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review 2018-10-01 18:46
Retelling of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

Not much to say besides how much I adored this one. It's fairly short, about 80/90 pages with illustrations (e-book version). The illustrations are really what sold this book to me though. They make the story come alive. 

 

"The Sleeper and the Spindle" begins with some dwarves who have gone into a neighboring kingdom and heard about a castle where everyone is sleeping. Through the years the sleep spell has spread and now many people feel they are all doomed to sleep. The dwarves go back to their own kingdom and meet with the Queen (otherwise known as her Majesty) and she is told about the sleep spell. Though she's to be married (like the next day) she decides to ride off with the dwarves to see about breaking the spell.

 

I loved that Gaiman never gives you anyone's name. He pretty much treats it as if you should know who people are at this point.


Hint, it's Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. What I thought worked really well is that it is heavily implied and then shown that Snow White's battle with her stepmother and all that entails has left her marked in a ways. She's not exactly jumping up and down to rule. 

 

I loved the twist ending since I thought it was heading in a different direction. Now I need a follow-up to this story. 

 

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text 2018-09-30 23:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

What a great story giving us a look at what happened to Snow White after her kiss. The highlights are the illustrations though.

 

 

It it really makes me want to run out and buy this in hardback.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-09 00:00
The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell I realized while reading the book that I had already read it before - probably as a short story somewhere - and I remembered it quite differently. I enjoyed it, especially the art, though I found the ending a bit lacking, especially compared to what I thought it would be.
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review 2016-10-29 00:00
The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell I finally got to read this and I loved it! I haven't read much of Neil Gaiman's stuff, but I don't think I've encountered anything I haven't really enjoyed, and this one was no exception. I didn't actually know much about it before I started (like the fact that it's illustrated omg!), but I knew that it was a retelling, and I assumed it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (which was correct).

I don't want to say a lot about it, so I don't spoil anything, but it was a very quick read with beautiful illustrations and a great twist on the tale. I think it took me less than an hour to read this and I didn't see the twist coming. I probably should have, but it surprised me...in a good way.
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review 2016-10-20 15:18
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

I only wanted this book because of the beautiful illustrations.  A twist on Snow White and Sleeping Beauty; the story was pretty mediocre.

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