Friday, 10 July 2020

Gamebook Friday: Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland

The other day I stumbled across this review of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, originally posted back in August 2018, on Nerds Like Me:

"What particularly drew me to the book was the art – illustrated by Kevin Crossley, the art is luxuriously detailed, and deliciously dark to fit the subject matter, but it manages to skilfully mimic the illustrations from the classic releases of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland whilst changing small, sinister details to bring it in line with the tone of the book. These are very pretty books, inside and out...

"Story wise, this is a little Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland meets that horrifying Return to Oz movie, but where Burton’s Alice seemed cagey of going too dark and seemed flimsy because of it, Green charges head first into the bleak and grim and the book is so much better for its commitment to the tone. It’s incredibly sinister, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers, but it’s the kind of sinister that gives a sort of pleasurable chill as you read – and the ante is upped because if you make the wrong choice then you could very well find yourself dead. There’s a higher level of involvement and thus a high level of investment...

"Rating: 5/5 – this is a perfect example of a expertly-crafted game book. Even aside from the complexity of constructing a normal Choose Your Own Adventure book, the added game mechanisms could easily have catapulted this into a jumbled mess, but instead it works so well and runs so fluently that it really is an exceptional example of its genre."

If you've not picked up Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland for yourself yet, you'll be pleased to hear that it is back in print and that you can buy a signed copy direct from the author.

People who missed out on the original Kickstarter have been making the most of the opportunity to secure a signed copy for themselves, which you can do here...

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland - Back in Print!
(£13 including UK P&P)
520 section ACE Gamebook
Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland bookmark

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland

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