Next in the Fables series…
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton and Steve Leialoha
Genre Fiction (Graphic Novel – Fantasy)
Sunday 23rd June – Wednesday 3rd July (11 days)
Due to a very busy few weeks, it has taken me a while to read this… However, I managed to read it all very quickly, over 3 sessions before work. I wish I had saved this for when I had the time to sit and read it all in one go, but such is life…
These books seem to be getting better with each instalment, I feel like I am getting to know the characters more, and the stuff from the homelands made it a more interesting story to me. Again, we meet new characters, Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Baba Yaga, but I was able to keep on top of most of them.
The back story about Boy Blue and the Fables last stand – The Last Castle, was brilliant, perfect – battles, magic, heroics, monsters… really drew me in! I am really starting to like Boy Blue’s character. Him and Bigby are fast becoming my favourite characters. I loved the story between him and Red Riding Hood, and his confusion and hurt when she comes back. However, it seemed very obvious to me very early on that she was not all she seemed. Absolutely brilliant, Blue, is a great character, and I can’t wait to read more about him.
I had to look up Baba Yaga – I had not heard of her before… but I liked the fight at the end, and the inclusion of some of the magic from the fairytales. Something I feel this has been missing.
The wooden soldiers were pretty menacing, and reminiscent of the Matrix agents to me. I enjoyed the battle scenes, and a bit of excitement which really was quite a contrast to the last book (Storybook Love) – and a welcome one at that. Gepetto being held prisoner, and Pinnochio’s mixed feelings is very interesting – I’m not sure it’s as straightforward as this, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the Adversary.
The other storylines – Bigby and Snow, and the pregnancy, Prince Charming running for Mayor, all seem to be ticking along nicely, and I imagine there is going to be a whole lot more happening with Snow and her baby(ies) very soon… her declaration of love for Bigby at the end was fairly predictable – I am certain they will get together at some point – I am looking forward to the next instalment.
Next book: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster