Wild Time by Rose Biggin and Keir Cooper
Surface Press, ebook, £4.99
Reviewed by Mikaela Silk
This book promised an alternative ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ “as never seen before”, and it definitely delivered. The human lovers of the original tale become galactic entities, whilst the fairies and mythical elements of Shakespeare’s story become the central focus of the narrative. Furthermore, every inch of the book is hyper-sexualised to an explicit extent.
I enjoyed delving more in-depth in the politics of the fairy court and the relationship between Titania and Oberon, as well as their relationship with Puck. However, the explicit content was a bit too much for my preference. As for the planetary references, I found that I missed the human characters and the much more complicated human emotions that they bring to the story. The jump between fantasy and sci-fi that this created could also be quite jarring, and I think the narrative would have flowed much smoother without these interludes.
However, I did like the switch between past and present, when Puck appeared to visit our modern world to drive a train, as it added a new element to the fairies’ magic and a deeper understanding of how they functioned outside of this narrative. Similarly, I also liked the modern references, which somehow made the fairies more powerful and all-knowing in their ancient setting.
Overall I think that if you enjoy Shakespeare’s original ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ then maybe don’t pick this one up. It may not be quite what you are looking for. But if you are looking for an experimental text that packs a lot of punches, and has a good shock element, then this may be just what you need.