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Snow White And The Seven Samurai by [Holt, Tom]
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Snow White And The Seven Samurai Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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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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Uniquely twisted ... cracking gags (Rob Grant, THE GUARDIAN)

Frantically wacky and wilfully confusing ... gratifyingly clever and very amusing (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Frothy, fast and funny (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

Dazzling (TIME OUT)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1088 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you loved the late Sir Terry Prachett you will love Tom Holt.
The book is quirky and had me laughing out loud in places.
Its nursey rhymes and fairy stories with an twist, and boy what a twist.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Read this years ago but re-reading it - it's just as funny as the first time.
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Tom Holt at his manic best. I read this book in one go, just couldn't put it down.
Well done Tom.
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By A Customer on 30 July 2000
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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By A Customer on 2 July 2001
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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By A Customer on 13 July 2000
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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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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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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2000
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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