Review

In ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND, David D. Hammons has created wonderful high fantasy with a message for us all…

After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real. But all is not well in Wonderland.

The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful. But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl?

Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows. Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace.

With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.

High fantasy fairy tale mash-up that takes them out of the nursery and into adulthood.

Contrary to what you may have read or had read to you, Alice did not live in 1870’s England. She actually came from recently modern day Missouri, Strafford to be precise.  Ever since she fell out of the rabbit hole (that exited through the large curved mirror) and onto the sidewalk in front of Lew’s Drive-Thru her family has been concerned with her tales of Wonderland. Ten years on she’s taking little blue pills and starting to believe Wonderland was all in her imagination (or so she repeatedly tells herself, especially when she asks questions and her mother gives her “that” look) when the white rabbit appears in her parent’s bedroom and leads her back through the rabbit hole.

Wonderland is no longer…it’s a place without a name, a place that’s systematically having all the wonder sucked out of it and it’s inhabitants by the Ace Of Spades. The Mad Hatter, one of the last hold outs, sends Alice off in his flying machine to the second star to the right and straight on till morning in search of Sleeping Beauty.  Alice learns that fairy tales are indeed real, though not quite the way they are in the stories.

Fantasy lovers rejoice. ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND is a wildly imaginative and creative melding of fondly remembered fairy tales. However, they all have twists, turns, and spins that readers were unaware of; they’re the same yet not because they’re real. This is what I call high fantasy and should delight fantasy and fairy tale lovers alike.

Underneath the hijinks, adventures, and general mayhem created by saving the day, or not, is a more serious thread. How we, as adults, lose the wonder and joy so inherent in children. How much better would we and the world be if we could grow up, be responsible, but still have that wonder, that freedom of imagination and simplicity?  Just imagine it….

Do Alice and her fellow fairytale denizens manage to save Wonderland from the Ace of Spades? Does Alice ever return to modern day Missouri where they ply her with little blue pills to make Wonderland go away? The answer to these questions and more can only be found in ALICE TAKES BACK WONDERLAND, so what are you waiting for?

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!

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