Thumbs up for The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Fantasy/graphic novel.
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, sort of. If someone can tell me why Neil Gaiman is so much truer than everyone else, I’d be much obliged. But perhaps magic is by definition impossible to analyze. (Also: Chris Riddell is amazing.)
It seemed both unlikely and extremely final. She wondered how she would feel to be a married woman. It would be the end of her life, she decided, if life was a time of choices. In a week from now, she would have no choices. She would reign over her people. She would have children. Perhaps she would die in childbirth, perhaps she would die as an old woman, or in battle. But the path to her death, heartbeat by heartbeat, would be inevitable.
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