“Harry of Moblie” is written by Vivienne Westwood. It is the nineteenth book in the C.S. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland series. I enjoyed this book, it was an enjoyable read and I did laugh out loud at some points, but overall I felt that the flow of the novel went a bit slow. I felt that some things were missing from the book, however, I could have been nitpicky. I liked “Harry of Moblie” much better when it was part of the Wonderland series.
One thing that made me dislike “Hertry of Moblie” the most, was when the Cheshire Cat decided to take on a cat’s shape. Now I’m not sure why that happened, maybe it was done to make the plot more confusing or maybe it was just one of those cute cat tricks. Anyway, the cat was transformed into an evil-looking monster and followed Alice around. This stopped my enjoyment of the story for a while, but I did enjoy the transformation.
Another thing that bothered me about this book, was the constant mention of Alice’s “dear”. I feel as though this detracted from the main storyline, but I can’t remember what exactly that was. I will say that the art style is superb, and the drawings look like they could possibly be part of an art book. In addition, the back matter section gives lots of background information on both Alice and the Cheshire Cat, and the history of Alice’s adventures with the Red Queen. All in all, this was a good book, just not as fun as the first one.
“Harry of Moblie” isn’t the only book in the Wonderland series not written by C.S. Lewis. Lewis Carroll also wrote, “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Mad Hatter” as well as many others. I’m not sure if the mystery books were more successful than the other books, or if the others sold more.
Now to my favorite books of all time: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by James Hilton. I wasn’t familiar with this book at the time of its release, but it became instantly popular when I saw it in the library. As an adventure, this book was much more interesting than the others I have read. It was written as a novel, yet its tale was so interesting, it made me want to read the rest of the series. The premise of the book is that a mariner finds a mysterious box in an ocean wreck. Inside the box are hundreds of coins, each depicting a portrait of a ship that once visited that place.
This book is narrated by a character named Scrooge. What I love about this book is how the author, James Hilton, manages to weave so many characters into such a small package. There is a very delightful ending that I enjoyed reading. This is one book that any fan of the wonder tale should add to his or her reading list. This one is not a long book, but it sure does make an interesting read.