The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
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.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
"You can make a little girl into anything if you say the right words. Take her apart until all that’s left is her red, red heart thumping against the world. Stitch her up again real good. Now, maybe you get a woman. If you’re lucky. If that’s what you were after. Just as easy to end up with a blackbird or a circus bear or a coyote. Or a parrot, just saying what’s said to you, doing what’s done to you, copying until it comes so natural that even when you’re all alone you keep on cawing hello pretty bird at the dark."
— Catherynne M. Valente, Six-Gun Snow White
"I said I loved her back and when I said it I thought of kissing her and also of shooting her through the eye."
— Six Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente
"This is what it means to be a woman in this world. Every step is a bargain with pain. Make your black deals in the black wood and decide what you’ll trade for power. For the opposite of weakness, which is not strength but hardness. I am a trap, but so is everything. Pick your price. I am a huckster with a hand in your pocket. I am freedom and I will eat your heart."
— Catherynne M. Valente, Six-Gun Snow White
"I think all things exist together and their destinies are tied up together, like a great book of stories that weave and pass and thread through one another, making the most astonishing tale anyone could dream up."
— Cybele’s Secret
by Juliet Marillier
"If a man truly loves,….He does not consider the obstacles, the restrictions, the reasons why his choice may be flawed or impratical. He gives no heed to what others may think. His heart has no room for that, for it is filled to the brim with the unutterable truth of his feelings."
— Stoyan, from Juliet Marillier’s Cybele’s Secret
"It’s not so bad, my darling. Being dead. It’s like being alive, only colder. Things taste less. They feel less. You forget, little by little, who you were. There isn’t much love, but there is a lot of vodka, and reminiscing. It’s rather like a university reunion, but the cakes and tarts are made of dust. And there is always a war on. But there was always a war on before, too, wasn’t there?"
, Catherynne M. Valente
WILDWOOD DANCING FANCAST
Jenica - Alexis Bledel
Tatiana - Kaya Scoledario
Sorrow - Nicholas Hoult
Iulia, Paula and Stela - Isabelle Furhman, Georgie Henley and Florrie Betts
Cezar and Costi - Stanislav Ianevski and Jackson Rathbone
Five sisters visit a magic kingdom every full moon when a magic portal opens up for them within their bedroom. They dance and enjoy all the wonders of this other realm but danger can lurk alongside their laughter.
(Based on the novel by Juliet Marillier)
"If a man has to say trust me, Gogu conveyed, it’s a sure sign you cannot. Trust him, that is. Trust is a thing you know without words."
— Juliet Marillier, Wildwood Dancing
"Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t."
— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
"She saw dwarfs, lost princes, beautiful girls who had committed themselves to silence in order to save brothers turned into swans or ravens, young men who thrived on sunshine and dwindled with darkness, mutilated maidens, who wept over their own silver arms, and then simpler people, three bears, the girl in the red hood, the lost children who found their way home, the lost children who didn’t and were covered with leaves by the robins."
— Margaret Mahy, The Changeover: a Supernatural Romance
"He doesn’t mean that we’re simply imagined, you know, but that our power flows out of the imagination, and that’s the faculty that makes magicians of all of us. Witches just act upon it with such conviction that their dreams turn into reality."
— The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
"It changes you forever, but you are changing forever anyway."
— Margaret Mahy, The Changeover
"If the world is divided into seeing and not seeing, Marya thought, I shall always choose to see."
— Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless (via little-corner-of-the-world
"If you wish to be truly free, you must love no one. But of course if you take that path you may also find that in the end you’re unloved."
— Boy, Snow, Bird
, Helen Oyeyemi