Thursday, 16 December 2010

Review: Random Magic - Sasha Soren

Genre: Oh, I can't say, fantasy, humour mix perhaps
Pages: 397
Published: 2010

When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Plot:
It just has to be read, but I can give it a try. Alice in Wonderland has gone missing, and Henry Whiterspoon is sent to find her. In a strange land he encounters a young doodle witch named Winnie, gods, demigods, floating cities, and all kinds of weird things.

My thoughts:
By now you have noticed that this is one strange book. Think Alice in Wonderland meets The Hitchhikers' guide to the and whatever other book that is filled with humour and nonsense.

I enjoyed this book because it was just so strange, not too strange, but come on, Alice in Wonderland with mad hatters and bunnies. You know how strange books can be. Here the world seems new, it's not Wonderland, except it is. But we meet a bunch of new characters, the Nine Muses, and one is drunk while another is being chased by Eros. The big bad wolf, Thor, Baba Yaga, vampires, and we get to hear that Hades has lost control over a part of the underworld and that is now a casino.

With many books you can figure out what is going to happen, but with this one, just try because you will fail. New strange adventures are always around the next corner. New fun things waiting to happen, dangers to avoid and Alice to find.

The book is amusing and utterly silly. You can't miss the beginning and the quotes from reviews, those are hilarious and written by the author. Every chapter has this little box about what is gonna happen and I do think those were the best part of the book. I would like to go into the author's mind and see how she thinks. How did she write this funny, illogical, and fantastical book?

Recommendation and final thoughts:
It is not for those that want to walk the straight line in literature. It is the book for those who enjoy the silly, the strange, the weird, the fantastical and just a good adventure. And she is such a good writer and the way she plays with words, oh that brain of hers.

Reason for reading:
I am not one to turn down strange

Cover:
Ok if the artist drew something and did not think about Nicole Kidman I will be amazed.

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This book is on tour now and there are prices to win and fun things to do. So check out my tourpost for dates and blogs to visit!



But a few coming stops are:

Dec. 16
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Feat.: ‘The Secrets of Random Magic

Dec. 17

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Review
Feat. ‘Fairy Tale Top 10: Random Magic

Dec. 18

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Review
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 Magical Covers: Reimagining the cover of Random Magic 
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25 comments:

  1. Seriously...the cover screams Nicole Kidman! That said, this book definitely sounds interesting! Great review :)

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  2. I am not one to turn down a weird book either (but the cover would repel me instantly - I am not one of Nicole's fans, far from it) so it lands as a close possibility in my TBR list. Thanks for a very honest review!

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  3. Great review! I enjoyed the book as well, it's quirky, in a good way.

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  4. I don't think this book would be for me but that is one strange cover. I would likely never pick it up based on that cover alone.

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  5. I think the artist either is related to Nicole or is a huge fan. No doubt. :)

    Okay, weird? I must read this one now. I have seen this book around, but only a few reviews on it. I really enjoyed your review and it really piqued my interest in the book.

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  6. Melissa
    I know, it jumps up from the cover..I wonder if Kidman has seen it. She really should

    Ana
    Weird makes me happy, I do love weird. Try not to stare at the cover, you might freak out.

    Irena
    oh quirky, should have used that word, so perfect for this one!

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  7. I'm not sure that one's for me. I'm with Melissa, the cover looks like Nicole Kidman.

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  8. Dar
    Poor Nicole is getting no loving here. But aye strange and fun is not for everyone

    Melissa
    lol, totally! A secret Nicole fan for sure.

    Weird, quirky, you name it.

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  9. lol strange for sure!!

    and yep, thats Nicole, for sure!!

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  10. That cover is totally freaking me out! I wonder what Nicole Kidman thinks about it?!

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  11. The cover is freaking me out, Nicole Kidman looks stalkerish.

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  12. bermuda
    So freaky like her, so freaky, but then the book is freaky, hm...

    Larissa
    Strange is good, lol, not that my Uf books are normal but put against this one they are.

    Amused
    She should be told for sure :)

    Vivienne
    Haha, so wanna know about the cover now

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  13. Hmm. For some reason, it reminds me of a Thursday Next book...

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  14. This sounds like a really fun book and reminds me a lot of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books which I love (and if you haven't read, you really must) so I will definitely have to read this.

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  15. one of my all-time fave fun wild-n-crazy book! glad you liked it too.

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  16. Not my thing but the cover is definitely freakish!! LOL!

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  17. Interesting book! Great review!

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  18. Chris
    You are totally right, I love Fforde, he is one freaky man.

    Simcha
    I have read 2 or 3, hard to say, they are very jumpy ;) Lol, and so cool, the imagination of that man.

    velvet
    I sure did :D I do like a strange adventure

    Staci
    Can't be to everyone's taste :)

    Thanks Yvonne!

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  19. I noticed the Nicole Kidman resemblance right away. The story sounds interesting, but the cover really creeps me out.

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  20. This book sounds fun - I think Jake would like it for sure - but something about his cover keeps me at bay - and I like Nicole Kidman. Silly, right? I should get over it.

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  21. Alyssa
    Lol, but yes perhaps he would enjoy it. Quite an adventure

    Anna
    AT least the story sounds good then :)

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  22. I swear that cover is a portrait of Nicloe Kidman...lol. I like strange stories too.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  23. Naida
    Aren't they the best :) Fun and strange

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  24. I don't mind strange but this sounds just a bit too weird for me LOL

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  25. Teddy
    Lol, nah, just think about that last Alice movie, was that too weird for you?

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