Snow White and the Seven Samurai

Snow White and the Seven Samurai Once upon a time everything was fine Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall Jack and Jill went about their lawful business the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do and the wicked queen plotted murder mo

  • Title: Snow White and the Seven Samurai
  • Author: Tom Holt
  • ISBN: 9781857239881
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once upon a time, everything was fine Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, Jack and Jill went about their lawful business, the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do, and the wicked queen plotted murder most foul But the humans hacked, cried havoc, shut down the wicked queen s system, and corrupted her database and suddenly everything was not fine at all But at least we knowOnce upon a time, everything was fine Humpty Dumpty sat on his wall, Jack and Jill went about their lawful business, the Big Bad Wolf did what big bad wolves do, and the wicked queen plotted murder most foul But the humans hacked, cried havoc, shut down the wicked queen s system, and corrupted her database and suddenly everything was not fine at all But at least we know that they ll all live happily ever after Don t we Computers and fairy tales collide to hilarious effect in the latest sparkling cocktail of mayhem, wit, and wonder from the master of comic fantasy.

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    1. I don't care what other people say, I like Tom Holt. Having read bit of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crimes series to Spike1972 recently (and forcing him to read the rest) I feel right at home in this messed-up fairy-tale world, published prior to JFf, but, if the latter is to be believed, conceived later. I read this in one go on one of those sleepless Sunday nights/Monday mornings which I hope will soon be a thing of the past and it sent me to a too short sleep with a silly grin on my tired face.

    2. Another very clever book from Tom Holt. Written in 1999, the computing references are very dated, but the fairyland stuff is great."Gerroff! You're squashing my ears!"The wolf eased off the pressure slightly, and the gossamer shadow under its claws stopped squirming. "Well now," the wolf growled softly, "what a surprise. And what's an elf doing in these parts?".The elf spat. "That's Indigenous Fairylander to you, Fido".Just loses momentum toward the end

    3. “Is he just psychotic, or is he the Dirty Harry of the local planning department?” The ongoing battle of the Big Bad Wolf (Mr Fang, even when turned into a frog and then into a handsome prince) and the Three Little Pigs is a particular highlight of this book. The Wicked Queen is not just a stereotypical villainess. Holt develops her character and goes beyond the fairest of them all power struggles with Snow White. Snow White is a power hungry con-artist who is nowhere as nice as in the fair [...]

    4. I apologize Mr. Holt as you are a good writer but your rating must suffer since my overall enjoyment of the book was very minimal. This may not be solely your fault but more a statement on how I realized while reading just how fed up I am with Fairy tale rip offs and reinventions.Once the entertainment industries dig up a bone they keep digging until they have uncovered an entire herd of dinosaurs and stripped the land barren like they did with vampires.The recent spat of horrible fable and fair [...]

    5. Cyberpunk meets fairytales. Fairytale land is controlled via the Mirrors computer (mirror!) system. System gets hacked by people from real life. Subsequent deconstruction of everything from Little Red Riding Hood to Three Little Pigs. These characters aren't flat and complete opposites of their real-life components, but hilarious and actual characters. My favourite would have to be Julian, the runt of the three little pigs. I also love the way the typical 'story' structure is commented on, and h [...]

    6. This is another masterpiece from Tom Holt.Hackers crash the Wicked Queen's Mirrors Opertaing system, so fairy tale land needs rebooting - only Snow White is in control, the Seven Samurai are fighting the Dwarf with no name, the Big Bad Wolf has been turned into Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs keep blowing up their house, the Brothers Grimm are trying a hostile takeover and all Dr. Frankenstein can create is a small wooden boy whose nose keeps growing. All on all, not a place you want to b [...]

    7. I really like Holt, although sometimes his books are hard to follow. This story was good, it was fun and it was messy, probably not that original given I have seen this before, but I've got to give credit where credit's due. He knew exactly how to mix everything up and still not lose sight of them. I would've have lost half the characters halfway up the story, so that was impressive. It got a little tiresome towards the middle and it ended too easy for my taste, but since I wasn't expecting any [...]

    8. I first read this book (twice) at the age of 15, having taken it with me on French exchange, with nothing else to read once I'd finished it. It was second Tom Holt, after Only Human, and I really enjoyed it. A couple of weeks ago I was at home with nothing to read and picked it up again. The fairy tale references are still just as clever, although as another reviewer has said, the tech references are now fairly dated, but I think most of them are still understandable (though I'm not sure if that [...]

    9. This book began with so much potential for wit and satire. However, Holt tried too hard. There were far too many literary devices used as asides and one-liners, and many missed the mark and were very pedestrian. It became a book of one-liner similes and allusions, rather than plot and character. He also became bogged down in repetitive and over-explained pseudo-tech speak. The plot was difficult to follow, with so many interruptions. It lost its pace and flow. Such an unfortunate read from a goo [...]

    10. It took me ages to read this book; I didn't dislike it as such, just found it incredibly difficult to read - to the point where I wanted to give up a few times.As I got further into the story I became more absorbed in the plot however I found the chapters far too long and the storyline convoluted and confusing.I liked the idea and the characters but found it not involving enough to care particularly what happened.

    11. It might have been my state of mind over the last few weeks, but I just couldn't get into this book like I have with other Tom Holt works. I usually enjoy his lunacy but I found this book to be disjointed and hard to follow. Too much stuff going on without a solid structure underneath. I really liked the idea but I felt like the Benny Hill theme song should be playing throughout most of the book as a host of not well defined characters ran around willy-nilly.

    12. At first, the story had convoluted sentence structure and confusing similes. As the story progressed, the writing became better. I had a feeling the author was trying for a style similar to Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett. Overall, a fun read though it would have been better with more editing.

    13. This reminded me a lot of Jasper Fforde's work, although I think Holt had the idea first. It was entertaining but about half way through it started to get too complicated. Even though it was a short book, I wasn't sure at the end exactly what had happened.

    14. That's a parody title I've come across several times in the past. I guess it's pretty obvious if your mind works that way. Holt went farther with it than most uses of the joke do, although the samurai are by no means the most important part of the plot. Indeed, like a lot of Holt's books, it tends to switch between characters quite frequently. The main premise is that the fairy tale world exists in a computer simulation operated through a magic mirror, but it's been hacked multiple times, causin [...]

    15. Snow White and the Seven Samurai is the first book I´ve read from Tom Holt. I must say that even though it was not bad, I expected something funnier, maybe it was the fact that english is not my mother tongue and I did not get some inside language jokes (the fact that Dumpty spoke in a strange way), anyway it was a funny lecture that, somehow remember me to Terry Pratchet.All the characters have their charm in this book but I could not feel more sympathy for any of them, the book jumps very fas [...]

    16. This book was incredibly confusing! First of all it didn't really make any sense, and you were wondering what is going on until almost the end of the book! Plus the British slang, and I love British slang, (don't get me wrong), was a little much to deal with. Then the story line jumps around to so many different characters in the first 2/3rds of the book, and characters just kept being introduced, made you wonder when it was all going to stop! Okay so dialogue hard to understand, plot hard to un [...]

    17. Hmmm If i had read this book before reading any of Terry Pratchett I would liked it much better. But, alas!, I am a Terry Pratchett fan so the subversion of fairy tales in here sounded a pretty lame to me.Also, it happens I've read several of Tom Sharpe's books, so this book also pales in comparison.Not to mention that all the computer cyberpunk stuff is very much dated 15 years ago it would have been fun, now it is old?Anyway, it is a funny book that has his hilarious moments and it made me lau [...]

    18. I confess, I have a huge thing for fairytale retellings.I thought this book had a lot of creativity in the retelling - a lot of the YA fiction books that try this end up strictly following the events of the story, but focusing a lot on the sweet soulful love story between a pretty princess and a dashing prince/hunter/warrior - which is the typical success formula in the world of YA fiction.Whereas this story really twists everything you ever knew about fairytales, and makes you wonder - hmm, why [...]

    19. This book of Tom Holt's is a mesh between Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. If you enjoy both those authors you will enjoy this one. The fairy tale world (which in matter of fact is a virtual program run on Mirrors) gets turned on its head, upside down and inside out when a couple of teenagers hack into the system. The first half of the book seems like a regular spoof but the resolution towards the end is completely unexpected. Tip for reading this book: It's light and fun reading so don't try [...]

    20. Maybe I've learned my lesson that British comic fantasy is just not my thing. Was never much of a Pratchett fan, and this book is Pratchett with a dash of Shrek, cranked up to twice the volume of dopey throwaway lines, clichéd characters and ridiculous plot twists. Much of the dialogue seems to be straight out of a NaNoWriMo fantasy forum thread about how to increase your word count. To say this book is inane is probably too harsh, I'm sure Holt has plenty of fans; let's just call it too silly [...]

    21. Human hackers have inadvertently crashed the wicked Queen's magic mirror. Chaos ensues. It was an interesting ride, that's for sure. Lots of characters all jumbled up and criss crossing paths. It's a pretty clever idea having fairytale land as a computer operated dimension. Some of the references are a bit dated as one reviewer mentioned but it doesn't ruin the story at all. The humor is very British and dry which is fine by me, and the ending was kind of a disappointment, actually pretty dark w [...]

    22. Holt yet again creates a whole world and a simple, yet complex, story within. While not too hard to follow, its complexity is is going just a little bit too far and the resolution is a little too confusing to be satisfying. This has been the problem of other Holt books as well, but at the same time it all is so clever and entertaining that it doesn't matter much. Where he gets his ideas from and how he always manages to get it all to fit together I will never know. Bonus points for not having a [...]

    23. This book was an interesting book after you completed the book you felt that fairy tales is just a figment of your imagination and you can write the story how you want it. In life there is good and bad and something's must not be muddled in . You might do it with the best intentions but boy oh boy. As the saying goes the way to hell is paved with good intentions. Greed and vanity and power is evils that appear all throughout the story. And true to it's nature everybody lives happily ever after.

    24. The virtual world of fairy tales is being managed by Mirrors 3.1 and the system gets hacked turning the world into a humor jumble with bad puns, corny jokes, teen-agers. Beneath the obvious humor is a sweet romance. While this is a quirky read and one would do best to not have expectations and just go with what's on the page. Depending on a readers sense of humor this ride can be hilarious, humorous, wry or bad.

    25. The exception to an otherwise golden rule, Holt could probably benefit from paying more attention to the gags and less to the narrative.The man is a hoot. But sadly meandering and genuinely out-there plots detract from an otherwise scintillating wit. His humour is at best when relaying day-to-day idiosyncrasies.Less so when he's subverting genre tropes.Nonetheless, he remains one of the more interesting reads out there!

    26. Awful. Plot is terrible. Characters are flat. Nothing makes sense, nothing catches you. Basically, there is no story. There are 10, maybe 15 not bad jokes and puns in the book, and that's it.Usually I like reimagined stories and fairy-tales. But this I can assume that it was fun to write it, but it was not an enjoyable reading.I made myself read it to the last page just to have a moral right to write the review

    27. Copy of my Launchpad review from 2001:The comfortable world of Fairy Tales (hey, I am a hero; I get the girl and the gold so it is comfortable for me!) has started to glitch. The Dwarves are still short, but are now Japanese. The Wicked Wolf is going through a bad chapter of his life.Another of Tom Holt’s gentle twists on accepted tales. Not as funny as his early works, but still a joy.

    28. Three teenagers hack into Ben Dawes' Mirrors and crash the system. This causes chaos in the land. The three little pigs hire the seven dwarfs (or three and a spring cleaning mole) to assassinate the big bad wolf, who is turned into a handsome prince, and Snow White sends the team of samuri off to assassinate the wicked queen, who is carrying the magic mirror back up around in a bucket. And anything else i say now is only going to sound even more confusing!

    29. An enjoyable book that was rather humorous and entertaining.The way the characters were portrayed was different to the fairy tales, with the seven dwarves replaced with seven samurai and a not so sweet Snow White.The Wicked Queen really isn't all that evil and the Brothers Grimm make an appearance in the fairy tale dimension.I'd recommend this book if you have a vivid imagination and can think outside the square.

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