- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Saga Press; Reissue edition (November 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481444727
- ISBN-13: 978-1481444729
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six-Gun Snow White Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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From New York Times-bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente comes a brilliant reinvention of one the best known fairy tales of all time. In the novella Six-Gun Snow White, Valente transports the title's heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West where Coyote is just as likely to be found as the seven dwarves.
A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother's death in childbirth, so begins a heroine's tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new.
About the Author
Catherynne M. Valente is the acclaimed author of The Glass Town Game, and a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and has won the Locus and Andre Norton award. She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, one enormous cat, a less enormous cat, six chickens, a red accordion, an uncompleted master’s degree, a roomful of yarn, a spinning wheel with ulterior motives, a cupboard of jam and pickles, a bookshelf full of folktales, an industrial torch, and an Oxford English Dictionary. Visit her at CatherynneMValente.com.
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Not your mother's twisted fairy tale. Valente in her usual amazing style takes Snow White, Native American mythology, the wild west, gender themes, and damn fine story telling and makes it into an excellent novella.
A lonely child with a terrible beginning to life eventually gets an evil stepmother (because what is a retelling of Snow White without an evil stepmother?) and her life gets even worse. When she decides to leave home things look up for awhile before descending into the dark depths again (this time both figuratively and literally) before finding her freedom (for a while.)
Valente's wordsmithing is distinctive and effective.
This treatment of the seven dwarves is my absolute favorite I've ever seen. Read it and you'll see.
This is a brilliant, gritty retelling of a fairy tale that has more cultural association with binary good and evil. Sweetness and light versus bitterness and dark. This upends the tropes while staying brilliantly faithful to the spirit of the story. You don't want to miss this!
I did get a kick out of the hints to the original though.
The ending felt like (to me) the author just wanted to wrap up the story.
Nice attempt but overall lackluster.