I know there aren’t many travels and riddles in book 2 like in book 1. I needed to develop the characters more. The next books will have tons of locations, riddles, and mad facts about Lewis Carroll and the world as the story unfolds.
And you could check a few facts in the author’s notes.
Thank you, for everything.
1) Addresses and locations used in the series are all real, including the Fat Duck restaurant and its famous mock turtle soup—even the Kattenstoet festival is real; check the Pinterest page.
2) Fat Duck restaurant is owned by Gordon Ramsay, famously known for Hell’s Kitchen TV series. Not our Gorgon Ramstein/Muffin Man/Cook in the book.
3) Einstein’s room in Oxford University is real, and it was Lewis Carroll’s studio two centuries ago. As for Einstein’s Blackboard, it can only be found in the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford. I have no idea if it can time travel, but wouldn’t be cool if it does?
4) Lewis obsession with poor Victorian children, especially girls, is true. It shows in his photography, which will play a crucial role in future plots. They are maddeningly interesting, dark, and very mysterious if you take a look at them.
5) According to my research, particularly a few BBC documentaries, legal controversy about the double bar chocolates is true. I am sure the food companies didn’t kill the Muffin Man’s family, though. Lol. But the debate is there, and not a figment of my imagination.
6) The Iain West Forensic Suite, an extension to the Westminster Public Mortuary in London is also true. It’s high tech and was developed by the government for intricate investigations.
7) Lewis wrote the Queen of Hearts alluding to Queen Victoria. There is a lot of research that supports the fact. Alice in Wonderland isn’t just a children’s book filled with amusing mathematical facts, play on words, and nonsensical arguments. It’s also a political satire concerning the Victorian era.
8) Last but not least, the Queen of England’s case about her nuts did happen in real life. You can Google it and get the details. However, there isn’t the slightest intention to offend anyone with the possibility of her being the Queen of Hearts. (so far, we can’t really tell if she is. Further explanations will take place in book 3.) The way most of this series is written I try to stay true to Lewis Carroll’s work in its context. If the Queen of Hearts was alluding to Queen Victoria, then in a modern fictional adaptation it could be the Queen of England (which again, we aren’t really sure about yet.)
Thanks again for being mad.
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About the Author
Cameron Jace is bestselling author of the Grimm Diaries series and Insanity. A graduate of the college of Architecture, collector of out-of-print books, and is obsessed with the origins of folk tales and the mysterious storytellers who spread them. Three of his books made Amazon's Top 100 Customer Favorites in Kindle 2013 & Amazon's Top 100 kindle list. Cameron lives in California with his girlfriend. When he isn't writing or collecting books, he is playing music.