The Queen is still a witch to be sure, but the traditional heroine of the story is not as she seems. As the Queen tells it people have always been afraid of the Princess and she discovers why a few months after she marries the King. The little Princess comes to the Queen in the dead of winter because she is hungry but, when given a dried apple to eat, instead bites the Queen's hand, drinking deeply of her blood. The wound left by the child's teeth heals unnaturally quickly, becoming a scar in a few short hours. Over time the King also begins to succumb to the Princess's bites, wastes away and eventually dies. The Queen remembers that he had only one scar during his youth but just before his death was covered with scars, including ones on his thighs, testes and penis.
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This is a variation on the original Grimm's version of the story. The Grimm's collected tales were definitely more R than PG, and a long way from the sanitised Disney films. Neil's take is fully consistent with the old tales and the artwork is gorgeous. I reserved this months ago and I was so happy to receive it. Suffice it to say that fans of Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran will love this.
But for the uninitiated Gaiman crafts stories of horror that are beautiful and heart wrenching. Colleen Doran is at her best here, dazzling the eye while telling the story with such beauty and grace, one almost forgets the horror lurking behind the beautiful imagery. The art is sumptuously detailed, influenced by Irish artist Harry Clarke with the unmistakable elegance that Colleen's work is known for.
I'm ready for their next collaboration. Colleen Doran is an incredibly talented artist and I checked out her web site and saw she was illustrating another Gaiman story, this one, and her posting of the cover was enough to get me to preorder. I currently have both the physical book and the E-Books edition and recommend both highly as this 5 star review would indicate. It is quite good and I recommend seeking it out.
Ms Doran says her inspiration for the art style in which she illustrated this story is a book illustrator and stained glass artist named Harry Clarke, a man who worked in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Nielsen also worked for Walt Disney as an inspirational artist and is responsible for much of the look and feel of The Night on Bald Mountain sequence in Fantasia. Note that while Ms Doran was inspired by Clarke the art here is her own, original and superlative in every way. When I was young I loved comic books.
As I grew older I found that I still loved the form but I found the content somewhat childish. I longed for illustrated stories that I could read as an adult without feeling like I was reading a story meant for pre-teen boys. In short, I wanted the comics to grow up with me. This is the type of story and art I wished for in those days. Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran merge their respective talents in a work that is greater than the sum of their parts.
I could not put this down on the first reading and then returned again and again to soak in all the beautiful words and art and savor their flavor in my head and heart. You are denying yourself an exceptional experience if you do not get this book and read it. First, can I say the drawings in this are freaking phenomenal! Just gorgeous, I would have bought this for the pictures alone, but the story is pretty awesome too. I love the total switch to the evil queen being the good guy and Snow White taking on the creepy role as the villain.
Made my freaking day. Short, aesthetically pleasing cannot recommend this more. Please note that I would rate this R. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran
The story retells the famous fairy tale of Snow White from the point of view of Snow White's stepmother , who is traditionally the villain of the piece. The stepmother is depicted as struggling desperately to save the kingdom from her unnatural and monstrous stepdaughter. Ultimately she is unsuccessful, as the "happy ending" of the original story still takes place despite her best efforts to prevent it. The story incorporates themes of vampirism , incest , pedophilia , and necrophilia. The story is told by the stepmother who is revealed to have had magical powers from a very young age, including visions of the future.
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One of the good things about this has been that interested parties are now looking at his earlier work and seeing things to like. Which is where this book might score. The story of Snow, Glass, Apples is told from the point of view of what Disney referred to as the Wicked Stepmother, although here her view is much more sympathetic. The first part of the book reads as if it was a fairy tale retold through A Game of Thrones viewpoint, all political schemes, subversion and plot. From this perspective Snow White herself is not as nice and well-mannered as the sanitised version would suggest. On the first page she is accused of killing her mother in childbirth.
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