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08
Jan
17

What Would Alice Do?

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What Would Alice Do? Advice for the Modern Woman.

Quotes from Lewis Carroll with a foreward by Lauren Laverne.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (22 Oct. 2015)

Hardback small format book.

ISBN-13: 978-1447288527

From the publishers:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, are among the most quoted works in literature. In What Would Alice Do?, a handy, pocket-sized volume, are the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today . . . and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland – just ask yourself, what would Alice do?

Sir John Tenniel’s original engravings have defined our image of Alice ever since the story was first published in 1865. Reproduced to the highest quality, the iconic images in this book will delight both fans and those discovering them for the first time.

Featuring a foreword by Lauren Laverne, a gorgeous foiled cover and Tenniel’s famous black line illustrations, this beautiful little book of Alice quotes makes a wonderful gift for any fan of Alice in Wonderland.

Available from Amazon.

 

08
Jan
17

Little Nemo in Slumberland

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Little Nemo in Slumberland (Volume 1- 1905-1907). Strips by Winsor McCay. Edited and with introduction by Richard Marshall.

Published by Titan Books Ltd (April 1989).

Hardback, missing its dust jacket, so just plain black boards.

ISBN-10: 1852861509
ISBN-13: 978-1852861506

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist who was also a pioneer of animation. Little Nemo is his best known creation, but he also made Gertie the Dinosaur (1914).

The Nemo stories seem influenced by Alice both in the title and in that the child protagonist falls asleep at the start of each story, has amazing adventures and then awakes in the final panel.

Little Nemo in Slumberland ran in the New York Herald from October 15, 1905, until July 23, 1911, then it changed both name and publication, becoming In the Land of Wonderful Dreams in the New York American (1911 until 1914). There was then a break, but in 1924 Winsor McCay returned to the Herald and revived the strips under the original title until the end of 1926. This volume covers the Herald years from 1905-07.

Bought in a jumble sale, but available with dustjacket on Amazon.

08
Jan
17

Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland

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Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland by Jonathan Green.

Illustrated by Kev Crossley.

Initially funded via Kickstarter, and available as hardback, paperback or clothbound.

Published by Snowbooks (25 Nov. 2015).

ISBN: Paperback- 1909679593, Clothbound- 9781909679849

From the blurb:

Several years after the events of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself back in Wonderland and called upon to save the world of playing cards and talking animals from the increasingly deranged Queen of Hearts. But all is not as it first appears in the fluctuating dream world and soon Alice is battling to save herself from the nightmare that is rapidly overtaking the realm. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Alice hadn’t drunk from the bottle labelled ‘Drink Me’, or if she hadn’t joined the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse for tea? Well now you can find out. In Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland, YOU decide which route Alice should take, which perils to risk, and which of Wonderland’s strange denizens to fight. But be warned – whether Alice succeeds in her quest or meets a dire end as the nightmare escalates will be down to the choices YOU make. Are you ready to go back down the rabbit-hole?

It’s a ‘choose your adventure’ type book, where your path is determined by your choices and by dice roll or card draw, so the story will vary depending on the route you take. Alice has five different attributes – Agility, Logic, Insanity, Combat and Endurance – which also influence the outcomes of various events. She also has two special abilities: Curiouser and Curiouser, and The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword: both alter the outcome of events in different ways.

I have both the limited edition clothbound and the paperback versions. The clothbound was available as a Kickstarter reward, and now sells for between £50 and £100.

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Available on Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle versions.

05
Jan
17

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeonland

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Fantasy Adventure Module EX1- Dungeonland by Gary Gygax. Interior art by Tim Truman, cover ?Jim Holloway?

Publisher: TSR Hobbies Inc. (1983). 32-page booklet with an outer folder.

ISBN-10: 0935696504

Extension module based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: to be run within an ongoing adventure.

After falling down an Endless Shaft, adventurers find themselves in The Long Hall containing The Pool of Tears and the entrance to The Tiny Garden. Then there is The Wood of Trees and Giant Fungi, The Wilds of Dungeonland and The Palace. During explorations, adventurers meet versions of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland characters including a Mock Dragon Turtle, a Smilodon Cat, a dwarven Duchess, a demented arch-mage who takes the form of a rabbit and a very Mad Hatter.

This adventure goes along with The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, which is based on Alice Through the Looking Glass. Bizarrely, the illustrations on the covers of each seem to be from the other scenario.

Available on Amazon.

28
Dec
16

Mad Hatter Card

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I can’t find out a lot about this, but it seems to be a card given away in 2015 with Bear Yoyo snacks. Collect enough, and you can play the game… I’m not sure where I got it: I think I found it somewhere, but that seems rather too random so I wonder if someone donated it.

Their website seems to be skating on the edge of Rowling plagiarism, but it’s fun. I’m in Wizentail, apparently.

Back of the card gives facts about hares- apparently the mad hatter is a hare in Super Squad land.

28
Dec
16

Hillman’s Tearoom leaflet

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Hillman’s Tearoom leaflet: Mad Hatters, Magic Cakes & Secret Doors.

Leaflet advertising the 2015 E17 Art Trail event at the lovely Hillman’s Tearoom.

Back reads:

Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old this year, and Hillman’s Tearoom invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole with a special E17 event.

Blending storytelling, decoration and spectacle, we aim to create a little of the magic of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. You can expect the unexpected but prepare to be entertained- and maybe a bit freaked out too. It wouldn’t be Wonderland if it didn’t get ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

 

 

28
Dec
16

Alice in Mechaland

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Alice in Mechaland by Xiao Nai-Chung (alias Hambuk).

Paperback manga, not available in English, but released in French by Kotoji editions on 26 February 2016.

ISBN: 979-1092066296

Xiao Nai-Chung is a Taiwanese writing under the pseudonym Hambuck. He worked as an industrial designer before leaving that to concentrate on manga.

The White Rabbit calls on Alice for help as Wonderland is being invaded by giant robots piloted by humans. Alice’s adversary turns out to be Dorothy, who has become the new Wizard of Oz and is determined to expand her empire.

Available on Amazon.

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