Mad Hatters and March Hares

Mad Hatters and March Hares

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...

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Mad Hatters and March Hares Reviews

  • Sarah Booth

    If you're a fan of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland this is other writers take on the characters, alternate rifts and parallel universes. Writer fan fiction. Some a bit gruesome and some quite fun and some decent poetry thrown in as well.

  • Shane

    any collection edited by ellen datlow is guaranteed to be good and this anthology of stories based on the alice in wonderland stories is no exception. this seemingly disparate group of writers is brought together to create a charming and entertaining set of stories that welcomes readers while ushering them into a world of the strange and the fascinating.

  • Courtney

    is an Alice in Wonderland themed anthology. These short stories and poem are all edited by

    and were created by sixteen different authors. While most do differ in genre, there are more horror and psychological thrillers in here than any other kind. As someone who loves darker stories I really enjoyed that fact - those were my favorites!

    I enjoyed some stories more than others, but truthfully I did enjoy them all on some level. I couldn't read this collecti

    is an Alice in Wonderland themed anthology. These short stories and poem are all edited by

    and were created by sixteen different authors. While most do differ in genre, there are more horror and psychological thrillers in here than any other kind. As someone who loves darker stories I really enjoyed that fact - those were my favorites!

    I enjoyed some stories more than others, but truthfully I did enjoy them all on some level. I couldn't read this collection straight through; instead I only read a couple of stories each day. That's only because I ended up with so many different versions of Alice in Wonderland and Co. that it would get confusing, haha. So I recommend taking your time readimg this anthology.

    I would have liked to see less stories featuring Alice and more staring another character from Wonderland that doesn't often get much attention. A few authors did focus on lesser used characters, but there are (unfortunately) many Alice's through out this book. That didn't make me like those stories any less, of course, but it did feel a bit redundant having to read "Alice" on the majority of these pages.

    by Delia Sherman - This is a neat little story about an unidentified "dreamer" who takes the form of Alice, journeying through the looking glass, accompanied by a red knight with an opposing personality. All their adventures bring the not-Alice (nor Josh) to a startling, yet satisfying conclusion and with the Knight's support, they create an (identification) invention of their own. This is about reinventing and being true to yourself.

    by C.S.E. Cooney - Someone or something has been sneaking into their village and snatching the Cheshire animals' teeth while they lay smiling in their sleep. Whether it be a monkey, bear, cat or any other species of Cheshire - they are all half-whole half-hole creatures, made to fade in and out on a smile. Their teeth are what keeps them coming back, and with out them they can't stop themselves from completely fading away. One by one the Cheshire's are blinking out. Can sisters Lily-White and Ruby-Red discover who (or what) is snatching the teeth and save the Cheshires from extinction?

    by Jane Yolan - Tweedle-dee's and Tweedle-dum's raucous quarreling provided enough of a distraction for the intelligent ape-man to escape Mr. Barnum's train of traveling performers. Hoping to interact with the animals of a near by zoo, he gets derailed by a mischievous cat and rerouted to Wonderland. Once there, he's led out onto the Red Queen's stage to entertain her audience in a blood sport. He finds out that he's to be the Queen's champion in a fight to the death against a Jabberwocky. Being an entertainer at heart, he knows the show must go on... And perhaps if he can keep the crowd happy this won't be his final curtain fall.

    by Priya Sharma - When Alice's hatter father goes mad he starts losing business. Once sought out for his unique creations, he's now avoided for his tarnished stature. With less and less customers to buy his hats, he and his daughter fall into financial problems and land in a debtor's prison. Being raised a hatter herself, will Alice be able to figure out a way to procure the money needed to free them? The prison is more like a mad house and everyone there seems to be crazy. Can she trust the visions created in a mind overcome by madness? Perhaps money is not the answer to their problems.

    by Richard Bowes - The 50th anniversary/resurrection of the 1965 show, Some Kind of Wonderland, is approaching. The remaining members of that cast all reunite for the big milestone to speak of the movie, reminisce and participate in interviews. Written from Justin's POV (who played the Cheshire cat), We get to see what the actors are up to now, how each of them contributed to the film, their struggles with drug abuse and how they all managed to work with their very troubled director, Scot Holman. All sorts of juicy and dark behind the scenes secrets are let out.

    by Stephen Graham Jones - A grad student who's been asked to house-sit his aunt's home for the week, invites his friends Tabby, Lewis and their friend Alice over. Alice, whose real name is Marly, named herself so based on a character she learned about while majoring in folklore. What if Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland wasn't his original idea, but a story constructed from a folktale? Four drunk grad students stood in front of a mirror with a camera at the ready, all trying to debunk the legend of Alice and have a good time. But what they were met with was a horrifyingly gruesome experience. - The legend of Bloody Mary meets Wonderland (sort of).

    by Jeffrey Ford - When Humpty Dumpy accused the king's wife, the queen of hearts, of doing something terrible, the king broke him into pieces. Instead of getting rid of the egg's shell, the king ordered his men to put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but they passed the job off to the queen's sister, Cinder. When she completed her task, the egg told her the truth, promised her a reward and disappeared. One of the men created a lie in place for the truth Cinder was given, but losing the egg would surely lose Cinder her head. What will happen when someone is falsely accused of a crime and the Queen's sister is locked in a cell?

    by Angela Slatter - Being a perfectly good courtier and procurer, the white rabbit often went to our world to bring back children for the queen to use for her own wicked amusement. However, the last child he brought back changed everything. If it wasn't for that Alice, the white rabbit's secret from the queen would have never been discovered and he wouldn't still be in hiding. One day, while in our world, he meets a girl named Pleasance at bar, but she's not as pleasant as her name would make you think. She's manically vengeful and drags him all the way back to Wonderland by his little unlucky rabbit toe.

    by Matthew Kressel - The world of Wonderland has been turned into one of the most sought out tourist attractions. Sightseer's from around the globe can all jump down the rabbit hole and experience the adventures Alice was famous for going on. Despite all the exciting fun to be had, there are also many dangers to beware; it is a mad place after all. Every once in a while someone ends up missing, but where can those who have been swallowed up and claimed by this chaotic world be found? If they even can be, that is.

    by Seanan McGuire - "Doors swing both ways"- those are the rules. So when Alice uses the door to enter Wonderland, the door pushes the Cheshire into our world, to make things universally fair, of course. Following those same rules of logic, a talking cat can not exist in our world, and so the cat becomes a little human girl. We get to see how the Cheshire cat adapts and grows in a riddless world full of strange rules, the way we see Alice do the same in the original tales, but in a strange world with out any rules.

    by Andy Duncan - Have you ever been haunted by the choices you've made? John Tenniel, the illustrator of the Alice books, certainly knows what that's like. After writing a letter to Lewis Carroll explaining why he decided not to illustrate a certain chapter, he suddenly starts seeing the very creatures he declined to draw everywhere he goes: wasps! Are these visions of insects the results of deep regret, or something more?

    by Kaaron Warren - Whenever someone dies, Alice, along with the rest of the workers from her uncle's company, go to that person's property to clean it up for their loved ones. This time, when Alice enters the house of a recently dead man, she is met with the most curious house pet: The Mock Turtle. She would never steal anything too valuable from the dead - only their food to prevent it from wasting. As they fill their bellies, Alice and the turtle discuss their many life tragedies, dreaming up a sort of Wonderland they wish they could live in.

    by Ysabeau S. Wilce - After being mugged by a bunch of stealie boys, the little tamale girl sits in the sand pondering what to do next; not wanting to face the consequences of going home empty handed. When she sees a large rabbit seemingly abandon his heavy trunk in the middle of a crossroads, she goes to investigate. The trunk isn't just a trunk after all, its a portal! When she falls inside she finds herself tossed into the middle of a play designed and ran by the residents of Wonderland. Who will she be cast as?

    by Genevieve Valentine - Every female who enters Wonderland starts off as an "Alice", but how they react to their adventures will determine who they'll end up as: a free hero or a permanent worker. Alice's are loud and bold, with an appetite for adventure and always end up escaping the queen and Wonderland and saving the day. Mary-Ann's, on the other hand, are very cautious creatures and stay weary of Wonderland's tricks and treats; they always take the safer route, and eventually become quiet and unnoticed and never leave the world. From the duchess's eyes, we get to see how girls weave between both possibilities on their journey to find where they belong.

    by Catherynne M. Valente - Written in alternating chapters, this author gives us two different stories to enjoy. One follows a girl named Olive as she uses a looking glass to explore Wonderland and see's how its changed since Alice's time there. The other is of a much older Alice and a younger (but much older than in his stories) Peter Pan. They bond as they reflect on their pasts and talk about their childhoods and in what ways trying to live up to the worlds image of their younger selves effected them. - I love Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan so this mash up is definitely one of my favorites!

    by Katherine Vaz - Its been almost a decade since she lost her six year old daughter, Alicia. Never really being able to move on, she numbly goes through the motions of life; managing her wonderland themed restaurant and wishing for her little girl back. Until one day, a lady walks in the shop with her child who looks to be about the same age Alicia would have been and reminds this poor, grief stricken mother an awful lot of the daughter she once had...

    by Jane Yolen - This is an interesting, thought provoking little poem.

  • David Harris

    The playground that is Lewis Carroll's Wonderland begs to be peopled by authors, filmmakers, comic makers, indeed anyone with a creative spark who can produce a fresh take on the adventures of Alice and the surreal, sinister crew that she encountered down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass.

    And so we have in this book an abundance: dark Wonderlands, Wonderlands turned into theme parks or battle fields, imaginary Wonderlands, Wonderlands that have spilled over into the "real world". We

    The playground that is Lewis Carroll's Wonderland begs to be peopled by authors, filmmakers, comic makers, indeed anyone with a creative spark who can produce a fresh take on the adventures of Alice and the surreal, sinister crew that she encountered down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass.

    And so we have in this book an abundance: dark Wonderlands, Wonderlands turned into theme parks or battle fields, imaginary Wonderlands, Wonderlands that have spilled over into the "real world". We have White Rabbits (literal and metaphorical), Red and White Queens, Cheshire Cats (and other Cheshires), Jabberwockies, wabes and much, much more.

    Above all, we have Alices. Alices of all sorts: little girls who fell down that rabbit hole, older women who came out, the real Alice Liddell, missing daughters, wayward Alices, tough cookie Alices. Alices as victims, as manipulators, as surrogates, as avengers.

    All read at once, it is perhaps rather overwhelming, like eating a whole box of Christmas chocs in one go, and I wouldn't advise that (apart from anything else, many if not all of the stories evoke - mostly with some success - the jargon and atmosphere of Carroll's books and that is something which is perhaps best not taken in large doses). No, I'd suggest rather that you come and go: read a story, ponder, return. Hop around the book, depending whether you want pastiche Alice, Alice-with-a-twist or - and these were my favourites - Alice inspired fiction, perhaps with no Wonderland, indeed even no Alice as such, but with a sense of something.

    As you fall down that rabbit hole, passing shelves and volumes, I offer the following as a brief guide, to help you choose what to read and in what order.

    My Own Invention (Delia Sherman) - An Alice meets the Red Knight in a wood. Or is she a not-Alice? In Wonderland you can never be sure.

    Lily-White and Thief of Lesser Night (CSE Cooney) is a beguiling piece of fantasy, clearly set in a Wonderland but not, for once, featuring an Alice. It's a nice story of fantasy and adventure set among the vorpal roses.

    Conjoined (Jane Yolen - some of whose Alice stories were included in her The Emerald Circus which I recently reviewed, although not those featured here) is a story of the Tweedle twins touring with Barnum's circus.

    Mercury (Priya Sharma) is a dark tale set in a debtors' prison not so far from the village of Daresbury where the real CL Dodgson is commemorated in church window. It features a hatter and his daughter and the mercury that causes hatters' madness. The ensemble of Wonderland turn up in wonderfully distorted ways - a Duchess who is the boss of the jail. An Alice who's taught "Be tiny. be giant. Adapt to the dictates of the situation". A cat called Dinah. A Knave... Here, it's all about escape.

    Some Kind of Wonderland (Richard Bowes) reimagines the Alice stories as a film made in 1960s New York, which is revisited by its stars, now advanced in age. Again, the Wonderland motif bleeds through into mundane reality raising possibilities of escape but also of entrapment in that beguiling pocket universe.

    Alis (Stephen Graham Jones) is towards the horrific end of the whimsy-horror spectrum that these stories define, taking a familiar trope - foolish students experimenting with things that should be left alone - and giving it a distinctly Carollian twist involving a mirror. "Inspired by" rather than "interpretation of", I think, but nevertheless a fine and chilling story.

    All the King's Men (Jeffrey Ford) is one of the odder stories here. Again it features motifs from Carroll's books, but is not quite set in either Wonderland or in any real world. It is more a nursery rhyme kingdom, complete with an evil Humpty Dumpty. It's an inventive, twisty tale, hauntingly effective, portraying a world which could surely feature in a longer piece of fiction.

    Run, Rabbit (Angela Slatter) is firmly set in the (a) real world but in a seamy, noirish version of it. The Rabbit (something of a dandy) is on the run from the Queen, and he's late. Then he encounters a girl in a bar. Her name is Pleasance and she works in a garden, with roses. Rabbit works in import-export: don't ask in what he traffics or for whom. A truly seamy, shudder-inducing take on that original encounter between innocent Alice and the distracted Rabbit.

    In Memory of a Summer’s Day (Matthew Kressel) is another rather twisted story, its embittered narrator working as guide ("I've been leading tours of Wonderland for forty years...") in a tawdry version of Wonderland that's now run as a theme park. It's still not a safe place, though, as some of the visitors - and our narrator - discover. Memorable for the collision between the essential Wonderland magic, the sheer sinisterness of the reality behind that, and the hustle of the carnival, this one will stay in your mind a long time.

    Sentence Like a Saturday (Seanan McGuire) points out that "doors swing both ways" as do stories and then rather brilliantly inverts the logic (or illogic) of Wonderland to ask what happens if somebody - or something - comes up the rabbit hole? A rather tender story, in point of fact, this contains multitudes and shows how strange our world would be - it runs on logic! - to a befuddled Wonderlandian exiled here. And the price they might pay. After all "a mother was the door through which tomorrow passed".

    Worrity, Worrity (Andy Duncan) is another that might almost be a classical horror - I was strongly reminded of MR James. It focuses on Sir John Tenniel, illustrator of Alice, and his problem with wasps. Eerie, chilling and a nice counterpoint to the stories which actually take us to Wonderland.

    Eating the Alice Cake (Kaaron Warren) is another horror story (I think!) There's no overt Wonderland here, quite the opposite: but we have an Alice, who has a consuming passion for food and a painful secret, we meet a Mock Turtle... and there are some familiar names and a mirror. It is a grim little story, slightly nasty in the manner of the best horror.

    The Queen of Hats (Ysabeau Wilce) is a little different from the other stories here in that it takes the Alice mythology and transposes it into a new cultural setting: it's about a "poor tamale girl", locating the story in South America but also evoking a meta fictional world which might contain "Ticonderoga, Arkham, Cibola, Porkopolis, Beleogost, Goblin Town, Eboracum, Sunnydale" as well as that most fictional of locations, "London". These names are found on labels on a theatrical trunk, a trunk that contains many marvels, indeed, wonders... here the Wonderland settings are transposed to disused backdrops as might be found in an old style theatre, complete with wardrobe room and auditions for something called (to avoid bad luck) "The Oxford Play". What might that be?

    A Comfort, One Way (Genevieve Valentine) speculates on the very question of the identity of an Alice, seeming to suggest that despite all appearances, Wonderland has its own logic and that this may lead it to consume you...

    The Flame After the Candle (Catherynne M Valente), a long story, indeed practically a novella, is very much set in this world, the real world, until it isn't. Again it seems to suggest that to its hero, Olive (not, for once, an Alice) real world events and people foreshadow or parallel another, richer place ("Father Dear had left them for that pale, rabbity little heiress in London"). Olive's story is interspersed with an the story of an encounter between who great literary figures, scarred by their visits - whether real or not, is never quite sure - to Wonderland and Neverland. The two tales complement each other well and there are echoes between them, as there are echoes between Olive's own life and the fantasy behind the mirror. A truly enchanting fairytale with a rather bitter edge to it - my favourite in this volume.

    Moon, Memory, and Muchness (Katherine Vaz) is another "real world" story. It invokes the tropes of Wonderland ("Everything screams, Eat Me, Drink Me") to tell a very sad story, set in present-day New York, about a mother's loss ("I turned my back, and the earth swallowed her.") A story about appearances, and hurting, and what comes afterwards. Very moving.

    The book closes with Run, Rabbit, Run (Jane Yolen), a short poem and perhaps a warning that the childish delights of Wonderland will only carry you so far.

    If there is a preoccupation that these authors return to time and gain it is perhaps, "afterwards". We see both the effect on the Alices (and others) of that time in Wonderland - a kind of theme of the effect on survivors of what was a very weird experience, whether treated as real or imagined. But we also see the effect on "real" people of their encounter with an author who, literally, wrote them into immortality. How does it change you to have your life defined at an early age like that?

    Overall, a very strong collection of stories. Recommended.

  • Kayleigh  D'Andilly

    Anthologies are always difficult because they are meant to apple to so many different people, there are bound to be some that you don't connect with. However I am delighted to say that I enjoyed if not fell in love with all but a couple of these tales.

    Such a wonderful mix, everything from historical to horror.

    And it was wonderful to see that some of these authors really loved the worlds that Lewis Carroll created. For example I didn't expect a tale on Sir John Tenniel and his struggles with the

    Anthologies are always difficult because they are meant to apple to so many different people, there are bound to be some that you don't connect with. However I am delighted to say that I enjoyed if not fell in love with all but a couple of these tales.

    Such a wonderful mix, everything from historical to horror.

    And it was wonderful to see that some of these authors really loved the worlds that Lewis Carroll created. For example I didn't expect a tale on Sir John Tenniel and his struggles with the lost chapter the wasp and the wig. Nor did I expect a fantastical account of with the real life Alice met the real Peter Pan (one of my favorites)

    This is a must for Alice fans.

  • Jessica

    *I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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  • Janna Craig

    This collection was definitely a mixed bag for me. There were 3 or 4 stories that I really liked, a bunch that were just okay, and 3 or 4 that I actively disliked.

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    “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman

    I liked this one fairly well. It explores the concept of identity, and how other people’s ideas about who you should be can haunt you.

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    “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney

    I liked this one a lot. One of my favorite things w

    This collection was definitely a mixed bag for me. There were 3 or 4 stories that I really liked, a bunch that were just okay, and 3 or 4 that I actively disliked.

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    “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman

    I liked this one fairly well. It explores the concept of identity, and how other people’s ideas about who you should be can haunt you.

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    “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney

    I liked this one a lot. One of my favorite things was the lack of explanation. You just jumped right into a fully formed world that was definitely not Wonderland, but the connections were abundant. The idea of there being lots of Cheshire animals, not just a cat, was interesting. The story was definitely very dark but ended on a somewhat hopeful note.

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    “Conjoined” by Jane Yolen

    Didn’t really like this one. It was okay, but nothing super interesting.

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    “Mercury” by Priya Sharma

    In this one, Alice’s father is the Mad Hatter, his madness caused by the mercury he used to make his hats. It was an interesting concept and I mostly enjoyed the story. It bugs me a bit when authors try to put such adult themes in their Alice stories (those seem to be my least favorite in the collection), and this had some of that, but it wasn’t the focus, really.

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    “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes

    This one was okay, I guess. I infinitely prefer Wonderland stories that are fantasy-based, and this one definitely wasn’t. Plus it was kind of depressing.

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    “Alis” by Stephen Graham Jones

    This was my least favorite story in the collection. The characters were pretentious and unlikeable, and the story morphed into The Ring type horror, which is my absolute least favorite genre.

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    “All the King’s Men” by Jeffrey Ford

    This was a really weird one and not a little creepy. My biggest question after reading it was, is Cinder (the Queen of Hearts’ sister) supposed to be a reference to Cinderella? It seems too much to be a coincidence, but if it WAS intentional, I can’t for the life of me figure out what the point was.

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    “Run, Rabbit” by Angela Slatter

    Didn’t like this one much. Probably my second least favorite (the first half of this anthology was rough). It turned WAY too dark at the end.

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    “In Memory of a Summer’s Day” by Matthew Kressel

    In this one, Wonderland is a real place, and it’s been turned into a tourist attraction, where people come out very different from when they went in and not in a good way. It was an interesting concept, but I didn’t really enjoy the story that much.

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    “Sentence Like a Saturday” by Seanan McGuire

    This was easily my favorite of the collection. I loved the premise, and I liked how it took me a second to figure out what was going on. And the feel of the story was very Alice in Wonderland-ish, more than any of the others.

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    “Worrity, Worrity” by Andy Duncan

    Weird and super confusing. I mean, I get the basic idea he was going for, but it was too much work to try to figure out what all the abstract scenes were supposed to mean.

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    “Eating the Alice Cake” by Kaaron Warren

    I feel like I missed a lot of the references in this one. Or like I didn’t really understand what was going on. Similar to the preceding story, I understand basically what the author was going for, but there were a ton of details that seemed like they were meant to be significant, but I didn’t know why.

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    “The Queen of Hats” by Ysabeau Wilce

    This one was really cute and fun. I loved the tamale girl’s personality and the ending was a neat little turnaround from the original story.

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    “A Comfort, One Way” by Genevieve Valentine

    This one was okay, I guess. It felt kind of like a behind-the-scenes look at Wonderland, which was interesting. But it was also confusing (a common thread throughout the book, it would appear).

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    “The Flame After the Candle” by Catherynne M. Valente

    My second favorite in the collection. I was predisposed to like it because I love Catherynne Valente, but even without that, I would have enjoyed it. It goes back and forth between two stories, both of which are interesting and which have a indirect connection to each other. Part of what I enjoyed was the droll writing style, especially in the Olive half of the story. For instance, “It is a difficult trick to be tired of anything much when you are only fourteen and three quarters years old, but Olive was just the sort of girl who could manage it.” Ha, I love it.

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    “Moon, Memory, Muchness” by Katherine Vaz

    This one was so sad and got pretty disturbing, but ended on a somewhat redemptive note. It was about a woman whose 8-year-old daughter had been kidnapped, tortured, and murdered, and it would have been impossible not to imagine how I would feel in her place, so I cried multiple times while reading it.

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    “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Jane Yolen

    A poem. I liked it, but it wasn’t anything amazing.

  • Melliane

    This anthology gathers poems and short stories related to the theme of Alice in Wonderland. I find the idea really great and I was really curious to get started! When I read anthologies, I usually offer a really short review by story but given the mixture of writings with this large number of authors, I prefer to give you a little recap on my feelings.

    This novel offers us different stories, different times, some very far from the original and others a little

    This anthology gathers poems and short stories related to the theme of Alice in Wonderland. I find the idea really great and I was really curious to get started! When I read anthologies, I usually offer a really short review by story but given the mixture of writings with this large number of authors, I prefer to give you a little recap on my feelings.

    This novel offers us different stories, different times, some very far from the original and others a little closer, some putting Alice as the main character and others some secondary characters in the story. I found it very interesting to see what each author would propose but it is true that if I expected a lot, especially given the theme, I was a little disappointed by some of the novellas. I was also sometimes a little confused and I was not sure that it was due to the universe. One thing is for sure, the ideas are all very original and different from what we would expect and I’m glad I was able to put a foot in this interesting and different world.

  • Mark Catalfano

    Here's an anthology where several authors give their take on Alice in Wonderland stories:

    Gentle Alice, by Kris Dikeman: This is a shape poem, based on a cup of tea.

    My Own Invention, by Delia Sherman: The White Knight finds somebody who he thinks at first is yet another Alice, but this time it's a trans boy who learns his own identity as he faces off against a Jabberwock which personifies his fears. At first I was a little weary of the "yet another Alice" approach, as I will probably harp on late

    Here's an anthology where several authors give their take on Alice in Wonderland stories:

    Gentle Alice, by Kris Dikeman: This is a shape poem, based on a cup of tea.

    My Own Invention, by Delia Sherman: The White Knight finds somebody who he thinks at first is yet another Alice, but this time it's a trans boy who learns his own identity as he faces off against a Jabberwock which personifies his fears. At first I was a little weary of the "yet another Alice" approach, as I will probably harp on later, but this turned out to be quite a different story about re-inventing yourself. Not bad.

    Lilly White and the Thief of the Lesser Night, by CSE Cooney: Lily-White and Ruby-Red are off to find who is stealing all the Cheshire's teeth. A pretty fun, straightforward adventure story. Although it got kind of grisly in places, which was a bit of a surprise.

    Conjoined by Jane Yolen: A circus ape escapes into Wonderland and has to fight a Jabberwock to please the queen. Kind of refreshing to see somebody else go through Wonderland this time.

    Mercury by Priya Sharma: Alice and her father, a mad hatter, live in a debtor's prison. Alice schemes to pay off his debts while meeting real-world analogues of the Wonderland creatures. This was really well done, I thought. Probably the best story in the anthology.

    Some Kind of Wonderland by Richard Bowes: Justin, who worked on a 60's Alice in Wonderland production re-unites with his old film crew for a 50th anniversary screening. We see how each scene was adapted and how the actors struggled with drug abuse. A good story. The real story behind the scenes is about the troubled director.

    Alis by Stephen Graham Jones: A grad school student gets the run of his aunt's house for the week, invites his friends over, and then Alice decides to play body snatcher from beyond the mirror. This one was a bit off, it was basically a horror story without any of the Alice in Wonderland setting being all that important.

    All the King's Men by Jeffrey Ford: Humpty Dumpty has mouthed off to the king one too many times, and he's finally had enough so off the wall he goes. But now he needs some info so he sends to his sister in law to put him back together. The good thing about this story is that because Ford limited himself to a single character, he gets to be a bit more inventive towards the end of the story.

    Run, Rabbit by Angela Slatter: Rabbit is fleeing Wonderland and trying to hide low in our world. He meets Alice in a bar. This is another one of the stories that was surprisingly dark and grim.

    In Memory of a Summer's Day, by Matthew Kressel: Wonderland has become a tourist attraction, where groups can re-live Alice's adventures, but guests still sometimes disappear without warning. This was another dark and creepy story, but I thought that this one was very well done.

    Sentence Like a Saturday, by Seanan McGuire: The Cheshire Cat wanders into our world, but gets stuck as a human little girl. Then it becomes a coming of age story, and a story about logic vs nonsense.

    Worrity, Worrity, by Andy Duncan: John Tenniel, the illustrator of the Alice books, in real life once wrote to Lewis Carroll and told him he didn't like a chapter involving a wasp and refused to do an illustration for it. In the story, he is seemingly forever haunted by this decision and keeps seeing wasps everywhere.

    Eating the Alice Cake, by Kaaron Warren: Alice's job is to clean out dead people's houses. On the job she meets the Mock Turtle and spends the time making soup.

    The Queen of Hats, by Ysabeau S. Wilce: A tamale girl jumps into a chest heading to Wonderland. There, the residents of Wonderland are putting on a play based on the events of the book. Again, it was fun to see somebody besides Alice get to discover Wonderland.

    A Comfort, One Way, by Genevieve Valentine: The Dutchess plays out her scene with Alice over and over. If Alice acts one way, she stays and becomes Mary Ann, the servant. Acting another way, she stays Alice. The thing about this story, though, is that there seems to be hundreds and hundreds of Alices, all going through the story again and again.

    The Flame after the Candle, by Catherynne M. Valente: In one story, Olive goes to Wonderland and sees how it has changed post-Alice. In the other story, the real Alice meets up with the real Peter Pan and they reminisce about being childhood muses and how hard it was to grow up being a permanent image to someone. I really liked the Alice and Peter story, particularly.

    Moon, and Memory, and Muchness by Katherine Vaz: The narrator lost her daughter to some kidnappers when she was six. Years later, she runs a coffee shop based on a Wonderland motif and takes an unhealthy interest in hosting a party for a newly met customer and her six year old daughter. This was another story that stood pretty well all on its own, so the Alice aspect was pretty minimal.

    Finally we end with a Jane Yolen poem, Run, Rabbit, Run. Don't be surprised if our world doesn't play by your rules, rabbit.

    Overall? A very good anthology. Well worth it.

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