|The lovely box|
I also went for a copy of the companion book, written by Karen Mahony. As with other books she has produced, this one is detailed, well-written, nicely illustrated, and shows the depth of thought and research that has gone into this deck.
There is a lot of humour in this deck, too. For instance, the Page of Cups, rather than having a fish in his cup, is a fish himself. This character from the book is a fairly good fit, being a dreamer who tries to be helpful, but in an often naive way.
Finally, we have the Eight of Coins, showing a plate with eight jam tarts. These are beautifully presented, with little hearts in the centre of each. A reminder that, in cooking as in many other material pursuits, mastery comes with repetitive practice. And with the added 'Alice' warning to beware of others who may wish to steal your hard-earned success.
The companion book also contains abridged versions of both the Alice books, with small scans of the card related to any particular section. This is perfect for a quick read, and for a deeper understanding of the cards.
Altogether, this is an absolutely wonderful, somewhat surreal, and delightfully shiny deck. It will appeal to Alice fans, as well as fans of RWS decks who also like a touch of the bizarre. Colourful and crazy, I look forward to reading with it much more.