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Snow White, Blood Red (Avonova Book) [Hardcover]

Ellen Datlow , Terri Windling
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Jan 1993 Avonova Book
With contributions from contemporary fantasy writers, this is an anthology of dark and disturbing fairy stories that journey through a landscape of adult sensibilities. Twenty one authors recreate the mythical, magical power of humankind's oldest fables.
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  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688109136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688109134
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IN ITALY IN ONE OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED VERSIONS of the story of "Sleeping Beauty," the princess is awakened not by a kiss but by the suckling of the twin children she has given birth to, impregnated by the prince while she lay in her enchanted sleep. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tales go a little wrong in _Snow White_. 1 July 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first time I read this book, I was quite taken aback by the eroticism that threads thru nearly every story. I later returned to it, prepared, and discovered the treasure between the covers. The adaptions of the fairy tales give you real, flesh and blood characters, surprising twists, and a thoroughly satisfying read!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away from the norm 27 Dec 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was supposed to be a massive departure from the norm for me, I am normally found reading Robert Rankin and werder fiction. So I thought I would give something else a go, and this is what I chose.
The idea was that I liked it, but subconsciously made myself happier to stick with my normal material. Only problem was I loved it.
A collection of short stories, each twisted and different. I found myself unable to sate my appetite for the book with only one story at a time and ended up reading and reading until my eyes hurt - so if you need sleep i would suggest not buying this book!
It intrigues, makes you think and brings each of the stories into the modern world, but still leaves the fantasy element there to make them a departure from a simple contemporary fictional story.
I enjoyed it and will be buying similar books in the future, thats as good an accolade as there can be!
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "adult" disappointment 23 Feb 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't see the point in these stories: we, readers, don't get a deeper retelling of these traditional tales, but a veneer of sex and violence that gives them an "adult" appearance. While I found the sex and violence were totally superficial and unnecessary, and they didn't manage to move my profounder feelings, I felt deceived in my intention of going deeply into these beloved stories. I think that good fantasy writers often succeed in a deeper view on folk tales without announcing their intentions to the readers, but subtly letting them find similitudes in theme and characterization. Maybe this is because good fantasy writers let themselves be carried away by the powerful archetypal potential latent in everybody's mind and explored since the dawn of time through folk tales.
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