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Castle Waiting (Vol. 2) (Castle Waiting (Fantagraphic Books)) Hardcover – December 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Castle Waiting (Fantagraphic Books) (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994054
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Medley returns to the fairy-tale kingdom of Putney with this polite comedy of manners that looks into the histories of the castle�s wide cast of characters. Jain reminisces about her childhood and her relationship with her father, and an unexpected visit from the neighboring Hammerlings (the dwarves who mine the mountain) inadvertently leads to the discovery of a secret passage. Like Jeff Smith�s Bone or David Petersen�s Mouse Guard, Castle Waiting presents a full and complex world. The story takes its time, which allows readers to get to know the endearing, charming, and well-realized characters. A joy for all ages. Grades 9-12. --Tina Coleman

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“A wryly funny fairy tale narrative that’s both women-centered and women-powered.” (NPR)

Castle Waiting creates a vibrant fantasy world not unlike The Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth but with a focus on the lives of women. Gorgeously illustrated in black and white, fun to read and look at, Castle Waiting will enthrall fantasy readers of both genders.” (Time)

“Medley’s big book ranks with Jeff Smith’s Bone as a nearly-all-ages graphic-novel triumph.” (Booklist)

“Starred Review. Medley’s art is both exquisitely detailed and fantastically lighthearted. Though appropriate for all ages, this one-of-a-kind graphic novel is likely to appeal most to smart women in their 20s and older and to any man who believes in feminism and knows how to laugh.” (Publishers Weekly)

“There’s a clear salute to the power of sisterhood in Castle Waiting’s stories of battered and exploited women banding together with kindly men to make a new world... The Castle Waiting castle draws people looking for a safe place to rest. The Castle Waiting book draws readers looking for much the same. Club rating: A-.” (The Onion A.V. Club)

“The true strength of Castle Waiting… is Medley’s gorgeous art. The characters are perfect, distinctive and expressive, and the storytelling so strong you don’t even notice it. […] When I close the cover, it’s always a melancholy action, because I want more time with these people, more adventures, more humor and good-heartedness.” (Johanna Draper Carlson - Comics Worth Reading)

“Medley’s storytelling... uses flashbacks and stories-within-stories in a manner that creates a rhythm that is both fun and gripping. Hard-edged lines with simple forms create black-and-white artwork that melds nicely with the fairy-tale feel of the stories. This volume is accessible for younger readers but filled with enough layers and depth to satisfy those looking for a bit more sophistication.” (School Library Journal)

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SHAME on you, Fantagraphics!
Ajousch
The woman won an Eisner Award for Best Ongoing Story for the Castle Waiting series.
M. B. Wilkes
This book is so beautiful I just want to gaze at it instead of read it.
Anna Clare

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Thompson on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am the publisher of CASTLE WAITING. Placing the author's credit on a sticker only was done at the EXPRESS REQUEST of the author (believe me, we wanted to put her name on the book itself and argued strenuously, if unsuccessfully, for it!), and --because I know this will be the next question-- the reasons for this are between us and her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ajousch on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't think you need to read the first one to enjoy the second collection, because there are so many anecdotes and started-and-finished storylines here, but you surely appreciate various characters more if you know them from the first volume.

The main storyline is that the inhabitants of Castle Waiting are looking for a new room to live for Jain now that her son has been born. They explore the castle and talk about its stories, we get flashbacks to Jain's childhood, we find out more about the doctor and the smith's background and how the cook fell in love with the giant father of her son. A few old friends of the smith come to visit, too, and contribute to the search - and an enjoyable game of nine pins, eventually.

I do have HUGE BEEF with the publisher though. This is the second collection of a series that has won the Eisner Award for Linda Medley. HOW DIFFICULT is it to actually PRINT her name somewhere on or in the book where people could actually see it? It's not on the cover or the spine or the inner first leaf. They had to print an extra sticker and stick it on the back to name the author and artist!!! The only place Linda Medley's name actually shows up in print in the book is in the publishing info at the very back in small print. SHAME on you, Fantagraphics! On the other hand, I'm happy to have the collection at all (although I bought all the pamphlets first anyway).

Aside: as the artist no longer has her own website and I haven't read about any recent interviews with her, and the release of the pamphlet version of Castle Waiting has become irregular again, I would dearly like to know what has happened. Does anyone know what is up with Linda Medley?

I will gladly buy anything else in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilkes on February 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have waited a long time for this continuation of a story and a cast of characters that I love. It did not disappoint, but boy did it leave me high and dry at the end. There is no ending to speak of; it feels as though the story arc just slipped out of the book.

I understand that there was some flak between Medley and the publisher, and I am so distressed to hear that. The woman won an Eisner Award for Best Ongoing Story for the Castle Waiting series. I have no idea what happened at Fantagraphics, but this author deserves more then the average dose of love from her publisher.

I am also hearing rumors that Ms. Medley has taken a step back from this series. I would doubt she reads these little blurbs, but I do beseech her to consider her loyal fans--especially those of us who are content to quietly wait--and not abandon the story! The two volumes of Castle Waiting are among my most prized books, and I return to them often for the joy of the story and the light sweetness of the tale.

Castle Waiting is a treasure. If you agree, please pipe up with a review of your own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By asketo on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing, fun, well-written series told with sly humor and superior storytelling skill, both in the graphics and the text. I've been looking forward to volume 2 for a while. Like the previous reviewer I've also noticed that the author seems to have gone from the web, and it sounds like she's told her publisher she's taking a break for a while. Perhaps an army of raving fans could persuade her otherwise?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I checked out the first volume of Castle Waiting from the library many years ago based on seeing it recommended so often on a female-reader-centric comics website, and I enjoyed it a good bit. Recently I checked the shelf for it again and was very pleased to see a volume two. After checking that out, I ordered both volumes for myself, and after a month they haven't left my bedside table.
It's really kind of unprecedented for me, actually; I love to reread my favorites, but I don't think I've ever read and reread the same two volumes over and over for an entire month before. I just keep looking at all the details, trying to figure out hints of what's gonna happen, enjoying the interplay of the characters - there's just something about a book that isn't afraid to take the plot slow and just bring you into the lives of the people in it, so that when something big does occur, you're really, really invested in it.
And that's the way I feel now, so much so that I'm certainly not going to wait for the next complete volume, but plan to buy the issues as they come, whenever they do. (I hope that I'll be able to find out when that is, though, and where to get them!) As an artist myself, who's been working on the same project with the same characters for many years (and just as a hobby, so without any pressure), I still understand the need for a hiatus to keep the interest fresh. I just hope, like other reviewers, that it isn't a really long hiatus before we get a taste of more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skip on December 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the first volume of Castle Waiting, and was excited to read the second. However, the storyline is painfully slow. More importantly, to me, it did not even finish off a it's tedious story arc before the end of the volume, but dropped me off perhaps 2/3rds of the way through. Sure, it is still entertaining and has funny bits, but I was very disappointed.
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