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BookTubeAThon 2015: Day 5 Updates + Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle

Hello fellow Readers,

We are down to the last two days of BookTubeAThon 2015, so try to squeeze in as much reading as you can in these two days. But, also remember to have fun and read books that you actually want to read.

Now, lets move to the daily updates. In day 5, I read The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddle. I read this book for the 5th challenge, which is to read a book without letting go of it and I chose this book because it’s really small (72 pages only) and so it was easy to finish it without letting go of it, and I enjoyed it.

Also, I was able to make a progress in The Lost Hero front, as I read 83 pages. Not a big progress, but it’s a progress indeed and I only have 167 pages left to read, which I will hopefully finish them in day 6.

So, with that, I read a total of 155 pages. Hmmm, not bad. Now let’s move on to The Sleeper and the Spindle book review:


Synopsis (Goodreads): 

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.


Let me start by saying, a snow white and sleeping beauty mash up! Woow, I never saw that coming even though it was obvious from the title! (I know right! How could I not see it!) Anyway, I am a huge fan of fairytales and fairytales retelling. They are so classic and entertaining. But, this book, even though it was a somehow a fairytale retelling, it was different from the rest.

Let’s talk about the writing, guys. The writing was sublime and great. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and I am a HUGE fan of him and his books. What a good writer. If you are not familiar with Gaiman’s writing, I advice you to go and read one of his books. Anyhow, the writing was quirky and fun and exceptional. The way he intertwined two different fairytales into one story was exceptional and it was so effortlessly done. He kept the main aspects of the two stories, like the spindle and the dwarfs, but through out reading the book, he takes you to a whole other journey where he creates a new story. A completely new fairytale.

Now, Let’s talk about the amazing illustrations that were done by Chris Riddle. I LOVED the illustrations, they were perfect and whimsically beautiful. I loved the black and white with the small golden details here and there, it just take the illustrations to a new level. Beautiful.

This book was a beautiful combination of words and drawings. It had the perfect combination of the both without one taking over the other. The story is beautiful, unique and different and so are the illustrations. I highly recommend the book to fairytales lovers and Gaiman’s fans.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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