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This review is from: Automated Alice (Paperback)
Jeff Noon's future-set reworking of Alice starts off well, quick, inventive, unusual. It seems like a good companion to Carrol's Alice. But then Alice finds herself in a future manchester, a future manchester that, disappointingly, isn't that interesting. It's populated with people who are half men and half animals, and the fun Noon has with this goes on for far too long. The second half of the book is far to logically plotted, losing the dream-like logic that started it off so well. We end up with Alice investigating a series of murders, which drags on until the ending comes as a relief. A great idea (wonderland via manchester) never really bears fruit, as the future world just doesn't have any character, much like Automated Alice (alice's underused twin sister) herself.
As for Noon inserting himself into the novel as "Zenith O'Clock," this episode seems just jarring and pointless. Too many attempts are made to deconstruct Alice's character, and too little time is spent making her likeable in the first place.
Well written, well illustrated, and certainly worth a look, but it should have been so much better...