Title: Mad Hatters and March Hares
Edited by: Ellen Datlow
Publisher: Tor 2017
Genre: Fantasy Short Stories
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Popsugar - Animal in Title; Share-a-Tea; I Love Libraries
From master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland.
As with every short story collection, the results are a bit mixed. But this collection really redeemed itself with a few key stories. My favorites:
- "Mercury" -- Love the twist on the Mad Hatter idea. The twist at the end was definitely the best part.
- "Alis" -- Hands down the creepiest story I have read in a very very very long time. I seriously had a nightmare about it the night after I read it. And I have avoided mirrors for awhile. Horrifying...
- "All the King's Men" -- This was such a weird little story. I might just have nightmares about little Humpty Dumpties.
- "In Memory of a Summer's Day" -- Love the idea of Wonderland turned into a tourist attraction. And yet, Wonderland is still a very dangerous place.
- "Sentence Like a Saturday" -- What if a creature from Wonderland got stuck in our world? And grew up, but never really became a part of our world? Oh... I am here for this story.
- "Eating the Alice Cake" -- Hmmm.. I wasn't expecting this story, but loved the twists and turns.
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