While the Fables series is very dark, this was even darker. This story delves into the darkest of fables and even urban legends, such as the extremelyWhile the Fables series is very dark, this was even darker. This story delves into the darkest of fables and even urban legends, such as the extremely creepy legend of Bloody Mary. What I enjoy continually about the Fables series, and its spinoffs is how well the various fairy tales, fables and folktales are integrated. Imagine Bloody Mary thrown in with Georgie Porgie, Tweedle Dee and Dum (from "Alice in Wonderland"), the sad and disturbing fairy tale "Donkeyskin" and even Ichabod Crane from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". There are some nifty spins on everything, such as certain characters working as bouncers, hired killers or thugs (a different way of looking at these characters).
In Volume 2, the mystery of who killed a woman continues and our detective is Sheriff Bigby Wolf who we know as the Big Bad Wolf. He works with/for Snow White, and this is very early in their association, when she takes over running the city from Ichabod Crane. Even then, they do have great chemistry and they work well together. Bigby is very old, and he's seen a lot, but what he's seeing in this case takes him to his emotional and physical limit. He is dealing with an enemy that might be too much for even him. The depravity goes deeper and isn't something easily fixed. If one scratches away at the surface of Fabletown, it's the part of the inescapable, underlying machinery of the town. The story is also a statement on how woman are abused in a patriarchal system and how that system destroys both men and women and their relationships with each other and with other men and women. How we often as a society look away from this because it doesn't pertain to us, or it's just normal to us, or it's doing business as usual. But we have to say it's not okay and do something about it, before we all pay the price. Definitely part of the intrinsic darkness of this story.
Since this takes place chronologically before the Fables series, a reader could read this before reading the first Fables graphic novel. ...more
I was definitely intrigued when I saw that there was a book with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike with Scott James and his awesome dog Maggie. Glad I got thisI was definitely intrigued when I saw that there was a book with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike with Scott James and his awesome dog Maggie. Glad I got this on Playaway because it's so much more immersive. The narrator does an incredible job. It's hard to do each character differently, but he did it. My favorite is how he does Pike's voice. It's a deep, succint growl that is so Pike.
It took a well-thought out plot to bring Cole and Pike together with Scott and Maggie, but Crais swung it. There's also another character that becomes a pivotal point of view, Jon Stone. I don't know if he's new to the series with this book. I admit to having skipped around. As much as I love Pike, because he's Pike, classic laconic tough guy, I really like Elvis Cole too. Elvis is an excellent detective and I enjoy walking through a case with him and seeing how his mind works. He cracked me up in the scenes with his odd client who initiates most of this story. How can I not love the awesome Maggie? She's a beautiful big German Shepherd who is loyal, tough, incredibly intelligent. And Scott's pretty cool himself. He's a good cop and the way he handles the situation showcases his ability to think through situations, but also the fact how much he and Maggie need each other. I'm glad that he hit it off with Cole and Pike (well Pike really hit it off with Maggie as he respected another Marine-Maggie was a Marine combat dog).
I would definitely appreciate more crossover books if Crais could swing it. He hit this one out of the park as usual. My only complaint, it needed some Pike point of view. I can't get enough Pike.
Crais is a master writer. He's economical with his prose, and that in itself gives a Crais book a distinctive feel of a classic mystery/suspense novel. His stories start a point A and end up at point ZYZ, which is pretty nifty when you see how everything comes together.
It doesn't feel like a five star book, but it's definitely more than a 4 star, so 4.25/5.0 stars....more
I am torn in that I miss Logan as Wolverine, but at the same time, I love X-23, or Lara Kinney. this was a great introduction to her taking up the manI am torn in that I miss Logan as Wolverine, but at the same time, I love X-23, or Lara Kinney. this was a great introduction to her taking up the mantle of Wolverine. This story was practically non-stop action, and the storyline was well-written with some good surprises. The cameos of others from the Marvel Universe fit the story instead of it being like some kind of advertisement to read other Marvel titles.
X-23 kicks some serious butt, she's enormously lethal, but she respects life. She doesn't kill unnecessarily, and flashbacks show her with her father and why her ethos is what it is (including her extremely tragic backstory). I'm glad that this story shows X-23 as a character who has to deal with that tightrope of knowing when to kill or not.
The plot is highly related to X-23's origins and its excellent pathos integral to the plot. I would recommend this book to fans of X-23 aka Lara Kinney, or fans of Wolverine. If you watched the movie "Logan", this sort of ties into the storyline pretty smoothly.
I bought this to give me ideas for an art project I'm working on. This is a fantastic work of art. The drawings are so beautiful and elegant. The lineI bought this to give me ideas for an art project I'm working on. This is a fantastic work of art. The drawings are so beautiful and elegant. The lines are exquisite and creative. I wouldn't feel right actually coloring in this book, but I might photocopy it onto cardstock and use colored pencils or markers on the copy paper. My compliments to the artist. I highly recommend this book to people who love ballet and drawings of ballerinas....more