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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
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Paperback, Trade, 190 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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karen
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
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Calista
I enjoyed this story. Bluebeard and Prince Charming get into an epic sword fight. Bluebeard is trying to kill off Snow and Bigby. They are sent out to Washington in the woods where Goldilocks is trying to kill them. This is the juicy stuff. Bigby reveals that he has fallen for snow and they talk and you need to read it to see how good it is. There is also a surprise at the end.

There is a bump at the end of the episode about the lilliputans and how they came to smalltown. That was interesting an
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J.G. Keely
Nov 12, 2010 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
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Daniel
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Prince Charming is a more interesting character than i gave him credit before. And magic can have unintended consequences. Just ask Snowwhite.
Jeannette Nikolova
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

Now that I have read this volume, I could actually change the rating I gave to the first two, in comparison.

Storybook Love is a very good collection of stories - it includes all of the characters we know and like, who, while being the power that moves the story, are not the story, and all those that we don't like, but might very soon.

I really enjoyed having a lot of the characters that weren't shown nearly as much in the previous volumes, or even the on
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Joy
"She's such an ice queen."
"Ice cream? Yum."


As this series goes on, I'm shipping Bigby and Snow together more and more. Also, Briar Rose's curse/enchantment is wicked cool.

3.5
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I really enjoyed the first two Fables volumes, but god, this one bored me to tears. I skimmed massive chunks of it because I just couldn't get into the story of it at all. It was nice to finally see some of the predictability of Bigby and Snow's interactions come to fruition, but otherwise, I was not a huge fan of this volume. The art changed every so often, and one of the illustrators was not my cup of tea at all - I honestly could barely even recognize the horrific features given to Bigby for ...more
Jonathan Terrington

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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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Celise
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really fond of Snow and Bigby now. I recall finding Snow a bit stiff in volume one but she's pretty cool now. I also liked the return of Bluebeard and Goldilocks. I'm curious to see what other fables and characters are included in this series!
Aziz Varlık
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: çizgi-roman
Hikaye biraz daha dallanmaya başladı. Ben beğeniyorum bu seriyi.
Kaitlin
Jan 13, 2016 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
Sud666
Apr 29, 2016 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
Rosanna Threakall
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I need the next one now now now now
Patrick
I really enjoyed this one and liked it much more than the other two I read. I got to see more of Bigby who is starting to be my favorite character. I can definitely see each volume getting better and better. Great series!
James DeSantis
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main story in this is really strong. This is the best volume so far.

So Blue Beard and Goldie are knocking boots (that means fucking) and they devise a plan to kill Bigby and Snow White. It's actually a half way decent plan aswell. With it all starting with a huge chase, a bunch of brutal and fucked up fights, and a ending that leaves this series up to a lot of possibilities. Oh also there's a little story at the end of the book.

Good: The whole main focus of this book is great. Each charact
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Ferdy
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.
Rebecca
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.
Devann
Look ...is this series going to get any better for me if I don't give one single solitary shit about Snow and Bigby [separate or together]? Because I mean this was better than the last volume but honestly I'm just bored most of the time because I don't like most of the characters [or at least most of the characters that the author actually focuses on]. Although one character I didn't like [supposedly] died in this volume so that was fun, assuming they don't come back [which is probably always an ...more
Jennifer
Dec 30, 2015 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
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Daiva
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It wasn't as good as the first two (maybe because I haven't read fables for quite some time!) for some reason I read graphic novels either at the beginning of the year, or the end (or both) but not in the middle. I'm not sure why though. Just like many things in life it doesn't actually make sense.

But well, I did remember the Fable world now, so who knows maybe it is time to catch up and keep up with the adventures of these fairytale characters. There are still a lot of volumes, so let's do this
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Cecilia
2.5 stars Didn't really like this volume but I liked some of the twists. Will continue with the series.
Özlem
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kısa kısa hikayelerin olduğu bir ciltti. Özellikle Ölüm ve Jack olanı sevdim. Ayrıca Arpa Kızlarla ilgili olan da güzeldi.
Highness Atharva
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comic Review
Fable #10-15

Visual Design, Art, Drawing - 8/10

Storyline - 8/10

Characters- 7/10

Rating - 4/5

P.S. - Especially liked Jack's Tale. (5/5)
Artemy
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc-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...
Crystal
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Good. Except for the horrifying murder of a cute animal type Fable.
Rick Hunter
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of R-rated fairy tales
The first issue in this volume is a standalone story about Jack and the shenanigans he got up to during the Civil War. He was trying another one of his get rich quick schemes. This fits right in with the way the character was established in the first 2 volumes. This single issue has the best story of anything in the series so far. I won't go into any detail about it because that would ruin it. I'll just say that I loved creator Bill Willingham's writing in this story.

The next 2 issues contain a
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Bookishrealm
This was a heck of a re-read. It definitely serves as one of the largest volumes in the series and we get a lot of backstory related to multiple characters including Bigby, the small people of the Farm, and some weird stuff related to Jack (this was probably my favorite issue). Please keep in mind that anything that I discuss below may be a spoiler as it is the third volume in the series.

What I Liked
I think that my favorite part of this comic was the relationship that developed between Bigby an
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Jelinas
Jan 15, 2012 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
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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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