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Fables: Storybook Love

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Further down the path we go. This novel brings us further into the dark and scary woods of Fabletown and gives us a wider glimpse of the different facets of each character. The core of this installment is the issues entitled Storybook Love. This story is about the growing relationship between Snow White and Bigby Wolf as well as Goldilocks revenge plot against Snow White for thwarting her revolution in the previous volume. Some of my favorite moments in this installment weren’t part of the core story but before it. I loved getting a glimpse at Sleeping Beauty and how she’s used to get information from a reporter who’s found out what he thinks is the truth about Fabletown.

So far for me the series has it’s ups and downs. There are parts I love and parts I’m not too fond of. I’m interested to see which characters pop up later and how that will affect the story.

Discussion Questions:

1. How do you think Prince Charmings plan will influence further issues? Do you think he’ll succeed?

2. What do you think will happen with Snow White’s pregnancy? What powers will her and Bigby Wolf’s child possibly have?

3. Which issue in this volume was your favorite?

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Fables: Legends in Exile

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Into the woods we go! The Fables Buddy Read and Blog Tour has begun. Check it out here and at Come Hither Books for more information. Up first is Bill Willingham’s Legends in Exile, the first installment in the Fables series. We are introduced to many fairy tale characters that we know and love whether it be from Grimm’s fairy tales or even Disney movies. There’s the big bad wolf, Bigby in the Fables realm, Snow White, and even Beauty and the Beast. However, these aren’t quite the characters that we all think we know. The fairy tale characters in Willingham’s universe are tinged with noir. The women are beautiful and deadly, the men a bit grizzled and jaded. These characters have lost it all and have had to rebuild their lives in Manhattan, away from their fairy tale happy ever afters.

This first installment centers on Snow White and Bigby’s search for what happened to Snow’s sister Rose Red, a link back to the old Grimm’s fairy tale. Their search leads them all over the Fable community where we are able to meet other familiar characters. The plot takes many queues from Agatha Christie, with Bigby becoming a bit like her Poirot. The clues are scattered throughout the novel cleverly and with precision, including the occasional red herring. The ending reads much like a Golden Age mystery, with a big reveal at the end where all characters are present in one fashion or another.

So far I’m loving this series and can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Discussion Questions:

1. Are the personalities of the characters in Bill Willingham’s Fables series, such as Snow White and Prince Charming, exaggerated versions of people or closer to our own reality?

2. In what way did the Fables fairy tale characters surprise you?

3. For fun, which character so far is your favorite and why?

I hope you have as much fun reading this series installment as I did. Happy reading!