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Alice's Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork Goddess [Kindle Edition]

Wol-vriey , Arthur Gelsinger , steampunk
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The American Queendoms of New York and Texas square off in this steampunk Bizarro extravaganza! When war erupts between Victoria Queen of Hearts and Her Majesty Mech-Anna, it sets them down a path of intrigue and violence that threatens to annihilate both dominions. With the help of Lord Busybody and his mechanical assistant Crank, Alice Sin - prostitute/assassin for hire - may be their only hope to restore peace and fulfill the United States prophecy. Many heads will roll along the way...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Rooster Republic Press (3 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088JRLY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 July 2013
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this on a whim and absolutely loved it! Never heard of the author Wol-vriey but liked the front cover if I'm honest and once I opened it I didn't put it down again until I'd finished.

In fairness it really doesn't have anything to do with Alice In Wonderland per se, more of a case of borrowing characters but the idea and execution (for me) was excellent and after reading it I picked up everything else I could find by Wol-vriey on my Kindle.

If you have a passing interest in 'Alice' you'd love it, steam punk - again, love it or just fiction in general - love it

It is a little saucy in places so be prepared

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not quite steampunk 26 Aug 2012
By A. Turrall - Published on Amazon.com
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This was definitely a good read but it wasn't quite what I'd call steam punk, more fantasy based on steam punk. A really entertaining modern story using many equivilant characters from Alice,though that's where the comparison stops.

The only thing stopping me giving this a 5 was the ending, it just seemed a bit rushed and happily ever after, almost a little jarring. Despite that I definitely recommend giving this a read though, it's a lot of fun!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice, Steampunk, and Cakes.... 8 Jun 2012
By Bluemmyj - Published on Amazon.com
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Alice, Steampunk, and Cakes... What more can you ask for?
Nothing that's what. Well sex too. Like any insane person I like an Alice story, but more than that, I like one that really gets you going. As soon as you start reading you are glued to the story and it's characters and you don't want to put it down at all. You will regret it if you put it down. You will be up tossing and turning all night because you didn't finish the next page, the next chapter. Buy it, read it, you won't regret it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown Up Alice Can't Lay Off the Acid 16 Mar 2013
By Walter Rhein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a bit of a slow burn for me. The first twenty or thirty pages really didn't grab me, yet I found I wasn't able to completely abandon the book. I'd set it down, do other things, and eventually come back to it after a couple days.

About a quarter of the way through it, something changed, and I found myself devouring the rest of the work in a rush.

As you can probably guess from the title, there are plenty of elements of Alice In Wonderland in this book. However, instead of being a precocious young girl, Alice (or "Alice Sin" which is her full name) is a resourceful prostitute. Suffice it to say that she has "interesting" methods for problem solving, although I can't help but concede that her tactics would undoubtedly be effective.

One of the characters I liked was a Clockwork robot. There's something kind of delightful about Clockwork characters. He's sophisticated and articulate, but he needs to be wound up like a watch periodically. Of course, this necessity leads to some predictable moments of stress when his skills are needed but he's unable to perform due to "lack of wind."

I think what I liked most about this book was the freedom the author was given. There are characters who talk in ALL CAPS which is exactly the type of thing that I'm never allowed to do as a writer. But personally, I like that stream-of-consciousness feel.

Yes, some of the scenes seemed rushed and I can see how this isn't a book for everyone. But what this book has is a very different feel than the same-old, pre-packaged garbage that you're going to get elsewhere. There is a rawness here with a very subtle polish that makes it slide down smooth even as it tears up your throat along the way. There's something about that contradiction that pleases me very much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice is a prostitute 22 May 2014
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No spoilers

Alice is a prostitute turned assassin. She is on a secret mission to kill the Mad Hatter. Texas is at war with New York. The Queen of Hearts is fighter her sister, Anna who is now called Mech-Anna. There are white rabbits always running late and a Ripper on the loose.

TEXAN FORCES DRIVEN BACK BY NEW YORK TROOPS (VICTORY IMMINENT)

HER MAJESTY COMMISSIONS NEW BOILER IN LOWER EAST MANHATTAN

RIPPER STRIKES AGAIN!

This is nothing like the Alice in Wonderland of our childhood. Blood, guts, cake bombs and pumas! The writing is fantastic and draws you in. The world building is amazing! I find with bizarro reads there is never excess in description, giving the reader just enough to know where and what and for us to decide what the rest looks like. The creatures and machines are awesome! And this is my first steampunk book, also my first book by Wol-vriey and will not be my last.

The Mech-Sioux chief was an immense man, with a metal right arm almost as large as his body, whirring and clanking whenever it moved. His left leg was also made out of metal, but more proportional to the rest of him. He wore a traditional feather headdress and a beaded rawhide loincloth. His massive robot hand gripped an equally massive tomahawk.

I recommend this one to anyone that like alternate retellings. This one is by no means fluffy, but dark and gritty, but funny and enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Adventures in Steamland, by Wol-vriey 5 May 2014
By Bob C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Where to start?, This is not your average "Steampunk" adventure. It's steampunk through the looking glass, and not your average looking glass, but more of a Funhouse type looking glass. Alice is a prostitute/ assassin. A very good prostitute, but a lousy assassin. The Caterpillar is a double agent, the White Rabbits are civil servants, and the cattle rustling robots are cattle rustling robots. ( And don't get me started on the giant , "War Spiders")Try it yourself, it's good for a few chuckles.
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