Peter & Max: A Fables Novel [With Earbuds] (Fables novel)
Stars Peter Piper and his incorrigible brother Max in a story about jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Set in the imaginative world of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, PETER & MAX is a stand alone prose novel the first ever published by Vertigo/DC Comics.
Long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest, two brothersPeter Piper and his older brother Maxencounte
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Peter and Max is the first full prose novel in the Fables series by Bill Willingham. The graphic novels alone are fascinating works of artwork and this inspired me to want to check out this novel. Unfortunately the novel lacked the worldbuilding depth and characters which appealed to me so much in the graphic novels.
Essentially this is the story of Peter Piper and his brother, Max, who becomes the fabled Pied Piper. Aside from providing a re-interpretation of the histories and origins of those t ...more
In the Fables universe, characters from fairytales, nursery rhymes and other legendary stories have all come together in our world after theirs was taken over by an invading a ...more
The plot in a nutshell: The characters from our fables and fairy tales have been living in our world for hundreds of years, though their communities are hidden through magic. They escaped from various different worlds to settle on Earth.
The novel is about Peter Piper and his older brother Ma ...more
The world building is excellent, and this is something Willingham scores high on in the ongoing Fables comic published by DC/Vertigo.
The narrative goes back and forth fr ...more
Don't get me wrong, I did really, really like it--it was Bill Willingham, one of my heroes, and most of the book left me heartily entertained and happy. But at the end, all I could really muster for this book was a sort of positive sounding "Meh."
As I see it, there were three flaws in this ...more
"Fables" fans are already familiar with the clever and subtle ways in which Willingham weaves together classic fairy tale characters with more modern interpretations. On a month to month basis, I never ceased to be impressed with his story-telling virtuosity. But upon reading "Peter & Ma ...more
The eponymous protagonists are brothers, and are based on several familiar tales. Peter is both Peter Piper of pickled pepper fame ...more
Alright, now that that's out of the way; Peter and Max ...more
can't really offer much insight on the background of his idea. Peter & Max are the two Piper brothers, one responsible for the Pied Piper legend, the other f ...more
For Fables fans, the question is whether or not Bill Willingham has potential as a novel writer. His writing he ...more
Despite Bo's protests and concern for Peter's safety, Peter resolves to find Max ...more
That said, I picked up this book thinking it would help to pass the time ...more
This tells the story of Peter and Max Piper, two brothers who become the hero and villain characters in the story. I loved the way that Bill Willingham has used fairytale tropes and characters and ...more
I actually borrowed this one before I read my first Fables graphic Novel. And after reading this book I sure want to read those graphic novels. Because the world is wonderful.
This is then a novel based on the graphic novels. It is a standalone and it is about Peter and Max. The book takes place in this world, because the Fables (all those famous fairytale stories we know and love) fled to this world to get away from the war. Here they settled in new York. Peter is happy with this wife, but then ...more
It is an outstanding piece of fiction.
One the surface, it is the story of two brothers, hunting each other across thousands of years, and several worlds.
Like the fables and fairy tales that it draws from, Peter & Max is a book that deals with extremely dark themes: insanity, patricide, rape, murder, infanticide, and, at in its darkest moments, mass murder. Paradoxically it is ...more
The book opens with a bit of an explanation of the setting. The people are fairy tale character ...more
One of the most critical components of whether I like a show, a movie or a book is characterization. Are these people interesting, do they have a backstory, do I have a reason to like or care about them?
In the case of Peter and Max I'd say they have the backstory, but little else. Peter is ultimately a kind of generic Good Guy. Yeah, there's a section where he becomes a thief, but it's nothing special. Hell, I've seen it done a million times better in The Name of the Wind. The comp ...more
Le style est très p ...more
Peter Piper and his wife Bo Peep are living somewhat comfortably near the Farm when Rose Red comes to visit, informing Peter that Bigby Wolf wishes to see him. Going to visit Bigby, Peter is informed that his brother Max has returned and needs to be dealt with. What follows is a tal ...more
Okay, I'd be remiss if I didn't offer full disclosure and admit that I am a huge Fables fan. That doesn't mean I automatically give Willingham a free pass, though. I've written some glowing ...more