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8

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by Michael Mullin
 
Written in verse, this is the YA story of the unknown 8th dwarf named Creepy who's banished to the basement for being different. Yet he plays a vital role in the tale of Snow White! If you like it, please check out the trilogy collection of alt fairytales at talespinsbooks.com "8" is story #1! Thanks!

Overview

Written in verse, this is the YA story of the unknown 8th dwarf named Creepy who's banished to the basement for being different. Yet he plays a vital role in the tale of Snow White! If you like it, please check out the trilogy collection of alt fairytales at talespinsbooks.com "8" is story #1! Thanks!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011138799
Publisher:
Michael Mullin
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
561 KB

Meet the Author

Michael grew up in New England, where all his sports loyalties remain. His current Pasadena CA life is pretty much run by his 11-year-old twins (despite his best efforts to appear as if he is running theirs). His TaleSpins™ books are coming to print in a one volume collection in 2013. He is also the co-author of the Larry Gets Lost™ children's book series.

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8 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
8 is an entirely new and improved version of the famous fairy-tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It's the darker, twisted side of the cheerful story, and it's got a slightly more profound touch of reality to it. And by that I mean that the original implication of the story is replaced by a new moral, which is easier to understand and far more down-to-earth. Meaning that I loved it even more. Meaning that I will be rereading this over and over again until I have it memorized by heart. Creepy is the 8th dwarf sent to live in the cellar. He's the different one. The only dwarf that doesn't fit in with the others. And for a while, he stays hidden, until a lost maiden stumbles upon the dwarf's cottage and starts cleaning. (Guess who that is? :D) Well, Creepy just stares at the lady through the thin slits in the floorboard, wondering what the heck was wrong with her. He makes a couple of sexual innuendos from that point on. And he stays hidden, until the evil queen stops by and tries to kill Snow White. Creepy saves her. The evil Queen stops by again and Snow White falls to her death again. Creepy saves her. The evil Queen stops by again and Snow White falls to her death for the third time. (You see the pattern here? I just love how the entire story is filled with dark humor). Creepy saves her again. But this time Snow White sees him and screams like a banshee. So the moral of this story is: You can't judge someone by their appearance. All I can say is that I was blown away. Not just by the smooth flow of the verse, but by how much the writing reminded me of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss's writing was incredibly fun and even more exciting to read out loud, Michael Mullin has somehow inherited that same lively style that just keeps the reader entertained no matter what. He has this amazing ability to twist old fairy tales, making them darker and more maturer, and yet making them captivating at the same time. I'm so happy I didn't let the chance to read this fly by. I really recommend this one to everyone. It's a short, fun read that you definitely won't regret!
violetalyss More than 1 year ago
A new perspective on Snow White that is takes you by surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this story through at once. It is a great new perspective of the tale, and, in my eyes, today's socity. Great read, very unique!
ClaireFrith More than 1 year ago
This story is not quite as it seems, it is written not like a novel but more like a poem of sorts, with each sentence rhyming. It wasn't very long, however it was quite enjoyable! This untold story of the 8th dwarf, gives the Snow White tale a bit of a twist. I don't think it would be entirely appropriate for someone of a young age, but teenages and adults should find it a short but funny read. Would love to see if Michael Mullin is going to put out another story like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt like that it was a poem but i thought it was an amazing story and it was ccool i highly reccomend it
jgoehl More than 1 year ago
I was contacted by the author to give this story a go. At the complete opposite end of my normal reading genre (verse) I decided to give it a go, not really expecting much. After all, I did love the story f Snow White when I was a kid. I didn't read any other reviews before accepting or reading it so all I had to go one was the description the author sent me. I'm glad I did! Only eight pages on my Nook, there was a lot of story within. I really liked how it was told in verse also. It was cute, fun, and dark at the same time. Poor Creepy, the dwarf no one knows about, has been banished by the other seven dwarfs to the basement because he is odd and different. With a little peep hole in the floor of the cottage he gets an up close and personal view of what goes on when Snow White shows up, from floor level at least. Not for mid grade readers, there are hints of sexual innuendo so I would recommend adult or young adult readers. If you have a few minutes, 8 is worth your time...now I'm off to read it again :)
CYP More than 1 year ago
Ingenious! At first when I received the ebook from the author, well, being the Paranormal Geekfan that I am, I was thinking I wouldn't like the book, but was in a very What-the-Heck mood so I accepted it. I would never have expected myself capable of ever reading a book written in verse form (I would just faint from boredom), and then enjoy it as much as I had. It was way cool; A really modern and humorous way of retelling one of the world's most famous fairytales. Imagine creating a poem that has 2,200 words give or take... Yeah, daunting task, doesn't it seem so? But Mullin did it. Wow, I can't even conjure a 5 paragragh worth of a half-assed poem in my Literature class, and he wrote this... That is some talent there. Not only that, he incorporated wit, humor, and he even managed to address a very controversial societal subject - the message to "not judge a book by its cover" and to not ostracize anyone just because they're different or ugly came across quite clearly in a fun and engaging way. There was humor and a subtle sexual innuendo in the book, and a child-like quality that kept it true to its origins. 8 was a really "hip" way of retelling the alternate history (or in this case, alternate fairytale) of Snow White, where one neglected dwarf tells his neglected story, and it also serves as a reminder to society to stop looking at what's on the outside and start looking on the inside. Oh, and to stop being biased to the good-looking, and harbouring prejudices against the uglies. You see, there's just too much moral values that Mullin teaches inside this little book of 7 pages. So, what's stopping you from picking this book up?
bbarney More than 1 year ago
Title: 8 by Michael Mullin Reviewed by: Brandon Barney Genre: Young Adult or Teen Fairytale Fiction (1,990 words) Ebook Description Written in verse, this is the previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf, named Creepy. He is banished to the basement for being different and, well, weird. Yet he plays a vital - and of course previously unknown - role in the popular tale of Snow White (whose title character is an intruder Creepy refers to as "The Maid".) Review: Upon reading the blurb for book 8 by Michael Mullin I found myself intrigued but doubtful. There are plenty of parodies out in the media books and movies alike, and to manage to take the set standard for parodies and twist it takes some time and practice. I decided to look into the story anyway and give it a chance. I was not disappointed. The first line gave me chills straight away, and did not let up from there. The story does not lack the backstory for Creepy but instead tells us how he got there instead of jumping straight into the story of Snow White. It takes imagination to craft a story that is based upon another and still create a good piece of work. Michael Mullin has that imagination. The story is surprisingly in its choice of fairytale and subject matter, threatening to lean into the inappropriate but staying well out of range of the offensive, throwing in the humor that lends to the story's wittiness. The formatting is what would be hoped for within a fairytale, using the verse and rhyme of the classic fairytales most children grow up hearing. Due to this rhyming the reader forgets how long they have been reading (though due to its short length it takes no time at all) and instead enjoys the tale from beginning to end. With a witty plotline, a believable and sympathetic main character, and a story you will never forget, it is well worth the small cost for such a wonderful memory. For those who give this story a chance, I am sure you will not be disappointed. Five stars to 8 by Michael Mullins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting!!!! Everthhing was perfect as it could be!!!!!!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows the story of Snow White. At least, they think they do. This very short book is a quirky take on a traditional tale. Told in rhyming verse, it tells the story of Creepy, the until now unknown 8th dwarf. Banished to the basement, Creepy is very surprised when a random maiden appears in his house. Little does he know, things are about to change. For everyone but him. I loved this story so much! If Dr. Seuss had decided to twist fairy tales, this would be the result. It's smart and funny. A very quick read, it is sure to entertain. It will definitely make you see the old story of Snow White in a new way. Creepy is an unlikely hero, and it makes you want to cheer for him all the more. I will never see Snow White the same, and when a tale this short can do that it's a clear indication of the author's skill. Highly recommend this for fans of fairy tales and twisted tales alike. Book provided for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't really understand the overveiw. I would like to buy it though. And how long is it? Thanks! - ari
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This was awesome! Loved it!
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(KL) Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This extremely well written book i would love to see more magnificent books by this author he is going to be famous his book is well rounded no major accidents precisely perfect
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Great
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How many pages are there? I don't want to waste $0.99 on a short read....