Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It's mind-bending premise really plays on both of its sources and combines them to great effect. The erudite author clearly knows the subject well, and his expertise on the source material is well matched by his ability to write about it clearly. The book is well researched and well situated in its critical framework.
As such, it is valuable not only to fans of the Matrix or Alice in Wonderland, but to students of literary theory and intertextuality. In just a few short opening sentences the author describes the relationship between these two worlds, then goes into great detail of the genre, setting, the main characters of both stories and the interconnection and crossover between them.
He then concludes with a demonstration of the meaning and nature of both themes form both stories and how they are basically the same.
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Both Alice and Neo live in the world of dreams they try vigorously to understand. Allot of research must have gone into this book and it is a fun and fascinating read that you are sure to enjoy. I give it 5 stars! One person found this helpful.
Bringing these two worlds together and showing how their realms crossover and interconnected really opens your mind of what can be. A really enjoyable read that brings you into both worlds in a way never never imagined. My first impression was - Despite the length of this book what made this book feel like eternity was the overuse of definitions from other people. Every other paragraph is what someone else thinks. From its title and description, I was expecting more thoughts from the author himself.
In other words, there is no pull at the beginning to keep going. As I got to the middle, I felt - I am slightly more interested in the book now as it has gone on to explain the different worlds of Alice and Neo. The author's research skills and eye for detail are apparent. Similarities and connections between the Matrix movies and the Alice books were definitely an eye opener. So many years apart and yet, the connections do seem obvious once the author has pointed it out.
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As I neared the end, I thought - The author offers a recap of what was mentioned earlier on in the book. While I appreciate all his efforts for research, I do think readers would be more drawn to this book if it contained diagrams and more up to date information. Given the advancement of CGI and newer releases related Alice, I think more timely references are also needed. My final impression and recommendations - If you a beginner in film studies, this is a good book for you.
If you are a movie buff, you may find nothing new. Recommended for those who like dissecting their books and movies. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members. Simandan brings to light the similarities in great detail notwithstanding the wonderland effect in all three and even the mention of the rabbit hole from the Alice books in the "Matrix". Highly recommended reading for writers of any genre but in the world of academics this is an outstanding read for anyone studying literary works or film.
But just as excellent for anyone who is a hobbyist of the film or the books and enjoy this study of connecting them all together. Especially interesting is the way the author goes in depth in chapter two explaining the background of intertextuality. This overview helps the reader to better understand the term and its complex meaning to make the reader desire more of these comparisons. Without chapter two this is still an awesome read that will draw the curious reader in from page one. Voicu Mihnea Simandan pens "The Matrix and The Alice Books" almost like a thesis which was written very well and not exactly what I thought it was going to be about I was pleasantly surprised!
The author writes about the inter-connection of the matrix world and the world of "Alice" which I never connected the two together until now and also a better understanding of what intertextuality means. I totally enjoyed the book and would recommend it to everyone. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review. I enjoyed reading The Matrix and the Alice Books.
It was written very much like a thesis and followed thesis structure very well. While it wasn't a super original idea what is?
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All the terms were well defined and it was very clear how The Matrix and Alice fit together and to read into the intertexual relationship of the children's stories and the movie. Everything was well thought out, ideas were fully developed, and it was well presented. It was easy to read and understand, even without a thorough knowledge of The Matrix or either Alice book.
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I look forward to reading his upcoming novel: I give The Matrix and the Alice Books 4. I am a book tour host with CMBook Tours: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book for the purpose of review.
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