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June, 2016: Fantasy > The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman, 4 Stars

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Sara (mootastic1) | 636 comments An interesting take on well-known fairytales, we are presented with a queen with skin as white as snow, about to married to her charming prince. She sets off on a journey, accompanied by the dwarves who protected her while she slept deeply. Together they go in search of another sleeping princess, hidden away in a high tower guarded by thorns, while all around them kingdoms fall into a deep sleep.

You may think you know this story, but you would be mistaken. Neil Gaiman, a master storyteller, has turned these fairytales on their head, imbueing them with a healthy dose of feminism that you will not find in the originals. I found the story enjoyable, but it was far too short. It almost felt rushed. In the past I have enjoyed his short stories, but this one didn't measure up, though I loved the concept.

Chris Riddell's ink drawings, however, were nothing short of fantastic. I could look at the pages of this book all day and may buy a copy just to look at it. They are deep, dark, and filled with mysteries. True works of art. If I was rating this book solely on the strength of the art it would be a 5 star book, but in conjunction with the story, which is a solid 3, I have chosen to average it out at 4 stars. I would recommend this book to the Neil Gaiman fanatic or lovers of beautiful art, but if neither of these is your cup of tea, then I definitely recommend skipping this graphic novel.


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Anita Pomerantz | 5333 comments I'm much more intrigued by your description of the art than your review of the stories . . .almost tempts me enough to go to the library to take a peek.


Ladyslott | 1880 comments Anita wrote: "I'm much more intrigued by your description of the art than your review of the stories . . .almost tempts me enough to go to the library to take a peek."

The art in this book was stunning, it's one of the rare hardcover books I have bought in years. I also own a box set of Coraline, The Graveyard Book and Fortunately the Milk which I bought only because Chris Ridell illustrated them


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