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Mad Hatters and March Hares

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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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Tor Books
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Mar 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
All new stories from"The World of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland"

All stories copyright 2017.


009 - Acknowledgments
013 - Introduction
015 - “Gentle Alice” by Kris Dikeman
017 - “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman
027 - “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney
051 - “Conjoined” by Jane Yolen
065 - “Mercury” by Priya Sharma
097 - “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes
115 - “Alis” by Stephen Graham Jones
147 - “All the King’s Men” by Jeffrey Ford
163 - “Run, Rabbit” by
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before going into this, I only knew two of the author's names: Seanan McGuire and Catherynne M. Valente but was excited to maybe get some new favorite stories and/or authors. I still haven't read Alice in Wonderland yet (one I keep meaning to get to but never in the mood for it.. .mood reader mentality sucks sometimes) *sheepish* Whoops? Haha

There were a few standout stories (see two authors I mentioned above, plus a few others) but most of the stories were just "okay" or "meh" The latter were
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really enjoyed some of the stories a lot (Jane Yolen, Catherynne M. Valente, Katherine Vaz), the topic of Wonderland lends itself to weirdness, which - while not a bad thing, per se - can become a bit much as you read 17 stories and poems all written by different authors. I feel that (for me personally) it might have been better spread out, reading one or two entries between other books, or some such thing. Fans of Alice and the Cheshire Cat and all the rest should definitely check this ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult fans of: Alice in wonderland, retellings, and anthologies / short stories
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Mad Hatters and March Hares is an Alice in Wonderland themed anthology. These short stories and poem are all edited by Ellen Datlow 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
Sarah Booth
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
In her introduction, Datlow writes of her love of ‘the Alice books’, especially the many ‘illustrated versions’. A few years ago, she was asked by someone at a convention if there was an ‘anthology idea’ she had always wanted to do. This question led to the creation of this new collection of Alice-inspired short stories: Mad Hatters and March Hares.

Whether you have read the original books or watched one of the numerous film adaptations, you will be very familiar with Alice and the weird and won
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

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
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We chose this book for our spring semester faculty book club, reading only a story or two per week. We had a fun time discussing the book. One professor was an "expert" on the Alice trilogy. Another was a great discussion leader who brought out probing questions to think about. Most of us agreed we enjoyed some stories more than others. Some stories follow the Alice books or draw more from them than others. We tended to like those stories more. We all felt the strongest stories were those at the ...more
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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
David Harris
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel
A collection of short stories based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice works. Some were strong, some not so much. Some were terrifying.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, fantasy, nook
This anthology had a great mix of stories, managing to evoke Wonderland while striking a variety of notes. My favorites of the bunch were C. S. E. Cooney's whimsical piece and Seanan McGuire's, which reminded me of the things I liked about "Every Heart a Doorway." Recommended.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via macmillan-tor/forge in exchange for an honest review.

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

Average Rating: 2.9 stars

1. My Own Invention by Delia ShermanDelia Sherman - ★★★☆☆

2. Lily-White & the Thief of Lesser Night by C.S.E. Cooney - ★★☆☆☆

3. Conjoined by Jane Yolen - ★★☆☆☆

4. Mercury by Priya Sharma - ★★★★★

5. Some Kind of Wonderland by Richard Bowes - ★★☆☆☆
Different, but boring

6. Alis by Stephen Graham Jones - ★★★★★
Absolutely terrifying!!!

7. All the King's Men by Jeffrey Ford - ★★★★☆

8. Run, Rabbit by A
Mark Catalfano
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kayleigh  D'Andilly
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Ellen Datlow has managed to corral a book full of stories and poems that deal in one fashion or another with Alice in Wonderland. Some of the tales are sad, some, are creepy, some are outrageous, but all have Wonderland in their DNA. The poems that open and close the books are nice touches to lure the readers in and drive them out of the book. Each reader will have their own favorites, mine happen to be "All The King's Men," "Run Rabbit," and "Sentence Like a Saturday." Read the book and discove ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
For the first few stories, I thought this was going to be a five-star book. But then the stories started getting darker, which is fine, but they were not my preferred flavor of dark. There is one full-blown horror story, and that is definitely not my genre. None of the stories were cheerful pieces of fluff. Lots of weirdness, with of course many allusions to the original books, and that was fun. Definitely more adult and less accessible. I enjoyed reading it, but not as much as I expected.
Sadie Forsythe
I think it took me a decade to listen to all of these stories. Like most anthologies, I liked some of them quite a lot and others not so much. Some seemed to just take the excuse of being about wonderland to dash non-sense on a page and call it 'artistic.' The narrators did a lovely job though. I thought the male narrator (Summerer) was the better of the two.
An amazing anthology - Most of the stories really memorable and offers fresh takes on the idea of Wonderland. Not all of them were winners but there were enough well written and compelling works to make this very worthwhile. I just have to say great job to Ellen Datlow for putting together such a well made and organized collection.

Gentle Alice 3/5
A poem shaped like a cup describing the aftermath - when Alice defeats the Red Queen and surveys the shattered mirrors and leftover tea in a world that
Wrong Train, Right Time
I picked this one up largely because I love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. I also love reading riffs on the originals. So, a short story featuring some of my favorite authors that's devoted to exactly that? I could not resist.

Rather than go through every story, I'm just going to talk about the ones I liked. Overall there were several entries that I though were great, some I thought were good, and a whole bunch of "eh" ones. I'm just going to discuss my highligh
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.


“My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman

3.5 stars

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.


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

4 stars

I liked this one a lot. One of my favorite things w
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, nd
Very few of the short stories in this book are good, let alone memorable. Most of the authors were incredibly unoriginal, feeling the need to add unnecessary sex related details into their story. Congrats, you're so interesting adding adult behaviors into a children's book!

In my opinion,

The Good stories were:

- "Lily White & the Thief of Lesser Night" by C.S.E. Cooney. This story, set before Alice's adventures in Wonderland and provides a childhood story to the Red and White Queen, who work t
Sarah Crawford
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paperback, 334 pages, anthology.

Most of the stories in this volume I really like. The stories include:

1. Gentle Alice: Good story.
2. My Own Invention: From the viewpoint of the White Knight. Another good story.
3. Lily White: Ruby Red, vorpal roses, silk caterpillars and giant oyster with stolen armor. Also really good.
4. Conjoined: A Barnum circus where the Tweedles, originally conjoined, have been separated. Includes the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit. Good.
5. Mercury: The Duchess is a racke
Brad Hodges
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ellen Datlow professes a love for Lewis Carroll's Alice books (as most interesting and intelligent people do). She has compiled a collection of short stories, most of them with a sinister air, that touch on some aspect of Carroll's work, called it Mad Hatters and March Hares, and except for a few stories that confused me I found it very gratifying, as a fan of Alice

Given Datlow's place in the world of horror literature, many of these stories are not for the weak of heart. Many different characte
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most anthologies this was a mixed bag of captivating stories and some that I skimmed. I do think you will recognize some of the authors like Seanan McGuire (and that story was so good!) and find some new ones to check out. There is also some poetry for those that enjoy it (not too much for those that don't). Some of these stories really transported me into the world and I will warn you that much of it is dark and some ventured into horror. I'm not surprised as the original work really ha ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved Alice in Wonderland, and this book features poetry and short stories of Alice retellings. I'll list my favorites:

Lily-White and the Thief of Lesser Night/ My favorite in this collection, full of fantastical magic and world building. Lily-White and her sister from the Wabe embark on a quest to save the Cheshires, using tools such as Eat Me and a vorpal sword
Alis/ Wonderland as a horror story
Sentence Like a Saturday/ I love the casual questions about life asked in this piece, rem
A good collection of stories for fans of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass". Like most short story collections, there were a handful I couldn't get into, but the ones that I liked were quite fantastic, for a range of reasons. There was fantasy, drama, character-building, mad-hatter-esque strangeness, dungeons, strange theme parks, and more. I quite enjoyed: "Lily-White and the Thief of Lesser Night" by C.S.E. Cooney, "Mercury" by Priya Sharma, "Alis" by Stephen Graham Jo ...more
Ren Bedell
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A collection of short stories and poems from various authors all about Wonderland and their many quirky characters. Each story is very different. Some are light-hearted and fun, others are dark and adult. Some try to emulate Lewis Carrol's writing style (many successfully), and others have their own style. I very much enjoyed many of the stories and felt sucked back into that rabbit hole. If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland, or one of it many representation, I would definitely check out this ...more
Mad Hatter and March Hares is a collection of original short stories written by various authors inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the characters within. They range from fun and fantastical to dark and sinister. While they were all extremely well written, I feel I didn't appreciate them as much as someone who is a bigger fan of Wonderland would have. And although I only liked about seven of the stories, I will say I very much enjoyed Eric Michael Summerer's narrating! His talent of making each ...more
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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