Automated Alice

Jeff Noon


Automated Alice

Automated Alice

  • Title: Automated Alice
  • Author: Jeff Noon
  • ISBN: 9780552999052
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback



A trequel to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass In this book, Alice travels through time, tumbling from the Victorian age to land in 1998, in Manchester, a small town in the North of England.


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Make no mistake people either love or hate this book. Before picking this up, I would highly suggest reading some of Noon's other work ('Vurt' if nothing else) to get an idea of what type of writer Noon is. [return][return]I acknowledge that this is probably not Noon's strongest work; but then again, one of the really interesting things about Noon that each one of his novels is really unique in it's structure and execution. Even though many of Noon's works take place in his Vurt/Manchester unive [...]

As someone who has loved Lewis Carroll's Alice stories since he was a very young boy I must say that I found Jeff Noon's amusing novel, Automated Alice both clever and funny, very funny. The whimsy begins with computermites and seems to be infinite before the book is over. Poor Alice is alone, bored, and sleepy in her Great Aunt Ermintrude's house in rainy Manchester, but she is quickly swept away into another world as she follows Whippoorwill, "a green-and-yellow-plumed parrot with a bright ora [...]

I was really excited about this book, because I have always been a fan of the Alice books, and the first couple of pages were very promising, as was the poem at the beginning.But it reads a little too much like a YA book (where the actual Alice books don't, of course, because there was no such thing when Carroll wrote them), and behaves a little too much like 'nudge-nudge wink-wink aren't we all so clever for understanding the pop-culture references' between author and reader. The cutesy charact [...]

I bought this book on a whim - it's not my usual genre of book being YA/Sci-fi, but I have to say I throughly enjoyed it. Alice in wonderland has always been one of my favourite books in like forever, so naturally, of course, I just have to read any retellings to do with Alice. I loved the intrigue I felt when I wasn't reading it, what's going to happen next? How will Alice get home? Who will Alice meet next? Etc Alice has travelled ahead of time and is desperate to get back to the past. Alice's [...]

I tend to give 5 stars to books I just finished with a smile, then edit them once more with 4 to not seem overenthusiastic, which I may be at times. As I'm typing this, it's a 5.I really, really enjoyed Automated Alice as a fun literary experiment (this is the first book I read by Jeff Noon). Though some (actually, most) of the present-time references are extremely cheesy, I suspect Noon did this totally on purpose. It's not as much a sci-fi twist on an [im]possible treacle trequel of the Alice [...]

An allegorical tale about the power of imagination with ellipses.Life and daydreams merge; the far past meets one of the futures, and beautiful things ensue.Alice is one of two and part of a cast of dozens, and the words twist and turn like spaghetti, which creates the disconcerting of living inside someones stream of consciousness, yet such is the author's skill that the meaning is never lost and the flow is always smooth, and we arrive at our destination, which is pretty much exactly where we [...]

Alice takes another trip. She meets characters every bit as bizarre as in her first two trips. Jeff Noon gets the character of Alice just right, she sounds just the same as always, and he never forgets she is an 8-year old. The wordplay is almost as much fun, but the whimsy isn't quite as whimsical and the non-sense isn't quite as non-sensical. Wisely, he gives us less than half as many poems as Lewis Carrol, which is good because his poems are less than half as good. But overall a quick, fun re [...]

Jeff Noon did a decent job in emulating the style of Lewis Carroll's style. The story was easy to read, and the puns and humour were very much welcome. I also loved Noon's more daring techniques, such as the point where (view spoiler)[he included himself into the story, thus going meta (hide spoiler)], a technique I very much welcomed.In short, I recommend this. The plot's decent, and if you don't mind the parodying than you'll be in for a ride just as strange as both Carroll's two books.

Jeff Noon re-used Lewis Carroll's old teabags, and created a weakened, milder, less flavorful sequel to the Alice books. I saw a college theater production of "Alice in Wonderland" at the Fringe while reading this book, and (while that piece had troubles of its own) it drove home the contrast between the violent and disturbing nonsense of the original and the less interesting nonsense of the imitation.

Definitely not as good as Lewis Carrol, not even a little bit. However, it was a good attempt. This book takes you on a rollercoaster of events with tons of riddles and endless questions. I don't think it's absolutely amazing, but it's not as bad as most people make it out to be.

This was an interesting, fun read. While it is not as good as Alice in Wonderland it does mimic it the almost dreamlike quality of the books it is based on.In this book Alice goes chasing Whipoorwill and a bunch of missing jigsaw puzzle pieces into the future. There she meets Celia (the anagram of Alice) who is the automated Alice. There are computermites, reverse butchers, Civil Serpents, the devastating Newmonia fever and Quark the cat. It is a quirky story but not one that will be enjoyed by [...]

I've been meaning to read this book for years and somehow had never quite got round to it. I'm not sure why I delayed, really, but it was worth the wait. This is a brilliant "trequel" to the two Alice books by Lewis Carroll. Noon gets the style perfectly and his word play is utterly superb. I started this last night and just couldn't stop reading. Wonderfully bizarre, exactly like the originals, only with a bit of steampunk thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended.

Well that was a lot of fun. Jeff Noon's Viurt series spins off into a wonderful adventure as Alice, of Wonderland fame, who briefly appeared in the previous book, travels to the future. Written in a style complimentary to Lewis Carroll's, this is rich with wirdplay and a cracking good read. There are lots of little in jokes that reference his precious books. Looking forward to number 4

What a waste! I read it with my book club and there was an even split between those who loved and those who hated it. I can never get back the time I spent reading this.

Surprisingly well written in the style of Lewis Carroll; Full of paradoxes, word play, confusion and dream-like senses of order.

love letter to, update to, and sequel to, written in the style of alice in wonderland

Lovely, weird mash-up of Alice in Wonderland and the mythology of Vurt. An easy, enjoyable read.

È il primo libro a tema Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie che mi soddisfa.Nello stile Noon si rifà a Carroll, ma aggiunge anche del suo. Se da una parte ci sono indovinelli, giochi di parole e riferimenti all'opera originaria, dall'altra ci sono anche diversi riferimenti culturali moderni nonché agli altri libri dell'autore e una trama che lega tutto e dà un senso anche al nonsenso.Se dovessi giudicare lo svolgimento della storia forse non sarei così entusiasta: Alice viaggia nel tempo attra [...]

"And what is so very wrong with going crazy?"I reread Automated Alice it in honor of my daughter Alice bring born. I originally read it almost 15 years ago when I was still in college and just discovered Jeff Noon. Sadly Noon's books are somewhat difficult to come by nowadays in the United States. Fortunately my local used book store just happened to have a copy in stock on the day I visited. Truly that is kismet.The book is still as good as I remember it. It really captures the spirit and essen [...]

Oh, dear! Alice, (the same little girl we have grown to know through Lewis Carroll’s ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’) while visiting her Great Aunt Ermitrude, has managed to set loose her aunt’s prized parrot, Whippoorwill. Whippoorwill, being the smart little bird that he is, flees his cage and flies directly up into a grandfather clock, ending up in the future! Alice follows suit and finds herself in the hybrid land of 1998, where humans have been morphed [...]

Not a terribly great book, but definitely a fun book. Jeff Noon does a passable (in the first half of the book) to a nearly non existent (by the end) impression of Lewis Carrol. The word play and portmanteau techniques of his previous two books come to the fore in Automated Alice. I think that Jeff Noon's vocabulary works very well in the context of 'Children's Literature'. Not that this book is exactly a kids book. It does have a series of murders as its main plot device. The plot is unfortunat [...]

Automated Alice by Jeff Noon is a book I found when Googling "Steampunk fiction" last month. The book is meant to be a trequel (not treacle!) in the Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass series, in which Alice has another adventure, into the future. While staying with her Aunt and Uncle in Manchester, Alice, bored with her jigsaw puzzle and dreading her impending English lesson on ellipses, releases her Aunt's parrot from his cage. The naughty bird flies up into the grandfather clock [...]

Most sources cite Automated Alice as the third novel in Jeff Noon's Vurt series, but this is only true in the most tangential sense. The book is really a sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland books. In the story, Alice crawls into her Aunt's grandfather clock and finds herself transported to Manchester, England in the year 1998. This Manchester does share some similarities with the Manchester of Vurt and Pollen, but it is clearly not the same Manchester. If you read this book with the ex [...]

This is an excellent take-off on Alice in Wonderland. You have Alice who ends up in an alternate Wonderland when she chases her parrot up a grandfather clock.The characters she encounters are just as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's, Alice spending her early time there with intelligent termites (she is as small as they are at this point) who have a thing for answering questions. She finds out there are automatons called Terbots which are animated by termites (especially in their brains.) There are w [...]

I've been wanting to read this book for like 10 years or so. I haven't read anything else by Noon and didn't really have any expectations for the book except that it was like Alice in Wonderland. But in the future. With robots.Overall I was disappointed by the book. The way it was written stayed way too close to the original tale. The plot references to the original story were incredibly overt, like hitting someone in the arm and going LOOK, I MADE A JOKE instead of being clever about it. The pl [...]

Ugh. This book was so cringy. Noon tried to copy Caroll's style of writing (which is a really bad and poor idea, in my opinion) - needless to say he failed horribly. I seldom ditch a book, but I cannot for the love of reading bring myself to finish this. Reading it helped me come up with a new term though; what I experienced during reading is best described as "the cringy valley" (for those of you who haven't heard of the term "uncanny valley", take a quick look at it). Noon tried to stay so clo [...]

Alice, of Wonderland fame, is visiting her Great Aunt Ermintrude and very unwisely lets her parrot, Whippoorwill, out of his cage. Whippoorwill flies into the grandfather clock, and Alice (dragging her doll Celia with her) climbs in after him but ends up in the future--1998 to be exact. The future is populated by people that are mixed breeds of animal and human, and is ruled by the frightening Civil Serpents. To return to her own time, Alice (and her now automated doll, Celia), must find Whippoo [...]

Eek. I saw this at the library when I checked out Vurt for re-reading, and specifically did not get it because it looked like it was going to be some sort of Alice in Wonderland derivative. Later, I read somewhere that it was a sort-of prequel to Vurt, taking place in the Vurt universe. Because I like the writing style in Vurt, I gave it the benefit of the doubt-- which was a mistake. The entire book was a re-imagined Alice in Wonderland, even imitating Lewis Carroll's writing style. It was pain [...]

I am a huge fan of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and the opportunity to read something that contains the same absurdly random humour with a sci-fi twist was too good to miss. As others have mentioned, Automated Alice reads more like YA (Young Adult) fiction than anything else and to call it cyberpunk is stretching the definition somewhat. However the bizarre humour, fun wordplay, and collection of unusual characters made this a thoroughly entertaining read - one which I am fairly certain I [...]

I didn't like it much, I can tell you that for free. I liked the writing style well enough, but as to the rest: plot, characters, theme, pacing, dialog. not so much. I was torn the whole time between a feeling of "who cares/so what" and "what?"I am unaccustomed to feeling stupid. But this book made me feel like I was missing the point. The author was described to me as some earth-changing genius, and this book seemed to wander aimlessly and not go anywhere. So I assume I am just stupid and didn' [...]


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