The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
The dwarfs are off to the town to buy some fabric for the queen. She is to be married to a man from a far away land. They get to the town and they hear of a strange thing. Not far away, there is a place where everyone is asleep, everyone, and they have been that way for a long time. This would all be fine, if the sleep was not spreading, but unfortunately, the sleep was spreading. It covered a couple of miles everyday and would soon reach the town, everyone would be asleep.
The dwarfs told the queen, who got on her horse and took her sword, along with the dwarfs to go and investigate. The queen had been asleep for a year, so the dwarfs thought she would be safe from the sleep. The dwarfs themselves were magical, thus the magic sleep would not affect them.
They came to the place, the castle, where everyone was asleep, but the sleepers did not just stay still in their sleep. They could get up, and move around, and come after the intruders as one. They could speak in monotone voices, all at once, demanding things. The queen was not deterred. It was said that there was a sleeping princess in the tower, unfortunately, the tower was surrounded by rose vines, giant rose vines. The queen would have to think of a way in. Inside, what would she find? Would the princess be there? What about the evil one who had placed such a curse? All would be revealed once the queen could get inside.
What I liked
This was wonderful. A+. The illustrations are gorgeous. The story is great. It’s Sleeping Beauty, but with a twist. I don’t want to give it away so I can’t say too much about it, but it’s refreshing and unexpected. It’s definitely modernized, for modern sentiments anyway, but it’s not such a bad thing. Who says you can’t breathe a little life into old fairy tales?
Also, a queen, who gets up on a horse, with a sword to go investigate? That’s pretty awesome.
What I didn’t like
It’s not longer?
If you had to rescue Sleeping Beauty, how would you do it?
Would it be that bad to sleep for a hundred years?