Book Review – Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Vol 4

Title: Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Vol 4

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2014

 

Yes, I am bringing you more Alice. I am aware that I skipped over book 3. I feel bad that I missed reviewing that particular book but I don’t remember the exact details of what happened in that book and just know the general plot and it was something I enjoyed. Any way this book is pretty fresh in my memory and it was rather good. As you know from my past reviews that the March Hare is one of my favorite people to pair Alice with second was Boris till Bet on my Heart which was a fantastic read! (You can see my review to see what I rated it and I would recommend any Alice fan pick that novel up!) Any way the Mad Hatter is my second favorite person to pair Alice with and there are some moments in this book that made my inner fan girl get a little giddy with delight.

 

In addition to the fun little romance moments in this book there is also the matter of there being more information about Alice and her past and what being in the country of Joker entails. A running theme in a lot of the books features the concept of trying to make Alice forget her past and her regrets of the past. This becomes more prevalent as Alice finds herself falling into Joker’s prison and seeing her sister locked up. This bothers Alice as her sister is not deserving of such treatment. Joker and his prison are an ongoing theme as well as Alice tends to just fall in and the others try and pull stunts to rescue and pull her back out.   It is a concept that I am intrigued to learn more about and add a level of danger for Alice that is new and exciting to me.

 

One of the best reveals of the book isn’t entirely a reveal but an allusion that was given a little more detail than the last time I saw it. This allusion and my theory is one that I feel could be a spoiler though it is only a theory. So skip to the next paragraph  In another book I think it was the Art Book (I’m not sure) there was an allusion to a death that Alice was certain that it was a vision of her mother’s death but when I read the scene I had a feeling that wasn’t the case and that it was actually possibly her sister. In this book there is more revealed about this allusion that makes me think it all the more and I am most intrigued and excited about this because in a lot of ways it turns things on its ear. Alice might be finding Wonderland as even more of an escape than I originally though and there isn’t a sister to return to. I don’t know if I’ll ever learn the truth here but it is an exciting idea to allow to play in my head.

 

Over all I think I would give this book a sold 4 out of 5 pages as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and learning more things about this world that I have so fallen in love with. I look forward to learning more as Joker has by far been one of the most interesting story arcs to me.

Book Review – Alice in the country of Diamonds Wonderful Wonder World Official Visual Fan Book

Title: Alice in the country of Diamonds Wonderful Wonder World Official Visual Fan Book

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2014

 

After reading through Bet on My Heart I was absolutely in love with Alice in the country of Diamonds I had to know, if there were other novels.  My obsession with this manga had increased because of that book.  I saw that the library was getting this book in and I jumped on it without question.  I got the book just before a slow day at work and every spare minute was devoted to this book as it was amazing.

 

This was more of an art book rather than a story or a novel but it was amazing full color art work when most of my manga is in black and white.  The art work was gorgeous.  I loved every second of it looking at all the pictures.  In addition to the amazing pictures that made me want to book just for that there were detailed  character bios where I learned more about the characters in detail and saw more about their outfits than I had ever known or noticed.

 

Of course that wasn’t all when it came to the book,  it also went through every possible outcome of this particular game.  What paths and ends you could achieve.  It was amazing because this was the closest I could get to playing the game as it has not jumped the language barrier yet.  It was so interesting to see the different turns the story could take for the Country of Diamonds it made me adore the new characters such as Jerhico Bermuda (the Dodo bird) and Sydney Black, characters I only got to know in small ways in the first book. Not only that but with this book, I learned that there are deeper levels to the game and world as well.

In addition to all of that the book also came with two bonus manga chapters.  I got half way through the book and had to flip to the end to start reading the manga.  It was a real treat and a joy to be honest.  I was glad that they kept with classic manga with the bonus chapters.  The first chapter was a story about Sydney Black and it was overly sweet and cute – I find that Sydney is a charming and endearing character who works well with Alice, though I wouldn’t say that he is my favorite to be with Alice.

 

The other chapter plays off of a spoiler for one of the end games with the Blood Twins as her chosen romance.  This was the most powerful and very well done.  To explain how amazing it was I would have to spoil one of the possible ends.  So if you don’t wish to be spoiled skip to the next paragraph and you’ll be safe. In one of the possible ends Alice is killed and she is left dying by heartless twins who remark how they are bored and ready to go play at the park and Alice’s life ebbs away as she wishes for the twins to return not the present ones who are walking away but the ones that she loves and misses.  It continues from that point where the twins realize they miss her and then Alice wakes up and is meeting the twins for the first time and they are all crying and they don’t know why as this is their first meeting.  The best part is when there is a possible fight the twins look to Alice and say we won’t let you down this time, and wonder why they said that.  The way it is written and drawn just pulls at the heart strings and makes me love the book all the more.

 

Over all, I would give this book a 5 pages out of 5  particularly if you are an Alice Fan like I am.  I would try to rank it for those who are not fans but I don’t think I can.  It is hard to say where this would rank for a person who doesn’t enjoy the series like I do.

Book Reivew – Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Title:  Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Author: Sana Shirakawa

Concept: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Nana Fumitsuki

Format:  Paperback

Published: 2014

 

Okay, so this is the most epic thing ever!  This is a novel based on a manga that is based on a game.  This is so incredibly cool to me!  I saw the title on my library shelf list and I put it on hold and thought it was just another manga, something I can read quickly and something fun as I would say most of the Alice in the country books are fun.  So you can imagine my surprise when I pulled the book from the shelf and stared in shock as a nice thick volume of 320 pages.  At first I thought oh that must be book X that I have on hold to have my jaw drop to realize that this is a full on novel!

 

Needless to say I was giddy with excitement!  I couldn’t wait to delve in and read this book!  I had to tell myself to be responsible before I could read this book I started it late Thursday night and only stopped because I absolutely had to sleep and then spend the rest of the day reading between everything else that I was supposed to be doing that day.  I had it finished by the end of the night because it was simply that good!

 

The story takes place in a whole new country for Alice but this is something very different from the other countries that she has visited.  In this country Alice remembers everyone but no one remembers her and the people that she is meeting are younger than their other selves and not only are they are younger they are a little different in personality and not everyone from before are present and Alice has to adjust to the fact of seeing overly familiar faces and being treated as if they had never met.

 

This story is centric on Alice and the Mad Hatter and it is a well crafted and woven story.  It was interesting seeing the dynamic between Alice and Blood through the whole story and I liked the new characters that were introduced though we really only go to know the Dodo who is known as Jericho Bermuda.  Jericho is a ‘dead’ character and his time is accounted for and most people don’t like him and I am not sure why as that concept about him was never explained but it added an interesting layer to the character.

 

In reading the Afterward I have learned that the country of Diamonds is the turning point for the entire series and I will not hesitate to get my hands on any other Country of Diamonds stories to learn the mysteries that were presented.  Over all this was my absolute favorite Alice in the Country of story by far as it is leaps and bounds above the other stories and I wish I could play the game, but alas it is in Japanese.   Anyway I would give this book at 4 out of 5 pages and say that if you like the series at all this is an absolute must read.  For all others read a few Heart and Clover manga’s and then delve into this novel.  It is seriously that good in my opinion!

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