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04
Jan
14

Alice in tumblr-Land and Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation

reviews_feature1Alice in tumblr-Land and Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation by Tim Manly.

Published by Penguin Books (29 Oct 2013).

Hardback 1st edition.

ISBN: 978-0143124795

Based on the blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humour book featuring your favourite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

Alice and her friends star in several of the one page scenes- the Cheshire Cat emails links to sites selling tail-enhancement pills, Dum and Dee are shwasted and the caterpillar has really changed…

On Amazon: Alice in Tumblr-Land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation

 

31
Dec
13

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

09
Sep
13

Alice’s Diorama Shadowbox

ImageAlice’s Diorama Shadowbox from Benjamin Pollock’s.

Drawings by Simon Seddon.

Published by Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop 2012.

New, and as yet unopened.

From the Pollock’s website:

A new cut-out model from Pollock’s Toyshop. 4 illustrated sheets can be cut-out and stuck together to create a decorative shadow box/diorama. The pack includes an Alice doll and her accessories. Leave it plain or colour it yourself – add decoration, imagination and peep through into a Pollock’s Toyshop Wonderland.

Bought for me by the lovely Fran when we went to see Alice in Wonderland at St. Paul’s in Covent Garden.

 

20
Jun
13

Tea Time

IMG_0409Tea Time card game.

Published by Gigamic.

Consists of two sealed packs of square double-sided cards in a rather splendid tin.
You can see it unpacked, and hear it explained, here.

According to the publishers:

Who will you invite to tea? The tea is brewing and the table is set. Everything is ready for tea. But are you still in the real world, or have you passed through the looking glass? Take turns to choose one, two or three Character cards and invite them to tea. Watch out: the two worlds cannot co-exist because opposite profiles cancel each other out. Keep your feet firmly on the ground. The winner is not the one with the most guests, but the one who chooses them wisely! Tea Time is a logical and imaginative game with a delightful air of mystery.

Bought for me by my generous ex-boyfriend, but we are yet to have a game… I’m not sure if I want to unwrap the cards!

Available on Amazon: Tea Time

11
Feb
13

Alice in Beeland

scan0004Alice in Beeland by Lillian Elizabeth Roy.

Illustrations by Julia Greene.

Published by Cupples & Leon, 1919.

Hardback, no dustjacket.

Four black and white full page illustrations, with plenty of smaller drawings of Alice and her bee friends scattered throughout text.

Little Alice Wells is exploring her garden when she spies Bombus, a bumblebee, and follows him to overhear him conversing with Madam Zumm and a young bee named Buzz. They give her a special nectar which enables her to enter the Bee world, where she learns much about Bees and their life and society.

Evertype re-issue available on Amazon if you want a read: Alice in Beeland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

12
May
12

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek:  Sunbeam Toy Books 2nd Series.

Published by F. Warne & Co.

Elsie goes into the woods to play Hide and Seek, where she meets Alice, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

09
Feb
12

Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama, who has said “I, Kusama, am the modern Alice in Wonderland.”

Published by Penguin Classics, Feb 2012. First edition hardback.

ISBN: 978-0141197302

Kusama has suffered from hallucinations that fill her vision with spots since she was a child- possibly as a reflection of her abusive mother’s spotted kimono. The illustrations in the book are full of spots and dashes and repetitions my favourite is the mass of doodled eyes covering a page illustrating the trial.

Kusama has also lived with mental illness her whole life; she eventually checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill in 1973 and resides there permanently.

I presume this has been released to coincide with her exhibition at the Tate Modern

Available on Amazon: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama (Penguin Classics)

21
Jan
12

Anna Gaskell

Anna Gaskell- photographs by Anna Gaskell, text by Thom Jones and Nancy Spector.

Published by powerHouse Books, 2001. First edition hardback.

ISBN: 1576870693

Two of Gaskell’s photographic series (Wonder and Override) are based on a loose re-interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Both included in this book.

From the publisher:

Anna Gaskell’s first monograph showcases the artist’s famed photographic series and rarely seen drawings. Through such diverse references as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and 1970s horror films All About Eve and Carrie, Gaskell plumbs the strangeness of growing up female in a haunting and provocative style of photography.

Anna Gaskell was born in Iowa in 1969. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a B.F.A. in 1992. She received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1995.

Some of the photos here

Available on Amazon: Anna Gaskell

01
Jan
12

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

31
Dec
11

Fantastic Alice

Fantastic Alice: New Stories from Wonderland edited and introduced by Margaret Weis, an American fantasy author and joint creator of the Dragonlance game world.

ISBN-10: 0441002536

Published by Ace Fantasy (Ace Books); first edition paperback (1995).

A collection of seventeen (rather uneven) short stories inspired by Alice: the titles are rather more interesting than the stories themselves, including:

Muchness (Jody Lyn Nye)

The Rabbit Within (Gary A. Braunbeck)

Who Killed Humpty Dumpty (Mickey Zucker Reichhert)

I’m not the only one who is unconvinced:

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.

Shame really- a bit of a wasted opportunity.

Bought on abebooks, but available on Amazon: Fantastic Alice




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