Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In My Mailbox (28)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

It was a long weekend in Australia and I was enjoying myself too much to get online. There was BBQ-ing, movie marathons, enormous plates of nachos and a Muay Thai tournament. I'm not one much for blood sports but I like saying yes to random things and treating it like research. Maybe there'll be a kick-boxing scene in a future novel!

I was given the most stunning graphic novel this week, Fables, the deluxe edition, volume one, by Bill Willingham. It's been put out by Vertigo, the same graphic novel press who published V for Vendetta, which is also sitting on my shelves. It's a beautiful hardback book and full colour throughout.

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. When Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it's up to Fabletown's sheriff, the reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to find the killer. Meanwhile, trouble of a different sort brews at the Fables' upstate farm where non-human inhabitants are preaching revolution – and threatening Fabletown's carefully nurtured secrecy.

From NetGalley:

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks (April 12, Harcourt Children's Books) and The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (September 6, Clarion).

The Clearing, Heather Davis (Graphia, April 12) and The Mermaid's Mirror, LK Madigan (October 4, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children).

Happy reading!


  1. Great books - I just adore Fables!

  2. I recently started reading Fables. What a great series. My friend got me hooked on it. I absolutely love the artwork in it.

  3. Oooo, I think my son would love Fables!! :-)

  4. Ooh, I definitely like your version of Fables better than the one I read. Looks much more sleek. Mine kinda looked like Bazooka Joe wrappers... (I don't know if you will get that reference in Australia; do you have Bazooka Joe there?)
    I want to read The Mermaid's Mirror, too. I'm waiting to hear back about a review copy, actually (I have a digital copy, but no reader, so...)

  5. These look great! I've got Fables volume 1 on my shelves too..must get to it soon...!

  6. You've got some great looking loot here. I'm intrigued by this netgalley thing, and I'm definitely going to be interested in hearing what you think of The Clearing. Love my time travel.

  7. I recently got approached by Netgalley, what do you think? does it drive you nuts to read online? I'm not sure if it would be my thing.

    I've been a HUGE HUGE fan of Fables for ages. I actually reviewed them recently, here: http://www.thediaryofabookworm.com/search/label/Fables%20Review

    The sad news is that James Jean, the cover artist, just recently stopped doing them, and really has nothing to do with any of the insides. But it doesn't matter what the art looks like in the end this is such a damn good story!