Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tea Time, by Rachel Swirsky

(Fantasy) The Mad Hatter and the March Hare continue their tea party where time has stopped. But does even timelessness have an end? (4,769 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"," by , appeared in Lightspeed Magazine issue 67, published on

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Pro: The writing is beautiful, the quotes are well-chosen, and the imagery is startling. The story essentially describes, on the surface, how the tea party ended when the Hare grew tired of the Hatter and found a way to resume time. Under the surface, it appears to be an allegory for any love that burns out.

Con: One wonders that this needed so many words. The image of sex between man and rabbit are unsettling. And a lot of the wordplay goes on too long.

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