Review: Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
Do you remember when fairy tales were dark and grim? I remember when they were because the first ones I read were from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. For those who enjoyed the original fairy tales, take a look into the fairy tale re-told by talented Mr. Gaiman.
For my followers, I know you are shocked I am reading a male author. I would like to state that Mr. Gaiman is one of the few exceptions to my very conscious bias of only reading female authors. Why? Because I love the characters he creates. His worlds are magical and his gothic style appeals to me. That being said, the artist for this specific book is fabulous. I love what I consider gothic art deco (I'm probably slaughtering the categories here). It matches Nr. Gaiman's writing so well.
I first picked this story up because I learned it is an erotic and deviant reinterpretation. I must admit, the concept is more provocative than the actual story. I found the erotica to be a bit understated. I did find the story from the Wicked Queen's side to be interest and learning about Snow White from this perspective kind of blew my mind. It all makes so much more sense. I can see this story expanded out more into a Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. Given a choice, I would have Eva Green play the not-so-wicked Queen. I might propose Malina Weissman as Snow White. I digress.
This story is tightly written with hints of how Snow White may not be what she seems. It never states what kind of horrific monster she is, but all the clues are laid out clearly yet without hitting the reader over the head. The suppositions and the way the Queen explains her side of the story is mesmerizing. I am not sure if is how the words were broken out with the beautiful illustrations, or if it were just the words itself. I could almost visualize sitting around a fire place as a storyteller of old would relay the stories for centuries before the written word. I highly recommend this fairy tale and only wish it were longer and more erotically explicit. Perhaps one day, there will be a Snow White Trilogy à la Anne Rice style. Now there's a thought...