Top Ten Books for Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

This is a rendition of thebrokeandthebookish.com’s Top Ten Tuesday. This week it’s the Top Ten Books for Blank, and I have chosen….for those that love Alice in Wonderland.  Because that’s how my writing desk ravens and my mushroom resizes.

1. The Chrestomanci Chronicles by Diana Wynne Jones

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-Zaniness, strange logics, and spunky young heroines and heroes.

2. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

-Because pixies convinced they are dead are a good start and a young girl with an extreme fondness for logic and good advice follows through.

3. Candide by Voltaire

-Adventures with a satiric take on the world, characters that continuously pop back up, and naivety making the world strange.  Didn’t think I could make that case, did you?

4. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie

(Review here: https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/167/)

-Genies finnicking with faucets are a great continuation of rabbits with pocket watches.

5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

-If you like Alice and her attitude of trying to be sensible amidst the bizarre, you ought to like Ella and her attitude of being a rebel amidst exact obedience.

6. The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

-Weird worlds, weird peoples, and Englishness…Englishocity?

7. Le Petit Prince by Antoine St.-Expupery

-Talking flowers, new views, and wonder.

8. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

(Review here: https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-grand-sophy/)

-I like to think that Alice sighs over Sophy’s antics, and then turns around and achieves exactly the same results.

9. The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern

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-Wonderland loves to delve and explain the illogical.  The Princess Bride takes the logical and explains them so thoroughly they become fantastic and strange.  They belong together.

10. The Poems of A.A. Milne

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-Englishocity, royalty with obsessions, children fooling adults, etc.

So, what do you guys think?  Have you read anything more Wonderlandian?

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Once Upon a Time 2×1 “Broken”

SPOILERS

1. The reunion between Emma and her parents was every bit as awkward as anticipated.  I suspect a lot of the resentments about Emma’s upbringing were immediately thrown in there mainly to distract everyone from the sheer awkwardness of their age discrepancies.  David’s interaction with Henry made me quite irritated with him-he’s only interested in using him bolster his own self-image and determination by impressing them on Henry-probably subconsciously as he clearly means well, but that’s all I saw.  Of everyone in his family YOU do not know this kid-you could talk to him, ask him what he thinks, thank him for believing in you (I think Mary mentioned things like this to him) or pushing Emma to save everyone?  No?  I cannot be behind this as a proper family meeting.

2. I have many feelings about Rumplestiltskin.  After the last episode I had a lot of questions for him, and the answers don’t really alter my need to sit him down and have a chat.  As far as why Belle knows he’ll be able to canoodle with Belle after magic is brought to Storybrooke, I suppose the whole “magic works differently here”, already covering a multitude of sins, can also manage to cover for Rumple’s ability to look normal and kiss Belle.  My criticism that as a looks-conscious man Rumple should’ve leaped to redress Belle did get addressed.  I was both glad to see Rumple talking fashion with Belle and sad that it came up mainly as an excuse to be alone instead of the sincere thing it should’ve been.  It did seem that everyone else was too busy reuniting and getting angry mobbish that Rumple’s store was safe, but still-I would expect people to be trying to get back their objects anytime now.  The dagger, though…he’s really still going with leaving it in the woods, where these people run around regularly, knowing that Ruby’s got wolf powers for finding objects and that he’s actually shown Pinochio (who may not be dead and if he was I don’t think Rumple necessarily knew it) where its hiding spot is?  That seems like the height of stupidity and I expect more of him.

3. I was happy with the show’s take on Sleeping Beauty’s kingdom “sleeping for years” along with her.  Phillip is clearly the dashing hero I want him to be.  Unfortunately, the love triangle with Mulan meant that their feminine-stereotype fight, which might have led to really awesome feminist breakthroughs or at least a shattering of said stereotypes, led only to a love-triangle.  This is not okay.

4. Our clues for the new guy are: he’s in a big city, he’s got a postcard, there’s a significant pigeon.  Right now the strongest possibilities of the ones I’ve seen seem to be the White Rabbit or Peter Pan, as both of those had the ability to traverse worlds.  My personal theory is that he’s the boy who befriended Pinochio on Pleasure Island.  Pinochio may well have confided in his best friend his mission, his conversation with the Blue Fairy may have been about the sending of this postcard to an address at a ‘certain time’, or Pinochio may have survived and sent it himself.  Further evidence comes from the pigeon-in Disney’s Pinochio he found out where Gepetto went because of a message dropped to him by some birds that resembled doves or pigeons.  Hence, the significant pigeon points this way.  Also, this version of Pleasure Island IS a part of the normal world, so of course he would be there.

5. Dr Whale is unknown by David.  And possibly Regina, though was an integral person who collaborated with her, which argues she is lying.  He is a doctor.  He is a womanizer.  Is he Smee?  Smee performed caretaking duties, is tied to the sea, and could be imagined as a womanizer pirate like the others.  I like the idea that he’s the wizard from Wizard of Oz-he could have ballooned in from FTL, or passed through there, which would explain how he got there-but he would be unknown.  The wizard performed ‘operations’ on heads, hearts, etc., so could easily become a doctor.  The wizard is  a natural collaborator, explaining his switch from cooperating so well with Regina to hating her so much.  He’s manipulative, which could lead to lying and womanizing.  Also, perhaps his balloon was named or shaped or bore the image of a whale.  It could totally work.

6. Where is Jefferson???  He is needed here.

Alice in Independence Land

The blue caterpillar with red stripes blew white smoke shaped like stars over the girl’s head.  “Recite!” he commanded.

“How doth the little crocodile..”

“That is not correct.”  The caterpillar spoke:

“How doth the little patriots

Improve their shining works!

And pour light in glimmering watts

Into the sky to lurk!

How cheerfully they eat and grin,

How heartily work their jaws,

And cheer on their country’s win

With explosions and guffaws!”

“I’ve never heard it that way!” protested Alice.

“Obviously, you’ve never come here on the 4th of July,” drawled the caterpillar.  He blew his fiftieth white star.  Immediately the caterpillar burst up and apart-filling the sky with red and blue sparks.

“Hm-curiouser and curiouser,” Alice remarked.  “How loud and beautiful he was.”  She turned and headed off into Independence Land, unknowingly traveling towards the twins’ great grilling.  Today they were called Twethepeopledum and Twethepeopledee.

“Once Upon a Time” Apple Red as Blood

Lessons learned (spoilers):

1. It’s okay to give up on everyone and everything you’re supposed to love, so long as you’re dying.

2. Always leave everything up to the kid.

3. It’s okay to kill people that aren’t important and/or You can kill whoever you want so long as it’s not out of revenge.

4. Fairy dust equates to bombs.  I want the Blue Fairy imprisoned somewhere now.

5. If you’ve lived your life hopping through realms via hats, you can apparently hop anywhere you want in just one world without being harmed, as well.

6. When you’ve been through the experience of being framed for murder, your claws naturally come out.  I think it was just that and the fact that she’d begun to feel so close to Emma, and therefore so betrayed at her absence, that made Snow yell about Emma’s dash, not the curse weakening.

7. If there’s pastry involved, there’s no need to worry about persuading people who should know better to eat it.  Much easier than with something healthier like fruit.

8. Either Snow’s personal sense of guilt at causing Daniel to leave was ridiculously strong, or she willingly abetted the disregard of the Queen in favor of celebrating Snow White that took place in Leopold’s castle.  I’m willing to bet this is it-she knew she was coming between them, she knew her presence and relationship with her father made Regina lonely and unhappy, but she encouraged and reveled in it anyway.  Thus, she could be unaware of Daniel’s dire fate, but still feel herself the justified target of Regina’s wrath because she technically caused the marriage of her to her father, and then more importantly played an active role in keeping that marriage unhappy.  Or at least, that’s what I’m going to believe. (Also, this way it can also have to do with the fact that Snow was considered prettier by her father, thus making the pilot’s claim that Regina poisoned an apple because she thought Snow was prettier still have some relevance.)

9. Killing Emma kills the curse.  If they do one of the things where she’s technically dead for a few minutes so the curse breaks and then wakes up again, I will cut things.

10. If you have true love in Fairy Tale Land, apparently you have a kind of visceral-epathy where you can feel magical things inflicted on your partner.  This is intriguing.  I want this to be a kind of rule that’s useful instead of just cheesy, but do not have high hopes.

“Wholesome Wonderland”

“Wholesome Wonderland” in honor of Alice Day: a tidbit about Disney, the Jabberwocky, and escape!

Toves slithed round her angular arms as she fell.  Hair hazed around her face and she found herself perfectly confident that she’d land fluidly upright as easily and elegantly as a draped fur.  This was a far pleasanter experience than she’d expected when she leapt under that odd manhole to escape her pursuers.  Outgrabing her limbs in a stretch, the woman touched down-toes first, amid the sounds and colors of mome  raths arguing with borogroves.

“Well!  This place certainly has a distinct sense of style, at any rate.”  Warmth seeped tingling into her translucent skin.

“Get her!  ‘This place’!  What a thing to call us!” chattered the patch of pansies and dragon snaps.

Dappling as she moved, the woman strode through two of the tall hedges leading away from the blooms’ oasis.  A brief mental image of her snappy red car lying wrecked and steaming in the world above flashed through her mind.  She gave herself a brief shake, and glimpsed another shade of red off to the side.  A tall woman, she merely stepped on her toes to glance over the hedges as she moved.  Several bushes full of roses met her eye, about fifth eights of which had been painted the red of her busted car back when it’d been new.  “Fools,” she muttered.  However, when four turns later she spied roses who’d been painted so long ago their dye jobs were turning gray and purple from wear and dust, a lurking grin began to grow.  “They know how to stay alive, no matter what.  But do they have anything worth living for?”

She stepped out of the maze into an orchard by a stream with several extremely odd-looking houses placed along it at oddly spaced intervals.  From the nearest one, pink with enormous elliptical windows and an air of golden smoke to it, hopped a rabbit carrying a pocketwatch and wearing a waistcoat.  He ran right past her on his way to the little foot bridge.  “Late!” vaguely hit her ears.  Then the woman’s eyes took over for that rabbit had the whitest, longest, most luxuriant looking hair she’d ever seen.  Her limbs twitched and gimboled with the thought of running her hands through it, of feeling that length of fur against her skin.  Images of herself as Ice Queen, Snow Queen, Pure Mistress, sloughed through her head.

Without knowing it, she had begun to run.  After the white rabbit!  I must catch him!  She through back her head and laughed.  This was exactly her kind of world, after all!  What were hedges or annoying flowers if she could only catch that rabbit?  ‘After all,’ she mused, ‘I’m sure that roses can be painted black, also.’  The thought of ornately black roses placed artfully over a coat of stunning, rabbity white brought the lurking smile fully out in plain view.

For years afterward, the inhabitants of Wonderland would look back on the days with only the Red Queen as the Wholesome times, before that dashing entrance of Cruella DeVille.