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.