Entertainment (19 Jun 2013). Hardback, no dustjacket.

From the blurb:

A new demented modern interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With illustrations by Los Angeles based street artist Tweedle Guns. The White Rabbit has killed Alice’s Sister and cat. Sending her on a revenge quest down the rabbit hole. Alice finds herself a pawn in a deadly battle for supremacy of Wonderland.

I love the illustrations: they use Tenniel as a jumping off point, but leap a pretty long way.

Available on Amazon.

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29
Jun
14

Frabjous Times

ImageLocal double ended paper advertising the events taking place in Oxford on 2014’s Alice Day (July 5th). Lots of cool stuff in there: I just wish I could go! And I wish I still had a scanner. Some things don’t photograph well.

Donated by a kindly colleague: thanks!

 

30
Apr
14

Puzzles in Wonderland

puzzlesLewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland: A Frabjous Puzzle Challenge, Inspired by Alice’s Adventures by Richard Wolfrik Galland.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd (10 Oct 2013). Hardback.

ISBN-10: 178097440X
ISBN-13: 978-1780974408

From the publisher:

Take a trip down the rabbit hole into a wondrous world of riddles and enigmas. In this fabulous collection you will discover a host of challenging puzzles, some will be familiar, while others are curiouser… and curiouser.

A collection of mind-benders themed around Alice and her companions, divided into Easy, Curious and Harder.

Here’s an example:

“How old are you really, Father William?” asked Alice.

“In six years time,” replied William, “I’ll be one and a quarter times as old as i was four years ago.”

How old is Father William?

You’ll have to buy the book to check your answer…

Available on Amazon

 

28
Apr
14

Wonderland Through the Looking Glass

ImageWonderland Through the Looking Glass by Patrick Shand and Raven Gregory.

Series: Wonderland (Unumbered)

Published by Zenescope (March 4, 2014). Paperback collection of 5 comic editions.

ISBN-13: 978-1939683496

Publisher’s blurb:

The series that every wonderland fan has been waiting for is here!

Of all the evil and sinister beings who have occupied the terrifying realm of Wonderland none have instilled fear in all they meet as much as one particular hat wearing villain. The boy turned man who nearly ended the world as we know it is back. The most diabolical villain in the history of wonderland returns! The story of Johnny Liddle’s transformation into the sinister Mad Hatter will finally be told and his origin may very well drive you absolutely mad! From writers Raven Gregory (Wonderland trilogy) and Pat Shand (Unleashed) comes the follow up to the Wonderland series Down the Rabbit Hole, where a world of horror awaits and it’s no farther away than a step…

Details of the original comics here.

From the cover notes:

The Liddle family has never been normal. Even before Alice would meet her future husband, Lewis, her mind was haunted by secrets of her dark past. Alice tried to live a normal life and raise a family with two beautiful children, Calie and Johnny. But it was only a matter of time before Alice’s past caught up with her. Upon learning that the nightmarish realm of Wonderland has been targeting her family through her mind, Alice sacrificed herself, finally ending the nightmare… Or so she thought.

After her mother’s suicide and the murder of her father at her brother’s hands, Calie Liddle sacrificed her brother, Johnny, to the realm of Wonderland. Now, Johnny – alone and scared – is trapped in the hellish landscape. What will become of him and what will become of the Liddle bloodline?

Available on amazon




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