Automated Alice Paperback – 2 Oct 1997
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Jeff Noon's previous novels, Vurt and Pollen, have attracted a cult following with their psychedelic science fiction creation of the realm of "Vurt"--a region defined by illusion, dream and drug-induced fantasy. Noon has now decided to link up with an imaginative precursor by introducing Lewis Carroll's Alice as the protagonist in a new adventure that draws on Carroll's through-the-looking-glass inversions of reality, and adds a Jeff Noon menace and edginess absent from Carroll's Wonderland. Alice finds herself in 1998 Manchester when she enters an old grandfather clock, and soon becomes the prime suspect in the puzzling "Jigsaw Murders." Noon emulates Carroll's crazy wordplay throughout, and even adds his own illustrations inspired by those of John Tenniel, the famous interpreter of Alice.
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'Borges crossed with Philip Larkin on acid' Arena
'Destined for cult status Cyberpunk at the cutting edge' Maxim
'Captures Carroll's style effortlessly A weird Alice with a contemporary edge' Mail on Sunday
'A wild psychedelic vision ' Manchester Evening News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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When read as a sequel to Noon's earlier shared-world novels `Vurt' and `Pollen' however the book takes on an additional resonance, with Alice's earlier appearance in `Pollen' given additional background while the plotline takes in the `disease' responsible for the merging of humans and animals in the Noon's future world, with plenty of sly winks towards the feather-accessed Vurt.
Read either way this is a fantastic novel, filled with bizarre imagery, wordplay and metafiction, but to really get the most from it you should read both Noon and Carroll's earlier works first.
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...
This is a triumph for Noon which makes me want search out more of his work.
For me, it largely doesn't work; the ideas are too mashed together to be overly effective. I could appreciate rendering 20th century ideas, objects, and even people, into Wonderland counterparts... but Carroll would introduce each in its turn, play with it, and then discard for another before bringing them all to an anarchic conlusion. Noon tries to construct a plot around the ideas rather then letting them loose in a dream narrative, and I feel they suffer for it.
So, I could not really recommend this to anyone who is not a Noon fan, because it didn't excite me... or to Noon's fans because I can not make a comparison with his other works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read Vurt - it's awesome
Automated Alice is very dull in comparison , just a random series of events without any sort of underlying consistent world
It's sounds bizarre... and it is. Alice Liddle of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass is back. Read morePublished on 24 July 2008 by E. R. Dewsnap
This is a great book, I think it fairer to say the use of language is in the style of "alice" books rather than the plot, characters etc. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2004 by I am probably a human
This book is about 200 pages, with black and white illustrations. The story is very boring, Alice in a future where most animals are humanoids. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2002 by Mr J D LEE
I feel enormously cheated by this book. It promises an adventure in the style of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, but Noon's Alice is superficial and unsympathetic; her... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2001
imagine a book where the lead charister is none other than alice fom alice in wonderland, then imagine that alice has a TWIN SISTER WITH TERMITS FOR BRAINS. Read morePublished on 26 May 2001 by email@example.com