There are a couple of other book bloggers also reading the Fables series right now, and I’m just a little bit behind them, having only read Fables I: Legends in Exile and Fables II: Animal Farm. After I read the reviews by Book Zombie and Fyrefly, I don’t quite know what to say in mine because theirs are so good! So, if this review sucks, click on the links and the bottom to read some that I think are much better.
Fables IV: Storybook Love had multiple story arcs happening, which wasn’t done in either of the first two books. I’m still not sure if I liked this structure or not, but I think it might be something that stays with the series (based on what I’ve read of Fables IV).
Anyway, the first story, “Bag O’Bones” was about Jack learning to cheat death. The next two, “A Sharp Operation” and “Dirty Business,” were about what happens when a journalist thinks he has discovered Fabletown. These stories were interesting because they advanced individual characters, but didn’t do much to advance the overall plot of the Fables universe and therefore I thought they were distracting more than interesting.
However, I enjoyed the main story, “Storybook Love,” which helps close out the unanswered questions from Animal Farm. Goldilocks is still on the loose, Blackbeard is still nefarious, and romance is in the air for two of our favorite Fables. Good stuff, and resolved with a twist at the end that doesn’t feel contrived or cheesy.
Overall I wasn’t thrilled with this edition by itself. My favorite part of each Fables book is when they introduce new Fables into the mix — usually with some quirky twist on an old favorite fairy tale. This edition, for the most part, lacked that quality, even in the story arcs exclusively related to character development. Not my favorite book in the Fables series so far, but it gets the job done as we move forward to Fables IV : March of the Wooden Soldiers.
Links to Enjoy:
- The Story So Far — Bill Willingham’s official site
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