The Sleeper And The Spin­dle

Once upon a time…

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books - Rhian Drinkwa­ter

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

69 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Neil Gaiman Pub­lisher: Blooms­bury

Neil Gaiman’s love of myth and fairy­tales is well known, and many of his best- loved works con­sist of his own spins on clas­sics. Here he’s re­united with Chris Rid­dell ( The Grave­yard Book; For­tu­nately, The Milk) to cre­ate an il­lus­trated short based around the com­bin­ing of two tra­di­tional tales.

Sev­enty years ago, a princess pricked her fin­ger and the city around her fell into sleep. Now that sleep is spread­ing, and slowly ev­ery per­son in the sur­round­ing ci­ties joins her. A nearby queen, her­self no stranger to mag­i­cal slum­ber, heads to­wards the cas­tle to pro­tect her king­dom from the spread­ing men­ace.

It’s a dreamy, clever re­vi­sion of the folk­lore in clas­sic Gaiman style, and Rid­dell’s pic­tures com­bine per­fectly with the text to cre­ate a world that’s both mag­i­cal and grit­tily real.

Gaiman has another fairy­tale retelling com­ing out in De­cem­ber: Hansel & Gre­tel, il­lus­trated by Lorenzo Mat­totti.

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