The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Just finished reading The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman which is a beautifully illustrated story.

This really is a gorgeous little book, a reimagined mishmash of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty with a bit of dark and creepy thrown in for good measure.

Now, whilst I do love a good fairytale retold, particularly when they come in such lovely packages, I wasn’t totally bowled over with this one.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a bad book, just not as good as I expected and I think I’ve genuinely surprised myself to be honest because I quite literally usually adore everything that Neil Gaiman does and I practically love him (not in a stalker-lets-boil-the-pets sort of way!)

It is a good story with an interesting twist in the tale and modernised in terms of a Queen coming to the rescue as opposed to a dashing knight in shining armour and I certainly wouldn’t discourage anybody from reading as, like I said, it is good.  It just didn’t have that certain something that I can’t usually put my finger on but I always find in a Gaiman book that makes me want to run out and gush like a maniac.

It is a lovely book though and I have already ordered Hansel and Gretel as well – I just need to be more measured with my ridiculously high expectations I suppose – at the end of the day you can over hype something all by yourself.  And, just feast your eyes on that cover!

13 Responses to “The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman”

  1. reviewdirector

    Nice review!

  2. Stephen P. Bianchini

    Hello Lynn, I guess you’re like me – I do love Gaiman, and I would buy *anything* he writes, even if they are cooking lessons 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Yep – pretty much, he could write instructions on how to build a wardrobe and make it sound interesting!
      Lynn 😀

  3. medievalotaku

    Reblogged this on Aquila et Infans and commented:
    Yet another Gaiman book which it sounds like I should read.

  4. jenclair

    I love re-tellings of fairy tales and this sounds interesting. Love the cover!

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  6. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Ok so you didn’t love it after all. I know just what indefinable thing you are talking about. Some books just have it and others you wish did.

    • lynnsbooks

      Gaiman always does have ‘it’ for me but just not with this one. I wonder if I just over hyped it for myself.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Anastasia

    Thank you for reviewing this! 🙂 Have been wanting to read this for quite long

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