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Speaking of James and Kara, I found their romance to be very predictable. Thankfully, it didn't take up much of the book, although I suspect that the next book will talk about it more. But since it's not instalove, I'm looking forward to seeing how the author will handle their romance. I'd also like to know much more about Kara in the next book - there simply isn't enough backstory about her in this book. All in all, I really like this retelling. I enjoyed this version of Wonderland, and the adventure was fun and easy to read.
I got a free copy of this book from the author via BookBlogging in exchange for a free and honest review. This post was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile I really enjoyed this, it was something different and had adventure in it just like the orignal Alice books. The story was a good concept that gave a different take while in so many ways been the same as previous Alice books. I was unsure about a male lead and was thinking how they gonna do it? I thought the author built a great version of wonderland and it was descr I really enjoyed this, it was something different and had adventure in it just like the orignal Alice books.
I thought the author built a great version of wonderland and it was described so well that you really thought you were there and I like books like that that allow you to immers yourself in the world created. James was ya typical nerdy guy who turns into the reluctant hero and discovers himself and who he trully is, the author describes him in away that you feel that your there for his growth from nerdy boy to hero. Kara was just a likeable character.
I liked her strong sassy attitude and was happy she wasn't written to begin strong then turn all damsel but she stayed that strong female lead. I thought how the orignal Alice characters like white rabbit, mad hatter and caterpillar had bit parts that really helped the story grow. The cheshire cat all I will say is never saw that coming. My only draw back is the final battle was over too quick to the point I thought I'd missed a page but hadn't and it is sold as a steampunk fantasy which it is there just wasn't enough steampunk influences for my liking and I believe this book could have gone more seampunk!
All in all I loved this book and if another book continuing the adventure was to be written I would read it. It was a light hearted adventure and I really enjoyed it.
Gears of Wonderland
Sep 04, D. Dutcher rated it really liked it Shelves: Both the Wonderland setting and the steampunk aspects feel thin, but it's an enjoyable tale nonetheless. James Riggs is a quiet, mousy sort of man who is often taken advantage of. One night, he goes to his friend Melvin's for consolation.
Unfortunately he discovers Melvin to be murdered, and flees the scene. But with the help of a mysyerious stranger, he ends up in Alice's Wonderland. Wonderland is changed from what it used to be before, and is now under the rule of the dictator Lahire 3. Wonderland is changed from what it used to be before, and is now under the rule of the dictator Lahire.
Can James survive and get back home? The book doesnt make good use of either Wonderland or steampunk ideas. While the characters in Wonderland have some clever twists to them, they are made slightly more mundane, and there is little of the nonsense in the original book. This actually is justified by a plot point: It's not used well otherwise though. Same with the steampunk. It's very lightly done, and there's not much of a Victorian feel to the book. However, the tale itself is pretty good.
Lahire especially makes for a good antagonist, as he believes he is doing what he does to promote Wonderland's stability. The plot is good action-adventure stuff, although a couple of plot threads are dropped.
I found myself liking the book more than not. It's good, light genre fiction. It won't blow you away, but it was fun to read and has enough clever twists to rise above just being okay. I absolutely loved this book!!! When I heard the synopsis of the book I thought it was going to be some kind of modern retelling of the old Alice in Wonderland story.
That wasn't the case at all.
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Instead of a new twist on an old story it was more like a continuation of the original story. Anderson did a great job getting my attention and I was emotionally attached to the story immediately. I thought that the main character, James, was a wuss and couldn't stand his fiance or his boss and couldn't I absolutely loved this book!!! I thought that the main character, James, was a wuss and couldn't stand his fiance or his boss and couldn't believe he would let them push him around like he did.
I knew right then that I was going to really like this book. I was glad to discover that it didn't take James long in Wonderland to grow a backbone and start figuring out what he wanted from life. It was fun to see the old characters from Alice's adventures and see how they played into the new story.
Book Review: Gears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story. It's even clean and has no bad language or behavior. I am going to recommend it to my 9-year-old daughter. I think she would like it too. Not very many books that can interest both the child and the adult. Aug 12, Katharina Gerlach rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved, loved, loved this book. The world the main character visits is grittier that the Wonderland of Alice stories, but every difference has a reason. And the reasons are explained throughout the book without being preachy or dumped at the r I loved, loved, loved this book.
And the reasons are explained throughout the book without being preachy or dumped at the reader. But this story managed to surprise me over and over again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the twisting of familiar tales, for all those who love characters that grow up during a story, and for those that love steampunk. This story has everything. Nov 16, Brittany rated it really liked it. The book was great and entertaining, as the first Outsider since Alice finds his way into Wonderland and finds that all is not quite as it was when she left it all those years ago.
Many of the classic characters are still there, but years of war have changed everyone. The adventures the protagonist, James, goes on with the Mad Hatter's daughter as they try to overthrow the evil King of Hearts are fun and exciting. I just wish that there was more whimsy and wordplay and nonsense like the original The book was great and entertaining, as the first Outsider since Alice finds his way into Wonderland and finds that all is not quite as it was when she left it all those years ago.
I just wish that there was more whimsy and wordplay and nonsense like the original story. Instead, there were a few quotes thrown in from the stories to remind you that you were still in Wonderland. Don't get me wrong though, it was a terrific story with an open ending. Hopefully more with come for these stories. I can never pass up an opportunity to read a book that is a remake of a classic that has been updated or placed in a different era. The ingenuity of the authors doing this just amaze me While I would have liked a little more detail in some areas, but maybe the author is going to delve into those areas in later sequels.
Overall, it was an interesting read and the liberties it took with the original storyline only helped to make the story more plaus I can never pass up an opportunity to read a book that is a remake of a classic that has been updated or placed in a different era. Overall, it was an interesting read and the liberties it took with the original storyline only helped to make the story more plausible and enjoyable.
All in all I would recommend this book to anyone. It is worth the price of admission. May 30, Laura Williams rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although covering a whole "world" I wasn't lost as the characters moved quickly across the different Kingdoms.
I had purchased this based on the GoodReads rating, and I love Steampunk books, and was really pleased with it as a stand alone novel and outside of the Steampunk and Alice in Wonderland links. Nov 18, Tara rated it liked it Shelves: I couldn't wait to start this book, being a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland.. I liked it and liked how the author brought the original Alice in Wonderland characters into it. It's an easy and fun read. However, I wish there were more details and complexity in the characters and the plot.
Mar 25, Matt Larkin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Alice in Wonderland. A fun ride through a Wonderland that's been radically changed since Alice's visit. Wonderland's become a Victorian Steampunk world ruled by a mad king. James, an outsider, is dragged into Wonderland, and finds himself on the run.
Oct 10, Charlotte rated it liked it. Amazing book until you get to the last few chapters and realise that there is not enough time to give this book the ending it deserves. I was slightly disappointed with the end. Jan 27, Dorlana rated it liked it. Interesting, fun, steampunk twist on Alice in Wonderdland. However, a bit predictable and I skimmed a few chapters. Feb 02, Lilytrots20 rated it it was amazing. Anderson, James, our main character, has a typical life like any normal human being; a job with a horrible boss and an over-bearing fiance that believes his whole world should revolve around her every whim.
We soon come upon events that quickly spin out of control. James finds himself falling through a giant hole and landing in an entirely different world. His day only seems to get worse when he realizes this is in no dream; he has just been brought to Wonderland, but it is no longer the Wonderland he read in fairy tales. Wonderland is falling apart and he is the pawn in a massive chess game; he has an evil king after his head and the resistance believes he is the means that will save their world. Can James restore the land to peace and bring down the reign of a tyrant or will this mysterious and magical world he has come to appreciate be ruled in tyranny forever?
This book was written very well, the story flowed effortlessly and grasped my attention from the very beginning.
Book Review: Gears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson - Cege Smith
There were one or two editing mistakes that I caught, but otherwise this book has an amazing level of editorial work and is nearly flawless. The characters in Gears of Wonderland were very well developed and had very distinct personalities and distinguishable dialogues. Also, the plot line in this story was absolutely wonderful and kept me in the fantasy world long after finishing the book! There were numerous twists and turns that I never would have suspected and that made it all the more enjoyable.
The ending left a few loose ends; it would have been nice to see the way everything panned out with more detail but it wasn't a major problem. Overall the ending was satisfactory and the book was a joy to read! As a little girl, Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite movies to watch.
The different characters in the book and the image created of this world was what prevented me from putting the book down! Anderson does such an amazing job giving his characters their own personas and Gryphon, my favorite character, wasn't an exception.
Reading the book and Gryphon's dialogue I could hear the gruffness in his voice and see his tanned, dirty face aged with worry and the loss of loved ones. Anderson has provided readers with a fantastic story and one that will be added onto my personal shelf of favorite books. The world that he has re-imagined and twisted comes off as a much more sinister, dark place than the classic Disney tale that many have grown up watching.
Readers of all genres, including steampunk genre fans, will love this imaginative take on events that leave Wonderland searching for a hero to end their darkened days. Anderson has received 5 out of 5 stars. Dec 11, Cege Smith rated it it was amazing. Good news- it makes no difference! I think the author balanced the introduction of familiar characters the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Catepillar, etc. That is, until his best friend is murdered in front of him and he ends up getting pushed down a hole into Wonderland.
James is caught up in the rebellion against the Knave of Hearts who has declared himself King of Hearts and has either destroyed or taken over the other five kingdoms of Wonderland. He rules with fear through the use of advanced technological machines, and at first glance appears unstoppable.
But you discover that it appears fate intervened by bringing James to Wonderland, and as he meets more Wonderland natives and learns more about himself, he embraces a whole new destiny. Considering James lands in Wonderland with nothing but the clothes on his back, and a few weeks later is overthrowing the most powerful man in Wonderland, it would be easy to be pushed beyond the boundaries of believability.
But the author handles this well. Jan 30, Bookworm rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally got my hands on this book! Met up to my expectations and also exceeded some. Gears of Wonderland was a great blend of adventure, fantasy, steampunk, mystery, and romance. But nonetheless, it was still a great read. At the beginning, I was a bit annoyed at how cold Kara acted towards James. Yeah, I get that Anderson wanted to portray a typical but Finally got my hands on this book! Yeah, I get that Anderson wanted to portray a typical but cute romance where the guy and girl can't stand each other at first, only to gradually fall in love, but did she have to be thaaaaat hostile?
I don't even get why she acted like that in the first place! Speaking of romance, I really do wish the novel had been longer! That way we could've seen a deeper development to James and Kara's relationship. I felt that it had room for further development. And seeing as how there probably won't be a sequel, although I really really hope there will be one and that we get to see James and Kara on more adventures and view spoiler [find Kara's pirate mom hide spoiler ] , it would've been great if the characters traveled around Wonderland a bit more.
I would LOVE to see more of it!
And maybe some other characters too, such as the Jabberwocky. And speaking of other characters, I was kinda disappointed how the Tweedles only appeared in the one chapter; it would've been great if they had a bigger role. I've always liked them. I really liked the idea of being ranked in society by a tattoo. Like, a Wonderlander with the Nine of Spades is probably superior to someone with the Three of Diamonds or something.
Jan 20, Heather Faville rated it it was amazing. It has been years since I have read Alice in Wonderland and I, honestly, don't think I ever read the other books.
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I will have to fix that literary faux pas. I am, however, very familiar with the story and its various characters. In Jason Anderson's Gears of Wonderland, we are thrust into the world of Wonderland with a new human visiting from the outside world. James inadvertently enters Wonderland and is immediately thrust into an adventure that he never thought possible complete with The Hatter, It has been years since I have read Alice in Wonderland and I, honestly, don't think I ever read the other books.
The world of Wonderland comes from story books, it's not real Now, I have read only a few Steampunk tales and I hope to read more as I rather enjoy the genre. Therefore, I am not well versed in Steampunk. It's already a crazy haphazard place and then add in various gadgets, cogs, clockworks that combine to create flying machines, new guards and weapons. This review was originally posted on my blog Little Miss Reader The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's kind of short - I know pages aren't that short, but if it had been longer the story would have had the space and time to evolve into something even better.
Don't get me wrong - I really enjoyed this book, I just wish it was longer, more detailed and that the relationship between James and Kara would have had the time to bloom. I think the story is very intriguing, most of This review was originally posted on my blog Little Miss Reader The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's kind of short - I know pages aren't that short, but if it had been longer the story would have had the space and time to evolve into something even better.
I think the story is very intriguing, most of us already know about the incredible wonders of Wonderland and this story, somehow, takes that world to another level. I have never read a steampunk book before, but I dare say that I quite enjoyed it. I liked that only the first chapter took place in "our" world and the rest of the book is set within the borders of Wonderland.
I loved how the characters from the original story was human's in this one, but still had some of the quirkiness that identifies them as a creature of Wonderland. I loved the Hatter I always love Mad Hatter I just wish we saw more of him - but he's not that important in this story, so I will let it slide.
I loved the fact that this wasn't a story about love. I love reading love stories but I also love reading books with only a sprinkle of love instead of a whole pile of it. I loved that it took a while for James and Kara to for starters realize it and let alone act on it. I gave this book 3 hearts since I enjoyed it quite a lot, but still felt a little something was missing. Feb 11, A Voracious Reader a. Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: However, just after he gets there a strange man comes to the apartment, murders his friend then chases James out to the street where a yet another strange man in a white suit grabs him and sends him down a hole into Wonderland.
James is now in Wonderland, but in a very different one than Alice was in. The Knave of Hearts has taken the throne, conquered the other kingdoms and is mass-producing stream-powered machinery. Steampunk Wonderland has emerged, but James arriving from Otherworld has thrown a massive spanner in the works. However, I do remember enough to know that this book is a clever take of a favorite tail.
Well-written and fast-paced, with a twisty plot, interesting world and likeable characters, I enjoyed this book very much. Please see disclaimer page on my blog. Aug 05, Scott Kinkade rated it really liked it. Ever wondered what would it would be like if someone wrote a steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland?
Well, wonder no more, for Jason G. Anderson's Gears of Wonderland steampunk fantasy is here to show you. James Riggs has a lousy girlfriend and a lousy job. But, as he soon discovers, things can get so much worse. He witnesses his oldest friend murdered at the hands of a hulking assailant, and narrowly avoids becoming the next victim when a mysterious man in white pushes him down a hole. He en Ever wondered what would it would be like if someone wrote a steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland?
He ends up in a strange Victorian city, and is informed by a gun-toting woman named Kara that it's actually Wonderland. He thought it was just a book, but it's all too real. Unfortunately, the place has kinda gone to hell since Alice visited. The queen has been assassinated, and her evil son Lahire has seen fit to become king and enforce his own vision of a perfect Wonderland by any means necessary.
James must join up with the resistance in order to depose Lahire, get the girl and fulfill his destiny. I really liked Gears of Wonderland. It has a gripping plot and compelling characters.
Steampunk and Wonderland might seem like an unlikely pairing, but Anderson pulls it off and makes it look easy. While there are typos here and there, Anderson makes up for it by building upon Wonderland lore and literally humanizing the characters Caterpillar and White Rabbit are now people. He presents a fleshed-out world you'd actually want to visit after Lahire is gone, natch. Go pick up Gears of Wonderland from the Kindle store.
Nov 10, Michael Rose rated it it was amazing. This is a fresh and unique take on Wonderland. Considering James lands in Wonderland with nothing but the clothes on his back, and a few weeks later is overthrowing the most powerful man in Wonderland, it would be easy to be pushed beyond the boundaries of believability.
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But the author handles this well. Gears of Wonderland is a well-written fantasy adventure with a little something for everyone. I would highly recommend it. I was provided a complimentary copy of Gears of Wonderland in exchange for my fair and honest review. I love that cover. Sounds like a great book — thanks for a thorough review.
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