Review: Mad Hatters and March Hares by Ellen Datlow

January 18, 2018 Review 0

Review: Mad Hatters and March Hares by Ellen DatlowMad Hatters and March Hares by Andy Duncan, Angela Slatter, C.S.E. Cooney, Catherynne M. Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Jane Yolen, Jeffrey Ford, Kaaron Warren, Katherine Vaz, Kris Dikeman, Matthew Kressel, Priya Sharma, Richard Bowes, Seanan McGuire, Stephen Graham Jones, Ysbeau Wilce
Published by Tor on December 12, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Rebecca
4 Stars

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.

Featuring stories and poems from Seanan McGuire, Catherynne M. Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Priya Sharma, Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Bowes, Jeffrey Ford, Angela Slatter, Andy Duncan, C.S.E. Cooney, Matthew Kressel, Kris Dikeman, Jane Yolen, Kaaron Warren, Ysbeau Wilce, and Katherine Vaz.

MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES is a short story anthology inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Edited by Ellen Datlow, the anthology twists Alice in Wonderland into stories about a commercialized Wonderland, a grieving mother, a cat turned human, and a fantastic dinner between Alice Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies.

There were only one or two stories that I didn’t love. Anything that was too horror or featured a sexy Alice, I ended up skimming. Some of my favourite short stories were, unsurprisingly, from well-known heavy hitters: Genevieve Valentine, Seanan McGuire and Catherynne M. Valente. Most of the stories stayed within the fantasy or magic realism genre, I would have liked to have seen a futuristic or overtly sci-fi twist in the anthology as well.

Even if you only know the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, most of the short stories use the more well-known aspects of novel. If you’re an aficionado, you’ll pick up the smaller details in the stories. MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES is an excellently curated anthology that is a must read over tea and oysters.

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For another great short short anthology that focuses on well-known stories, check out My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

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