“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Teen Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

By A.G. Howard

Splintered is a magical and eccentric teenage ride through the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  A.G. Howard has created a sequel to the classics by Lewis Carroll that is filled with emotions that range from love to horror to mirth.  It is a wild skate ride that questions sanity and finds the miracle of true unselfish parental love.  The story centers around the great, great, great granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the “original” Alice, who has been hearing insects and flowers speak.  The problem is getting worse and she fears that she is losing her sanity, just like her institutionalized mother.  She soon discovers there is more to her mother’s story, however.  Splintered may well have you speaking to the insects and flowers yourself once you’ve closed the last page.  At the very least, it will leave you with fantastical images of a Wonderland in updated Technicolor cyber-punk style.

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