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Six-Gun Snow White
Six-Gun Snow White | Catherynne M. Valente
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A New York Times bestselling author offers a brilliant reinvention of one of the best-known fairy tales of all time with Snow White as a gunslinger in the mythical Wild West.Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroines parentsa Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mothers life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable 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, this is an utterly enchanting storyat once familiar and entirely new.
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Craftylikefox
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Made it to another Monday!

📚Six Gun Snow White - I want to read it
🎬The Magnificent Seven
🎼 Into the Great Wide Open

#manicmonday @JoScho

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Chocolate cake and Valente for lunch. ❤️

mabell Glass of milk? 5mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @mabell got milk? 😅. 5mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @mabell and yes. But it was in the fridge. No warm milk for this guy...even for the pic. 😅 5mo
mabell Ha! Well as long as you have it 😄 5mo
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LaraReads
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#booked2019 winter season prompts complete! I feel like booked & #readharder both are helping me to read some new things I never would have explored otherwise! ❤️ The tagged book, for example. So thankful for the Litsy community who has brought such fun challenges into my life!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! So glad you‘re enjoying it! 👏🏻♥️📚 8mo
Cinfhen That‘s wonderful!!! I feel the same way. I really enjoyed 8mo
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allisontshannon
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This retelling of Snow White was incredibly refreshing. I often forgot it was a retelling, having moments of recognition such as who the hunter was or what a certain moment symbolized. The imagery astounded me. It could be amazing and beautiful and gruesome. There are some disturbing moments in this book, including sexual assault. I haven't finished a book in over a year so SGSW is now especially special to me.

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This was sort of fun. It's really short. 💖📚

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BiblioNyan
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If I were to summarise this book, I‘d have to say that it‘s racist & supremely offensive especially towards Native Americans. I‘m so tired of narratives where POC are compared to animals due to having dark skin, while non-POC are portrayed as being the most beautiful ppl ever. If that wasn‘t bad enough, they have to go thru all the levels of Hell to become strong, fierce people—rape & oppression. I can‘t convey enough how painful this was. 1/5.

KirstieE Yikes! Glad I didn't put this on my tbr... 11mo
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BiblioNyan
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Starting this today. This is a Snow White re-telling where Snow White is a gunslinger in the Wild West, & I believe she‘s also an Indigenous person! Super excited for it.

#fairytale #fantasy #western

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LibrarianRyan
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4⭐️ This is probably the most interesting retelling of Snow White I have ever read. It‘s almost hard to call it a fantasy. And aren‘t most fairy tales fantasy? The fantasy is there, but it‘s small. It‘s still important to the story. But wow!

Full review on GR and LT.

Ps. I hate this cover

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LibrarianRyan
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I have to sleep on this before writing my review. I know I overuse the word interesting but that is the best word for it. It‘s a Snow White retelling but then again no it‘s not. As I said more later.

Ireadkidlit I‘ll be waiting for your considered and slept on review😃— I‘m intrigued simply by the title and the fact that you picked it. 14mo
LibrarianRyan @Ireadkidlit it had been on my list for a while but was actually sent in a swap box (last Halloween I believe). But, yes. You‘ll see it tomorrow. Starting tonight 14mo
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LibrarianRyan
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A very true thing you see in fairy tales frequently. Changing for love.

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LibrarianRyan
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I love this explanation of Snow Whites name.

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LibrarianRyan
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This description s is beautifully annoying.

“But when Gun That Sings* returned to town with her relations and Mr H had opportunity to clap eyes on her again, he knew he could not be satisfied except to own her entirely. A man don‘t rent a silver mine. He buys it right out. “🤯

silentrequiem Mines sometimes cave in and trap or kill people. #justsaying 14mo
LibrarianRyan @silentrequiem let‘s hope. The first chapter pissed me off. In a good way. I can‘t wait to see how the story evolves. 14mo
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MadCatRamble
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When Catherynne Valente does a thing, she does it all the way. In this case, she pulled off a western retelling of Snow White with a bad ass, complicated POC heroine, a creepy, complicated villainess and enough of the uncanny to give it a lovely edge of strangeness. It‘s a gritty novella with gorgeous evocative prose - the kind of book you gobble while trying to savor the words.

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WhatDeeReads
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The subtitle is: A Fully Loaded Fairy Tale

Y‘all know by now that mama is a sucker for a re-telling with a badass POC heroine. Oh man, it‘s amazing. It‘s so profound. There are such strong themes that emerge once Snow White is made into a Native American woman. I am here for it.

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daniwithtea
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Fairy tale retellings can be such a shot in the dark; not sure about this Snow White western. (Pun completely and unapologetically intended.)

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Kalalalatja
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Someday, I‘m going to read this retelling of Snow White set in the #wildwildwest. Someday, when I get all the money. Someday, when I get a grip on my unruly tbr. Someday, sigh..

#HeatofJuly

Liatrek 🤣🤣 unruly TBR 1y
LibrarianRyan I have this book to read tooo. 1y
BarbaraBB 😂😂 I know exactly what you mean ♥️ 1y
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Ddzmini I know I keep adding books to my tbr on Litsy it‘s out of control and I buy books so often my husband thinks I‘m book crazy so I‘m trying to finish the books in the house before I get anymore it‘s just not working out 😖📚📚📚📖 1y
Kalalalatja @Liatrek @LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB the eternal struggle of the bookworm 🙄😂📚 1y
Kalalalatja @Ddzmini I feel your pain! I was on a book buying ban for the first four months of the year until I got under 30 unread physical books. It was hard, but having a “goal” also motivated me a bit 👍 1y
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Kaseybjohn
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Panpan

That was super weird. I would be okay if I hadn‘t read it. Not bad enough to bail, but the worst part was how it tried SO HARD to sound like a western. That‘s not necessary.

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LibrarianRyan
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Holy guilted schnikes Batman!

In an attempt to be more organized I decided to make a list of all the books I have receive in Swaps since I started.

No wonder my book shelves are full. You are all an awesome and generous bunch of Litens. Time to get reading.

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Daisey
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This was a gritty and fascinating retelling of Snow White in the Wild West.

#audiobook #LRC16 #sameageauthor #LitsyReadingChallenge

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JPeterson
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RealBooks4ever
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I love this novella, about a mixed race girl in the Wild West! #Six #NovemberByTheNumbers

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KCorter
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I borrowed this audiobook from the library as a potential pick for #TheRetellingBookswap. I didn't get to it in time, but I figured I should read it anyway before it expired. Why did I wait?! This #fairytaleretelling was outstanding! Valente is a phenomenal storyteller. Do yourself a favor and don't wait to read this like I did!

P.S. Julia Whelan, the narrator, was impressively good. Experience this on audiobook, if you can.

KCorter @ChasingOm If you like the Valente books I sent you, definitely read this one as well! 2y
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JacquelynLovesYou
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Catherynne Valente is my fave.

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LibrarianRyan
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OMG OMG OMG. I have always wanted an Out of Print book bag but could never bring myself to buy one. And now Nancy Drew and I will be BFF. Plus I have this book on my TBR for a while (Goodreads not Litsy). So excited to be wrong. So So excited !!!!! #summersantagoespostal

erzascarletbookgasm Love the tote bag! 2y
Itchyfeetreader This bag is amazing ! 2y
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JPeterson
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Finished the #ERMadLibs reading challenge. A few changes from my original plan, but I'm happy with how it turned out. 😄👍

saresmoore 🙌 2y
rachellayown 👏👏👏 2y
EclecticReaders Awesome!! 2y
kspenmoll 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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JessReads
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I love me some Catherynne Valente!

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StaceyKondla
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After a busy day I finished this one in bed tonight. I was expecting quirky and funny, but got bittersweet and poignant instead. This is a wonderful re-telling and also a commentary on sexism and racism. It is raw and it hurts and it drags you through the pages. Brilliant!

gossamerchild That sounds fascinating. 2y
CherylDeFranceschi Such a good read! 2y
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StaceyKondla
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I was having a hard time deciding what book to read next, so I finally decided on this bite-sized novella to tide me over for the rest of the day.

398.2 lol I have to read this! 2y
Alytrue I loved this one. Very different take on Snow White! 2y
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JPeterson
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#AprilTBR #AprilBookShowers

At least the first two books of the month. The rest of the month will be a surprise and impulse grabs. 😄

BookFreakOut Snow White sounds great, I loved Bear and the Nightingale. 3y
Alytrue I loved Six Gun - such an interesting take on the fairy take, and I love her writing. 3y
KerriNTurner I have Six-Gun Snow White on my to read list too, will be great to see what you think of it! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Some of the #fairytaleretellings on my #tbr that I haven't bought yet. Maybe some of them will end up under the Christmas tree this year 😉
It would seem I got a thing for Snow White retellings 📚

#photoadaynov16

DeborahSmall Snow White was my favourite as a child and still is ❤️🍎 3y
Kalalalatja @DeborahSmall It is one of favourites as well, together with Beauty and the Beast 👌 3y
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Eyelit
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Oh boy, did I love this! It has so many things that I love: fairy tales reimagined, magical realism, and the Wild Wild West. This eminently readable reimagining of Snow White is darker and grimmer than the original tale and is such a quick read. So glad this caught my eye at the library!

ReviewsandReadathons Love retellings!! Added to my TBR! 3y
readinginthedark Love Valente! I'll have to read this one! 3y
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Grimlock
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Love, love, love. Perfection. Didn't quite understand the ending - but the journey was so fun and meaningful, I didn't really care.

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ness
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A classic fairy tale reimagined as a Western? Sign me tf up. It's exactly what I wanted it to be.

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ness
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Wild Western Snow White? Sign me up.

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kaylaraeintheway
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This re-telling of the classic Snow White fairytale by new new favorite author Catherynne M. Valente is A.MA.ZING. The Old West setting and Snow White's half-white/half-Native American heritage leads to lyrical and haunting commentary on race and gender. This is a must read for sure!

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grumpygirlbooks
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I did not know this existed until today. I think I'd like to try it.

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Bookishaf
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I really wanted to like it. It's Snow White (half Native-American/half white) in the wild wild Midwest. I couldn't get into the story that well and the ending seemed really rushed. But if you like fairy tale remixes, try it. It's short enough :)

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