If she moved her head all the way up against the wall and tilted it to the left she could just see the edge of the moon through the bars. Just a silver sliver, almost close enough to eat. A sliver of cheese, a sliver of cake, a cup of tea to be polite. Someone had given her a cup of tea once, someone with blue-green eyes and long ears. Funny how she couldn’t remember his face, though. All that part was hazy, her memory of him wrapped in smoke but for the eyes and ears. And the ears were long and furry.
I loved this book! I have never read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass, but I felt so inspired to do so, just like when I read/listened to Megan Shepard’s The Madman’s Daughter which was a parodying twist of H.G. Wells’ Island of Doctor Moreau.
I am only familiar with Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland, but knowing what I did was enough to get me through this book.
Before I get too far ahead, this is what I can to summarize:
Alice is in a mental hospital. She develops a friendship with a man in the neighboring cell who goes by the name Hatcher. A fire breaks out in the hospital, allowing the two to escape. Hatcher doesn’t remember much of before he wound up in the hospital, and Alice can only remember why she wound up but not who she was before they locked her up except for mumbling something a rabbit. They escape. The meet up with his grandmother – they are both Seers. The Jabberwocky has also escaped. According to some un-foretold prophecy, it is up to Alice to destroy the Jabberwocky. With Hatcher’s help they bump into the characters: Cheshire, the Caterpillar, the Walrus, and walked through Mr. Carpenter’s territory, but they were on the hunt for the Rabbit.
Now, as far as I know, the characters are exactly what they are described as, but in this book, they are men – owners of territories in the Old City, and of whore houses. Each scarier than the last… actually Cheshire isn’t a pimp, he’s a collector of information.
I loved every second of this book. It was thrilling, and dark, and twisted. If you enjoy classics with a twist, I’d highly recommend this 🙂