Alice And Dorothy by J W Schnarr
A FAIRYTALE OF SEX, DRUGS, AND MURDER…Alice Pleasance has just killed a man.
Later, while suffering a heroin overdose, Alice visits a nightmare world of playing card royalty and violent tea parties. Worse, Alice discovers that her broken mind has dragged something out of her delusions and into her waking life. Something evil.
Trapped in a psychiatric ward while dealing with her drug addiction, Alice finds an unlikely friend in Dorothy Gale, a girl who knows all about other worlds and the duality of life. Sweet, gentle Dorothy, who carries a stuffed dog named Toto and has a few secrets of her own.
Now they are on the run, escaping vengeful drug dealers, trigger happy cops, and the horrors being created inside Alice’s own shattered mind. And while Dorothy clings to the promise of love as she chases a tornado across the country, Alice clings to her sanity, because the creature sharing her mind has a growing bloodlust that will not be denied.
Right, before I go any further, this is not, and I repeat this is not one of those novels where some untalented hack bastardises a classic novel by forcing against their zombies werewolves, or some other monster into the narrative.
What you have here is a bleak, at times disturbing, and shocking re-imaging of two classic books. After reading the opening chapters I was unsure if I could read this book, not because of the writing, rest assured the writing here is excellent, it was the subject matter. Alice a heroin junkie prostitute for me is not the sort of character I want as a lead. It’s not that I a prude, or maybe I am, I just didn’t think I could relate enough to the character to care about her.
Schnarr, must be praised that through his writing skill and wonderfully twisted take on the characters of Wonderland, he managed to turn my feelings around, and kept me reading to the end.
This is book is an excellent take on a classic novel, and ranks alongside James A Moore’s Bloodstained Oz as take on the wonderful world of Oz
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