Monday, September 10, 2018

Triquetra, by Kirstyn McDermott

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fairy Tale) Snow White’s life with the prince isn’t going so well, and her wicked stepmother—now a prisoner—seems determined to torment her about it. (11,840 words; Time: 39m)

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Pro: It’s actually rather nice to see Snow White and her stepmother make peace. Placing all the blame on the magic mirror is a clever way to make that plausible; there’s a long tradition of that kind of fortune telling resulting in things that are technically true and yet lead to disaster.

The number three appears several times in the Snow White story. Given this Snow White's obession with numbers, it’s appropriate that the three of them flee together.

Although the story isn’t humorous, I got a kick out of Snow White selling access to the magic mirror to raise money. She's lucky they didn't have Yelp yet.

Con: The prince is a cardboard villain.

Why was she so helpless? Whatever happened to the seven dwarves? Couldn’t she have called them for help or advice? And what about her own father? Wasn’t he a king too?

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