Posts Tagged ‘2010

28
Jan
12

Tales from Wonderland Volume 2

Tales from Wonderland Volume 2. Artists: Daniel Leister and Neil Ruffino. Authors: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory.

Published by Zenescope.

Second edition paperback, 2010.

ISBN: 978-0982363027

From the publishers:

The Red Queen finally has her chance at revenge. The shocking origin of the very first Mad Hatter comes to light, The Cheshire Cat is out in the real world and he’s ready to have some fun and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are doomed to repeat a nightmare of a lifetime.

Contains Tales from Wonderland: The Cheshire Cat, Tales from Wonderland: The Red Queen, Tales from Wonderland: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, and Tales from Wonderland: The Mad Hatter part 2.

28
Dec
11

The Final Alice

The Final Alice by Alycia Ripley.

(Self) Published by Trafford Publishing, 2011. Hardback, print on demand, with dust jacket.

Strangely for a book called “The Final Alice”, the spine claims this is just Book One…

From the book jacket:

When thirty year old Alice Pleasance feels her life and writing career going nowhere, she fears her namesake ancestor, a resourceful girl immortalized in a classic novel, would be disappointed by and ashamed of her failures.

This fear is abated when Alice is approached by a talking deer who explains that Alice has been chosen to battle the Red King, a manipulative and evil shape-shifter, in order to thwart his plans to infect and control humanity. Mysterious and ominous appearances of the numbers 10:10 convince Alice that although she may not know what is coming, she must relinquish self-doubt to defeat it.

Joined by a makeshift army of two telekinetic children, a dog who grows to dragon-size, a pair of ex-soldier Nigerian twins, and a bodiless Compass who desperately wants to become a real girl, Alice prepares for a terrifying and unpredictable confrontation.

A ring of child pornographers, cruel office managers, sadistic cheerleaders, and a two-headed contractor are only some of the obstacles Alice must face and eliminate in order to own her role in a family well-versed in nightmarish fairy tales and spiritual riddles.

Funny, poignant, provocative, and disturbing, the story illustrates the epic details often existing in everyday life, the power of imagination, and the requirements of redemption. This surreal, adult adventure is a new slice of Wonderland for a very modern audience.

The rather over-effusive review on the back cover…

‘Alycia Ripley’s fine novel deserves to be read, re-read, analyzed, debated, and perhaps become the sacred text of a passionate cult.’ James Ponsoldt, writer/director of Off the Black and Junebug and Hurricane.

… somehow suggests that ‘mate of author’ should be added to the reviewers list of achievements…?

Available on Amazon: The Final Alice

30
Oct
11

Alice in Waterland

Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford by Mark J. Davies.

Published by Signal Books Ltd, Aug 2010.

ISBN: 978-1904955726

First edition paperback.

From the publisher:

A world-famous Oxford story from a new angle: the essential role played by the River Thames in the creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

It was on rowing trips with Alice Liddell and her sisters that Lewis Carroll (the Oxford don, Charles Dodgson) invented many of the tales which were later incorporated into his two books; it was on the river bank on 4 July 1862 that Wonderland had its birth; and it was from particular incidents on or near the Thames that Carroll drew inspiration for of the best-known episodes.

Combining excerpts from Carroll’s diaries and the ‘Alice’ books with contemporary images, memoirs, and fiction, Alice in Waterland sets the Oxford scene of the time, and sheds new light on the real places which stimulated Carroll’s imagination and on the real individuals who inspired such characters as the Hatter, the Sheep, and the Red Queen.

The book takes the reader on a literary journey of discovery along some ten miles of the picturesque yet changeable river of which the ‘merry crew‘ were all so fond.

Mark Davies is an Oxford local historian, guide, speaker, and writer.

Bought on Amazon: Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford

23
Jun
11

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland: Two Educational Tales Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland by Audrey Mayhew Allen and Louise Franklin Bache.

Foreward by Michael Everson.

Illustrations for ‘Gladys’ by Charles Raymond Macauley, who was a newspaper cartoonist published in the New York Daily Mirror. ‘Alice’ is illustrated by Henry Clarence Pitz.

Published by Evertype in a new edition, 2010. Originally published 1897 and 1923 respectively.

I’d love to get copies of the original printings of these, but no luck so far. Good old Evertype though, providing readable copies of hard to find books.

You can read an excerpt and order a copy over on Evertype’s site.

03
May
11

Trevor Brown’s Alice

Trevor Brown’s Alice: illustrations by Trevor Brown.
With essays by Long Gone John and Kyo Satsuki. Translated by Don Kenny and Ei Kaneko.

Published by Treville Pan-exotica/ Kenichi Kawai.

Signed by the artist.

Trevor Brown (born 1959 in London) is a British artist who is currently living and working in Japan. His work explores paraphilia/ fetishes, so this is not a children’s Alice.

The book is a catalogue of sorts for his current gallery show at Bunkamura Gallery in Japan.

This special edition of the book features a pink spined jacket and a “diy pop-up kit” – which is really an extra book cover containing cards with shapes to cut out and assemble – all done up in the pink gros-grain ribbon.

In the main book there are 80 pages with 32 works including:

  • Alice Kawaii
  • Chess
  • Dumpty
  • Eat Me
  • The Pool of Tears
  • The Tweedles
  • Go Ask Alice
  • Cosmic Kitty
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Which Dreamed It?
  • Green Tea Party
  • Curiouser and Curiouser
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Impotent
  • Malice in Wonderland
  • Pig
  • Queen Alice
  • Red Painted Rose

You can see some of the pictures here, which is where I bought it. (Thanks to the lovely and helpful Katie). You can also order the standard edition- in blue and without the pop-up section.

As I say, the pop-up part of the package needs cutting out before assembling, so I expect mine will stay untouched. You can see what it should look like here.

You can get the 2010 paperback standard edition on Amazon: Trevor Brown: Alice

31
Mar
11

Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls

Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls: Through an All New Looking Glass by Charlotte Whatley.

Published by Dover, 2010. Paperback, first edition.

ISBN-10: 0486479587

From the back cover:

Prepare to fall down the rabbit hole and plunge through the looking glass again — Alice is getting edgy with this modern paper-doll interpretation. Replete with stunningly original costumes and accessories, these 16 dolls crackle with steampunk style, a creative combination of science fiction, fantasy, and Victorian-and Edwardian-era fashions. This vibrant re-imagining will appeal to paper-doll enthusiasts of all ages.

Seems a bit of a swizz that you have to cut the dolls out yourself- I’m sure when I was a kid, they were all pre-cut and you just had to press them out before you lost all the bits…

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls: Through an All New Looking Glass

13
Mar
11

Alice in Wonderland: a Visual Companion

Alice in Wonderland: a Visual Companion by Mark Salisbury, with a foreword by Tim Burton.

Published by Disney Editions (16 Mar 2010). Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 9781423128878

From the publisher’s bumpf:

Think you know the classic story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland? Think again because renowned director and producer Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, Edward Scissorhands, Beetle Juice, Batman) has applied his signature style to this beloved tale! The “Making/Art of” takes readers to the world behind Burton’s camera, revealing the secrets of performance-capture technology, the marriage of live-action and CGI technology, and the final result in a singular, artistic format. Fans will delight in reading about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of The Mad Hatter, and Anne Hathaway’s of The White Queen, to name just a few of the star performances. And, of course, this gorgeous book chronicles some of Tim Burton’s most unique techniques!

Whatever you think of the film, it’s certainly a beautifully produced book, and it’s currently reduced on Amazon: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Visual Companion: A Visual Companion (Disney Editions)

13
Mar
11

Egyptian Alice

Egyptian Alice: adapted and abridged from the Lewis Carroll original.

I can’t give much info on this one, as it’s all in arabic, apart from the date 2010 and a number: 0106372799- which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be an ISBN number.

The book was a present from Egypt via my friend Debbie- thanks Debs!

It’s a 16 page softback picture book, and judging by the illustrations includes several of the familiar episodes- the hall of doors, the pool of tears, the caterpillar, and the duchess’ footmen, but omits the Cheshire cat, the mad tea party, the White Rabbit’s house and the court scenes. The book seems to end with Alice talking to the Mock Turtle- no sign of the Gryphon. I’d love a translation.

17
May
10

Illustrated by Gavin L. O’Keefe

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Gavin L. O’Keefe.

Published by Ramble House, 2010. Hardback

ISBN: 978-1605434322

Gavin O’Keefe is an Australian illustrator. The pictures are suitably surrealistic black and white drawings, and don’t suffer from the usual problem of just being tooooo influenced by Tenniel.

From the cover:

Originally published in 1872, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There’ takes us on a very different journey to Alice’s previous excursion into Wonderland. In ‘Looking-Glass,’ Alice passes through the mirror into a world of chess-people, curious school-boys, a living egg, sentient and loquacious flowers, and a host of other strange and fantastic creatures.

Alice is immediately given an evolving role in a game of chess being played out across the whole of the Looking-Glass world. As she travels through a landscape which at times defies the ‘normal’ laws of nature, she encounters characters who challenge her experience and perception. This world of ‘nonsense’ ultimately offers Alice, and the reader, insights into the ‘normal’ world.

Available on amazon: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

15
May
10

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos.

Published by Bloomsbury, 2010. Hardback.

ISBN: 978-0747597162

Not really an Alice, but a mixture of maths and anecdote. Perfect for the small innumerate subset of geekery which includes myself.

Product Description:

In this richly entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, he explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature, and on the peculiar predictability of random behavior. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks, and he shows the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy. Alex weaves a journey from primary school to university level maths, from ancient history to the computing frontline, and from St Louis, Missouri, to Braintree, Essex. He meets the world’s fastest mental calculators in Germany, consults a numerologist in the US desert, meets a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan, and seeks advice from a venerable Hindu sage in India. An unlikely but exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs, Alex’s dispatches from ‘Numberland’ show the world of maths to be a much friendlier and more colourful place than you might have imagined.

Bought for me by Jon, but available on amazon: Alex’s Adventures in Numberland




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