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07
Nov
17

Snark

otago623236Snark: Being a True History of the Expedition That Discovered the Snark & the Jabberwock & its Tragic Aftermath by David Elliot.

Published by Otago University Press (1 Nov. 2016)

ISBN-10: 1877578940
ISBN-13: 978-1877578946

The story of the expedition to find the Snark as told by the Boots. Includes Carroll’s poem, with lots of surrounding text and illustrations. The surviving explorers go on to find the Tulgey Wood and the Wabe, and then the Jabberwock, before facing the terrible possibilty of bringing a Boojum within reach of civilisation… for the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

Publisher blurb:

Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out… So begins the delightfully dark Snark, a tumultous romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll and here brought to life through the vivid imaginings and fabulous art of award winning author and illustrator David Elliot. What exactly did happen to the Snark expedition? Did his dagger-proof coat protect the Beaver from the Butcher? What befell the Boots in the Tulgey Wood? Who fell foul of the Jabberwock? The Bandersnatch? The Jub-Jub Bird? And, finally, the big question: what precisely is a SNARK? David Elliot’s hero, the Boots, here reveals the whole truth for the first time, from his recruitment to the Snark expedition, to his return from a journey of unimaginable, death defying adventure … In this charming book for grown-up children of all ages, David Elliot is at his spellbinding and artistic best.

There’s a lovely selection of back story and pictures on David Elliot’s website, and an interview with the author/artist here.

Available from Amazon.

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16
Sep
17

Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!

11
Jun
17

Theresa Maybe in Brexitland

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Theresa Maybe in Brexitland by Madeleina Kay.

With illustrations by the author.

Published by Alba White Wolf (24 Mar. 2017).

Financed by a Crowdfunder campaign with the tag…

To print copies of ‘Theresa Maybe’s Adventures in Brexitland’ an illustrated work of political satire, to send out to backers and to MPs.

…the writer managed to raise £2,076 in 42 days, and published the book shortly after.

Production description:

This beautifully illustrated book been successfully crowdfunded by Remain campaigners and sent to MPs. A satirical parody of Alice in Wonderland that paints the nonsense of Brexit Britain in all its shades of absurdity. On 23rd June Theresa Maybe was bored of lying on her bench on the Commons and looking at dull immigration policy documents without any pictures in! So she decided to let Dave the pet rabbit out of his hutch and followed him down the Brexit hole into Brexitland. They play an absurd game with no rules called the EU Referendum and Theresa Maybe wins “the Brexit” which she carries around Brexitland trying to work out what it is. She encounters all sorts of bizarre characters, including; The Corbynpillar, Tweedle Boris and Tweedle Johnson, The Hallamshire Cat, Dumpty Trumpty, Farage the Mad Hatter and the Nutty March Hare. Will she be able to decide, once and for all, what the Brexit actually is? And will she find anyone who is talking any sense? There is only one way to find out….

Interesting to compare this one with Alice in Brexitland: many of the politician/character choices are the same: Corbyn as Caterpillar, Cameron as White Rabbit, Boris as either one or both of the Tweedle twins, Trumpty Dumpty- but Farage is here the Hatter rather than the Cheshire Twat, instead we find the Hallamshire cat sporting a fetching yellow tie…

Available from Amazon.

03
Jun
17

Alice in Brexitland

coverAlice in Brexitland by Leavis Carroll (or Lucien Young).

Illustrated by Ollie Mann.

Published by Ebury Press;  hardback first edition (1 Jun. 2017).

  • ISBN-10: 1785036963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785036965

Lucien Young is an actor and writer, known for Fried and Murder in Successville. On this book, he has said:

“It’s been a delight getting the chance to balance the absurdity of modern British politics with the relative sanity of Lewis Carroll. I’m excited for people to read the book and, if its release should happen to bring down the government, this will all have been worthwhile.”

From the publisher’s blurb:

Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts…

She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?

Political parody, with transformed Carrolian characters such as Dave the Camerarabbit, Farage- the ‘inanely grinning Cheshire Twat’, the Corbynpillar, Theresa May- the ‘Queen of Heartlessness’,  Boris and Michael as “Tweedleboz and Tweedlegove” (‘one has a deranged mop of blond hair; the other looked like a duck who had just won a prize’) and  Trumpty Dumpty. Alice just can’t decide if she agrees with the views expressed in the Daily Murdoch or The Gordian…

Very much in the long tradition of Alice political parodies such as Through a Peerglass and Clara in Blunderland.

Ollie Mann’s illustrations are in the style of the original Tenniels, but are recognisable as the political persons in question.

Available on Amazon in hardback or kindle editions.

 

 

 

 

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

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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