Author: Tanith Lee
In: Snow White, Blood Red (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales,
Pace: Slow, Medium, Fast
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: However.
Tanith Lee provides an alternate (and slightly disturbed) take on Snow White that will leave you thinking about it, and feeling incredibly uncomfortable.
Not all fairy tales have a happy ending, and in the case of Snow Drop, there is most certainly not a happy ending. At least for Snow Drop… I’m still not sure whether the ending was happy or just twisted for Cristena…
I honestly thought by the name of this short story that there would be an innocent at some point throughout. Whether it was the reworked Snow White, the reworked step mother, or some vague bystander. I thought that in some way, there would be a purity and innocence to this story that would contrast with the darkness.
I was wrong.
So very, very wrong. There is no innocence in this story. There is no purity, and the depths of depravity throughout the story just kept on exceeding my expectations. Not that I minded… it was just enough “huh” to make this story impossible to put down and even more impossible to forget.
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