Read from May 16 to 17, 2015 — I own a copy
Synopsis: A young princess … her skin as white as snow … her hair as black as coal … her lips as red as blood … an innocent young girl victimized by her evil stepmother.
Or is she?
Neil Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” turns the traditional “Snow White” fairytale on its head and tells the story from the point of view of the “wicked” stepmother, who knows the truth about this less-than-innocent girl and attempts to save the kingdom from her unnatural and monstrous stepdaughter.
Bookish Things: 57 pages. This cover is great. I like it far more than the other covers for this story from Neil. This is written in a play script style.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.18
I did enjoy this, I truly did. But I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it were a true story, not set out as a script for a play.
What was missing to me, was the stunning scenery and imagery that Neil normally paints with his words. Instead we got the intimate confession/story of the Queen.
I liked the change of POV, it added something new to the story. Then of course, there’s the matter of Snow White herself. This beastly little wench truly was the dark jewel in the crown of a great retelling.
Why then only three stars? Firstly, because of the format minus one star.
Secondly, the tale was so short one barely gets a whiff of the foul goings on before it’s over. **slight spoiler** I’d have loved to see where things ended with Snow White and the prince. Minus another star.
Try this one out if you’re interested in a wicked little tale with a twist.