Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Bill Willingham, Book Review, Comics | 0 comments

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill WillinghamFairest Vol. 1: Wide Awaye by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges with art by Phil Jiminez, Andy Lanning, et al.

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #1 in the Fairest series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 160
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-7 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Love’s labors lost and found

They call her Sleeping Beauty, but life’s always been ugly for Princess Briar Rose. Cursed at birth by a pissed-off fairy godmother, she wound up acting as a one-woman weapon of mass destruction against the Adversary in the last days of his war against the Free Fables. She won the day, but at the cost of sending herself into a permanent nap from which one true love’s kiss can awaken her. Few would have guessed that it would be Ali Baba, Prince of Thieves, who would rise to the challenge–or that he;d be accompanied by an obnoxious, not-quite-a-genie sidekick. But as Briar Rose’s true origin is revealed, can this no-longer-sleeping beauty and her Prince Charmless escape the cold fury of the Adversary’s former right-hand woman–the icily regal Snow Queen?

My Thoughts:
I’m glad to move on from Mr. Dark. This volume has a couple of major story lines. I really enjoyed the one that focused on Bigby Wolf and Snow White’s children. One of them will take over in their grandfather’s place as the king of the North Wind. The children are subjected to a series of tests to determine which of them is the rightful heir. It’s a bit odd and fun but also a tad bit dangerous.

The second major story involved Bufkin and his crew traveling through Oz. I usually enjoy Bufkins adventures but this time around it just didn’t click with me for some reason. It was okay but I didn’t enjoy those parts of the book as much as I did the rest.

In addition, there are a couple of other stories. I really enjoyed Rose Red’s version of A Christmas Carol.

The artwork throughout was wonderful. The majority is by Mark Buckingham. He’s done most of the Fables series and I always enjoy his work The final issue is done by several artists and the variety of styles works well with the series of short tales that are not part of the main ongoing storyline.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review | 4 comments

The Blue Castle by L.M. MontgomeryThe Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback and ebook
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date: Paperback 1988 (originally 1926
Pages: 218
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the “forbidden” books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent — and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.

My Thoughts:
Here’s where I confess that I never read any of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books.It was in the midst of an online discussion of the recent television adaptation of Anne that a friend mentioned that Anne wasn’t her favorite Montgomery heroine. She said her favorite was Valancy Stirling in The Blue Castle. I had never realized that Montgomery had written any adult fiction. It turned out that my library had a copy so I picked it up on the way home.

This is just a lovely little romance novel and I absolutely agree that Valancy Stirling is a wonderful character. At 29 she’s resigned to being an ‘old maid’ and willingly submits to the demands of her overbearing family. When a letter from her doctor changes her outlook on life she decides that she’s no longer going to do what her family expects her to do.

While it’s far from my usual fare, I absolutely loved Valancy and this book. If you haven’t read it you must! If you do go looking for it I’ll warn you that some editions have truly awful covers.

4 stars

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #81

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 4 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

This series is wacky and fun and I’m glad I read another one. I need to read more soon though, because The Hubster is two books ahead of me.

 

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire and this first volume of a new series from him was wonderful.

 

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

I never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books but when a friend told me that the main character of this book was her favorite Montgomery character I decided to check it out. It’s a lovely little romance that’s a bit different and I agree that the main character is great.

 

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

This is the first volume of another spinoff from Willingham’s Fables series. It was fun.

 

Started in Print

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

This is fun and interesting nonfiction about the elements of the Periodic Table. Lots of intersting scientific history.

 

Finished on Audio

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson narrated by the author.

This memoir by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a look back at her tough childhood.

 

Started on Audio

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

This series has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. After listening to the audio of the previous book I’m not going back to the print editions. Susan Ericksen does a great job of narrating this mix of police procedural, light science fiction, and romance.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson narrated by the author

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week May 2017

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week May 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week May2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. These Candy Bars
I’ve been a Nestle’s Crunch fan all my life. These are better.
Trader Joes Candy Bar

 

2. Worthy Easy Day Kolsh
This is just great on a warm day.
Worthy Easy Day Kolsch

 

3. Special Counsel
It’s a step in the right direction

4. My second favorite news story of the week
Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years.

 

5. This horse and his squeaky chicken

 

6. Polar Bear Belly Flops

 

7. Friday afternoon in the back yard
Record setting rain is getting old. Friday was beautiful and I worked from home so I could skip the whole commute time and go straight to enjoying life in the back yard.
Friday afternoon in the back yard

 

8. Silver Falls State Park
We went for an explore yesterday. First stop was Silver Falls State Park. Eight waterfalls worth of hiking on a beautiful day. This is Middle North Falls and is one of the falls you can walk behind.
Middle North Falls

 

8. This weather vane at the Oregon Garden
Another one of our stops yesterday. I need this weather vane.
Dragon Weather vane

 

10. A spectacularly beautiful day
view from Mt. Angel Abbey

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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