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A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sund A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sunday Times-bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods) comes this graphic novel adaptation by Colleen Doran (Troll Bridge).


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A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sund A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning and Sunday Times-bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods) comes this graphic novel adaptation by Colleen Doran (Troll Bridge).

30 review for Snow, Glass, Apples

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I've read the short story and I've listened to the amazing audio version, but now (thanks to Hoopla's COVID-19 bonus borrows) I've also read the graphic novel version of Snow, Glass, Apples. If you like creepy renditions of fairy tales, then this is the story for you. And the art is just fantastic. Loved it! The gist is that the Grimm Brothers got it wrong and that neither the Wicked Queen nor Snow White was quite what they seemed. And Prince Charming? (view spoiler)[<--Well, he liked to fuck dead I've read the short story and I've listened to the amazing audio version, but now (thanks to Hoopla's COVID-19 bonus borrows) I've also read the graphic novel version of Snow, Glass, Apples. If you like creepy renditions of fairy tales, then this is the story for you. And the art is just fantastic. Loved it! The gist is that the Grimm Brothers got it wrong and that neither the Wicked Queen nor Snow White was quite what they seemed. And Prince Charming? (view spoiler)[<--Well, he liked to fuck dead girls. (hide spoiler)] Dear Neil Gaiman, I am now appropriately freaked out by Snow White. Thanks, Anne Highly Recommended Read it free HERE OR listen to a highly creepy audio rendition acted out HERE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    -Mild spoilers- This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view… “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town squar -Mild spoilers- This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view… “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow. I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.” I personally loved the twist which was refreshing, and the story is extremely dark and creepy. The writing style is lovely and the illustrations by Colleen Doran are very detailed and stunningly beautiful. I would normally include a summary in my review, but I don’t want to spoil this story because it’s very short and there isn’t much to it. Just a note that this book does contain very graphic sex scenes and isn’t intended for children. Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and ended up reading it twice. It’s incredibly unique the way it was retold and certainly visually stimulating. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer because it ended way too quickly for me. With it being such a short story without much character development, it was still very good. I wish this would be written into a full-length novel. 4**** You can see this full [email protected] www.readrantrockandroll.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    Very weird. Very creepy. Think it might be my least favourite by Gaiman. Sorry Neil. There's not many things in the book world I don't like, I have my preferences, but generally I'll read anything. But one thing I've never been a fan of, and probably never will be, is vampires. Don't ask me why because I couldn't really say why, but as narratives and plots go, I don't like them. I can see what Neil was trying to do, it just wasn't for me. Nude illustrations and Snow White as a blood sucking vampi Very weird. Very creepy. Think it might be my least favourite by Gaiman. Sorry Neil. There's not many things in the book world I don't like, I have my preferences, but generally I'll read anything. But one thing I've never been a fan of, and probably never will be, is vampires. Don't ask me why because I couldn't really say why, but as narratives and plots go, I don't like them. I can see what Neil was trying to do, it just wasn't for me. Nude illustrations and Snow White as a blood sucking vampire, I'll pass. Give me Stardust or Coraline anytime, this isn't the Neil I love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A delightfully distorted twist on the Snow White tale. Snow White and the Evil Queen's roles are reversed with Snow White becoming a vampire that plagues the Queen's kingdom. Colleen Doran's art is gorgeous, giving the book a classic storybook look. There is a bit of erotica here so be warned. This is my favorite graphic adaptation of Gaiman's short stories yet. A delightfully distorted twist on the Snow White tale. Snow White and the Evil Queen's roles are reversed with Snow White becoming a vampire that plagues the Queen's kingdom. Colleen Doran's art is gorgeous, giving the book a classic storybook look. There is a bit of erotica here so be warned. This is my favorite graphic adaptation of Gaiman's short stories yet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    “Her eyes were black as coal, black as her hair; her lips were redder than blood. She looked up at me and smiled. Her teeth seemed sharp, even then, in the lamplight.” "Snow, Glass, Apples" is a story from Neil Gaiman's collection, Smoke and Mirrors It is adapted here in spectacular fashion by Colleen Doran who—in a fascinating and useful appendix—says she was inspired in her work by an early-20th-century illustrator, Harry Clarke. The illustration work is ornate, romantic, a combination of fanta “Her eyes were black as coal, black as her hair; her lips were redder than blood. She looked up at me and smiled. Her teeth seemed sharp, even then, in the lamplight.” "Snow, Glass, Apples" is a story from Neil Gaiman's collection, Smoke and Mirrors It is adapted here in spectacular fashion by Colleen Doran who—in a fascinating and useful appendix—says she was inspired in her work by an early-20th-century illustrator, Harry Clarke. The illustration work is ornate, romantic, a combination of fantasy, horror and erotica in her capable hands. There’s the breath of Aubrey Beardsley in here, too, including beads, flowers, long hair, lush and timelessly mythic. So, as you know, Snow White (in the Disney film) sang with the birds and animals of the forest and gaily danced and worked with the seven dwarfs. Traumatized by an evil stepmother Queen. Nope, not this time. In this version, Snow, Glass, Apples, narrated by the not-so-evil stepmothet, Snow is beautiful, but the qualities that made her pure and innocent in Disney are the very keys to her evil, and in it she terrorizes the land, and even preys on her own father—she’s horrific, and in Doran’s capable hands, deliciously so. I really liked this gorgeous adaptation of Gaiman’s (perverse) story, but primarily because of the artwork, some of the best ever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    “Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.” -- The Brothers Grimm, Sneewittchen The above quote does seem like a description of a vampire... It never crossed my mind that Snow White could actually be a vampire until Neil Gaiman made it seem like canon with this retelling. In typically topsy-turvy Gaiman fashion, “Snow, Glass, Apples” portrays a not-so-evil queen desperately trying to stop her wicked step-daughter’s “happily ever after” that was never supposed to be. Stopping “Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.” -- The Brothers Grimm, Sneewittchen The above quote does seem like a description of a vampire... It never crossed my mind that Snow White could actually be a vampire until Neil Gaiman made it seem like canon with this retelling. In typically topsy-turvy Gaiman fashion, “Snow, Glass, Apples” portrays a not-so-evil queen desperately trying to stop her wicked step-daughter’s “happily ever after” that was never supposed to be. Stopping ever after, however, is no small task… I’ve read this short story from a while back, but this time Colleen Doran has presented this dark adult horror adaptation of “Snow White” in a gorgeous art nouveau style that is breathtakingly ornate. Snow White’s deadly innocence and predatory nature are made clear in the pages; and,in some way, the queen always suffers. The details and page-flows are so specific and tantalizing that the book could be devoid of Gaiman’s words and the storytelling would not suffer. To see one of my favorite fairytale retellings told in all its chilly glory in such a rich, beautiful style, was an absolute joy. I suggest you read this on a really cold night and feel the chill sink into your bones -- preferably by candle light , and with a steaming cup of tea.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars 🌟 I love dark retellings, I specially like them of fairy tales from my childhood, because as a kid I wanted something fluffy and positive, I grow up and find that the world is a dark place and so flipping those stories is fascinating! 🌟 This is an adult graphic novel as it contain some explicit scenes and gore and it is dark! I can’t say much about the writing because I read the graphic novel version and that reminds me that I sho This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars 🌟 I love dark retellings, I specially like them of fairy tales from my childhood, because as a kid I wanted something fluffy and positive, I grow up and find that the world is a dark place and so flipping those stories is fascinating! 🌟 This is an adult graphic novel as it contain some explicit scenes and gore and it is dark! I can’t say much about the writing because I read the graphic novel version and that reminds me that I should use this opportunity to praise the artist who did the illustrations as she did an outstanding job! The drawings were creepy and were just perfect for the story! I am always mentioning that the illustrations in graphic novel are disappointing me, but not this time! 🌟 The plot is nice, a dark twist to what we know of snow white and the dwarves! It would probably destroy the story you know and scar you for life so beware xD 🌟 Summary: This was a short novel that is a perfect read for Halloween since it is approaching so you may want to add it to that month’s TBR! The whole story is read in 30 mins so it is worth giving a chance if you like stories of this kind! you can get the book from here: Book Depository

  8. 5 out of 5

    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

    “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princes “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow. I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.” In this dark, twisted retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Neil Gaiman re-imagines the classic tale, making Snow White the villain and the queen the victim. As a fan of fairytale retellings, I appreciated the original point of view of the author: after all, there are so many versions of this and other tales, that finding an original twist is certainty a sing of great artistic talent. While I loved the main plot, I wasn't particularly a fan of the execution itself: explicit sex scenes in comics are my pet peeve, and this one was full of them; that paired with a somewhat old art-style which doesn't meet my taste, made me appreciate this graphic novel less. Looking at the art as a sketch though, I realized my main problem with this kind of illustration is not with the drawing itself, but with the colouring. I enjoyed this read, but it's definitely not a new favourite. Nonetheless, some pages of this book are stunningly beautiful. As always with Neil Gaiman, I have mixed feelings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This is THE best Snow White retelling I’ve ever read by far! It’s such a gruesome and unique take on one of my favourite fairytales and I couldn’t have loved it more. It was such an awesome spin on Snow White, it had me hooked right from the first page and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how dark Gaiman would take it. And it got pretty damn dark and I absolutely lapped it up! At this point I’m convinced that Gaiman has made a pact with the devil to just consistently churn out master This is THE best Snow White retelling I’ve ever read by far! It’s such a gruesome and unique take on one of my favourite fairytales and I couldn’t have loved it more. It was such an awesome spin on Snow White, it had me hooked right from the first page and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how dark Gaiman would take it. And it got pretty damn dark and I absolutely lapped it up! At this point I’m convinced that Gaiman has made a pact with the devil to just consistently churn out masterpieces, it’s absolutely unbelievable how everything he touches turns to PURE GOLD. And don’t get me started on the artwork because it’s just so gorgeous that I don’t have the words to give it any justice, just do your eyes a favour and read it yourself!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Gorgeous artwork and an erotic, creepy retelling of Snow White.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    ***This review is the residual product of me loving the novel, composing an amazing review on it (in Goodreads) and a glitch on the site not letting me save it and it getting lost in the abyss due to 'the title not existing' apparently as per GR!!!! - I'm a dumb... for composing it directly on the Goodreads site vs in word, where I usually write my reviews first to ensure THIS does not happen!!! Grrr.*** Amazing illustrations! I don't want to say that I am becoming a fan of Neil Gaiman's work, but ***This review is the residual product of me loving the novel, composing an amazing review on it (in Goodreads) and a glitch on the site not letting me save it and it getting lost in the abyss due to 'the title not existing' apparently as per GR!!!! - I'm a dumb... for composing it directly on the Goodreads site vs in word, where I usually write my reviews first to ensure THIS does not happen!!! Grrr.*** Amazing illustrations! I don't want to say that I am becoming a fan of Neil Gaiman's work, but so far I really enjoyed the few books by him that I have read - the last being 'Stardust'. His award-winning works stand to reason for his unique, macabre flavor and his incredible talent in the storytelling craft is superb. This retelling of Snow White starts off beautifully with the widowed king falling in love with the future stepmother of Snow White at the opening. This is not a graphic novel you can hand to your children...as it depicts explicit coupling scenes, albeit tastefully created illustrating love and lust. I foremost was enamored with the visually stunning images, which some of them held secrets to discover upon second glance while all of them were bright and enchanting. In this version of the tale, Snow White is a creepy, evil character, who shows no remorse in her father's demise and is devoid of the smallest inkling of affection towards her stepmother, who certainly has tried to gain it and to like her too. Fearing for her life and safety, the stepmother boards up the windows and doors of the castle until she makes an inevitable decision...one that should keep the kingdom safe and prosperous. Like the apple in the original tale has become the well-known symbolism for Snow White, the heart that the stepmother cuts out of Snow White in this twisted tale to hang among fruit to dry should be the one Snow, Glass, Apples is to be remembered by. To the queen, the heart devoid of its beat becomes the indicator of her kingdom's security and prosperity while Snow White slumbers in the woods. So, of course, there is a prince to enter the tale. He is a handsome one, but riddled with a peculiar affliction, one that the queen's warmth cannot cure. In greatest moments of despair, his coldest desires are met, taken by vengeful force sending beats of the once dead in rhythmic drums of danger, and what was once dead has woken anew. This twisted tale has Gaiman written all over it. I love the fantastic illustrations and could have kept on reading. If it wasn't for me having to recreate this review half as good as my original writings, I'd swoon a bit more. Despite my grumblings about this mess-up and my rather small and pathetic review, this novel made my five-star rated list of graphic novels to recommend. I hope you will enjoy this novel too :) More of my reviews here: Through Novel Time & Distance

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    A short story by one of my favourite authors that I‘ve known for a while. But now, finally, it is getting an illustrated edition and I couldn‘t be happier about it! For those who don‘t know yet: this is a retelling of the classic fairytale Snow White. As some of us might have suspected for a while, the little princess isn‘t as innocent as she liked people to believe. I mean, just the description of what she looked like ... Here‘s the deal: (view spoiler)[she‘s a vampire (hide spoiler)] . I does mak A short story by one of my favourite authors that I‘ve known for a while. But now, finally, it is getting an illustrated edition and I couldn‘t be happier about it! For those who don‘t know yet: this is a retelling of the classic fairytale Snow White. As some of us might have suspected for a while, the little princess isn‘t as innocent as she liked people to believe. I mean, just the description of what she looked like ... Here‘s the deal: (view spoiler)[she‘s a vampire (hide spoiler)] . I does make perfect sense if you think about it. But the main event isn‘t really the story itself, it‘s the art. Everyone who loves beautiful, detailed illustrated editions has to get this. Some examples of panels I liked especially (can‘t find a good image of my absolute favourite but you‘ll get the idea): Yes, this is an adult retelling of the tale. Yes, this is erotic. And yes, it is gothic/creepy. But why the hell not?! A wonderful addition to my library!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Absolutely stunning, gorgeous and ever so slightly evocative of stained glass images—the artwork by Coleen Doran beautifully complements and adds another dimension to Neil Gaiman’s horror version of Snow White.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    Beautifully written. Beautifully illustrated.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was poking around Hoopla and found a number of “bonus borrows” that don’t count against the monthly allotment. I was drawn to this Neil Gaiman retelling of Snow White, very chilling, with gorgeous artwork based on the style of a Harry Clarke.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    although I knew this was Snow White retelling, for some reason I wasn't expecting anything this dark and macabre 😂nor did I expect the mild vampiric influences. It reminded me of the work of Angela Carter, especially her short story The Snow Child. Frankly, this may not be my favourite Gaiman story, but the one aspect I did really like was the fact that the stepmother was the narrator and that she wasn't the 'evil' one. Certainly not one for younger readers, but it is an quick read with a lovely although I knew this was Snow White retelling, for some reason I wasn't expecting anything this dark and macabre 😂nor did I expect the mild vampiric influences. It reminded me of the work of Angela Carter, especially her short story The Snow Child. Frankly, this may not be my favourite Gaiman story, but the one aspect I did really like was the fact that the stepmother was the narrator and that she wasn't the 'evil' one. Certainly not one for younger readers, but it is an quick read with a lovely art style (I especially enjoyed reading the artist notes at the end of the book.) thank you to the awesome alice for gifting me this one!! <3

  17. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    actual rating: 2.5 If I was rating the short story I probably would have rounded down, but I'm rating the new graphic novel and the art was absolutely gorgeous so I decided to round up. I guess the story isn't awful either but today it just kind of reads like edgy bullshit for the sake of edgy bullshit. I'm sure 'what if Snow White was a vampire' was a much more original thought back in 1995 but today it just kind of makes me roll my eyes. Also I really don't see why he felt it was necessary to i actual rating: 2.5 If I was rating the short story I probably would have rounded down, but I'm rating the new graphic novel and the art was absolutely gorgeous so I decided to round up. I guess the story isn't awful either but today it just kind of reads like edgy bullshit for the sake of edgy bullshit. I'm sure 'what if Snow White was a vampire' was a much more original thought back in 1995 but today it just kind of makes me roll my eyes. Also I really don't see why he felt it was necessary to imply she had sex with her dad but I've come to realize that old school Gaiman is just Like That™ sometimes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. This version of Snow White turns things around, transforming the wicked stepmother into a tortured soul trying desperately to protect her husband and kingdom while the bedazzling Snow White has been tran A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after. This version of Snow White turns things around, transforming the wicked stepmother into a tortured soul trying desperately to protect her husband and kingdom while the bedazzling Snow White has been transformed into a manipulative, bloodsucking monster that remains alive even if you rip her heart out. I love horror retellings of fairy tales, and this was well done. Turning beautiful princesses into demented monsters with a thirst for destruction is always a treat. *** My Social Media My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is the kind of retelling I love: original, grisly elements intact but told from the viewpoint of a character that twists the tale into something different. An element of characterization (I won’t give it away though it’s obvious by page eight) adds another genre to the tale, not one I usually care for, though with Gaiman I’m usually okay with it. Not only is the story well-told, the art is gorgeous and elevates the story even further. My only quibbles are due to my preference for meaning in This is the kind of retelling I love: original, grisly elements intact but told from the viewpoint of a character that twists the tale into something different. An element of characterization (I won’t give it away though it’s obvious by page eight) adds another genre to the tale, not one I usually care for, though with Gaiman I’m usually okay with it. Not only is the story well-told, the art is gorgeous and elevates the story even further. My only quibbles are due to my preference for meaning in retellings and my loss at figuring out a motive for an action of the dwarfs. This book is not for children -- something I wouldn’t say about even the original, unsanitized fairy tales.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    More of an excuse to draw nudes than a real attempt at subverting this traditional fairy tale. This may be my last Gaiman.

  21. 4 out of 5

    nitya

    3.5 stars, not quite 4 I guess I am on a Snow White retelling kick?? Anyway, this was gorgeously Gothic and creative in the best way! It's also from the "Evil" Queen's perspective, which was refreshing. The artwork here is so detailed and breathtaking I wanted to stare at the pages forever. Also, definitely not for kids. Content warning: necrophilia, underage sex, gore, nudity/sex (it's not full frontal but still) *Book 5 for the Graphics A Thon 3.5 stars, not quite 4 I guess I am on a Snow White retelling kick?? Anyway, this was gorgeously Gothic and creative in the best way! It's also from the "Evil" Queen's perspective, which was refreshing. The artwork here is so detailed and breathtaking I wanted to stare at the pages forever. Also, definitely not for kids. Content warning: necrophilia, underage sex, gore, nudity/sex (it's not full frontal but still) *Book 5 for the Graphics A Thon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Konstantin

    Fabulous art - loved the peasants' kitchen scene - and a very good story. I was truly impressed by this book, despite some occasional qualms (this and this review highlight them - there are lots of these examples in the book which could easily fit into the "Men Writing Women" subreddit). Despite that, I'd love to see this author/illustrator pair collaborate again in the future, and I heartily recommend reading this graphic novel - although you'll need to do some expectation managing, as there's Fabulous art - loved the peasants' kitchen scene - and a very good story. I was truly impressed by this book, despite some occasional qualms (this and this review highlight them - there are lots of these examples in the book which could easily fit into the "Men Writing Women" subreddit). Despite that, I'd love to see this author/illustrator pair collaborate again in the future, and I heartily recommend reading this graphic novel - although you'll need to do some expectation managing, as there's surprisingly more erotica than blood and gore in here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ctgt

    This Gaiman take on Snow White was originally published to support the CBLDF. It falls into the recent trend of adult retellings of fairy tales. What really makes this pop is the art by Colleen Doran. Intricate and detailed, at times the art reminds you of a stained glass window. The style worked so well that I was really immersed in the world and story. 9/10

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The highly detailed illustrations are so gorgeous and right up my alley, and I loved the creepy twist on the Snow White story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nils | nilsreviewsit

    ‘Lies and half-truths fall like snow, covering the things that I remember, the things I saw. A landscape, unrecognisable after a snowfall - that is what she has made of my life.’ ~ Neil Gaiman does it again! I have no idea how this author manages to surprise, delight, shock and have me completely captivated in almost every book or graphic novel I’ve read of his so far. Snow, Glass, Apples is a dark gothic horror retelling of Snow White. Originally a short story by Neil Gaiman, this version brings h ‘Lies and half-truths fall like snow, covering the things that I remember, the things I saw. A landscape, unrecognisable after a snowfall - that is what she has made of my life.’ ~ Neil Gaiman does it again! I have no idea how this author manages to surprise, delight, shock and have me completely captivated in almost every book or graphic novel I’ve read of his so far. Snow, Glass, Apples is a dark gothic horror retelling of Snow White. Originally a short story by Neil Gaiman, this version brings his take on the tale into a graphic novel format. However, do not by any means mistake this for a children’s fairytale retelling, because it’s a far cry from that. This graphic novel is wonderfully dark, and contains sex, gore, and a general sense of horror. Although the story follows much of the events from the original Snow White tale, I absolutely loved the way Gaiman turns it on its head and gives us a perfectly well executed fresh perspective of these well known characters. What if the evil queen was not so evil after all? And what if Snow White, the seemingly innocent beautiful stepdaughter, held a frighteningly sinister secret? This made the narrative an absolute pleasure to read, and I really enjoyed all the little surprise twists. It’s been said before but it’s worth saying again; Neil Gaiman really is a master at his craft. With this being a graphic novel, it’s important that I also mention how great the illustrations by Colleen Doran were. They created such a beautiful visual representation of each scene that was both gothic, creepy and fairytale like at the same time. There were sweeping dresses, and spiral flowing hair, and set against this would be dripping blood and malevolent faces. There were also explicit sexual illustrations too, which I felt were necessary to show the lustful nature of many of the characters, which seemed to be a major theme in the plot. At the end of the novel I learnt that the artwork was all done by hand too, which I have to say really added to my appreciation of how well crafted this adaptation was. If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman or dark retellings then this is one you must add to your collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    What a stunning book! The artwork by Colleen Doran is sumptuous, detailed and rich. As she says in a section at the end of the book reserved for her notes, she was strongly influenced by Harry Clarke’s work. He was the leader of the Irish Arts & Crafts movement at the turn of the last century. His style is reminiscent of Audrey Beardsley. I’m all the more impressed that the drawings were all drawn and coloured entirely by hand, which, if you see the complexity of each page, is rather astonishing What a stunning book! The artwork by Colleen Doran is sumptuous, detailed and rich. As she says in a section at the end of the book reserved for her notes, she was strongly influenced by Harry Clarke’s work. He was the leader of the Irish Arts & Crafts movement at the turn of the last century. His style is reminiscent of Audrey Beardsley. I’m all the more impressed that the drawings were all drawn and coloured entirely by hand, which, if you see the complexity of each page, is rather astonishing. And admirable to me personally, since I do all my artwork by hand as well, and shun computer programs to aid me. The story is based on Snow White, but told from the perspective of her step-mother. What is interesting in Gaiman’s version is that the roles have been reversed, as the older woman is just, and recognized as a good ruler after her husband the king dies, while Snow White is evil personified. This book is not meant for a young readership, as there are plenty of sexual scenes and details, and though the illustrations retain some modesty, there is plenty of nudity. I only mention this for purposes of this review, as this isn’t something I find surprising or shocking at all, but I know American readers aren’t exposed to nudity very often in their publications. I doubt I’d have enjoyed this story quite as much without the fabulous artwork. It is a good story, but the images really make this an exceptionally gorgeous book. I’ve borrowed the ebook version from the library for this reading, but will likely obtain the hardcover version so I can look at the images at will.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Wasn't quite expecting that. This book is labelled horror, but it is also erotic. This is not a YA book by any stretch of the imagination. Think of Anne Roquelaure's The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and while Gaiman's Troll Bridge had a disturbing sexual undercurrent it is leagues more tame than this. That said, the illustrations were gorgeous. Very Art Nouveau and the artist Collen Doran has some interesting notes at the end. While I enjoyed it, sumptuous, I honestly not sure how I feel about th Wasn't quite expecting that. This book is labelled horror, but it is also erotic. This is not a YA book by any stretch of the imagination. Think of Anne Roquelaure's The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and while Gaiman's Troll Bridge had a disturbing sexual undercurrent it is leagues more tame than this. That said, the illustrations were gorgeous. Very Art Nouveau and the artist Collen Doran has some interesting notes at the end. While I enjoyed it, sumptuous, I honestly not sure how I feel about the retelling. It is dark, which makes quite a statement via the incongruity of theme with the pretty illustrations. I guess I like the illustrations more than the story. This is not a general target audience book for it is very sexual and the images while not explicit are highly suggestive. Story: 2 stars Art: 4 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I was definitely a fan of illustrator Colleen Doran's richly detailed art nouveau style, but the story itself rubbed me the wrong way. In particular, it gave me the same gross vibes as in The Last Wish where the narrator was very clear that oh yes, that pre-pubescent child is a slut, alright. She definitely wanted TeH sEx. In this case, she was six. Supposedly, this is because Snow White is a vampire and the prince is a necrophiliac, but yuck. I was definitely a fan of illustrator Colleen Doran's richly detailed art nouveau style, but the story itself rubbed me the wrong way. In particular, it gave me the same gross vibes as in The Last Wish where the narrator was very clear that oh yes, that pre-pubescent child is a slut, alright. She definitely wanted TeH sEx. In this case, she was six. Supposedly, this is because Snow White is a vampire and the prince is a necrophiliac, but yuck.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    Actual review: 4.5 Oh, this… This was brilliant, twisted and dark. I love Neil Gaiman for a reason, and the way he takes the traditional story of Snow White and flips it so that it is a disturbing version of the tale is awe-inspiring. This is definitely a story I would recommend to anyone who loves to read creepy and dark stories with cruelty woven in seamlessly. And above all, it’s very entertaining. Actual review: 4.5 Oh, this… This was brilliant, twisted and dark. I love Neil Gaiman for a reason, and the way he takes the traditional story of Snow White and flips it so that it is a disturbing version of the tale is awe-inspiring. This is definitely a story I would recommend to anyone who loves to read creepy and dark stories with cruelty woven in seamlessly. And above all, it’s very entertaining.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bri F

    Wow. I was not expecting this but it was equally exceptional as it was unsatisfying. The art was stunning and never seen before. Though, this is my first graphic novel, the illustrations were out of this world. This novel is a retelling of Snow White. It explores the possible perspective of the Queen and what truly happened. If you are wondering whether you should read this, do it. This is your push. Absolutely go for it. But be warned. It is a sickening and horrific retelling. There is nothing Wow. I was not expecting this but it was equally exceptional as it was unsatisfying. The art was stunning and never seen before. Though, this is my first graphic novel, the illustrations were out of this world. This novel is a retelling of Snow White. It explores the possible perspective of the Queen and what truly happened. If you are wondering whether you should read this, do it. This is your push. Absolutely go for it. But be warned. It is a sickening and horrific retelling. There is nothing sweet and this is not for the feint of heart. My recommended age for reading this is 17+. Because it was only 64 pages long I will be ending the review here. And placing this beautiful novel somewhere for the world to see. That world being me and my dog.

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