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Review: Snow, Glass Apples

Title: Snow, Glass, Apples

Author: Neil Gaiman

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Goodreads:

A retelling of the Snow White fairy tale from the point of view of the “wicked stepmother.”

My Review:

First off, the pictures in the book I have were glorious and beautiful and I couldn’t stop looking at them! I also love Snow White retellings because I freaking love Snow White.

This was an original and unique graphic novel on the original story. I will admit, there was some really weird stuff going on that I need some answers to! It was an addicting little tale and I’m glad I found it, but again, what in the world? Anyway, I definitely recommend checking it out!

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What’s your favorite Snow White retelling?

 

 

Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle

Author: Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication: October 23rd, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

Another illustrated story by Gaiman filled with beautiful artwork! I loved this book so much. It was a mesh and merging between Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and, of course, with a cool and fresh spin to it!

Three of the dwarves travel with Snow White to help her free Sleeping Beauty’s kingdom and break the curse so that everyone can wake once more. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say, go read it!

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Do you prefer Sleeping Beauty or Snow White?

Review: Stardust

Title: Stardust

Author: Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2006

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Goodreads Summary:

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.

My Review:

Stardust is one of my favorite movies ever, so I was very hesitant to read the book. There were some differences throughout, and I actually liked seeing this. This is my second book by Gaiman, and his writing seems to be able to suck me right in and not let go. It’s extraordinary!

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Tristran was a bit of an idiot, but no surprise because he is also one in the movie, too! I loved Yvaine in this book, and all the side characters. This was one of the few times where I felt the movie was actually better than the book, even though I loved them both!

The unicorn scene was much gorier here than in the movie which I liked that part better, so I would debate which scenes I liked better where. Yvaine was a star, and she really did shine here! Lol, I like my last line!

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Have you read this book or seen the movie?

Review: The Graveyard Book

Title: The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication: September 30th, 2008

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Goodreads Summary:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is my first Gaiman book ever. I can’t believe I haven’t read any because Stardust and Coraline are two of my favorite movies. I have also always been weirdly fascinated by graveyards—the atmosphere, the emotions, the utter calmness.

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Anyway, this book begins rather dark with a boy’s parents being murdered. I read in some reviews that some people found that a little too dark, but even in Harry Potter, his parents are murdered with him right there. Same goes for The Lion King, etc. The ghosts of the graveyard take the boy in and give him a name—Nobody Owens.

Bod is an interesting character, and I enjoyed his attachment to the ghosts and the graveyard. I also felt the atmosphere was awesome, and Gaiman’s storytelling was phenomenal along with the subtle creepiness.

I know if I had read this book during my junior high years, I would have been hugely obsessed with it. This is a great Halloween read as well! And I will definitely be checking out Stardust next to see how that one compares to the film!

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Have you read any Gaiman books?

October Reads 2017

These are my for sure reads this month:

These are actually all buddy reads I have planned, and I am most excited for the ARC I received for The Hazel Wood!

 

Some releases for October:

 

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What are you reading this month?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Would Buy

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

I still haven’t read any of these with the exception of 1984.

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What is the first book that you would go out and buy?

Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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