Wonderland: An Anthology Review

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Titan Books has just published a new anthology all about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Featured in Wonderland: An Anthology are 18 authors who wrote short stories about their take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. While some may fill the classic fantasy theme, others delve into historical and darker topics.

Anthology Contributors

To create such a diverse book, Titan Books brought together 18 wonderful authors who put forth their short stories for the collection.

Contributors

Within Wonderland: An Anthology, there are 18 authors who brought their short stories for everyone to enjoy. Among the authors include:

  • Angela Slatter
  • James Lovegrove
  • Alison Littlewood
  • Cavan Scott
  • Laura Mauro
  • Lilith Saintcrow
  • Genevieve Cogman
  • Jonathan Green
  • Jane Yolen
  • L.L. McKinney
  • George Mann
  • M.R. Carey
  • Rio Youers
  • Catriona Ward
  • Robert Shearman
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Cat Rambo
  • Mark Chadbourn

And putting it all together are editors Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane

About the Book

For the focus of this review, we wanted to highlight one specific short story called Black Kitty by Catriona Ward.

Black Kitty

This short story took me a bit by surprise. It sort of ties together Dinah, Alice’s cat, and how Alice gets into Wonderland. A kingdom in Wonderland is in danger, so the Queen finds a way to go through a looking-glass to another world and leave her bad and dark world behind. After years pass, her two daughters Snowdrop and Kitty try to find their way through, only to find their mother has a tag with the name Dinah on it. Upon trying to leave, their father the King tries to force them to stay. As dark unfortunate events occur, resulting in the twins being split between the two worlds, it’s noted that the King didn’t close the looking-glass on his end – where now Alice may run into it.

Another short story we found very interesting was a poem or couplet by Jane Yolen called Alice in Armor.

Alice in Armor

In this poem, Alice is donning her armor before she treks into Wonderland. She’s taking extra precautions this time, to be ready for whatever the mysterious world has in store for her. It’s not a very long poem, but it does discuss Alice’s armor, and her view on Wonderland.

Final Thoughts

Reading through Wonderland: An Anthology was very interesting and intriguing. Seeing authors’ different takes on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is truly wonderful. I didn’t expect some of the stories I read to get so dark in tone, and where others were more focused on history and the tales of Wonderland. If you’re any fan of the movies, book, or even American McGee’s Alice games, the anthology is perfect for you. It features all the great aspects from the universe of Alice, but re-imagined and told in different ways.

You can get your copy of Wonderland: An Anthology directly from Titan Books, where they’ll point you toward a local distributor!

Good

  • Perfect Connection to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Short Stories Look Into Different Adventures
  • Put Focus on Minor Characters (like Dinah)

Bad

  • Must Know the Universe of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Short Stories Can Be Hard to Delve Into as One-Shots
9.5

Amazing

Stories - 8.5
Character Developments - 9
Variety - 10
Length of Book - 10
Connection to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 10
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