The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Short Story, Illustrated, Retelling
This is the Graphic Novel read of March for the It’s Not Just A Book Club. It isn’t really a graphic novel, per se, but it is a highly illustrated short story. It is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and also somewhat of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
In this retelling, there are no handsome princes saving anybody. Which was interesting. Instead, you have a young Queen from a neighbouring Kingdom. I don’t want to give anything else away as to the plot.
There were a few things I liked about this book: the artwork, the interesting take on the classic fairytale, to name a couple.
There were also a few things that I did not like about this book. I thought the ending need more of an explanation, I needed to know more about why the main character made the choice she did. I also felt like, in general, the book would have been better if it had been fleshed out and developed into a full length novel or novella, just because it was a fantasy world and a fairy tale, in which world, characters and plot serve better the more developed they are.
In short, as a short-story this book was good and I enjoyed the artwork. However, I thought that in terms of pure enjoyment, I would have enjoyed this book more as a novella, perhaps.