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“When little Alice follows the Black Rat down into the gaping darkness of an open grave, she falls and falls. And soon finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Venturing further into this land of zombies and monsters, she encounters characters both creepy and madcap along the way. But there’s something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold. And she has the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave. Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?”
So I’m not actually sure if this is supposed to be related to the whole theme that ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies‘ is doing, but either way, this was an amusing little book. Bought for me by my best friend, we have a deep love for Alice in Wonderland, and also I have of course, a love for the macabre. So, this book seemed pretty perfect for me.
Right off the bat, this book is LITERALLY just ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ but edited here and there to be about zombies/dead things. The same with the illustrations. It’s still technically the original Tenniel drawings, but lots of things were added and changed.
So, being that I have read the original Alice books many times, I really only read through it to see what was changed. Some of the highlights of the changes were that Wonderland [now called Zombieland] is pretty much all the crazyness that you can remember from Wonderland is still there, but Zombieland is just a spiraling crazy graveyard. Zombieland is full of, well, zombie counterparts of all the main characters from the books. The White Rabbit doesn’t exist, though, his character is replaced with the Black Rat. The Mock Turtle is known as the Corpse Turtle [who had his flippers ripped off by the Queen of Hearts for soup], and in the Queen of Hearts herself, while not a rotting zombie, is still a cannibal who eats the heads of those she actually beheads.
The entire time Alice [who is obviously slowly turning zombie] is in Zombieland, also, is fighting her urges to eat everyone. That was pretty amusing. When she’s not being annoying as hell.
Part of me was kind of expecting the books to still be ‘safe for kids’ to read, but newwwwp. A lot of gore is described in pretty explicit detail, especially the parts with the Queen of Hearts bashing zombie skulls in and splattering brain and bones all over her people and the King. And the Duchess’ baby dies terribly and re-animates into a zombaby in Alice’s arms. I mean, you could let your kid read that I guess, but only if you wanted them to turn out like… me? [<_<]
Also, I love that they made the Cheshire Cat a lot like he is in American McGee’s Alice/Madness Returns. Even with how he interacts with Alice. It’s pretty obvious it’s intentional by how he’s physically described.
Overall, this book was ‘cute’ by my standards. It’s funny to see people’s reaction when they see it on my book shelf and want to look over it. However, if you’ve already read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it’s essentially the same thing, but made to be a bit more comical in it’s macabre changes.
Oh, and Alice’s sister kills Dinah. What an asshole!
I give Alice in Zombieland 3/5 Rotting Rat Tails
“But I don’t want to go among Dead People,” remarked Alice.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said that Cat: “We’re all Dead here. I’m Dead. You’re Dead.”
“How do you know I’m Dead?” Asked Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat. “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”