Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fables - Volume 14: Witches by Bill Willingham & company

Fables - Volume 14: Witches by Bill Willingham & company

Date Completed: January 7, 2011
Reason for Reading: Carry on with Series
While the meek and mild flying monkey Bufkin is trapped in Fabletown's collapsed business office with the evil witch Baba Yaga, Frau Totenkinder and the witches at the Farm upstate prepare to deal with Mister Dark down in what's left of Fabletown.
This is another series that I am obsessed with, but never review... It's just so hard to say anything without ruining the series for those new to it, or even those that are a few behind. Comic series are really just one long book, so you cannot really review each story individually and not destroy it. I really should have at least reviewed the first book, but I didn't, and now here we are 14 books into the series and I haven't really said anything about it! I bought the first two books in this series in January of 2009 with gift cards that I had from Christmas. I had always wanted to read it, but just never got around to it. Now here it is 2 years later and I am all caught-up and left waiting for more. This has been pretty much the case since some time in 2009. I am a bit obsessed with this series...

You see, I love fairy tales. When I was little I was obsessed with Grimms' Fairy Tales and other famous writers. I watched Disney, even though they were not very true to the story, and I think that they were my first love. I have never gotten over it. I am hopeless when I see a book based on a fairy tale. There are simply too many of them, but I still want to read all of them. Later in life I have read non-fiction books about the genre, read fairy tales from a broader scope of the world, and even took a course dedicated to it in university. So, when I see a book with pretty pictures based around fairy tale characters you can pretty much guarantee that I am in love before I even read the first book. I think I was worried at first, though, because there is a lot of creative license at work. I never should have worried, though, as you can tell by the fact that I just finished the 14th book in the series! I love Fables! It is probably my favourite on-going series. I get excited when I buy the newest volume.

So, what can I say about Volume 14? It was a bit anti-climatic after all the adventure in 13, but it still was great. I am looking forward to Volume 15, though. It has an awesome cover and looks like it is finally going to be centred around Rose Red. There is obviously an interesting story there. Some of the storylines started in this book will likely be addressed, too. I am excited to see what the two volumes released this year are all about! I also think once the person that is currently borrowing the series slowly is finished I am going to reread the whole thing.

***Edited to add, I have no idea what happened the other day, but I have reviewed some of this series. I thought I had, but when I searched it didn't come up! I have adjusted the list below to link to those that I have managed to review. Another good reason to reread the series this year! Then I can review the later ones that I apparently missed before...

Fables (Core) Series:
The Good Prince
War and Pieces
The Dark Ages
The Great Fables Crossover
Rose Red (Forth-coming)
Werewolves of the Heartland (Forth-coming)

This book counts for the TwentyEleven Reading Challenge.


  1. I wasn't familiar with this series, but as a fellow lover of fairy tales, you certainly piqued my interest. I'll look for the first one in the series. Thanks, Kelly!

  2. I'm a little worried about #15, what with the direction rose red's character has gone. I'm not too pleased with her current state of mind. I'm hoping she gets a good story and turns right around, back on her feet but have am worried she may go down a different, darker road, if you kwim.

  3. jenclair: I would love to hear what you think of this series! I love it! I am glad I actually reviewed this one if it leads to someone reading it for the first time!

    Nicola: I know! It's really hard to say, isn't it? I thought all her demons had been dealt with all ready, so I am surprised that they decided she needed more. The cover looks rather ominous, but you never know... It's about time, though. It has been hinted at for a while, but never addressed!


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