I've been collecting Alice in Wonderland stuff for many years now, including many of the various
retellings, updates, and remixes of the Alice stories.
I expected to hate this one, because I always leave the cinema feeling slightly let-down and dissatisfied after a Burton movie.
Having said that, I very much enjoyed this new look at the Alice story. It's quirky, weird, dark, and yet it somehow remains true to the feeling of Wonderland. To be REALLY nitpicking, it creates a whole new fictional background for the real Alice who inspired the book, but I guess this will only annoy utter purists like myself!
This book isn't great literature - after all, it's just a money-spinning novelization of the movie. But it's also an enjoyable, easy read. In my opinion, it's VASTLY superior to Frank Beddor's 'dark' Wonderland series (The Looking Glass Wars
In fact, as a dark, somewhat disturbing look at Wonderland, this is probably the best thing since American Magee's video game Alice (PC)
which is now more than a decade old but still much loved.
Anyway, if you've seen the movie, you know what to expect. If you haven't, this is still a fun read.