The story of Alice in Wonderland is one that has captivated the imaginations of children and adults for years. Both fanciful and dark, the original story weaves a tale that cannot be forgotten and has inspired countless films, books, and even video games. In the book Mad Hatters and March Hares, a short story compilation edited by Ellen Datlow, Alice is once again in the forefront. The book is filled with stories that reflect the original work itself – both fun and macabre.
Some standouts in the collection include the story “Mercury,” by Priya Sharma, a tale that explores why hatters are so mad, “Some Kind of Wonderland,” by Richard Bowes, a story that mixes the real and spiritual in the setting of a film restoration viewing, “Sentence Like a Saturday,” by Seanan McGuire, exploring what happens to the curious Cheshire cat, and “Run, Rabbit,” by Angela Slatter, which focuses on a vengeful Alice taking her aim at Rabbit. Some of the stories in this collection are not for the faint of heart and the themes run to the dark side of Wonderland more often than not, which may be off-putting for some readers. Overall, though, this collection of stories is a delight for fans of the Wonderland world.
Barbara Cothern lives near Portland with her husband and three cats. She is most often found with a book in her hand and several back-ups in her bag. She loves that her day job allows time for reading between projects. She has been passionate about books and a fan of the fantasy genre since her mom read The Chronicles of Narnia to her when she was five. When not reading, Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband, watching movies, going to concerts, cooking, knitting and playing video games. Her favorite part about reviewing books is introducing people to wonderful but less publicized books.
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