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Gears of Wonderland February 1, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 4 stars, Fantasy, Steampunk.
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Gears of Wonderland

by Jason G. Anderson

(also available in paperback and on NOOK)

James Riggs falls in a rabbit hole and emerges into a Wonderland years after Alice’s time. Many changes have occurred, one of which is the introduction of Victorian steam machinery.

Another change is the Knave of Hearts is the ruler of Wonderland. Under his cruel regime we find Kara, the Mad Hatter’s daughter and a leading member of the rebellion.

Kara and James find themselves on a journey to find out what the significance is of a tattoo on James’ arm has and what it means to the people of Wonderland.  The adventures they find themselves in is a wild romp and the fun you’ll have with them won’t disappoint.

The interplay between Kara and James is rather predictable, but sweet nonetheless. James is a character that I related to and grew to admire. He wasn’t a swashbuckling hero, but he did show bravery in his own modern way.

The melding of Victorian Steampunk and Wonderland was novel and well done. The way Anderson fast-forwarded Wonderland several years in the future was a great way to take a new approach to an old-time classic.

This was a fast-paced, easy to read book. If you’re looking for a fun story, this is it.

4 of 5 stars.

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