“He was a March hare, a species filling any job that permitted marching, which they were obsessed with.”
–Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork Goddess
If you have ever wanted to read something truly bonkers then try Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork GoddessA. This has to be one of the strangest tales I have ever read – and that’s including the psychedelic tale that is Gregory Maguire’s WickedA.
If I had actually thought to check out author, Wol-vriey‘sA. I would have maybe got an inkling of what to expect. His portfolio includes titles such as “Vegan Zombie Apocalypse” and the “Bizarro 101” flash fiction stories. I would have learned about his WEIRRRD philosophy:
Warp/Write Everything Into Realistic Ridiculous Readable Distorted Dream Dimension Descriptions.
So it probably comes as no surprise that, whilst the character names are lifted from the Lewis Carroll’s Alice that is where the similarity ends. Set in a steampunk version of the USA, split (very nearly) down the middle into two Queendoms. The sisters Victoria, Queen of Hearts and Her Majesty Mech-Anna are at war and Alice is a prostitute hired as an assassin.
Throw in giant steam powered spiders, a Prince with an unhealthy relationship with his aunt, shapeshifting and a serial killer and you have a fantastically crazy x-rated (although not pornographic) tale of prophecy and a quest for peace.
This really isn’t a story for the faint hearted – and definitely isn’t for the kids – but if you’re feeling open-minded and don’t want anything too heavy to read then this is the tale for you. For pure entertainment value I rate The Clockwork Goddess as a 9/10. Give it a shot, you might like it too.
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