★★★★ 3.5 Stars
Genre: Horror / Fantasy
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Alice in Wonderland retellings of all varieties ignite some freakish literary mines inside of my brain, forcing them out of dormancy – I love these retellings intensely as a sub-genre, so naturally it would be impossible for me to dislike Child of Nod.
Child of Nod is an alternate-Alice of sorts that delights in tarts of blood and flesh rather than cherries and jam. Nod’s capacity for imagination is titanic, interweaving reanimated death, the capricious gore-lust of fairytales, ancient mythological themes and even a pinch of survival horror in a wicked brew of creative magic.
Neither the writing nor characterization falters, yet some oddness about the pacing doesn’t do it justice – it doesn’t quite engross you fully into its deadly frameworks. Not quite. However, its ambition and sheer quantity of style makes it worth a read or two, as it’s unique from other Grimm-Alice remixes in look and substance.
Writing – 4.5/5
Plot + Pacing – 3.5/5
Characterization – 4/5
General – 3.5 rounded to 4/5
[I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]