Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman


It's dark, it's dangerous, and it's wicked - everything you want in a good fairy tale and more. With characters and story concepts from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully illustrated tale that lets us all take a step back to see a different possibility for how things happen in fairy tale land. Maybe the sleeper in the story isn't quite as innocent as she's always been portrayed, and just maybe Snow White isn't quite looking forward to her happily ever after with her soon to be husband. Maybe, just maybe, Snow White wants to strap on some armor and go on an adventure with some of her trusty companions.

In all honesty, the story never actually mentions the character's names - naming is short in this particular tale, but there's a beautiful, black haired woman with some dwarves following her, so one does assume that Snow White is the heroine of our tale. Heroine? You mean she just might be the one to wake the sleeping beauty? Indeed, but in this tale a waking kiss isn't the end of the tale, and you'll want to see how evil is defeated in this tale to see how things aren't always as they appear. This tale fit into my "based on a fairy tale" category for the reading challenge I'm involved in this year. This challenge is really keeping me reading in categories I might never try out, and this one was an unexpected joy.

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