Sep 13, 10
Read in June, 2010
Golding's Lord of the Flies meets Welles' Animal Farm. Sort of. I mean if they had fairy tale characters and serious weaponry. Thematically and plotmatically (use this word!), Animal Farm relates well to these classic stories, but it is more than just an off-hand reference. I was struck by the literary references within the story. I adore allusions to other works - well, I adore them when I catch them. When I miss them and find out about them later, I feel pangs of intellectual jealousy. The allusions aren't mysterious in this volume. The title itself is a dead giveaway, and then a certain event which shall not be named takes place, clearly referring to another work of literature.
Outside of allusions, this volume in the Fables series has a lot to recommend it. The plot lines and characters are unique and surprising. Willingham cleverly weaves his world, allowing the reader to enter into it rather than reading descriptions of it. New characters appear as the story calls for it with no unnecessary introduction, and backstory is revealed through the present tense plot.