December 2011

Snow White, Blood Red

Having recently finished another collection of short stories by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, I must confess that it is not my favorite. That’s okay; they’ve all been enjoyable so far, and this one is no exception. It seems to me, though, that while Snow White, Blood Red promised to be a lush, provocative set of tales, it ended up being more flesh than fairy, with many tales simply lacking magic at all. Though all were well written, not many had that fantastic element of otherworldliness that I had come to expect from these editors. Even the cover of this book—though you should never judge a book by its cover!—sort of annoyed me, as it didn’t seem to pertain to the rest of it very well.