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, Jane Yolen, 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.
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The stories in this Alice in Wonderland themed weird fantasy anthology, the latest from renowned editor Datlow, blur together into a sea of Victoriana, edginess for the sake of edginess, and dream logic. Most of them have characters (or archetypes or jobs or horrible monsters) called Alice, which is unsurprising but makes distinguishing them hard. The few bright spots include Ysabeau S. Wilce's "The Queen of Hats," which revels in the Carrollian nature of theatrical lingo (" In the theater right is left and left is right,' the dodo said indignantly"), and Richard Bowes's "Some Kind of Wonderland," which evokes a nonexistent N.Y.C.-set 1960s Alice movie in a gorgeously cinematic fashion. But the rest leave readers feeling like they've been down this rabbit hole before.