That part of the review was provided by my Maisy (cat), who decided to sit on the keyboard for a while. I think she said everything I was going to say about the Jack issues quite well there.
The rest of the issues, however, with Boy Blue on his quest was probably the best Fables has ever been (so far). Boy Blue became an Interesting Character as of The Last Castle, but here he positively becomes the hero of the piece. I was correct in my previous musing, that the Adversary 'reveal' is both underwhelming and obvious because we'd already been given the info as to who it was ages ago, as I thought. I don't think this was meant to be a surprise twist though (eta: on reading some of the other reviews of this volume, it seems that this is meant to be a surprise twist. Poor.) It doesn't fully make sense, but there we go.
Prince Charming seems to be turning out to be a surprisingly good mayor, and Beast isn't at all bad as Sheriff, even though he has apparently no idea what Frau Totenkinder is up to right under his nose.
I started this as a side project so I could get to know some of the characters from Fables in prep for the Unwritten crossover. However, I now feel compelled to keep reading. The 'Winter is Coming' ref was pretty funny (and quite before it's time, it must work much better now than when the issue first came out)! (less)
A bit fillerish. I actually read #22 where it was originally placed, and I'm glad I did because it makes more sense. So, all this volume really gives...moreA bit fillerish. I actually read #22 where it was originally placed, and I'm glad I did because it makes more sense. So, all this volume really gives you is some Bigby backstory (which was ok), and some baby stuff stretched out over four issues with a little bit of setting up for something in the future. All fine, but nothing brilliant.(less)
Fables has certainly improved since it's somewhat weak start. This book should just be retitled 'Fables: The miserable and depressing volume' though....moreFables has certainly improved since it's somewhat weak start. This book should just be retitled 'Fables: The miserable and depressing volume' though. The Last Castle is full of death and sad, and then March of the Wooden Soldiers continues in the same vein. I can't help but feel that the Adversary, when revealed, is going to be a bit of an underwhelming reveal. We'll see.
I don't really like all this wanton killing of fictional characters. I do like that the story is being given sufficient room to play out though - 8 issues for a arc, that's how to do it properly. The standard 4/5 issues never seem to be enough and make things seem so rushed.(less)
Better than the first two volumes. I particularly liked the two stand-alone issues, Bag o' Bones and Barleycorn Brides. If this volume had been anythi...moreBetter than the first two volumes. I particularly liked the two stand-alone issues, Bag o' Bones and Barleycorn Brides. If this volume had been anything like the previous two, I might not have bothered to continue and just tried to glean what info I need for the Unwritten crossover from the internets. However, this was more interesting so I'm going to carry on with Fables. Although, why Bigby has no mouth in the majority of these issues is baffling and odd.(less)
Things are getting exciting as we get near the end. This one's heavy on the action, but there's a sweet scene in there too and then a dramatic end. Th...moreThings are getting exciting as we get near the end. This one's heavy on the action, but there's a sweet scene in there too and then a dramatic end. That's all there is to say really, we're in the lead up to the big finish, things have gotten good and I'm looking forward to #23!(less)
Ended up reading this volume last night too. They're only 5 issues in each and very fast to get through. Still not really feeling them, but it's early...moreEnded up reading this volume last night too. They're only 5 issues in each and very fast to get through. Still not really feeling them, but it's early days yet. This has been running for a very long time so there must be a reason! (less)
This is the first volume where I've read all the issues month-by-month (well, almost, I read #13 and #14 both at the end of Jan). So, I honestly can't...moreThis is the first volume where I've read all the issues month-by-month (well, almost, I read #13 and #14 both at the end of Jan). So, I honestly can't really remember exactly what happened in each issue as well as if I'd read them all in one batch, or if I'd read the volume by itself (as I did with the first two volumes).
What I can tell you, without needing to refer back to the issues to check exactly what happened where, is that I was excited every time I realised it was a Rachel Rising Wed. I'd grab, and read, each issue as soon as I could in the day and none of them failed to thrill. The final issue in this collection (#18), which I've just finished reading as it came out today, ends on a wonderful cliffhanger that's great/frustrating for both issue and volume readers alike (although volume readers will have a lot longer to wait!).
Issue #18 also has a connection to SiP (well, sort of, it's actually more a connection to (view spoiler)[Molly & Poo (hide spoiler)]); more than just a connection really, it answers a question and adds a whole new element to a story you though you knew and which I now want to go back and re-read. There's three Terryverse references in this volume, and having covered the one in issue #18, I'll now work backwards. The real SiP reference comes in issue #17, and it's glorious. You'll enjoy it when you see it! Plus, in issue #14 there's a link to Echo (in a scene that's wonderfully drawn and is, as yet, unanswered, so the mystery from Echo remains so). So, that means that RR is now tied to both Echo and SiP, meaning that all the things from all three stories all exist in the same world together. Which is...interesting!
Anyway, having now referred back to the issues contained in this volume, the story: starts off with a really creepy story, we learn that Earl is a real gentleman, a transformation occurs, and a new historical connection is made (on top of the Biblical mythology this series is using). There's lots of stuff explained in this volume, but there's also lots of stuff that's still unanswered. I do know who the 'three' that Lilith referred to in the last volume are now (Rachel, Mary Scott, and Natalie/Hannah), but that still doesn't explain Jet, so I'm a little confused. Or maybe I just need to re-read this. I certainly will re-read all of this once the series in complete, so I can enjoy it as a whole. I think I'm enjoying this more than I enjoyed Echo; I might even go as far as to say that this is my favourite Terry Moore series so far!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I reviewed the UK edition two days ago when it came out, but I'm reviewing this one too because it's worth noting that this US edition not only previe...moreI reviewed the UK edition two days ago when it came out, but I'm reviewing this one too because it's worth noting that this US edition not only previews the prologue of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but chapters 1 and 2 are included too. It's much more than is in the UK version, so get this one if you can; both versions are free.
The prologue sets us up. Chapter 1 is terribly sad, and chapter 2 is when the story really gets going. (view spoiler)[The Hempstock ladies are very Maiden, Mother, Crone. (hide spoiler)]
Looking forward to reading the whole book soon!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The preview is the new bit (until the book is published, at least) and this free ebook serves both as an introduction to Neil Gaiman's work with a short story, and as a promo to get you to buy his upcoming book. The preview is the Prologue of tOatEotL, and it's good. Sets the scene and gets you wanting to know 'what happens next?' so you'll buy the book when it comes out. Although I'm pretty sure that the majority of people who got this free ebook already have tOatEotL on pre-order!
Still, if you don't know Neil Gaiman's work, this is a good thing to pick up; or to recommend to friends as an introduction to Neil Gaiman because, hey, it's free! (less)
Downloaded this just for the Battle Magic preview, and read it yesterday. It's good, very good. Shame it's so long to wait until the full book! Maybe...moreDownloaded this just for the Battle Magic preview, and read it yesterday. It's good, very good. Shame it's so long to wait until the full book! Maybe I'll read some more of these previews while I wait.(less)
I had some of these books when I was little, and I loved them. I've been keeping an eye out for any I haven't got, but apparently they're so scarce th...moreI had some of these books when I was little, and I loved them. I've been keeping an eye out for any I haven't got, but apparently they're so scarce that when one does come up on ebay it goes for a very high price. However, I managed to snag this for an acceptable price and even though it's not in great condition I decided to take what I could get!
It's just as cute as I remember the others being, especially as the eggcups were always a favourite. I got much more enjoyment out of these as a child, of course, and children's stories that are new to me now obviously don't carry as much nostalgic charm. (less)
Better than the last few books have been, but only barely. I enjoyed the first four books of this series well enough, but it starts to decline after t...moreBetter than the last few books have been, but only barely. I enjoyed the first four books of this series well enough, but it starts to decline after that. Somewhat predictable and the 'mystery' plot was rather weak. A little slow to start too, there's a chapter that's literally just all about Sookie going shopping. Still, I felt obliged to see this series through to the end and I'm glad it's (almost) over now. Just the curious 'coda' later this year to finish.
(view spoiler)[Sookie ending up with Sam was blindingly obvious and I've seen that coming since several books back. Having said that, I have no objections to it. It's sad that the once great character of Eric was totally ruined, but it was obvious that Sookie was never going to end up with a vampire as her chosen life partner; Alcide and Quinn were also never serious contenders, and it was too late for anyone new to come into the picture so it was obviously going to be Sam. This was never a series that was going to end without Sookie being partnered off in a conclusive fashion and the seeds for Sam/Sookie have actually been present right from the very first book. So, like I said, I'm fine and happy with it but it was obvious. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Borrowed this volume from my brother for one night and read the Naomi Alderman story, which I really enjoyed. I've dipped into Granta volumes before,...moreBorrowed this volume from my brother for one night and read the Naomi Alderman story, which I really enjoyed. I've dipped into Granta volumes before, and would quite like my own subscription now.(less)