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Donna Jo Napoli, an American author, has penned a retelling of Snow White in her entertaining and charming book called, Dark Shimmer which narrates the life story of the evil queen, where she is born as a giant and is looked upon as a disgrace or rather as a monster among her island of dwarfs but only loved and accepted by her own mother, until tragedy strikes.
Dolce is a monster. A giant, a freak.
Dolce is a princess. She walks like ...more
Took a bit to get started but overall enjoyed reading this (being in a funk for a few days notwithstanding). At first was wary but intrigued at where the author was setting the story but any concerns (in my case) were swept away.
The explanation offered for Dolce doing what she did was very well done and very clever. I had watched a segment on that with "Mysteries at the Museum" (view spoiler)[Where the phrase "Mad as a Hatter" came from... sad, that so many were affected by this and ...more
My fascination with fairytale retellings keeps growing and growing. For all intents and purposes, it should be the opposite. After all, what's the point of reading different versions of the same stories over and over again? Well, the answer is in the question. Reading the same story retold in a different way thrills me.
Dark Shimmer was one such thrilling retelling of Snow White. I cannot describe how glad I am to read this after Beast. Dark Shimmer was so fantastic, it thoroughly annihilated ...more
What a fascinating and well done re-telling (view spoiler)[ of Snow White (hide spoiler)] I spoiler that because I didn't know it was a re-telling (I"m awful and almost never ready synopsis and just pick up books on covers alone). And I loved not knowing until it all clicked into place and things got so obvious.
I love the fact that this story is actually probable. Not all the fairy tales feel like they could be rooted in ...more
Dolce grows up on an island thinking she is hideous and a giant. While there she learns the secret to making beautiful mirrors. When tragedy strikes and she leaves the island, she learns that she is normal, beautiful, and had been living with dwarfs. Marion, a widower and his daughter Bianca take Dolce in, treat her well, and Marion eventually marries her. To fit in with society, Dolce makes small mirrors for various women ...more
I would pick up this book and read it a million more times that's how great it was. I would also suggest this to anyone and everyone no matter what your age.
I picked it up because I liked the title and the cover art. The synopsis made it sound like it was either about an insane woman or it was possibly a retelling of Snow White from the Evil Queen's perspective. It turned out to be both.
I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but even if you're not someone who enjoys retellings of famous fairy and folk tales, you will almost certainly find this book to be an amazing read. It takes place in ...more
This book took quite some time to get interesting, but the middle was well worth the struggle in the beginning. i thought the ending ...more
Also the summary on the book is nothing like how the first half of the book is and is debatably how the last half is. I ...more
Dolce has grown up on a hidden island in a lagoon in Venice, Italy. She’s a giant living in a dwarf world and has been bullied by everyone except for her beloved mother. Dulce spends her time mastering the art of mirror making, but after tragedy strikes, she swims away and ends up on a island where people see her as beautiful. Marin, a widow and his ...more
The Wicked step mother (Dulce)- Traditionally a hateful deceitful woman but in this version she starts as a strong young woman overcoming hardship, finding love, willing to sacrifice herself and her sanity to save others.
In the end it is her sacrificing, her skill, and her selflessness that leads to her decline in health and sanity. Even in her madness she still cares and loves- but its all twisted.
The mirror, the dwarves, the stag, and apple are all wonderfully ...more
A lovely thing about the tale is that, the reader does not get hit in the head with the association of the Snow White tale, reading it as a self recounted tale of a young woman, wrongfully persecuted as a monster, who finally encounters a man who ...more
Dolce is the center of the tale (and eventually the villain); but she is ostracized in her village for being deformed (i.e. tall) and not until later do you realize that she grew up with Little People (as in ...more
I really love how it focused in the story of the stepmother. It’s kinda refreshing to read stories like this! So much story building in stepmother’s characters, about her childhood, her struggles why she become wicked and mad. There’s just so ...more
|Crazy for Young A...: Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli → Start Date: October 18th, 2015||7||14||Oct 21, 2015 07:34PM|
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear ...more