Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published Date: October 23rd, 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Retellings, Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleepihttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23301545-the-sleeper-and-the-spindleng kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
The Sleeper in the Spindle by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful adaption of the tales of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. This is a VERY quick read and just splendid in its story telling.
I love that this re-telling is based really loosely on the original stories, and goes in a totally different direction. This short story is incredibly built with a kick-ass heroine, who doesn’t need a prince to save the day.
The best part is that there is a pretty awesome and noteworthy twist at the end! There is definitely strong language, and f/f kiss (pretty brief), so if that isn’t your thing you are forewarned.
Definitely read this book is you like kick-ass female leads, fairy tale retellings that go in totally new directions, short stories.
This was the Graphic Novel pick for It’s Not Just A Book Club