Review and Secret Santa Giveaway: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Aged 42 and Three-quarters by Barbara Silkstone

Title: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Aged 42 and Three-Quarters

Author: Barbara Silkstone

Published: March 2010

Sypnosis: A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man. set in Miami and London. Raeders will cheer for Alice as she watches her back in attempts to keep her head while being stalked by Nigel’s daft ex-wife and a team of inept, but dangerous, mobsters. Alice’s world is filled with real characters strangely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland as she’s guided through her dangerous adventure by her own Cheshire Cat.

Status: Read in December, 2010 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

Barbara Silkstone’s quirky new novel is a tribute to the genius of the Lewis Carrol classic, Alice in Wonderland.
Alice Harte, aged 42 and 3/4, is caught between her homicidal real estate boss and his rival, out for revenge of the beheading of his brother. Desperate to avoid Tweedledee and Tweedledum and to keep her head, Alice decides to escape to England and during her online search for a hideaway meets Nigel, a (possibly) handsome British charmer who offers to fulfil all her dreams. Alice quickly discovers that Nigel is too good to be true as he whisks her from place to place, always looking over his shoulder. When Alice returns to the US, her dreams in tatters, she must find a way out of the rabbit hole.
Silkstone has created an unusual story that interjects elements of fantasy with contemporary characters and plot which makes for a fun and unpredictable read. There several touches of the absurd, including the grinning Cheshire cat and the rabid rabbits, but they work within the spirit of the novel. Essentially it’s a mystery/suspense, as Alice needs find the truth behind her boss’s unsavoury work ethic and Lizard Links to save herself from being dragged into court or worse, and avoid the mysterious Mr Hare who wants proof of her boss’s wrongdoings and won’t take no for an answer. There is also a generous component of romantic comedy as Alice pursues her British dream man.
I quite liked Alice, though she was an odd combination of practicality and fantasist. The first person point of view stemming from Alice’s diary entries gives the reader an insight into her character and her motivations as she careens through the plot.
The relationship between Alice and Nigel is a little like a screwball romantic comedy. Alice is so desperate to cling to her fantasies that she ignores Nigel’s inconsistencies until she really has no option but to concede defeat. Silkstone kept me guessing about Nigel and his motovations right up to the end where his escape with Maris made perfect sense.
The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, aged 42 and three-quarters is an unusual tale, that is entertaining with a unique point of difference from the usual fare of the genre. It’s sure to appeal to readers who like something just a little left of center.

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Aged 42 and Three-Quarters

is available to purchase @ Amazon

WIN!

Barbara Silkstone is generously offering readers a special giveaway in the spirit of the season. One lucky reader will win not only an e-edition of  The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Aged 42 and Three-Quarters for themselves but also three additional copies to gift to their friends!

*Open Worldwide*

How to Enter

+1 Leave your name, email and country in a comment

+1 Tell us what your favourite classic tale is.

Additional entries

+2  tweet this contest (include your twitter name)

Total possible entries = 4

Winner will be drawn  December 21st by random.org

Good luck!

 

 

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelly
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 19:33:03

    Oh, this seems quite fun and, hehe, what an amazing combination of classic and modern literature. I love the connection to Alice in wonderland.
    Thanks for the review.
    Can’t enter the contest atm, ’cause I’m at work and can’t tweet! 😛

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  3. leeswammes
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 20:57:07

    What a fun book this is! I’d like to enter please!

    My favorite classic tale is Little Red Riding Hood, I’m afraid to say. I used to find it SO scary! I also really like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Leeswammes/status/15706555915698176

    Judith (Leeswammes) from The Netherlands: jh303015 at gmail dot com

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  4. Dee
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 00:14:09

    Woot, this is fun!

    -Dee from e-Volving Books, mail me at deepalipratap@gmail.com.
    I live in India 🙂

    My fav classic book has to be a childhood classic – anything from the Narnia series, or Little Women. Enid Blyton was a favorite author at that age too!

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  5. L.C. Evans
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 00:33:41

    I’ve read this book and absolutely loved the quirkiness. Alice’s relationship with Nigel was so funny. Even when I wanted to warn Alice to run far and fast, I kept laughing.

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  6. Lee Sinclair
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 05:14:01

    Interesting review. I can relate to Alice and being an “an odd combination of practicality and fantasist.”

    My favorite classic tale is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, and I’m not just saying that because it’s almost Christmas.

    Lee – an odd combination living in the U.S.A.

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  8. Sharon Walling (sharon54220)
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 13:37:39

    I have to say that Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorites.
    Great interview
    I’m in the USA
    Thanks for the chance

    sharon54220@gmail.com

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  9. Michelle
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:31:36

    This book sounds very interesting. If I don’t win, I’ll probably check it out of my local library.

    Great review!

    -Michelle

    luckyblue13 @ gmail . com

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  10. Michelle
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:33:39

    My favorite classic tale would have to be . . . Alice in Wonderland. Seriously, I’ve been in love *cough*obsessed*cough* with Alice since I was a kid. . .

    -Michelle

    luckyblue13 @ gmail . com

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  11. Michelle
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:35:43

    I tweeted it (113Elle)

    luckyblue13 @ gmail . com

    (Entry 1)

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  12. Michelle
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:36:36

    I tweeted it (113Ell)

    luckyblue13 @ gmail . com

    (Entry 2)

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  13. Camden Tadhg
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 03:38:22

    I’m Camden at tadhg_c (at) cde.state (dot) co.us

    My favorite classic tale is definitely Peter Pan!

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  14. Julie B
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 06:34:30

    sounds great. Julie B. in Washington state, usa
    my fave classic is Wind in the Willows

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  15. Linda Kish
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:14:04

    Sounds quirky enough to suit me.

    Linda Kish…USA

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  16. Brandy B
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:41:21

    Hi I love the cover with the fat bunny on it!!! My fav classic tale is The Little Mermaid.

    Happy Holidays,
    Brandy
    brandyzbooks@yahoo.com
    USA

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  17. Kathy P
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 03:11:15

    Kathy P
    Canada
    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  18. Kathy P
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 03:12:47

    Favorite classic tale: Oliver Twist

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  19. barbara silkstone
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 23:14:13

    Thank you all for participating in the chubby bunny’s Secret Santa.
    Wishing you the best holiday ever!
    Hugs,
    Alice, Nigel, and the Thugs Bunny

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  20. Heather
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 16:03:14

    This book sounds fun.
    I don’t know if I have a favourite classic. There isn’t really one that I keep coming back to. I do love the story of Scrooge, as I often watch multiple movie versions each season.

    Heather in Canada

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  21. Crystal Hamilton
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 19:25:31

    Crystal Hamilton
    Latsyrc728@yahoo.com
    USA

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  22. Crystal Hamilton
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 19:28:56

    My favorite depends on your definition of “classic”. I love Alice in Wonderland, but it is in a class of its own. My favorite “classic” book would have to be The Catcher in The Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird. As far as “classic” fairytales, Sleeping Beauty. Did I think about this a little too much, probably. As long as I get my entry my brain doesn’t mind the extra work. lol. : )

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  23. Crystal Hamilton
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 19:30:51

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  24. Kali Kay
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 07:36:02

    I have not read any classic tales.The only librabry near my home doesn’t have any good books!They only have encyclopedias and magazines and stuff like that.The only book i have ever read is “Seer of Shadows”.

    kaylie-kay@live.com
    i tweeted (LunaStein)

    Kali from Puerto Rico

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