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review 2020-06-18 03:19
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell
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An interesting combination of classic fairy tales. Overall, I enjoyed it.

As with everything Gaiman writes, this is a very unique story. I loved the play on the original fairy tales and how creatively he combined them. I also liked how references were made to them instead of blatantly naming the characters. The entire story is very subtle.

I listened to the full cast audiobook, which made for a fun listening experience, however I did find it rather disruptive at times. Sometimes the change in characters made it hard to follow the story. This was especially difficult given the subtle nature of the book in not explicitly making connections but rather allowing the reader to figure them out for themselves. In this format, it was easy to miss things along the way. Probably a better fit for someone who is already familiar with the story to better enjoy the full cast reading.

I would like to go back and read the physical book to get a better feel for the flow (and also see the illustrations).

Good unique read for those looking for a fresh spin on some well-known fairy tales.
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review 2019-10-03 02:49
Sleeping beauty story retold with a twist
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

Neil Gaiman re-imagining the story of Sleeping beauty. 


Fun read. A bit unexpected. 


The queen is now going into the wood and try to find out what's happened to the people and sleeping beauty. 


She found an old woman there. Who is she and why is she not under the same spell? 


Nice way to retelling an old story. Still got a bit surprise there. 


Reading this for A Grimm Tale. 





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review 2019-09-07 03:18
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman

The retelling is clever and funny and the art is engaging and a little old-fashioned feeling, but in a good way. Loved it.


Library copy

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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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