I’ll be honest, I knew nothing of Cameron Jace…never heard of him, never seen any of his work when one day I received an email from an ebook service that I subscribe to that described one of his books that was on sale (OK free) and the description intrigued me…since the price was right I went and “purchased” it. I didn’t get around to reading it for quite some time but finally did just before the holidays.
According to Mr. Jace’s web site, he isn’t a professional writer but likes writing stories that he always wanted to read but couldn’t find already done. There’s really not much more I can tell you about the author…which bothers me as I tend to like to know at least something about the author I’m reading so I can get an idea of how their background and experiences have molded their writing.
Insanity is the first book of a series of books that he refers to collectively as Insanity; however, I think a more accurate title would be the Wonderland Wars….but, we’ll see.
Years ago, I purchased and absolutely adored a computer game called American McGee’s Alice. It tells a very dark tale of Alice (as in Alice in Wonderland) who accidentally set fire to her home as a child which resulted in everything and everyone she loved to be destroyed or killed. She gets institutionalized in an insane asylum and is eventually called back to a much more dark and twisted Wonderland.
The reason I mention this game is because Mr. Jace’s stories have a striking resemblance to the concept (but not execution). In Insanity, Alice Wonder is in an institution for having killed her classmates on a school bus. There she meets Professor Pillar, a serial killer (a-la Hannibal Lector) who believes that she is “THE” Alice and that he is The Caterpiller from Wonderland. Together they are trying to stop a Wonderland monster that is in the real world who is brutally killing people, leaving a sewn up grin on their faces.
The story is at turns bizarre, humorous, educational and dark…very much like the real Alice In Wonderland books.
Honestly, I could not put the book down (a rarity for me). Once finished, I actually wrote a review on Amazon.com…which I seldom do and have never done so for a freebie. I have since purchased the collection for the first 3 ebooks and will likely buy books 4 and 5 (I think that’s as far as it goes so far). Honestly, I was afraid to start book 2 since often books that may have been intended to be one-off frequently doesn’t translate well into a series, completely changes the characters or changes the sense of wonder…..so far, I’m happy to report that book 2 “Figment” is every bit as much fun as book 1 although perhaps a bit darker.