Automated Alice

Automated Alice

by Jeff Noon

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Overview

Jeff Noon has always been influenced by the work of Lewis Carroll, especially the two Alice books. In Automated Alice he brings Carroll's vision thoroughly up to date. Not so much a sequel to Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, more of a trequel, the third book in a series of misadventures even wierder than your dreams.

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Jeff Noon's previous novels, Vurt and Pollen, have attracted a cult following with their psychedelic science fiction creation of the realm of "Vurt"--a region defined by illusion, dream and drug-induced fantasy. Noon has now decided to link up with an imaginative precursor by introducing Lewis Carroll's Alice as the protagonist in a new adventure that draws on Carroll's through-the-looking-glass inversions of reality, and adds a Jeff Noon menace and edginess absent from Carroll's Wonderland. Alice finds herself in 1998 Manchester when she enters an old grandfather clock, and soon becomes the prime suspect in the puzzling "Jigsaw Murders." Noon emulates Carroll's crazy wordplay throughout, and even adds his own illustrations inspired by those of John Tenniel, the famous interpreter of Alice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044772052
Publisher: Jeff Noon
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 790 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeff Noon was born in Manchester in 1957. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His first novel, Vurt, was published in 1993 and went on to win the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His other books include Pollen, Nymphomation, Automated Alice, Pixel Juice, Needle in the Groove and Falling Out Of Cars and Channel Sk1n (published August 2012). His plays include Woundings, The Modernists and Dead Code. For more information see Jeff's website (www.metamorphiction.com) or follow him on Twitter (@jeffnoon)

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Automated Alice 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
truth_of_spirit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just love it!!! And that's not just for its use of linguistic twists and turns, but also for its wit and ingenuity and not at last for its crazyness.
TheHappyRobot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh dear, this really is a bad book. I was hoping that this recent (and unofficial) addition to the Alice books might recapture some of the magic of the originals. Unfortunately this is quite severely not the case. Simple and obvious puns are explained at length, characters are as deep as puddles and I have never been less interested in a plot in my life.Really, really awful.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After following her aunt's pet parrot into a grandfather clock, Alice and her doll Celia find themselves in 1998, but not 1998 as it really was. With Celia transformed into the Automated Alice, she and Alice they try to find the twelve missing jigsaw pieces and make it back to 1860 in time for Alice's writing lesson.This book was a bit of a disappointment. Although the author had caught the Lewis Carroll tone, the wimsey was a bit laboured at times, and the puns over-explained.It was great that there were so many pictures and that Alice had the traditional 'head too big for her body' look, but the animaI pictures were less successful. The pathologist looked more like a weimeraner than a bloodhound, while Captain Ramshackle looked absolutely nothing like a badger.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone who has loved Lewis Carroll's Alice stories since he was a very young boy I must say that I found Jeff Noon's amusing novel, Automated Alice both clever and funny, very funny. The whimsy begins with computermites and seems to be infinite before the book is over. Poor Alice is alone, bored, and sleepy in her Great Aunt Ermintrude's house in rainy Manchester, but she is quickly swept away into another world as she follows Whippoorwill, "a green-and-yellow-plumed parrot with a bright orange beak", up and away into the mechanism of an old grandfather clock. The reader, along with Alice, never has a chance to look back. If I have any complaint with the novel, it is that like a Viennese chocolate torte it was too sweet and before the end of the book my head began to feel like it does when I have overdosed on sugar. Curiously the capriciousness speeds along at a pace which is fast and faster, to the point where I began to feel my mind spinning. It reminded me of the Red Queen's admonition to Alice : ¿Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!¿ (Through the Looking Glass). It is all tremendously amusing when you find yourself laughing out loud on almost every page and you are mystified by the circumlocutions and wordplay that is positively preternatural. This is a book for all who love puns, riddles, titillating moments filled with uncommon literary references that lend the text a postmodern sheen. Some call this novel an instance of cyberpunk fiction, but I merely suggest that all who dare explore the world of speculative fiction will find this a delightful novel.
vpfluke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was great fun to read. It is a take-off on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". I was reminded of Georges Perec's novel, "Life: a users manual", with it use of puzzle pieces as one of the ways to bind the narrative together. I laughed quite a bit as I read the book: the wordplay is really quite inventive.
PDExperiment626 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Make no mistake people either love or hate this book. Before picking this up, I would highly suggest reading some of Noon's other work ('Vurt' if nothing else) to get an idea of what type of writer Noon is. I acknowledge that this is probably not Noon's strongest work; but then again, one of the really interesting things about Noon that each one of his novels is really unique in it's structure and execution. Even though many of Noon's works take place in his Vurt/Manchester universe, each book is distintinctly different. Here is the quick and dirty of some of his works: 'Vurt' is written in the cyberpunk genre; 'Pollen' the biopunk police thriller; 'Nymphomation' is frenetic story of students vs. coroporation and moves into abstraction/surrealism ala Borges; 'Pixel Juice' is a collection of short stories with entries touching all of Noon's earlier works, 'Automated Alice' is emulation of Lewis Carrol work's and is written in a steampunk genre. The idea is that each book in the Vurt/Manchester universe is written distinctly style and genre from one another. Noon will never is not a serial novelist; indeed, every time he writes, he challenges himself in either the genre he chooses, his writing style, type layout, plot, characters, etc. People who read 'Automated Alice' are quick to criticism the characters and plot for being overly simplistic. Noon said he wished to write a 'Trequel' to Lewis Carrol's works of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'. This doesn't mean that Noon just uses Lewis Carrol's characters and slaps them into his own stories. It's a genuine attempt at a Trequel: it is written in the style of Carrol and it's written like a children's story. Yes, there were deeper ideas in 'Alice in Wonderland' but that story was delivered as a children's tale. So criticizing Noon for writing 'Automated Alice' for having simple characters or plot doesn't make sense to me. Like Carrol, he wrote this as a children's story; and having a complex plot/characters was never the point of such a writing. In the spirit of Lewis Carrol, Noon writes in plenty or word play and surreal absurdities into his little story. Yes, some of the little word plays are really explicit; but again, I advise looking at this in the context of a children's tale. It was written that way intentionally. Noon chooses a neo-victorian setting for most of this book that also holds truer to the original styles of Lewis Carrol. What is really impressive is that Noon even illustrates 'Automated Alice' in the same style that Carrol illustrated 'Alice in Wonderland'. I thought this book was actually a brilliant execution as a genuine trequel to the works of Lewis Carol. Noon does an excellent job of writing this as a genuine children's adventure while still tying into his own Vurt/Manchester universe. Indeed, most of this story takes place in the Vurt and the events in this story tie back into the background history of 'Vurt', 'Pollen', 'Nymphomation', etc. Again, don't read this expecting to read another novel; it is intentionally written as a children's story. Lastly, I would read a few other books in the 'Vurt' universe before reading this one, just so that the relevance of certain events is clear in the overall history of the 'Vurt'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would have been nice if Noon had done his own interpretation of Alice. The imagery of Carroll's books influence Noon greatly already, so a 'Further Adventures of' book in his style would be a slam dunk. Noon, for whatever reason, has limited himself to strict canon, as close as he can, making the novel more like a poor imitation. Read Vurt instead.
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