Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red

Book - 1989
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Snow White and Rose Red live on the edge of the forest that conceals the elusive border of Faerie. They know enough about Faerie lands and mortal magic to be concerned when they find two human sorcerers setting spells near the border. And when the kindly, intelligent black bear wanders into their cottage some months later, they realize the connection between his plight and the sorcery they saw in the forest. This romantic version of the classic fairy tale features an updated introduction by its editor, Terri Windling.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 1989.
ISBN: 9780142411216
Characteristics: xiii, 273 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jul 12, 2016

Fantasy writer Patricia Wrede's has crafted a tale based on Grimms' fairy tale. (Incidentally, the Grimm brothers were uncles to my great grandmother.) As much as I enjoy this author, I felt some weakness that I believe was from the effort to use authentic Elizabethan words and phrases in the dialogue, but modern English in the narrative. It felt somewhat disjointed, almost like reading something where all the dialogue is in a foreign language. I can understand much of the language of Shakespeare, but the mental effort to go back and forth made the reading feel choppy. Then, occasionally, modern English or syntax would slip in, creating cognitive dissonance. I still enjoyed reading it to the end, but this isn't this author's best work.

May 04, 2015

I particularly liked how the original short tale of Snow White and Red Rose was incorporated into the book before each chapter. This story is well told, the speech and the Faeries are very Old English, which works well though the original tale takes place in Germany.

Nov 29, 2013

It's a wonderfull and great story EVERY ONE WHO READS IT WILL LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0

Nov 16, 2010

This is a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales. This takes the short fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red and fleshes it out, setting it in Elizabethan England. That said, the characters do speak in the style of the time with many a "thee" or "thou." Hopefully that won't put you off from what it a wonderful story.

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