How did I get the book?
I bought it.
Genre: Fairytale Retelling / Fantasy
Synopsis: 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 sleeping 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.
200words (or less) review: You know before the first word is read, the first page turned that you’re in good hands when Neil Gaiman is the storyteller and Chris Riddell provides the illustrations. Also all credit to Bloomsbury who really went all out, gold in in the illustrations, the dust cover – this book is stunning.
Combining bits Snow White and Sleeping Beauty but giving it a very different twist Neil Gaiman does what he always succeeds so well in – giving you a magical and highly enjoyable pale with unique characters.
I do think Chris Riddell’s illustrations make the book though. Without them, the story works but there is something so spectacular about those images. They’re captivating and I spent a long time studying them. Of the top of my head I can name a number of pictures that have stuck in my mind (and no I’m not just thinking of the kiss) where I normally have quotes or scenes. Just writing these review I want to go back and look them over.
The Sleeper and the Spindle is for anyone who enjoys magic, storytelling & art.