After Alice – Book Review


I received this digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Full Disclosure: I know Gregory Maguire is a popular author of fairy tale retellings. I like millions of others read Wicked. Or I will be honest I picked up Wicked, started it, put it down, years later tried again, and put it back down. I just wasn’t really into his style of writing. BUT I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland. Not just the Disney version either, though I can say it is one of my favorites as well. I really love the original story by Lewis Carroll. When I saw that I was given a chance to read this story, Alice with a twist, I was excited to see how he did it.

This twisted tale follows Alice’s friend Ada, who is briefly mentioned in Carroll’s original tale. She is supposed to meet up with Alice, but ends up following her down the rabbit hole. So far so good right?

Well…wrong. I had the same problem with this novel that I originally had with Wicked. Maguire loves those five dollar words. This wouldn’t be a problem, except he seems to REALLY love them, and it begins to make reading the story itself kind of annoying. I love intelligent writing, but this is like he’s trying too hard to bring that idea across, and when you’re using a world and characters that are not even original thoughts, seems a little strange to me.

This book was just not for me. I wanted to love it because of the world it takes place in, but even though this book is less than 300 pages, I got about half way and just could not continue. I really hate writing bad reviews. I know how hard it is to write an entire story, but in my honest opinion this reads like overly thought out Fan Fiction, and I did not have a good time reading it. I guess major fans of Maguire will enjoy it, as it reads like all of his other work. I was disappointed by it.


This gets 2 out 5 metal horns from me, and that’s one extra just for it taking place in Wonderland. This book will be Out in Stores on October 27th.

Metal Horns

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4 Responses to After Alice – Book Review

  1. Kristin says:

    Oh no! This is another one I was really looking forward to. I had the same issue with Wicked though and I haven’t ever finished it either. Oh well!


    • Oh man I’m just ruining things for you over here lol I’m sorry! I mean you can give it a try but if you never finished Wicked then you may not enjoy this one either. It just felt cumbersome to read. If you do try to read it, let me know what you think. 🙂


  2. Shayne says:

    I’m sorry to play devil’s advocate, but I absolutely LOVE this book! I read this shortly after reading Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and thought it sounded similar, but for adults. I also adore Maguire’s Monty Python-like humor. The book also addresses heavier topics like class and race which I found interesting.


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