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The story of the Fable refugees continues, this time with a focus on the many forms of storybook love.
I was much happier with this volume than with the previous one. I’m on firmer footing with love stories, however fractured they may be, than with a retelling of Animal Farm.
There’s not really a big plot arc here–it’s more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I enjoyed them. I particularly liked the charming tale of the marooned Lilliputian army as well as Snow White and Bigby’s continuing…denials. I’m from the Southern Appalachians, a region well-known for our “Jack Tales,” so seeing one of those represented here was also a bonus. There was also a death I found to be shocking. I’d assumed this person would be around for a long time!
I still enjoy the quality of the artwork and appreciate the scope. From a typical, happily-ever-after quest tale to a gory blood bath, it’s all represented well here.
I don’t have much else to write except that I’ll be picking the next one up sooner rather than later. If, like me, you were a little turned off by Volume 2, don’t hesitate to pick up Volume 3. You’ll be back in fairy tale territory.
If you liked Fables: Storybook Love, you might also like my reviews of
- Fables: Legends in Exile (#1)
- Fables: Animal Farm (#2)
- Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, illustrated by Kerascoët, translated by Helge Dascher
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