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Snow White And The Seven Samurai [Kindle Edition]

Tom Holt
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Once upon a time (or last Thursday, as it’s known in this matrix) everything was fine: Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, Jack and Jill went about their lawful business, the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do, and the wicked queen plotted murder most foul.But the humans hacked, cried havoc, shut down the wicked queen’s system (mirrors 3.1) and corrupted her database - and suddenly everything was not fine at all. But at least we know that they’ll all live happily ever after. Don’t we?Computers and fairy tales collide to hilarious effect in the latest sparkling cocktail of mayhem, wit and wonder from the master of comic fantasy.

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It makes perfect sense that Snow White should live with seven samurai, once you've got the hang of Tom Holt's latest twisted fantasy comedy. Youngsters from our real world hack into fairyland's Mirrors(TM) operating system--which naturally runs on the wicked queen's magic mirror--and crash it so disastrously that all the stories get tangled. A spaghetti-western Dwarf With No Name (actually he's Dumpy) is hired to save three little pigs from the big bad wolf by recruiting a Magnificent Seven Dwarves' defence team, starting with Rumpelstiltskin and Tom Thumb but going downhill from there. Meanwhile, Fang the wolf has problems with Frog Prince transformations, Snow White learns from her own mirror that she has excellent wicked-queen potential and Baron Frankenstein's latest unholy creation proves to be Pinocchio. We also meet three colour-blind mice, the Beast fleeing in terror from Beauty, an elf who insists she's an "Indigenous Fairylander" and the Grimm Brothers--unconvincingly claiming that they're mere independent observers. After which, things become really complicated and silly, as Storyland is further fragmented by various mirror-users' efforts to gain control, until it seems quite reasonable that one little pig should find himself saying, "I am not a number. I am a free pig." Splendidly deranged entertainment, with quips galore. Holt's in good form. --David Langford

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'Fast, furious and some good satire' -- THE TIMES

'Frothy, fast and funny' -- SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

`Frantically wacky and wilfully confusing . . . gratifyingly clever and very amusing' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZT0M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously funny read! 30 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the book I realised I've been waiting for. I'm glad that Tom Holt has finally discovered that Snow White was up to no good, which is what most of us have suspected for some time now, and the idea of a bunch of samurai dwarves tickled me no end. Verbal sight gags by the score, and two fingers up at logic makes for a book that even the most confirmed Cybergeek could find satisfying and insightful. Good twist, too, on the "merciless wolf harrying harmless piggies" thing. Most enjoyable, worth all 5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss 2 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
For me Holt seems to show pieces of promising brilliance and then, often, fails to pull it off. This one, though, twisting fairy tales, inside out and back again manages on the whole to be a reasonbly entertaining read. Not classic Holt, but knocks on the door... Running DOS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent! 13 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a brillant take off of the Windows Operating system - it is hilarously funny - you just have to read it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time... 22 Jun. 2012
Format:Paperback
Once upon a time, you knew where you were with a fairy tale: a curse would be placed on the youngest, prettiest daughter, wishes would be granted, the handsome prince would rescue the damsel in distress, and happy endings could be relied upon. But what happens when the big bad wolf and the wicked stepmother defy their stereotypes?

Very funny if you like a Pratchett-esque sense of humour, and an interesting addition to the subverted fairy tale genre. I did think it got a bit convoluted towards the end, and was a bit longer than strictly necessary, but overall, a very enjoyable bit of escapism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snow White Which one 16 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Very humorous and witty book. If you've ever seen or read the 10th kingdom this book is just as funny. An excellent twist on the fairy tale market
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5.0 out of 5 stars My sort of novel 25 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, so I'm an odd ball and like stories that don't conform to normal life. Ones where the 'normal' is twisted to provide interest and humour.
This book takes a lot of the fairy story characters from my youth and twists them into a yarn that I enjoyed. the only downside? the ending where Tom Holt seems to have got fed up and just wrapped it up suddenly. He could have done a little better than that in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly twisted 27 May 2014
By JennyA
Format:Paperback
Tom Holt is insane and I love him!! His books are guaranteed to make me laugh until I snort. This book is no different. Every one of your favourite childhood fairytales is mashed together with a healthy sprinkling of sarcasm and insanity. I may start reading this version of the 3 little pigs to my nephew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and delightful. 24 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A witty and clever take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs meets The Seven Samurai, and a wicked witch with a faulty mirror which runs on operating system Mirrors 1.0. A mix of fantastical adventure and computer technical issues.

A delight to read.
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