Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: October 23rd 2014.
Pages: 68
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


A beautiful re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty by one of the UK’s most popular authors!

The night before her wedding, a young Queen learns of a mysterious enchantment befalling the neighbouring kingdom. Told by her dwarf friends that the people of the kingdom are in grave danger, she sets aside her wedding plans in order to help the people and save the princess. Battling the thorny forest, the Queen climbs the tower to awaken the beautiful princess, but everything is not as it seems, and this is definitely not the Sleeping Beauty you think you know!

I absolutely love Neil Gaiman’s work and this is by no means an exception. Growing up Sleeping Beauty was my favourite fairy tale and the opportunity to read an adaptation of it by an author like Neil Gaiman was a chance I absolutely could not miss. It is an absolutely beautiful book, and the illustrations are haunting and perfect, they really add to the eerie Gothic tone of the story.

I don’t want to say too much about the actual story, except that it follows a similar vein as the traditional Sleeping Beauty tale, diverging on some points that will keep you guessing and ultimately add up to a very unique version of such a well known story. This is the second of Gaiman’s reworkings that I have read, and I’ll be honest and say I much prefer this to his Hansel and Gretel adaptation.

The story, like most of Gaiman’s work is well written, and leaves enough of the plot a mystery to keep you guessing to the end. Gaiman definitely puts his own spin on it, you won’t be reading the same thing that’s been done time and time again. I really enjoyed this one, I loved the dwarfs and the almost lyrical way that it’s written. It’s a sweet, wonderful little book that is beautifully packaged and is a definite for any fairy tale lover’s collection.

Looking for something similar? Try: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse or Beastkeeper.

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