Archive for April 17th, 2010


Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 2

Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 2 by QuinRose.

Art by Soumei Hoshino.

Published by Tokyopop, 2010. First edition paperback.

ISBN: 978-1427817709

I love the cover: the tea party looks really rather tempting.

From the cover:

As Alice grows accustomed to life in Wonderland, she begins to understand the inner workings of this mysterious world. Everyone desires to get close to her, and Alice’s life lights up with little moments of happiness. But she soon discovers the truth behind all the bliss… and wasted lives. And how will Alice react when the greatest secret is revealed by Julius, the one and only clock repairer?!

Basically, Alice Liddell is transported to a Wonderland filled with handsome young men loosely based on Wonderland characters, who all seem to want to fall in love with her. It’s Alice as a dating game, crossed with a computer game. Sort of fun in a bizarre kind of way. This is volume 2.


‘Giles’ Alice Cover

Giles‘ published by the Daily Express. Paperback.

Ronald “Carl” Giles (September 29, 1916 – August 28, 1995), usually referred to simply as Giles, was a cartoonist for the Daily Express from 1943-1989.

Collections of Giles cartoons were produced annually from 1946. This is the 27th of the series (1973) with introduction by Michael Parkinson. The only Alice connection is the cover, with the ‘Giles family’ on the front, and the redoubtable Grandma attending a Mad Hatter’s tea party on the back.

Very cheap on amazon: Giles Annual, 27th Series (1973)


The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland

The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland by Bernard M. Patten.

Published by Prometheus Books, 2009. Paperback.

ISBN: 978-1591026754

Bernard Patten was a chief of the Neuromuscular Disease Division, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology, and attending neurologist at the Baylor College of Medicine. He now lectures in clear thinking, mental gymnastics, logic, and neuroscience.

Product description:

Many commentaries have been devoted to Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The interpretations range from Freudian analysis to speculations about the real-life people who may have inspired the animal characters.

In this unique approach to interpreting Alice, the fruit of ten years of research, Dr. Bernard M. Patten shows that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, fused his passion for logic, mathematics, and games with his love of words and nonsense stories to produce a multifaceted, intricately structured work of literature. Patten provides a chapter-by-chapter skeleton key to Alice, which meticulously demonstrates how its various episodes reveal Dodgson’s profound knowledge of the rules of clear thinking, informal and formal logic, symbolic logic, and human nature.

As Patten makes clear, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, far from being just an entertaining children’s book, is more complex and deeply reflective of Dodgson’s character than it may seem. By making an effort to understand its deeper layers, both children and adults may profit from this masterful tale by learning to think better and, along the way, having fun.

There’s a lengthy review here.

Available on amazon: Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland

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