2008: 128. Castle Waiting

“Long ago, in an age so happy that neither you nor I will ever see its like, there was a town; and this town was called PUTNEY.”

Castle Waiting, Linda Medley

This is graphic novel is a lovely collection of fairy tales, with a slightly skewed/modern perspective that make them an absolute delight to read - they are funny and feminist and charming, and I breezed through the book.  I would think that anyone who likes retold fairy tales, or any one who wants to dip a toe into the world of graphic novels, would really enjoy reading these stories.  The book starts with a re-written version of Sleeping Beauty, which ends up (after the princess goes off with the prince) with a left over enchanted castle.  Over time the castle becomes a refuge for a number of characters from fairy tales, who make lives for themselves, and as they do, tell each other their stories.  My favorite story (and the one that takes up the bulk of the book) is the story of the bearded nuns, but all are fun.  My only complaint (and this is a classic comic book issue, unless you are reading something like The Sandman, which has completed its run), is that the book sort of just ends, with some threads hanging - suggesting that more is to come, I suppose, but it hasn’t yet (at least not in graphic novel form - perhaps it is available as comic books somewhere?), and I want to know what happens!!


O.K. I did some research and found out that volume II is supposed to come out this year.  Comic book publishing is notoriously vague, but I will keep my eye out for it!


Date/Place Completed: 9/1/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Comic Book

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