I mean, not really mwahahahahaha.  I didn’t particularly need an evil laugh there, just because I finally read the seventh volume of Fables; though it was nice to read it, and it reminded me how cool and fun the Fables books are.  I stayed up last night to read it, which I thought would be okay, and I’d still get eight hours of sleep, but I wasn’t counting on a) the fact that I was going to start, and then insist on finishing, Ordinary Victories, and b) how much there were going to be wild dogs fighting furiously outside the house all night.  Or something.  I don’t know what the dogs were doing that caused them to howl and bark really loudly and run around and thump into things.  So now I’m tired.  Maybe that’s why I’m making evil laughs at inappropriate places.

But back to Fables.  In this one, a contingent of Arabian fables comes to visit Fabletown from occupied Baghdad, to which they have escaped as the Adversary has begun taking over their homelands as well.  What with Prince Charming’s not fantastically well-organized regime, and language barriers, and Sinbad’s vizier being evil (I’m not spoiling anything – it’s like Saruman in the first Lord of the Rings movie – he is obviously evil), hijinks ensue.  Also, there’s the back story for June and Rodney, which was a good story but the cursive script was about to drive me wild.  Plus I couldn’t really remember what happened to June and Rodney, ultimately.  I know they featured in later Fables books, but I didn’t know who they were then, so I don’t remember them very well.  Never mind.

Aw, Fables.  I want to know when they’re going to do a TV series.  I have selected my dream cast already.  Hear that, TV executives?  Call me up and I will share my wisdom.

P.S. I read 1001 Nights of Snowfall a week or two ago, which is a prequel to the Fables series (sort of) in which Snow White goes to visit the Sultan of the Arabian Fables, and he keeps her imprisoned while she tells him stories about the Fables’ history, and I was not awfully impressed.  I’m pleased I didn’t buy it, because I don’t think I need to own it forever (unlike the rest of the series).  The end is good though.

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All the rest of the volumes of Fables, except the seventh which wasn’t anywhere, Bill Willingham et. al.

So, okay, admittedly I am having trouble facing the idea of human interaction these days on account of being totally down in the dumps, but still it seems excessive for me to have read all the rest of the Fables volumes since Tuesday night.  It went like this: I got the fourth volume from the library near work on Wednesday, read that; went to two different libraries on Thursday to get one and three and read those; then on Saturday I went to Bongs & Noodles and read two, and that evening I went to the main branch of the library to get six, because Bongs & Noodles didn’t have it, and I got eight and nine while I was there too, because, you know, why not?  And then today I read ten and eleven at Bongs & Noodles.

(In my defense I did buy a book for myself and a birthday card and a birthday gift for someone else while I was at Bongs & Noodles on Saturday.  So I am not completely using them.)

Seven wasn’t anywhere.  Bongs & Noodles didn’t have it, not even the one out by the mall, and it was checked out of all the reasonably close branches of the library too.  So I’ve read all of them except for the seventh.  It was fun!  A teeny weeny bit out of order, but not to an unacceptable extent, since I am immune to plot spoilers.  (It’s the emotional moments I don’t want spoiled, and those don’t get spoiled by finding out what plot points occurred (usually).)  I am pleased that the comic is not being discontinued despite having reached a point that could be considered by some to be a natural stopping point.  I am just now in the process of deciding whether I’m going to subscribe to get the next bunch, or just wait until the next volume comes out.  Decisions, decisions.

Fables: The Mean Season, Bill Willingham

My sister has talked so much about Fables for months (I mean, not ceaselessly, just when it came up), and yes, I mostly ignored her; and I also mostly ignored Nymeth, who has been saying how good Fables is (are?) for a while too.  So now I am sorry that I ignored y’all, because I grabbed a volume the last time I was at the library – I really wanted Goodbye, Chunky Rice but they didn’t have it – and I read it last night.

It was the fifth volume, which isn’t a genius way to start out a series.  I think it’s funny that I have this mindset where I think it’s totally fine to start in the middle of a series of graphic novels, when I would never ever ever do it with regular books, or even with a TV series.  I read the second volume of Sandman first, and if the bookshop guy hadn’t stopped me, I would have read the fifth straight away after that, because it was the only other one the bookshop had in.  This cavalier attitude towards correct order really needs to go.

According to Nymeth, any remarks on current Fables issues will be spoilers for previous ones, so I won’t say anything about the plot.  If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the premise (and I may be making serious mistakes here because I have only read the one volume) is that all these fairy tale people were chucked out of their homeland(s?) by a mysterious person called the Adversary, and they have started their own community in New York, called Fabletown.  They have their own mayor and everything.

It was charming.  I must read the others.  Also, it made me want to hunt up every one of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books and read those stories over again.  I love, love, love fairy tales.  I like “Rapunzel” because I have very long hair, and I liked “The White Cat” and “Trusty John” a lot; I loved Ali Baba and the story about the fisherman and his wife; and particularly I really like “The Six [or Wild] Swans”.  And “The Frog Prince” also.

Speaking of fairy tales, did anyone besides me read Mary de Morgan’s fairy tales?  She had some wonderful ones.  My two favorites (though she wrote a bunch of them) were “The Heart of Princess Joan” and particularly particularly, “The Necklace of Princess Fioromonde.”  They should make a film of “The Necklace of Princess Fioromonde.”  I think it could make a lovely film.  Or, oh, even better, someone should write a book of it – it could be totally brilliant and subversive, because yeah, she’s evil, but she doesn’t want to get married and why the hell should she?  Mm.  This could be great.  If you have not read this story,  you totally should.  I have a necklace that I wear every day – it’s just a Julian of Norwich medal because she’s my patron saint – and whenever I’m putting it on or taking it off, I think of this rather creepy story.  I do not want to become a bead.