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text 2017-04-05 02:42
After Alice: A Novel - Gregory Maguire
3 stars is me being really generous. I started this book right before I caught the flu. Large portions of it I read while in a NyQuil hot toddy daze, to feverish to sleep. I ended up setting it, and couldn't get into the story again. The story never really went anywhere. Maybe thats my fault for reading it while sick and taking a long break to finish. I still don't think this Gregory Maguire best book.
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review 2016-07-18 16:04
After Alice - Fun but not Wicked fun.
After Alice: A Novel - Gregory Maguire

I’m a huge fan of the Oz retelling, where the wicked witch was perhaps not quite so wicked after all – I’ve read the books I’ve seen the musical and done my fair share of singing (badly) along to Defying Gravity – so I was really looking forward to seeing what Mr Maguire did with another classical favourite, Alice in Wonderland.

 

Well it was not as good. For me it didn’t quite hit the highs of Wicked – but still it was an enjoyable little reimagining, following Ada as she follows Alice down that rabbit hole. What I did like was the attempt made to keep it true to the original in style and substance especially in the writing, although I think possibly this made it a little drier and over wordy than it needed to be or would  have been if he had just said sod it I’m writing  something completely different.

 

What worked? Well it had that magical quality during the “wonderland” portions of the story and I grew rather fond of Ada along the way. What was maybe not so good? The “those left behind” portions dragged a little especially with regard to Lydia, I kept wanting to return to Ada.

 

That said, I did get caught up in it and I read it fast – one sitting on Saturday night. I think a lot of whether you will enjoy this or not will come down to your love (or not) of literary language and your personal relationship with the original work by Lewis Carroll. Me? I enjoyed it. I didnt adore it but it was a fun read.

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review 2016-07-11 16:25
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
After Alice: A Novel - Gregory Maguire
Dear me. I am so conflicted! See, on the one hand Gregory Maguire is one of my all time favorite writers. His ability to spin in his own particular brand of whimsy into classic tales is unrivaled. I've loved every single one of his books that I've set my hands on. Which is why I had such high hopes for this particular story. Alice in Wonderland is an iconic piece of childhood. Everyone knows it in some capacity or another. For me, it was the book I most loved to have read to me before bed. I've read every iteration of it that I could get. Needless to say, I was thrilled to read this.

Now, I find myself finished and rather conflicted about After Alice. I'll start with the good. First off, Maguire does indeed pay homage to his source material. Readers can expect to see cameos from some of their favorite quirky characters, and Ada's interactions with them are just as delightful as her predecessors. Also, the whole feel of the original is still here. The erudite vocabulary, the nonsense that isn't quite nonsense, all of it is there in vivid color. The portions that take place in Wonderland are simply darling. Ada's stubborn ways, pitted against the inhabitants of this wonderful world, were just too much fun.

What brings this book down, in my opinion, is its use of dual points of view. Lydia, Alice's older sister, has her own experiences chronicled in alternating chapters. Which means, of course, that every other chapter is filled with her Lydia's own musings and personality. Lydia isn't easy to like. She is, in fact, rather insufferable. Having her chapters mixed in with Ada's own whimsical ones made this book more difficult to read than I expected. I almost wanted to skip every other chapter, just to get back to Wonderland. If this book had focused solely on Ada's chapters, you would see a much different review being written. That part, I loved.

So, final thoughts? This isn't Maguire's strongest book. While it definitely has a lot in it to love, I feel like long time readers of Maguire's works will probably fall into the same boat that I am in right now. Feeling torn between wanting to love this, and dreaming of what might have been. There is still much of the Maguire magic in this book! If you're a completionist, I'd still give this a spot on your TBR. 

 

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review 2016-07-11 05:23
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
After Alice: A Novel - Gregory Maguire

Delightful and whimsical read!
Ada goes in the hole that Alice fell into. It starts her journey in the land of wonder. A strange boy follows her, and they become companions. Ada is Alice's bestie and she's looking for Alice.
Lydia, is Ada's sister but also seems to be her governess most days. While Lydia searches for Ada, and Siam and Alice even, the story alternates between them. It's nice catching both perspectives throughout.
I really love the nursery rhymes in the book though. They were so much fun to read! 
I know that many of you will enjoy this one. Whether you've read Alice in Wonderland or not. If you know of the story, that will be enough to enjoy this one.

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2016/07/after-alice-by-gregory-maguire-48.html
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text 2016-07-01 19:53
July's Tremendous TBR!
Secrets, Lies, & Scandals - Amanda K. Morgan
Life After Juliet - Shannon Lee Alexander
After Alice: A Novel - Gregory Maguire
No Rest for the Wicked - Dane Cobain
Let Me Fly Free - Mary Fan
Rising Tides - Katy Haye
Smash & Grab - Amy Christine Parker
The Killer in Me - Margot Harrison
Wake the Hollow - Gaby Triana
VIP: Battle of the Bands - Jen Calonita

Well, June is done. Today is my birthday, which means it's the first day of July! Huzzah! This has always been my favorite month. Birthday celebrations, fireworks, big barbeques, and long, warm evenings. I'm so very ready for all of that.

 

 

Spongebob here sums up how I feel about my June reading. With the exception of one book, which I feel will likely languish for a long while since it's SO slow, I finished my June TBR. Woohoo!

 

As you can see above, I took on a lot of review books for July. That's not even all of them, just the ones I'm most looking forward to :). *wipes brow* I have a good feeling though. Let's hope some of these are gems!

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