Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell #BookReview #RetellingsReadingChallenge #FairyTale

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (illustrator)

Blurb:

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

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Book Review: Pumpkinheads (Graphic Novel) by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks #Pumpkinheads #GraphicNovel #BookReview

Pumpkinheads

By Rainbow Rowell

Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

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My review:

Josie and Deja have been working together at a pumpkin patch for much of their high school years. They’re pretty good friends and enjoy each other’s company during the season, but they don’t talk much outside of work. This Halloween they’ll be saying goodbye for good as both prepare to begin their college life. Josie’s pretty depressed about it; he loves everything about the pumpkin patch, especially being the MVPPP (Most Valuable Pumpkin Patch Person). Deja seems more optimistic about it and mentions coming back for visits.

Deja’s convinced she’s going make this Halloween the best ever. Her plan is to finally get Josie hitched up with a girl that works with them. He’s been daydreaming about this girl for years, but he’s hesitant to talk to her. Deja won’t take no for an answer as she plans to make their last night at the Patch one to remember.

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Book Review: Stranger Things: The Other Side by Jody Houser #BookReview #StrangerThings #GraphicNovel

Stranger Things: The Other Side

By Jody Houser

 Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne, Lauren Affe, and Nate Piekos (Illustrators)

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My thoughts:

I was super excited to read this book which contains Stranger Things: The Other Side comics #1-4. Stranger Things is one of my favorite Netflix series (all three seasons), so I grabbed this as soon as I saw it.

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These four comics are basically Will’s story from the Upside Down, which is something you don’t get much of in the series. It was neat seeing some of the different events that were happening with Will, but some of it seemed like speculation to me; for instance, I don’t remember Will finding Barb’s glasses or helping her in the Upside Down. Maybe I’ve forgotten some flashbacks in season two, but I don’t think so. I also don’t remember Will having his gun in the Upside Down once he was taken from home either. Little things like this niggled me, but it’s neat to see someone else’s perspective. I may need to rewatch the first two seasons to see if I missed some things because these scenes are thought-provoking. Other parts in the book are exactly like the series.  Continue reading “Book Review: Stranger Things: The Other Side by Jody Houser #BookReview #StrangerThings #GraphicNovel”

Book Review: Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran #BookReview #Retelling #2019ReadingChallenge #Fairytale

Snow, Glass, Apples

By Neil Gaiman

and Colleen Doran (Illustrator)

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My thoughts:

-Mild spoilers-

This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view…

“If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow.

I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.”

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