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Friday, March 11, 2011

Review of Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland
Lewis Carroll/Nickolas Cook
Sourcebooks 2011
ISBN 9781402256219

   The strange and unusual world of Wonderland becomes stranger when Alice goes down the hole again. This time around Alice follows a black rat down an open grave and falls into an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity into a world of zombies. During her outrageous adventure, she encounters strange and unusual happenings that are difficult to comprehend. More disturbing to Alice then the strange creatures and happenings, she is losing her hair and her flesh is rotting away. She is cold all the time and she has developed a hunger for bloody flesh and undead bodies.
   I don't even know where to begin. I must preface this by saying, I was never a huge fan of the original Alice in Wonderland. It was an okay story; but it was not in my top ten reads as a kid. I do not have a dislike for zombies and I am always up for a good horror story with blood and gore; but I am having trouble wrapping my brain around Alice and zombies. It is extremely difficult for me to picture sweet Alice eating flesh and talking to zombies. This just gives tea party a whole new meaning.
   I found the story somewhat difficult to read because of the long lengthy sentences. I had to read it in small doses because, I actually found myself dozing off. From the best of my recollection, some of the original storyline is present; but with the present content, it was obviously changed in spots. There was, however, art work at the beginning of each chapter that was quite good at depicting the chapter subject matter.
   I rarely find a book that I would not recommend. Unfortunately, this is one of them. I have no difficulty with rewriting of fairy tales; but this one was just a little too bizarre for me. If you have thoughts of reading it, I would definitely suggest the library before you decide to purchase. Alice is certainly not in 'Wonderland' anymore.
   I was provided an ARC from Sourcebooks for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I give Alice in Zombieland 2 out of 5 stars.


  1. I just love the title of this book and think it's quite comical-sounding. It just makes so much sense that Alice would meet zombies going below ground like she did. Perhaps you would like the book more if you watched the most recent movie where Johnny Depp's the Madd Hatter? That, to me, was just really an endearing movie when Alice In Wonderland had not been my favorite before.

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  2. That's funny. I don't know. After I read the book, I was curious about any other reviews. The few I checked out weren't impressed with the book either. My husband actually read the book. I think he was bored because he is not a book person. He is a newspaper person. He found the book to be quite stange also.Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I really liked the title. But if you had to read it in small doses, that says a lot! It was good of you to finish it anyway :-)

  4. I was also lured by the title of this book. My sister-in-law will be going on maternity leave and I was thinking about getting her this. But, I think I will keep looking.
    Any suggestions on another good horror book?

  5. Alicia, honestly that is the first horror book I have read in a while. It wasn't horrifying anyway. I could be the exception; but the other reviews I read about it were no better. Congrats to your sister-in-law. Babies are work; but so much fun and enjoyment at the same time.