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Fables – Not Just for Kids!

Posted in Reading with tags , , on August 19, 2008 by moamcm

I just finished Fables: The Good Prince.  If you are a fan of graphic novels and are looking for something a little different than your standard super hero genre, this is a series you may want to consider.  It was good to begin with and it just keeps getting better as it goes along. 

In short, imagine if all of the storybook characters you knew as a kid actually existed somewhere in other worlds / dimensions.  Now image that a great war brought about by an unknown figure called only “the adversary” has occurred and many of these familiar childhood characters have become refugees slipping through a dimensional gate and hiding on our Earth for centuries.  This war is still going on and the enemy is slowly advancing seizing more and more worlds.  The fable population who managed to escape to the “mundy” Earth did their best to rebuild a society (a place they call Fabletown) and to block all gates that the enemy could use to advance on Earth.  This is where the series begins.  All the familiar characters are here, such as Snow White, Prince Charming, the Frog Prince, etc.  Since I do not want to offer any spoilers here, I’ll leave it at that other than to say that it would not be much of a story if the fables had actually managed to cut off all threat from the adversary. 

The series is worth the read one time just as a totally different take on the whole fairy and folk tales themes.  But beyond that, it is just a really good story in my opinion.  Great characters with a strong consistent theme delivered well can never go wrong.  For a little more detail see the Wikipedia entry here on Fables.

If you are local to Columbus and want to reserve any of the titles in this series, go to the CML catalog page, type “fables” (without the quotes), and then scroll down the right side to the “Series” section, click the link that reads “Fables (11).”  This will bring up all of the titles in the series.  The order of the series is this:

Fables: Legends in Exile
Fables: Animal Farm
Fables: Storybook Love
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables: The Mean Seasons
Fables: Homelands
Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)
Fables: Wolves
Fables: Sons of Empire
Fables: The Good Prince

And if you are local to Columbus and do not have a library card, for the love of Mike, go to the CML website or your closest library location right this second and get one!  Be sure to read over the library card page above before coming in so you have everything you need to get a card right then.  If the only “what’s in your wallet®” is something that causes you to spend more money you need a better card that will get you access to everything from entertainment to knowledge for absolutely zero costs.

1001 Nights of Snowfall is a stand alone read, though I would recommend reading it around the same time you read Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days).

And according to the Wikipedia article Fables: War and Pieces is due out November 19 of this year.  I will definitely be watching and hoping that whoever added that date had the right information.