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Return to Wonderland

Return to Wonderland

Many writers have a relationship with Alice. A whole bunch of them have now written their own new stories about Wonderland and the wondrous creatures you find there. It’s Alice Day on the 4th of July, or so I’ve been told, and here’s a whole new story collection featuring your favourite characters.

In fact, I was struck by how nicely these authors played; they all seemed to have an affinity with a different character from the other authors, which seems to mean there was no fighting. They simply sat down and mused in an interesting way about the Cheshire Cat, or the Knave of Hearts, or any of the others.

To tell the truth, I only ever read the original Alice once, and don’t have a deep and meaningful relationship with any of them. I like tea parties, but prefer them to be normal. I like my head attached. And so on.

Some of these stories were great, lots of fun and interesting new takes on the old tales. I didn’t like all of them the same, but that’s understandable as the eleven authors don’t write the same way, and maybe for me some of Wonderland’s characters are more my cup of tea than others.

‘One morning, Pig woke to discover he had been turned into a real boy.’

How can you go wrong with a start like that?

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Recruitment of authors…

I don’t mean that, of course.

Apart from the fact that I realised I’d not been invited to the Chicken House Big Breakfast 2019, I was really pleased to find this YouTube clip from that Witch-free event.

I’m still a bit surprised that Maz Evans is a girl. I tend to think of her as a boy, but of course she’s a girl. One of those authors paid 8%. She’s the kind who writes her own books (unlike some, who are not named).

This is a poetic, not to mention humorous, speech. There should be more like that. Maz tells it like it is.

Next time, invite me. I can always say no. (I didn’t, did I?) Or it could take place in Central Scotland.

Who Let the Gods Out?

Maz Evans introduces the reader to Zeus and Co in a most memorable way. There is nothing quite like becoming friends with these old gods to make you understand who they are and grasping their respective skills and personalities. Occasionally literally. I feel better educated already, although being old I’ll forget.

A bit like Elliot’s mum, who seems to have lost it, rather. The two of them live near Stonehenge and money is short and the neighbour is trying to steal their farm. Elliot is tired from having to do all the work, as well as go to school. And that’s when Virgo arrives in his cowshed.

Maz Evans, Who Let the Gods Out?

She’s no god, merely a constellation. Usually she’s in charge of paper clips, but has been ‘entrusted’ with a minor task on earth, which she then manages to get wrong. What follows is a merry romp around the famous stones, with Zeus and his family. At times it got a little too James Bond for me, although that will be because I am old, just like the Queen, who is more ninja like than you’d expect. She knows to appreciate Pegasus.

The gods are powerful and kind, as well as somewhat naïve (about human things) and godlike, but they do their best. Zeus really likes women, but not even he cares for the ghastly neighbour. (It would have helped had the two bad characters not been portrayed as charicatures; vulgar, fat, and so on.)

Full of fun and educational with it. I’d never before realised how Charon transports people around. Although, talking transport here, I was aghast at the apparent single track for the train to London…

Ends on a real cliffhanger, so be prepared for the wait.