The book contains three long-ish stories; The Veiled Prophet, The Armed Garden, and The Drum Who Fell in Love. All three books contain David B's unique drawing style which lends itself nicely to the surreal nature of the stories.
The first story has something of the 1001 Arabian Nights about it, telling the tale of a prophet whose face is covered by a veil and the quest others took upon themselves to see beyond it. I'm not sure if this story is an original by David B or is an adaptation from the Muslim faith or another book, but it's mythical and religious overtones make it seem that way.
The Armed Garden tells of a blacksmith who becomes convinced that he is doing the work of the Lord and that Eve is telling him to seek out Paradise, which inevitably ends badly.
The Drum Who Fell in Love concerns a real historical figure, Jan Zizka, a 15th century Czech general who died in 1424. His followers have his skin taken off of him, tanned, and turned into a drum. Whenever the drum is beaten, Zizka's ghost appears and joins them in battle.
All of the stories are imaginative and well-illustrated but the way they're told is not very involving for the reader - this person did this, they were told this, they did this, that happened - it feels very much like you're reading a story so you're never lost in it, you're too aware for that to happen. Also the overly religious and mythical tones were quite off-putting as they never felt like they made the stories better, rather it made them seem more silly and story-like (if that makes sense).
I like David B's work but "The Armed Garden and Other Stories" is not his best book and, were it not for some explicit scenes, I would say it would be more suited to children who are perhaps less judgmental about the flaws in the book and more ready to accept the way the stories unfold. For anyone curious about David B I would direct them to his best book yet, "Epileptic", rather than this one.