Fables

Fables

Volume 2, Animal Farm

eBook - 2011
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Travel to upstate New York, where the non-human Fable characters have found refuge on a farm, miles from mankind. But all is not well on the farm-and a conspiracy to free them from the shackles of their perceived imprisonment may lead to a war that could wrest control of the Fables community away from Snow White. Starring Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Plus, a sketchbook section featuring art by Willingham, Buckingham and Jean.
Publisher: [United States] : Vertigo : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
ISBN: 9781401236038
1401236030
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Fables. vol. 2, Animal farm

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werpg
Jun 18, 2016

Good story. In line with Bill Willingham's deserved reputation for ingenious ideas concerning fairy tales. I like volume one better but enjoyed the story of Rose Red and Snow White driving up to the Farm only to find it in the midst of revolution.
Mark Buckingham comic sweeps gives the book its 1960s style character. The rough page sheen that it was printed helps. It reads like noir fiction. But has that fable nature that appeals.
And I so love Goldilocks.
Todd Klein prints letters better than anyone. He is a joy to read - literally. Steve Leialoha and Daniel Vozzo team up to color and shade the images that keep me coming back to Willingham’s stories.

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bkirby88
Aug 01, 2014

I actually enjoyed this volume more than I did the first one. Will definitely continue this series.

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Ugh, this was a bit of a drag to read. =P I really enjoyed the first book, so I guess I had kinda high standards when I started this one. Unfortunately, this book will make you feel like you're reading a book about war propaganda and seeing what goes behind the scenes for a revolution. The storyline doesn't progress much, and you'll be disappointed to find that after going through half the book getting fueled for a revolution...you never get to it. You are instead narrated the after events, which makes it kind of a waste of time to go through and read this. Character development was pretty good, but otherwise, this is more of a mundane read. I found myself skipping/skimming through long dialogues of revolution philosophy. If you're looking to be entertained, you'll be disappointed, aside from the plethora of literary references, which was pretty cool. Another irritating thing about this book was that every OTHER word IN the DIALOGUE was EMPHASIZED with BOLD and ITALICS. It's annoying! I'm literate, that's why I'm reading! They don't have to point out EVERY other WORD to me! In response to some of the credibility of surviving bullets to the head, I can tell you that it is possible to survive a bullet to the head, depending on how much or where exactly it was shot into your cranium (resource: criminal justice class taught by a retired police officer).

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Dec 12, 2012

Volume 2 of Fables continues to be interesting. The five issue collection details the story arc called Animal Farm; as it suggests is a retelling of a rebellion taking place at a farm. The fables have a large farm in upstate New York where all the animals, beasts and non-human creatures reside. Anyone that can't pass for a 'mundy' must live at the animal farm. Snow White with the help of Bigby Wolf work to break up the rebellion. The story also calls upon references from "Lord of the Flies". An imaginative series. Recommended.

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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

First of all, there are soooo many literary references, j'adore! I was like "oh, there's one, oh and here too, here's one too." I loved it! Ok, on to the story.

The story start out intense, no dragging of the plot like the first one. This volume was like the end of the first volume. The suspense and the mystery of the first volume was amazing, this volume had more fear build in, if you know what I mean.

In this volume you get to see how intelligent Red Rose is. You also get to see the evil plan building which I always like to read about, and which I think is harder to write. The amount of thinking and strategy makes this volume a fantastic read!!

When a chase began, my heart was pounding so hard that I was barely breathing! This volume will definitely make you sit at the edge of your seat and read until you are completely finished.

The relationship between the characters were farther revealed. Snow and Red's past was shown and I felt horrible. I hope my sister and I never get separated like them. But as you read on, you see how much emotions and care there are. *tears*

Overall, this volume was definitely enjoyable to read. :) 5 out of 5!

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Ubalstecha
Dec 31, 2011

This volume finds Snow White taking her sister, Rose Red to the Farm as punishment for the events in Volume 1. There the two sisters find out that the animals of the farm are tired of being locked away from Mundy society, that they want the same rights and freedoms as the human looking Fables.

The plot then unfolds like Orwell's great animal farm, aided by the use of the Three Little Pigs. We also learn a bit more about the troubled relationship between Rose Red and Snow White. This book shows readers Willingham's genius of taking classic literature and combining it with all the tension of modern politics. It is also interesting how Rose Red gets to stand alone. Very good.

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LazyNeko
Dec 02, 2011

Instead of a fake-out murder, there's an actual murder, some gore, and real stakes . That's some improvement over the first volume. But the ending ran out of steam and the resolution seemed tacked-on. Then again, where else can you see Goldilocks portrayed as a power-hungry, insane, overly-violent killer?

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redwallflower
Jun 21, 2010

Didn't like this volume as much as the first. As "hithatsmybike" wrote, I too found the bullet to the head survival story line a little far fetched, despite the whole fairy-tale aspect. I think that I actually said aloud, "you've got to be kidding me!"

But I'm going to stick with it for a few more volumes before deciding whether to give it up.

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hithatsmybike
Oct 31, 2009

I'm tempted to give up the series after this debacle. Is it weird that of all the things I could choose, I find surviving a bullet to the head the most unbelievable part of a story built around fairytale creatures living in NYC?

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Characters getting killed can be kinda intense because it's kinda straightforward and brutal (in this context though, it's supposed to be). The "Lord of the Flies" reference is pretty intense too.

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Violence: Guns, blood, people/animals getting killed. You know, your average gritty comic. ;)

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Coarse Language: Some cursing. It's not like every other word is a curse word, but there are some potty mouths.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Dec 12, 2012

Violence: Can be ridiculously bloody at times.

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Goldilocks: Occupational governments aren't overthrown with speeches alone.

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

Rose: Relax sis. You're safe from me. Even if I could get beyond the incest thing, you're not my type.

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LazyNeko
Dec 06, 2011

Weyland Smith: I'm sorry, but I can't do anything, by word or deed, to help you set me free.

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kitpup7
Aug 19, 2014

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Nakkid
Apr 28, 2014

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