book review: storybook love

I’m slowly catching up on Bill Willingham’s Fables series. It really is as good as everyone said. The general concept is that all the fable characters are immortal and have been living in New York since they were chased from storybookland by The Adversary. After Animal Farm (which saw a failed uprising by the more inhuman Fables in their upstate location), the status quo seems ripe for upsetting.

In Storybook Love there are a few stories. One is a caper where a bunch of the Fables, led by Bigby Wolf have to deal with a journalist who’s cottoned onto their “secret.” There’s also a story filled with political machinations (and some romance).

These stories are great. Not as literature dependent or complex as something like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but a lot of fun. Who’s a villain and who’s a hero isn’t as easy as remembering the original stories. Willingham does a really good job of making these characters fit their roles, but also develop. Excellent stuff.

book review: april 2011 bulk edition

I have been neglecting my reviewing duties. But don’t worry, I’ve still been reading. I haven’t given up on the printed word (and image). Just been slow in typing about them. So here is a list of the books I read before coming to Australia.
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book review: 1001 nights of snowfall

I may have to hand in my comic book nerd card, but I haven’t read Bill Willingham’s Fables. The series is about all these immortal fairy-tale characters living in modern New York and it’s supposed to be great. But there a re a lot of books and I feel like if I start buying them I won’t be able to stop. But 1001 Nights of Snowfall was a great book for me. It’s set a few hundred years before the present with Snow White playing Scheherazade and telling stories. Each story was illustrated by a different artist and they were generally pretty awesome tales about characters you know. Like how Snow White dealt with the dwarves afterwards and how it almost caused a major diplomatic incident, or what a good selfless king Cole was. And then in the end Snow White gives Scheherazade the idea to tell stories.