Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love (Fables, #3)
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Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love (Fables #3)

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In the Fables' world, there isn't a lot of happily-ever-after to go around. As refugees from the lands of make-believe, the Fables have been driven from their storybook realms and forced to blend in with our gritty, mundane reality.

But that doesn't mean they don't have any room for romance—or the pain, betrayal and jealous rage that go along with it. In fact, love may be b...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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Keely
Not as awful as the first two volumes, but still not very good. Not very good at all. It all comes down to the the unpracticed awkwardness of the writing. The characters spend most of their time explaining the plot, and the rest spouting movie cliches.

They don't have much personality because all we know about them is what we're told in the wordy exposition of other characters. If you want a character to be clever, have him do clever things, don't just have other characters tell us how clever he...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This was such a good GN, I started it and was sucked back into Fabletown and out of my own world. Now, Mr. Willingham, you know how to do a fairy retelling very well. While I found some parts of this book quite graphic and disturbingly violent, it fits in with the storyline and the series and the grim kind of world of fairy tales, and the situations that the characters find themselves in.

I never did like Bluebeard. I was prejudiced by his past of murdering his wives. It's really hard to get past...more
Jonathan

Fables Volume 3 is the precise definition of what a graphic novel should be in my eyes. And I use graphic novel in distinct difference to the concept of a comic book. It's smart, adult and has a distinctive art style, which while not the glossy art I've loved in other works, adds its own special tone to the work I've read so far in the series.

Storybook Love continues the adult themes and the unique ideas of the previous novels in the series. In this particular novel several references are made t...more
Gavin
I enjoyed this one a fair bit; I think it was just the funny situations, such as having a bunch of the men break into a building using Sleeping Beauty's sleep-curse to knock everyone out so they could get incriminating evidence away from someone.
Or maybe it was the fact that Prince Charming stepped up and did something good (not for the right reasons, but still) or that his character was expanded and given more depth that we've seen so far (usually just a playboy manslut).
I really enjoy the Snow...more
Jenn
Another volume down... another volume to go.
This one was interesting and very good.

Prince Charming sure is a modern day gigolo.
The part where Pinocchio was used for kiddie porn was AWESOME!
Can't get enough of that character. Never gonna look at him the same.
Plus Snow White's in a bit of "trouble" as they say it!

On to #5...
Callie Rose Tyler
This volume covers 4 stories.


Bag 'O Bones- Set during the American Civil, Jack Horner finds a way to cheat Death resulting in horrific and humorous effects. This story is definitely rated M for Mature!
A Two-Part Caper-A 'Mundy' journalist finds out about the Fables, kind of, and they have to decide how to react.
Storybook Love-Bluebeard enchants Bigby and Snow in order to give Goldilocks the chance to kill them. Prince Charming emerges as a much more interesting character with various motives and...more
Jess
Three volumes in, I'm beginning to feel like Fables is a fun series of escapist fiction, but doesn't seem to offer much more than that. In Volume Three: Storybook Love, we are given a couple of single issue stories that show us a bit more of the history behind certain characters, Jack's schemes during the American Civil War, and the legends that are told among the fables themselves. Which is good at establishing some background, but it's not yet clear to me that there is any sort of narrative ar...more
Jelinas
I really enjoyed Storybook Love; I did. But, as ridiculous as this sounds, I did think that you had to... ahem... suspend your disbelief a little more with this one than you did in the first two volumes of this series.

The volume starts off pretty fun, with a glimpse into Jack Horner's adventures during the Civil War. It's funny and pretty charming; he cheats both the Devil and Death in this segment (nudity warning here. Jack be a player). It's just an aside, so it doesn't have much bearing on th...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
A definite uptic in quality with this volume, less time spent making specific points or setting up a world means more time luxuriating in that world as characters come and go and interact, and still, thankfully, without too many "good guys" and "bad guys." Goldilocks is still kind of ridiculous, but she's barely there -- I do hope we get to see more of the Mouse Police, though. They are great. The stories in this volume feel a lot more organic, less divided into perfect arcs (often done for the...more
Jennie
This is great, because we have some stand-alone stories in addition to adding on to the story arc of the previous two books. There's a Civil War Era tale of Jack's, plus the history of how the Liliputians escaped and the origins of their current coming-of-age ritual of trying to steal a piece of magic barley-corn. There is also a non-story arc story in the modern fabletown community where a journalist is onto the Fables... but misreads the evidence. After confronting Bigby with the news that he...more
Kat
Basic plot: Several minor ones, but all of them relating to the Fables and their romantic relationships somehow. There wasn't really a single overarching story.

This was another excellent installment of the Fables series. I continue to enjoy seeing how the different stories get put together into a cohesive urban fantasy world. I continue to love the characters, particularly Snow and Bigby. The cliffhanger at the end of this volume regarding them was particularly intriguing. The art continues to b...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I enjoyed this a bit more than the prior two, even though it was more disjointed - really four stories in one, with Storybook Love being the longest by far.
Natasha
Another great one by Bill Willingham! Fables: Storybook of love is the third graphic novel in the Fables series. What I love about this book is
that unlike the past 2 books, you get 4 different tales which provided more character background to help fill you in the Fables world.

Storybook love is a tale of romance and adventure.
The first story, 'Bag O'bones' is actually a retelling of the famous folklore tale known as "Soldier Jack". I don't know why, but I find Jack
reminds me of Jason Stackhou...more
PurplyCookie
This volume collects Issues #11-18, including the 4-part "Storybook Love." Also included are the 2-part "A Sharp Operator" and the single-issue tales "Bag o' Bones" and "Barleycorn Brides." Unlike in the first two volumes of Fables, there is no single story arc in this one. Instead we get four tales of different lengths that help flesh out the characters for us.

"Bag o' Bones" is a set of stories adapted and taken from the Mountain Jack Tales of American folklore. Jack of the Tales is the main ch...more
Sofia
Posted on my book blog.

Background: I'm starting to really like this series (it's come a long way from the first issue). I'm buying the issues in order when I can find them.

Review: In this issue, there are a couple of stories unrelated to the general storyline: one follows Jack of the Tales (still of a pretty vacuous mind), and the other gives a little cultural background for the Liliputians. Both are very funny and provide great context for the story. I heard Jack of the Tales even has its own s...more
Ronyell
Brief Introduction:

After reading the first two volumes in Bill Willingham’s well-praised graphic novel series “Fables,” I just had to check out the third volume “Fables: Storybook Love” and at this moment, this volume has restored my faith in the “Fables” series! That is not to say that the first two volumes were not great, but when I read the first two volumes, there was not enough development going on for the characters and I felt that I was reading filler stories rather than a good introduct...more
Jonathan
Aug 15, 2009 Jonathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Book 3 returns to Fabletown some time after the events of the last one. The first couple issues find Bigby dealing with a mundane journalist who threatens to expose Fablestown's secret (he thinks they're vampires). The main point of this short arc is to deepen the hostility between Bluebeard and Bigby; the latter earning the deadly ire of the former for humiliating him during their caper. Both of them know the inevitable outcome of any physical confrontation, so Bluebeard turns to underhanded m...more
Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 07, 2011 Drew Patrick Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairy Tale & Myth Fans
Review from the PFS Book Club...

What I Liked: This is my favorite Fables so far - each trade just keeps getting better. Snow and Bigby together in the wilderness - and the consequences of what happens there - is great storytelling and painfully true to life. They might have love, but it's ruined when their actual lives intervene to screw things up.

This is also the first collection where Willingham introduces the stand alone issues to present some of the Fables' past. We see Jack during the Civil...more
Craig
A stand alone story about Jack of Tales during the Civil War and another about the Lilliputians serve as bookends to this third volume. Both are fine on their own but not as interesting as the two stories that make up the majority of this book.

The first deals with what happens when a mundy journalist thinks he's discovered the truth about the residents of Fabletown. Even though his theory is far from the truth, it still poses a real threat to the fairy tale community.

It's followed by a story in...more
Marg
3.5/5


This is the third edition of the Fables collection, and once again I have enjoyed spending time with the various fairy tale creatures that form the population of Fabletown.

Whilst the narrative that was started in book 1 and 2 were carried on through this volume, there were also a couple of stories that provided some more back story to the individual characters that were a lot of fun, but almost stood separately to the overall story arc.

As with all the Fables books, these are fairytale stor...more
Nikki
I both really enjoy Fables and recognise all the criticisms of it in negative reviews. This book is a bit more fragmentary than the others, containing four separate stories rather than one continuous thing, and it doesn't really go into the issues with the Adversary at all.

We do learn a bit more about Bigby and why he feels the way he does about Snow, and we get some progression of their relationship -- except ouch at the end of their story. I was most interested in Prince Charming's involvemen...more
Roberto Bunting
Expanding on the world, I'm really digging this.
Kim
So this is where, unfortunately, I start to lose interest in the story. Maybe it's using the more basic magic spells, maybe it's jumping between different story lines in multiple pages, but something just started to wear off when I was reading this installment in the series.

I can say that the attempt at espionage and making it seem political was a bit of a hit and miss, because I not only couldn't tell what the problem was, but also still fail to understand where the character committing this dr...more
Nick Craven
Not quite as gripping as the previous installment but still leagues better than the first GN. Storybook Love starts out with Blue Beard becoming suspicious of Bigby and Snow as a spy spots him housing fable fugitive Goldie Locks. Blue Beard puts Bigby and Snow under a spell that makes them think they intentionally wanted to take a vacation together out in the wilderness where they'll be awaiting the arrival of Goldie to assassinate them. When they finally awaken from the spell dazed and confused...more
Ben Rowe
This has a couple of single issue stories, a 2 parter and a slightly longer series "Storybook love" from which the volume gets its name.

The longest story is by far the best and the other stories feel like they dilute it. I didnt buy the premise of the longest story - if a powerful enchantment could have been used then it could have gone a little bit further and would have much more effectively achieved the villains objectives. That said, switch off the brain and it was a lot of fun.

The rest Jack...more
Tim Johnson
This third volume covers a lot of ground. You learn exactly how long the Fables have been among us and continue to be introduced to new segments of the society. I don't see a lot of movement in the main storyline which I think is whether or not the Fables want to reclaim their homeland. It opens with Jack Horner's Civil War exploits which parallels somewhat the current circumstances of the Fables. There is at least one death in this volume that comes as a surprise and one that was expected. You...more
Ondrej Urban
Evne though the story seems to slow down a bit in this one, hlaf a star more than what I'm giving it would be in order, I believe.

The biggest downside of this part is the Bigby's face changing so that now he looks like an allergic person after eating a peanut bar and it's slightly distractive (plus, it makes him look less like a wolf and more like, I dunno, a cat-like figure, think Sithi of Tad Williams from the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series). Since I'm now not that far into the story, I don'...more
Adam B.
If I toss out the first and last stories from this collection, it's a 4.5 star book. Not only did I not appreciate the content of the first story, I was more than a little shocked at the poor quality of the art. The final story was kind of cutesie, which struck me as being out of place, and the art wasn't up to the quality of those that illustrated the main story arc.
Shanda
Centered around a non-conventional, yet somewhat predictable romance, this volume has a lot of romantic moments and relationship moments that give you more history into the personal lives of many of the main characters. We see Prince Charming still as a master seducer but unable to actually love anyone or anything like he loves power and money. His corruption is sure to continue to bloom in later volumes. While I didn't care for the artwork change nearing the last issue in this volume, I suppose...more
Cathy
This was back to what I liked about the first book in the series (or first volume of books). It had a story that built on the nature of the Fables and their long histories together. There were a lot more little subtleties to their characters at least and more emotional moments.
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many...more
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