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Six-Gun Snow White Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013


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  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Ltd Sgd Sp edition (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596065524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065529
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Holloway on 3 Nov 2014
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Catherynne m Valente, never a word wrong
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Six-gun, four stars 13 Mar 2013
By Sooj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nobody knows Snow White like Cat Valente.
This novella is an inspiring treatment of a tale we've all heard so many times in the west- it's gone so pale and thin with being known that we can almost see through it. Valente has a knack for breathing new life into stories we thought we knew- this time is no exception. Told with grace and with no small coloring of Coyote frankness, Valente's gunslinger story walks us through painful places under western skies, with a heroine who knows so much hurt, she loses the trick of being afraid. When your distracted daddy's best gift to you is a ruby-bedecked pistol, you don't waste much time on princess stuff- least of all princes. So be it. Saddle up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Almost 5 stars!! 11 Mar 2014
By Suzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book through its beginning, through its middle, through its end - but couldn't believe that was it. The story works beautifully, but the end needed a little more (more drawing out, more story) to be well-balanced with the weight of the rest of the book. I would still recommend reading it - especially if you are familiar with Catherynne Valente. She does such a beautiful job of honing each word and each sentence to perfection - this is a very well crafted story, and the voice is perfect for the character.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
like BBQ Kettle Chips for the spicy-sweet, fairy tale old-west characters with a kick of human evil 23 Mar 2013
By kbirdlincoln - Published on Amazon.com
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This has the trademark Valente luscious language, fairy-tale-skewed view of common human frailties, and awesomely fun Old West Lingo out the whazoo....but I found the ending dissipated, leaving Deer Boy's character grey and unrealize and Snow White's ultimate fate in the last bit too quickly arrived at without the details I craved.

Still, the first 2/3's of the book are compelling. Snow White (named so because she isn't) is the half Crow-half White daughter of a rich prospector. When the prospector remarries, his new wife has decided ideas about what is beautiful and what is not. She will use her magic mirror to create a child more to her own liking...unless Snow White messes up her plans.

This Book's Snack Rating: BBQ Kettle Chips for the spicy-sweet, fairy tale old-west characters with a kick of human evil
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
for readers interested in alternate fairy tales or Native American mythology 18 April 2014
By Jane Easterly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente is an interesting take on the Snow White fairy tale. Snow White is given her name ironically by her evil, magical stepmother, as Snow White is half white, half Crow Indian. Her mother was a Crow woman named Gun That Sings who was forced into marrying one of the richest men in the west.

After trying to kill herself, Gun That Sings died in childbirth anyway. Mr. H treats his daughter like a doll, one locked away so that no one realizes he has a half-breed daughter. When she is 11, her father marries again. The new Mrs. H brings with her a fascinating, terrible, magical mirror. Under the guise of “love” she tries through abuse to civilize and whiten the child she calls Snow White. Snow recalls, “Mrs. H called me something new. She named me cruel and smirking, she named me not for beauty or for cleverness or for sweetness. She named me a thing I could aspire to but never become, the one thing I was not and could never be: Snow White.” (p. 37)

Eventually Snow runs away on her horse Charming and the fairy tale plays out. Elements of the original exist – a man who is a Pinkerton follows after Snow to bring her heart back to Mrs. H. Seven outlaw women, not dwarves, save Snow when she arrives in the town of Oh-Be-Joyful. Apples come into the story at various places. Snow eventually ends up in a glass case.

I enjoyed Six-Gun Snow White (more than I enjoyed The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, it must be said). Valente puts her own interesting spin on the tale of Snow White by combining it with imagery of the Old West. One phrase resonates throughout the text: “It looked like a choice but it wasn’t.” There are some lovely passages.

The author still comes through the narration as a little smug and self-satisfied with her own cleverness, but it is less obvious than in The Girl Who Circumnavigated. I feel the book would have been stronger if it had ended before the last chapter, but I still recommend it to anyone interested in alternate fairy tales or Native American mythology.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cowboy Snow White 29 Nov 2013
By Stacey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Love the premise, great read. The end kind of petered out, but it worked well. The tone of the whole piece was perfect.
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