Sunday, 20 June 2010

"Alice Through the Looking Glass"

Having really enjoyed Alice in Wonderland a number of times, I decided that I should also read the sequel, immediately afterwards and I'm glad I did! I found the writing to be just as brilliant, and the story to be very interesting. Although I had never read the book before, there were a number of parts where I had seen parodies or excerpts in other places, so I was pleasantly surprised to see them all in one place.

I particularly enjoyed Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Jabberwocky - both of which I had heard about elsewhere. In fact, I chose the Walrus and the Carpenter as reading material for the kids at camp one evening, and it went down very well.

In all the book was almost as good as the first in nearly every way, but because I enjoyed "Alice in Wonderland" just a little more, I have to give "Alice Through The Looking Glass" a four star rating. That is to say that it's highly recommended - but only after reading "Alice in Wonderland" first.

Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'
'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

[Page 54]

My rating: (4.0/5.0)

Monday, 14 June 2010

"Alice in Wonderland"

Being one of my favourite childhood reads, "Alice in Wonderland" was a decent choice for my first ever e-book, when I downloaded a Kindle-esque application for my iPhone. As the plane taking me to summer camp lifted off the Vancouver runway, I whisked my finger across the screen and began to read.

Although I was eventually disappointed to discover that my phone was getting low on battery (running multiple applications for a while will do that apparently), it was due to the fact that I simply couldn't put Lewis Carroll's classic down. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. As the battery went flat, I turned off the phone and decided to watch an in-flight movie.

By some sort of eerie coincidence, it turned out that Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" would be the next movie shown on the flight, so I got comfortable and watched to see what I enjoyed, and what I hated. In the end I was pretty impressed with the movie, but that I couldn't wait to dive back into the book put it (as is usually the case with books and movies) higher in the rankings for me. As such, I would call it one of my personal favourites, and give it a 5 star rating.

"'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
`I don't much care where--' said Alice.
`Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.
`--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.'"
[Page 50]

My rating: (5.0/5.0)