Castle Waiting

Volume I

Medley, Linda

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Castle Waiting
" ... tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil -- but about being a hero in your own home. The opening story, "The Brambly Hedge," tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun"--Publisher's description.

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2006
ISBN: 1560977477
Branch Call Number: ygn MEDLEY
Characteristics: iv, 457 p. :,ill. ; 21 cm


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Ok, "Game of Thrones" it is NOT, but there are so many intriguing story threads that this medieval humor series could take you. A wry, original mix that combines Monty Python comedy with Thrones-ish characters. A perfect companion to Terry Gilliam's "Jabberwocky." Huzzah!

Strange, engrossing, intimate fairy story of some of those background fairytale characters. Jain, pregnant, flees her nasty husband and takes refuge in the isolated Castle Waiting (Sleeping Beauty's abandoned home), where she makes friends with the quirky denizens, who are excited to welcome a ... Read More »

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Apr 24, 2014
  • marai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A delightful book chronicling the intertwining stories of a series of misfits living in 'castle waiting.' It is tender, funny, and imaginative. Well worth a read for any age or interest.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alternately hilarious and tender, this story (within a story within a story within a story, at times) is lovely and fun. It combines fairy tales, fairy tale elements, and heart, and is well-drawn. I was hard-pressed to pic a favorite character, and I can't wait to continue the adventure in volume 2! :)

I recommend this for fans of fairy tales, wry humor, graphic novels that tell stories, imagination, and medieval fantasy.

Aug 17, 2011
  • vickiboo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other reviews have called this graphic novel charming, whimsical, ironic, unique and hilarious. I fully agree! A series of interconnected tales - the first is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty and sheds some light on the origins of Castle Waiting- are also examples of friendship, caring for others and loyalty. Not all the characters' background are explained, and this may frustrate some readers. However, the tales contained in vol. 1, such as Sister Peace and the nuns of Saint Wilgeforte are satisfying in themselves. I, for one, am looking forward to vol. 2

Jul 22, 2011
  • kbosch1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A totally engaging read! I'm new to graphic novels and I really loved it. Funny, thoughtful and not at all what you'd expect.

May 31, 2010
  • Ninja123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lots of old time favourites with a new twist.

Dec 16, 2008
  • GGirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The story changes all the time and is sometimes hard to follow. It borrows some Christian stories ideas. Book layout is in comic book style, with many chapters.


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Dec 22, 2008
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