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A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebul A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sunday Times-bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods) comes this graphic novel adaptation by Colleen Doran (Troll Bridge).


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A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebul A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sunday Times-bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods) comes this graphic novel adaptation by Colleen Doran (Troll Bridge).

30 review for Snow, Glass, Apples

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    -Mild spoilers- This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view… “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch/>“If -Mild spoilers- This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view… “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow. I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.” I personally loved the twist which was refreshing, and the story is extremely dark and creepy. The writing style is lovely and the illustrations by Colleen Doran are very detailed and stunningly beautiful. I would normally include a summary in my review, but I don’t want to spoil this story because it’s very short and there isn’t much to it. Just a note that this book does contain very graphic sex scenes and isn’t intended for children. Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and ended up reading it twice. It’s incredibly unique the way it was retold and certainly visually stimulating. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer because it ended way too quickly for me. With it being such a short story without much character development, it was still very good. I wish this would be written into a full-length novel. 4**** You can see this full [email protected] www.readrantrockandroll.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    More from Neil Gaiman!!!! Give it to me!!!! Library copy available for pick up

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars 🌟 I love dark retellings, I specially like them of fairy tales from my childhood, because as a kid I wanted something fluffy and positive, I grow up and find that the world is a dark place and so flipping those stories is fascinating! 🌟 This is an adult graphic novel as it contain some explicit scenes and gore and it is dark! I can’t say much about the writing because I read the graphic novel version and that reminds me that I should use/>Actual This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars 🌟 I love dark retellings, I specially like them of fairy tales from my childhood, because as a kid I wanted something fluffy and positive, I grow up and find that the world is a dark place and so flipping those stories is fascinating! 🌟 This is an adult graphic novel as it contain some explicit scenes and gore and it is dark! I can’t say much about the writing because I read the graphic novel version and that reminds me that I should use this opportunity to praise the artist who did the illustrations as she did an outstanding job! The drawings were creepy and were just perfect for the story! I am always mentioning that the illustrations in graphic novel are disappointing me, but not this time! 🌟 The plot is nice, a dark twist to what we know of snow white and the dwarves! It would probably destroy the story you know and scar you for life so beware xD 🌟 Summary: This was a short novel that is a perfect read for Halloween since it is approaching so you may want to add it to that month’s TBR! The whole story is read in 30 mins so it is worth giving a chance if you like stories of this kind! you can get the book from here: Book Depository

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾

    “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princes “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow. I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.” In this dark, twisted retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Neil Gaiman re-imagines the classic tale, making Snow White the villain and the queen the victim. As a fan of fairytale retellings, I appreciated the original point of view of the author: after all, there are so many versions of this and other tales, that finding an original twist is certainty a sing of great artistic talent. While I loved the main plot, I wasn't particularly a fan of the execution itself: explicit sex scenes in comics are my pet peeve, and this one was full of them; that paired with a somewhat old art-style which doesn't meet my taste, made me appreciate this graphic novel less. Looking at the art as a sketch though, I realized my main problem with this kind of illustration is not with the drawing itself, but with the colouring. I enjoyed this read, but it's definitely not a new favourite. Nonetheless, some pages of this book are stunningly beautiful. As always with Neil Gaiman, I have mixed feelings.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A delightfully distorted twist on the Snow White tale. Snow White and the Evil Queen's roles are reversed with Snow White becoming a vampire that plagues the Queen's kingdom. Colleen Doran's art is gorgeous, giving the book a classic storybook look. There is a bit of erotica here so be warned. This is my favorite graphic adaptation of Gaiman's short stories yet.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is the kind of retelling I love: original, grisly elements intact but told from the viewpoint of a character that twists the tale into something different. An element of characterization (I won’t give it away though it’s obvious by page eight) adds another genre to the tale, not one I usually care for, though with Gaiman I’m usually okay with it. Not only is the story well-told, the art is gorgeous and elevates the story even further. My only quibbles are due to my preference for This is the kind of retelling I love: original, grisly elements intact but told from the viewpoint of a character that twists the tale into something different. An element of characterization (I won’t give it away though it’s obvious by page eight) adds another genre to the tale, not one I usually care for, though with Gaiman I’m usually okay with it. Not only is the story well-told, the art is gorgeous and elevates the story even further. My only quibbles are due to my preference for meaning in retellings and my loss at figuring out a motive for an action of the dwarfs. This book is not for children -- something I wouldn’t say about even the original, unsanitized fairy tales.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The highly detailed illustrations are so gorgeous and right up my alley, and I loved the creepy twist on the Snow White story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Absolutely stunning, gorgeous and ever so slightly evocative of stained glass images—the artwork by Coleen Doran beautifully complements and adds another dimension to Neil Gaiman’s horror version of Snow White.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Lies and half-truths fall like snow, covering the things that I remember, the things I saw. A landscape, unrecognizable after a snowfall - that is what she has made of my life. 4.5 starsThe artwork is incredible, a 10/10. The story is darkly horrific, quiet yet nonetheless chilling and foreboding in its unfolding. Definitely not a kid's book is all I'm going to say regarding certain parts of it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    Actual review: 4.5 Oh, this… This was brilliant, twisted and dark. I love Neil Gaiman for a reason, and the way he takes the traditional story of Snow White and flips it so that it is a disturbing version of the tale is awe-inspiring. This is definitely a story I would recommend to anyone who loves to read creepy and dark stories with cruelty woven in seamlessly. And above all, it’s very entertaining.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    Gorgeously illustrated and simply told. Creeped the shite out of me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    It may be an understatement to say that writer Neil Gaiman is ‘hot’ at the moment. With the recent television adaptations of American Gods and Good Omens, it might be understandable that his global recognition is currently very high, probably the highest it’s ever been. Of course, some mutter, we’ve known about this for years – his award-winning (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, Bram Stoker etc etc)  prose in novel and short form, the Sandman graphic novels… but it’s nice to see that others finally It may be an understatement to say that writer Neil Gaiman is ‘hot’ at the moment. With the recent television adaptations of American Gods and Good Omens, it might be understandable that his global recognition is currently very high, probably the highest it’s ever been. Of course, some mutter, we’ve known about this for years – his award-winning (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, Bram Stoker etc etc)  prose in novel and short form, the Sandman graphic novels… but it’s nice to see that others finally get him as well. One of the good things about this has been that interested parties are now looking at his earlier work and seeing things to like. Which is where this book might score. Snow, Glass, Apples was first published in 1995 as a ‘chapbook’ – what most of us would call a novella – for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, with Charles Vess illustrations, and was quickly noticed as one of the year’s best. It reappeared in both Ellen Datlow’s ‘Best of the Year’ collection in 1995 and Poppy Z. Brite’s Love in Vein II anthology in 1997 before appearing in Gaiman’s own collection, Smoke and Mirrors (1998). For those who don’t know, it is a retelling of the Snow White story, but for adults – more like the adult version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales than the version made famous by Walt Disney. The story of Snow, Glass, Apples is told from the point of view of what Disney referred to as the Wicked Stepmother, although here her view is much more sympathetic. The first part of the book reads as if it was a fairy tale retold through A Game of Thrones viewpoint, all political schemes, subversion and plot. From this perspective Snow White herself is not as nice and well-mannered as the sanitised version would suggest. On the first page she is accused of killing her mother in childbirth. As the plot progresses, the story becomes creepier and creepier. A visit to the queen by the five-years-old Princess shows that the child has a thirst for blood. When her father dies the eighteen-year-old Queen becomes ruler, and knowing of her stepdaughter’s role in the King’s death gets some huntsmen to take her into the forest and kill her, bringing back Snow White’s still beating heart as proof. Time passes, until the Lord of the Spring Fair comes to the Queen to tell of the disappearance of the Forest Folk, to the point where there will not be a Spring Fair next year. The Queen discovers that it is Snow White, who despite her heart being kept in the Queen’s chamber, seems alive and preying upon wayward travellers. The Queen has to make a decision and through witchcraft creates some apples injected with a potion and her blood. Leaving them in the forest Snow White is attracted to them and having taken a bite, falls into a deep sleep. Two years later, in her twenty-fifth year, the Queen is visited by a Prince, who after an unsuccessful tryst with the Queen goes in search of Snow White. He returns with the princess, who reclaims her heart from the Queen and sentences the Queen to death. Whereas in the Disney version everyone lives happily ever after, here the future is less certain. By the end Snow White is a vampire intent on preying on the poor prince, destined to rule. As you can tell, this is a much darker telling of the traditional tale where Snow White is the villain, not the queen. It is also definitely not one for children – there are sex references throughout, as well as incest and necrophilia! Although the drawings are restrained, this is not a book to be given as a Christmas present to youngsters. With such adult themes, the artist clearly had her work cut out. In terms of style, the artist Colleen Doran (who you may know from her work on the graphic novel Troll Bridge) has adapted an Art Nouveau style that almost makes the stories look like stained glass windows. As Colleen explains at the end of the book, most of the art was done by hand and was inspired by the work of artist Harry Clarke, who seems to have also influenced the big-eye style of manga as well as Doran. The style works very well. The visual style enhances the original story, as it should. Exquisitely detailed yet surprisingly restrained, the story is told in an almost free-flowing form that draws you in from the start. Each page is meant to be appreciated and this is shown by the lack of frames on most of the work. I read it in one sitting, entranced by the merging of pictures and prose that the best books do. Snow, Glass, Apples is a great version of the Gaiman tale, sympathetically drawn and evocatively told. One for the adult Goth, perhaps, that taps into the darker, sexier side of Gaiman’s work.  

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina Coy

    Love the twist on this classic tale.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    tw | self-harm (it's kind of graphic) Have you ever seen a story with art so beautiful? Kind reminds of Belladonna of Sadness This was dark. This was real dark. Kind of reminds me of The Curse of Sleeping Beauty meets Snow White meets a real beautiful anime film. This could honestly be a film - both live action and anime - and not just any old Snow White retelling. This is dark and original. I rarely see Snow White in this light.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leah Rachel von Essen

    “Snow, Glass, Apples” is one of my favorite short stories of all time: a dark, horror version of Snow White that pictures the stepmother as a magical queen just trying to protect her kingdom. Disturbing; twisted; artful. So when I heard this illustrated edition from Colleen Doran was coming, I knew I had to have it: it’s simply gorgeous on every page, in an art nouveau style that drips fantasy. Simply in love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love me a good retelling and as fairytales were originally supposed to be meant as warnings for the dangers in the world I can live with dark fairytales. The whole coffin thing was just too weird though and unpleasant though, so that knocked three stars of my rating instantly. There was no way around it. Setting that aside though I can tell that there was some real thought put into the illustrations. The colourscheme was just stunning and fits with the fairytales of old. I rarely pick up graph I love me a good retelling and as fairytales were originally supposed to be meant as warnings for the dangers in the world I can live with dark fairytales. The whole coffin thing was just too weird though and unpleasant though, so that knocked three stars of my rating instantly. There was no way around it. Setting that aside though I can tell that there was some real thought put into the illustrations. The colourscheme was just stunning and fits with the fairytales of old. I rarely pick up graphic novels these days so the style of drawing makes all the difference and I can see that there was a skilled artist at work here. So overall I'm not sure how I feel about this retelling.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monsour

    Its like when Snow White and the kid from the Daughter movie merge as one with vampire fangs and had a habit of biting. 5/5 Stars; Gorgeous art and great (yet a bit short) reimagining of a classic fairytale Thank you Neil Gaiman, I'll never look at Snow White the same way ever again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Colleen Doran's art is the main reason to pick up this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's inversion of the Snow White tale. The queen isn't as evil as made out and Snow White nowhere near innocent. Blood and nudity abound in this little horror story with (view spoiler)[vampires and necrophilia (hide spoiler)] .

  19. 5 out of 5

    ♥♫☻Olivia☻♫♥

    The art in this graphic novel is so beautiful! I only wish it was longer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I was definitely a fan of illustrator Colleen Doran's richly detailed art nouveau style, but the story itself rubbed me the wrong way. In particular, it gave me the same gross vibes as in The Last Wish where the narrator was very clear that oh yes, that pre-pubescent child is a slut, alright. She definitely wanted TeH sEx. In this case, she was six. Supposedly, this is because Snow White is a vampire and the prince is a necrophiliac, but yuck.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nooshin Sh

    If you decide to give this a try, definitely read the version illustrated by Colleen Doran for the fantastic Harry Clarkesque art. Out of Gaiman's retellings, however, this isn't the best one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allie Vera

    Spectacular art, not so keen on certain story elements.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    Snow White is one of the most beloved and popular fairy tales of all time. There have been tons of alternate takes on Snow White by many writers through the years. I have read and watched some of those takes but I have to admit that this one takes the cake for being the darkest and most twisted one. The plot is an interesting one; a what if Snow White was a vampire?, of sorts. It is told from the point of view of the stepmother, the queen. Because of which, the ending felt very depres Snow White is one of the most beloved and popular fairy tales of all time. There have been tons of alternate takes on Snow White by many writers through the years. I have read and watched some of those takes but I have to admit that this one takes the cake for being the darkest and most twisted one. The plot is an interesting one; a what if Snow White was a vampire?, of sorts. It is told from the point of view of the stepmother, the queen. Because of which, the ending felt very depressing and dark to me. There is little to no characterisation with characters being almost the same from the fairy tale with little variation. The art looks very medieval and is absolutely astonishing. The atmosphere is beautifully captured. I have loved every Neil Gaiman book that I have read until now. But this one did not do much for me. However, it is a fun short read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was worth the wait!!! Colleen's artwork was a beautiful backdrop against Neil's retelling of Snow White that haunts me in the best of ways. Her usage of space and flowing illustrations tell the story at first glance with the blocks of text adding details and depth. Tweaking the fairytale I've known and adding elements of gothic horror, Neil gave me a brand new way of looking at this story and I love that. I love how even as I pieced it together, I was still looking for This was worth the wait!!! Colleen's artwork was a beautiful backdrop against Neil's retelling of Snow White that haunts me in the best of ways. Her usage of space and flowing illustrations tell the story at first glance with the blocks of text adding details and depth. Tweaking the fairytale I've known and adding elements of gothic horror, Neil gave me a brand new way of looking at this story and I love that. I love how even as I pieced it together, I was still looking forward to the writing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    laura (bookies & cookies)

    creepy, creepy, creepy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    A dark retelling of the fairy tale of Snow White with the traditional heroine in this version a terrifying succubus, good and evil turned upside down, and jaw-dropping illustrations in the ornate, decadent, fin-de-siecle style of Harry Clarke and Aubrey Beardsley. Lavish and gorgeous, not for kids. (This review refers to the version illustrated by Colleen Doran.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Not unexpectedly, the graphic novel version of this tale makes it even more disturbing. A Snow White of nightmares...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tiferet

    Beautiful, unique art, but the story left me disappointed for some reason. It probably would have felt fresh and subversive 10 or 15 years ago but we've seen so many of those dark retellings on the meantime that I expected something more, especially from Neil Gaiman.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ain Ashura

    All the stars!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    This book is stunning. I've always enjoyed this dark take on Snow White, but I never imagined it could look this beautiful - Colleen Doran brings a dark beauty to the dark tale with art that is just mesmerizing in its detail and color. The story is lush and beautiful, and definitely not child friendly - there's a lot of sex and a fair bit of nudity, and even the story itself is not for young readers. But this book is an example of what the Graphic Novel can aspire to; a work of art that aligns t This book is stunning. I've always enjoyed this dark take on Snow White, but I never imagined it could look this beautiful - Colleen Doran brings a dark beauty to the dark tale with art that is just mesmerizing in its detail and color. The story is lush and beautiful, and definitely not child friendly - there's a lot of sex and a fair bit of nudity, and even the story itself is not for young readers. But this book is an example of what the Graphic Novel can aspire to; a work of art that aligns text and images into a beautiful whole. Highly recommended.

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