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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
Paperback, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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this was a gift from the lovely kat stark. and noooo, i haven't read the earlier books in the series, but there was a handy little summary at the start of this one to catch me up, and i don't think i missed too much by starting partway in.

i always enjoy a good fairytale-based riff; familiar characters, unfamiliar storylines, and while i'm not in love with the artwork in this book, i really enjoyed the various tones of the tales - a little noir, a little crime/intrigue, some love, some murder, s
J.G. Keely
Nov 12, 2010 J.G. Keely rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fantasy, reviewed
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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

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
Jan 13, 2016 Kaitlin rated it liked it
This is volume #3 in the Fables series and I very much enjoyed the read through of this one. I felt as though Animal Farm was a little better just becuase it didn't skip around the world quite as much and so we got to grips a bit quicker with the characters, but that doesn't mean this was worse, it just means there was more packed in and it was an expansion of the world, characters and overall plot. In terms of the pacing of this series I do love that every time I think 'ooh, wait' as if I have ...more
I enjoyed the first two volumes but not so much this one. It was a bit too disjointed, I've never particularly liked the art, and I don't think I care enough about the characters to want to read more. The idea was great at first but the novelty has worn off for me now.
Jun 13, 2016 Rosie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I need the next one now now now now
Feb 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Good: A couple of really interesting story lines going on, with the four separate stories told as a collection instead of an ongoing story. I always love Bigby and Snow working together and this volume spends some real quality time with them. We get to see a lot of Bluebird, and while not a fun character to follow, it certainly is revealing. Both Jack's and the Lilliputians' stories are flashbacks, giving a great look at the histories of these characters.

The Bad: There seems to be a sad case
Pretty good, the story was a little more interesting than the previous two volumes. I loved Bluebeard and Prince Charming's duel and the development between Snow and Bigby. The world and the various characters were again the most enjoyable aspects. Looking forward to the next one.
2.5 stars Didn't really like this volume but I liked some of the twists. Will continue with the series.
Jun 05, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Mar 14, 2016 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, vertigo
Actually, surprisingly good. I was bored by the first volume, and I couldn't even bear through the second, it was like a huge ball of overwrought exposition. But this one? This one I liked. Willingham definitely evolved as a writer a lot over the first year of writing Fables. I mean, it's still not perfect, the dialogue is a bit heavy-handed at places, but the story and the pacing are finally good enough for me to get interested in the series. I'm still not a fan of the art, although Buckingham ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy 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...
Christina (GoodGirlKills)
This series is great. I enjoyed this volume and it was a quick read. You just have to love Snow White.
Afro Madonna
Jul 29, 2015 Afro Madonna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
That's it. I'm officially hooked!!! I enjoyed the shit out of this one. So much diversity and awesome twists. I never really got sold on the happily ever after thing when I used to read fairy tales as a kid. I mean come the fuck on happily every after??? Yeah right. Or I was probably a really cynical child lmao. This comic is perfect for those of us who always wondered what happened after happily ever after. Guess I know now, and I fucking love it. Ahem. Anyways, I'm so completing all the 19 vol ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Apr 13, 2016 Callie Rose Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fables
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
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
Jan 15, 2012 Jelinas rated it liked it
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
Elijah Kinch Spector
Apr 25, 2011 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it really liked it
Shelves: nypl, comics
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
Aug 21, 2007 Jennie rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2016 Sud666 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Another excellent installment of the Fables series. This one is written in a series of smaller tales, unlike the previous two volumes that were all one tale. It is a collection of "love" stories. Though the first one is really about a mundy (human) reporter that thinks the Fables are vampires. The story is of how Bigby was able to stop the reporter from publishing the story. No spoilers so I shan't say anymore. The rest of the stories are sort of connected in that many of the side stories carry ...more
Brendan Nicholls
May 07, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it it was amazing
Another compelling story from Fable Town, this one uses some of the characters lore which was fun and interesting. The biggest issue I had were the prologue and epilogue which had no bearing on the story, they were just thrown in. The complexity to this series is beginning to form and knowing it's a long and established series its exciting to see where it goes. Bigby and Snow are two of the best characters but they aren't the easily accessible characters you normally associate with lead characte ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing
staying strong.
Jun 09, 2016 DaViD´82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Díl, kterým mě (konečně!) Willingham přesvědčil, že krom nápadů má i vypravěčský um, aby je náležitě prodal. Speciálně dvoudílná vyspělá, hravá, nápaditá a nekompromisní heist žánrovka se Šípkovou Růženkou je tím, skrze co by se měla celá série prodávat. Ovšem již i úvodní pohádková povídka "Dařbuján a Pandrhola na ostro" má téměř až sandmanovské grády. A i stěžejní několika dílný hlavní příběh je z těch dosavadních tím nejlepším. Snad jen závěrečná pohádka je odbitá, protože přesmíru tezovitá. ...more
Maria Angelica
Dec 12, 2015 Maria Angelica rated it liked it
Shelves: tenho, lido-2015
Não curti tanto quanto os dois primeiros. Achei que a história tinha muitos elementos que acabaram não harmonizando. Também acho que o autor queimou a largada com um romance importante e me deixou um pouco decepcionada... :(
Anna ツ
Mar 10, 2016 Anna ツ rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-sunday
I really liked how the artwork in the main story was darker and even grimmer, compared to Volume One. We still follow characters from folklore that everyone knows from childhood nursery rhymes and fairy tales, such as Snow White, the Wolf, Bluebeard and Prince Charming.
Apart from that it's daily routine in Fable Town: love, muder and political scheming. We finally see Snow White back in Fabletown! Plus 2 short stories in the beginning and the end of the book, to round things up.
I love Snow and B
Mar 06, 2016 Bobby rated it really liked it
The third volume of Fables starts to see a little bit more focus after two volumes that introduced many of the sweeping world-building elements series is based on.

The larger story here continues to follow in the events of volume two. Goldilocks has gone missing and someone (at least one person) has it out for Bigby and Snow. Speaking of those two, their personal relationship makes some strides here as they find themselves targeted and set upon. Meanwhile, Prince Charming makes a big move in an a
Nov 02, 2011 seak rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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.
Kaleb Phillips
Oct 29, 2015 Kaleb Phillips rated it liked it
This one was pretty rough. It doesn't follow a clear theme, and changes plots several times, while not fully explaining much of anything. There was no closure to any of the obstacles, and the entire final chapter was irrelevant. Also, they completely changed the art for the last chapter, which took it from a dark and gritty style, to something straight out of Disney. All that being said, it was still a fun read, and I will be continuing with the series in hopes that this was just a fluke, and th ...more
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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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