I try not to look backward often, particularly over my left shoulder, because I tend to run into things when I do, and that’s never pleasant. But on one particular day, I was staring backward toward music, a piece from a soundtrack, actually, Danny Elfin’s Alice Theme from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Jaunty in attitude, it made me look back toward childhood stories, the ones I read to myself and the ones I loved reading to my children.
As I hummed along (after restarting the video three times), I had images in my head of what that world might look like—a world occupied with all my favorite childhood stories, the one created from the energy of writers’ imaginations.
What would Alice say to Tom Sawyer? Would Sherlock Holmes rescue the Artful Dodger? Could Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll get along?
Think Wonderland meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Yum, I love this story!
So, where to start.
The story begins when a ten-year-old boy finds a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a dilapidated roadside antique store. It’s an old copy, a first edition, and if the bookplate is to be believed, the book once belonged to Lewis Carroll.
Alas, the book is defaced, filled with strange words, symbols, and drawings that, in some cases, obliterate entire pages. The book is worthless.
Or is it?
Teddy Byrnes soon learns that this book is valuable for many reasons, not the least of which is the power it holds captive. Something evil wants that book, and it’s willing to do anything to get it.
The story in the Alice Book covers a decade in our time, a decade in which Teddy grows up—and not, where his little sister, Teresa, becomes a young woman who is absolutely bad ass, and a land of imagination is defiled and destroyed by a creature steeped in black magic. The story is told across three books from the many points of view of the characters and people who fight to save something good and extremely valuable: our imaginations
The Alice Book
The Search for Alice
Alice’s Fight for Storyland
48,050 of 80,000 words
58 of 252 pages
23,580 of 88,000 words
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