Poison Hardcover – 18 Apr 2013
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The fairy tale retold with a welcome bite of cynical realism. Disney eat your heart out. (Claire Nicholls SCI FI NOW)
Poison is Pinborough's take on Snow White, and while all the recognisable furniture is there, she takes the story in directions that would have Walt Disney's (apocryphally) frozen head spinning in its cryogenic chamber. Loads of fun and very saucy with it. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Pulls you into the fantasy world from the first word. A fairy-tale for grown-ups that should delight and shock in equal measure. (SCI FI BULLETIN)
Sarah Pinborough's reimagining of the classic fairytale will enchant you. Expect the unexpected as Pinborough uses her own winning-brand of magic to entice the reader. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)
More Grimm than Disney, Poison is a fun, fresh take on Snow White with a sucker punch of an ending. If you're a fan of Once Upon a Time or Snow White and the Huntsman, you'll find Poison very palatable indeed. There's enough sex and skulduggery here to satisfy fans of Pinborough's other works too. (Geek Planet Online)
Poison proves that fairy tales are no longer just for children. This is an intelligent, dark and enthralling read. I am absolutely left wanting more. (THE ELOQUENT PAGE)
Poison by Sarah Pinborough is everything you know about Snow White and, what's more important, everything you don't know about her. The characters are dark and extremely natural - the story could have happened anywhere. Even though it's set in the original fairy tale type world, it is astounding what Sarah Pinborough did with the story. To explain it better, she knew when to use blood and when to use glitter. (La Penseuse Surnaturelle blog)
An altogether darker and sexier version of a story we know well. Poison is a treat of a read to devour in one sitting, ideal for readers of all genres who are looking for something a little dark and different. (ONE MORE PAGE)
Sarah Pinborough strays true to the classic tale of Snow White but has managed to put her own very sexy stamp all over it. It's dark, dangerous, thrilling, adventurous and devilishly sexy. (FICTION FASCINATION)
A nice shake up to the traditional Snow White fairy tale. (SISTER SPOOKY)
The twisting of the tale is genius and the interweaving of other fairy tales, but with a Sarah Pinborough twist, was fantastic. This ain't no Brothers Grimm and it ain't no Disney story! (BOOK GEEK SAYS)
When you hear the phrase 'fairy tale', what does it make you think of? Disney? Princesses, witches, a handsome prince? In Poison, Sarah Pinborough brings us all of this and more, viewing the story through grown-up eyes and telling it for adults, while still playing with the conventions we grew up with. Poison is a really enjoyable read; it's a fairytale reimagining in the most full-blooded way, very different in tone from something like Angela Carter but, I think, quite similar in the way in which female characters are foregrounded and empowered, for good or evil. (ADVENTURES WITH WORDS)
This is not a fairy-tale for children but definitely one for the grown-ups who like their stories a bit darker than they remember. Poison is a wonderful retelling of Snow White, it is inventive and sexy and really fun to read. (BOOK CHICK CITY)
It's a dark, contemporary retelling of the fairytale and is perfect for fans of Snow White and the Huntsman and Once Upon a Time. Fast-paced and completely addictive, Poison is a joy to read and I was hooked from chapter one. I love twisted fairytales, and this is just that! (WONDROUS READS)
A lovely, well written, beautifully illustrated retelling of a family favourite fairytale with a new twist. (LYNN'S BOOK BLOG)
A wicked, delicious and sexy fairytale and well worth reading. (GAV READS)
Pinborough is the master of the darkest sort of romance, passion so filled up with bile, bitterness, lost hopes and desperation that the narrative is incredibly compelling and very human. The characters are simultaneously both fantastic and believable. It is dark, but in a delicious sort of way; like good chocolate or a fine wine; at no point do we have gratuitous nastiness, all the energy in Poison has gone into making us care about the characters (before making them suffer) rather than adding horror for the sake of it. (STARBURST)
Poison puts a surprising (and sexy) new spin on the story. (THE TELEGRAPH)
A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In the first of what is a trilogy of adult fairy tales, Sarah Pinborough has written a version of Snow White that has enough elements in it to appear familiar to those of you who read this as a child, but is retold in a way that will open your eyes to questions that your younger self never knew it had.
The story is set in a timeless fantasy world of multiple kingdoms that we expect to see in a fairy tale. The king goes to war, leaving behind his beautiful young queen alone with her step-daughter. The queen decides the key to making her new life bearable is to get rid of the beloved Snow White.
For me, the most interesting aspect of this story was the queen. Pinborough successfully gives this often flat character some much needed dimension, and her motivation to destroy Snow White is more profound than pure vanity. The queen does not hate Snow White, not initially anyway. Snow White represents the freedom that the queen never had growing up in a strict court environment, before being forced to marry a man twice her age. Jealousy and resentment blossom in the queen's heart.
The queen's nemesis is not the Snow White you've seen before. Put aside the twee images of a pretty maid frolicking with rabbits, fauns and bluebirds. Instead, you have a raw earthy heroine, who prefers breeches to dresses, rides like a man and likes nothing more than drinking and singing bawdy tavern songs with dwarfs.
I actually found myself empathising with the queen far more than with Snow White.Read more ›
Some interesting foreshadowing going on throughout this tale as well, or maybe that should be PRE-shadowing, as I get the feeling although this is the first in a trilogy of fairy tale re-telling's, it is not the first chronologically. All I'm saying is I think the Huntsman and the Prince are important characters and might well link these three tales together.
It's a fairy tale, which takes the familiar and adds poisonous twists in the telling. These are the characters and stories which most of us will know, given a psychological depth and then woven together. And it is fun; in a darkly, sexy, way.
As a child, I distrusted illustrated books, as those pictures often gave the game away. Here, Les Edwards's illustrations illuminate the text without being spoilers.
In this instance, I think reading it in the beautiful hardback edition, really adds to the experience. At 200 pages, it's light and easy to carry, and the turning of the physical pages took me back to the experience of reading books as a child; when stories were set in far off kingdoms, with kings, queens, princes, princesses and delightfully malevolent witches--and there was magic in the dark forest.
This adult child wants the next two books in the trilogy. Now, please.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed with this as I'm a big fan of Sarah Pinborough.Published 5 months ago by Julie Ann Cross
Firstly the cover is amazing in the hardcover, looks very good on the shelf. However when I was reading the story, while it is an interesting take on a classic story, I was hoping... Read morePublished 9 months ago by EmSJ
I'd heard good things about this book. But reading it.....I don't think I could recommend it. Short read but I feel I have wasted my time! Is it a modern view on an old fairy tale? Read morePublished 16 months ago by vky602
Sarah Pinborough's Poison was a pleasant surprise for me, because it was a dark and excellent fairy tale for adults. Read morePublished 16 months ago by "Seregil of Rhiminee"
Pinborough’s book is a modern, grown up retelling of the story you already know. Read more
It's dreadful. The writing is so bad that I thought it was meant to be a parody (and maybe it is). I don't get it at all. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill Bones
This one seemed a bit to long to get into the story and sometimes boring in parts I read beauty and loved it. I was disappointed with this one.Published 23 months ago by Sarah cooper