Monday, May 10, 2010

More About Castle Waiting by Lisa Medley

Castle Waiting

Back in December I wrote an extensive post about Linda Medley's Castle Waiting

Castle Waiting begins with an introduction to the castle in question via The Curse Of The Brambly Hedge, which is a new take on Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of previously minor characters. When Sleeping Beauty abandons the castle, and all the people that were sleeping alongside her for a century, for her new Prince, the castle is forced to find itself a new destiny. The story then flashes forward in time to find the castle having become ‘Castle Waiting’ a home (and haven) for misfit fairytale characters of all shapes, sizes, and beyond. The vast cast of characters makes for a fascinating and seemingly endless tapestry of stories to be explored. Medley makes her way through the cast slowly and deliberately and thanks to that care, the cast size never feels overwhelming.

Not unlike Fables, Medley’s Castle Waiting tackles traditional fairy tales with inspired re-invention and especially to my liking, is that it does so with a bit of a feminist slant. The tales inside Castle Waiting are extremely female friendly and are something I’d love to see offered up to every little boy and girl as the required alternative to our more standard ‘happily ever after’ tales. Medley’s characters, for the most part, are a selection of lesser-known fairy tale characters and their stories are full of heart and life lessons that are wonderfully (and naturally) woven into Medley’s tales without ever feeling clich√© of forced.

Something easily overlooked because of the general strength of Medley’s writing, world building, characters, art, and unique perspectives, is the sense of humor, which is sharp and constant. There’s a real feeling of lightness and joy to her writing and characters that is completely infectious. And yet the humor never attempts to overshadow the other aspects of Medley's work and thus never diminishes the overall heart and tone of the work.

As always, the article itself is much longer and includes actual pages from the comics.  So click through if you want to read more.

Finally the good news for fans is that Castle Waiting (Vol. 2) has been announced and is available for preordering.  The sort of bad news is that it has a December 22, 2010 release date, several months from now.  However, this means it will be easier to find the second volume of stories if you fall in love with the first even if there is still a wait...

Castle Waiting (Vol. 2)

Finally, here's a link to all the Castle Waiting volumes available on Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, gosh, I'm frothing. Frothing at the MOUTH. I've been waiting for this volume for years now. I have to go and demand it as a gift. Right. Now.