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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall Paperback – March 5, 2008
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Charles Vess, one of my favorite fantasy artists, provides the book's foundation, working with Michael Wm. Kaluta to give brilliant, highly detailed and colorful life to Snow, the sultan and his fantastic court. Each of Snow White's stories features the work of a different artist, and the differing artistic styles provides eye-pleasing transitions between tales.
This book is certainly intended for mature readers; youngsters are probably not ready for a naked Snow White, the ugly truth about her time with the dwarves or the fate of the Frog Prince's wife and children. But for adults, whether or not they read the Fables series, this is a masterwork of prose and artistic storytelling. Set apart from the regular series and yet deeply grounded within it, "1001 Nights of Snowfall" is a richer, fuller, more satisfying collection than anything the series has yet produced.
Scheherazade herself should envy this treasure trove of stories. I only regret the book held only a handful and not the full set of 1,001. This is easily one of the best graphic novels of the year.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles editor
The art is by a stable of guest artists, including James Jean, the Fables cover artist, who does a spectacular job illustrating Flycatcher's story. All of the art is good, and some is better than that.
If you're a Fables fan, you'll definitely want this book. It may not be the best place to begin for a Fables newbie, but once you've gotten to know who is who, you'll definitely want it.
So, as any prequel, it should be read after 2-3 TPB volumes of Fables otherwise it's just like watching the flashback parts from Lost episodes without the events happening on the island.
On the bright side, it has some of the greatest art in comics i've seen and the variation makes it even greater. This is the kind of comics that i find perfectly crafted: a single writer for story consistency and a variation of illustrators to provide different perspectives on the same characters.
It also got some awards so it's a warm recommendation but as i said, only after getting acquainted with the characters whose origins and dark secrets are presented here.
Warning: don't buy this for your kids even if it looks shiny and contains pictures of Snow White, Prince Charming and goblins. Fables is a series for mature readers, with mature (even sexually oriented) themes dressed in a fairytale form and it achieves that without falling into parody or mockery (which makes it great). It walks the same path as the works of Neil Gaiman or Roger Zelazny with a stronger mainstream appeal (meaning that you don't have to read volumes of mythology and classic literature or to buy companion books in order to understand all the references).
The world of fairy tales and "Fables" is the backdrop for this collection. Prince Charming really married Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella (didn't you know it was the *same* Prince?). Snow White escaped not only the evil Queen of her own story, but she had to flee from a greater menace, "The Advesary". This evil tyrant has chased all of the European fables out of their own worlds, and into ours.
This story is a bit of a prequel to the series. As such, this book reads very easily on its own. Personally, this was my first book in the series. Although there are several trade paperbacks of the Fables comics out now (seven as of this writing with #8 soon on its way - we hope!), none of those are needed at all to enjoy this book.
In this story Snow White is sent from the exiled world of the European Fables to the world of Arabian Fables. Her goal is to speak with their ruler and join forces against "The Adversary". Through her efforts to gain the support of the Arabian King this story unfolds. This book is a collection of stories from the European Fables. We learn much more about many of the faces familiar to those reading the comics.
Whether you are a fan of the series, a fan of fairy tales or fables, or looking for a graphic novel that tells a rich, layered story with great depth and beautiful art - this book is for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While not as good as the original fables this was an decent prequel to the original storyline as you were given the opportunity to see where everyone came from. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ashley Silvera
It is the best most interesting way to tell an origin story of a complex universePublished 4 months ago by Paula DeMartini
This here is the beauty of the series Fables. A fantastic collection of slightly connected tales looking into the past of the Fables world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Penrose
I like how the book began and ended. I see why Bigby wolf fell for Snow White, she's one of a kind.the drawings are wonderful and they inspire me to draw more and more every time I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chazz Fawn Horn
In this book, Snow tells many stories that answer questions about Fables characters. We learn what happened to Bigby, King Cole, Flycatcher, and several other characters before... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mira Belle
This isn't so much a review as it is a public service announcement that 1001 night of snowfall is included in it's entirety in Fables Deluxe Edition Book Four. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aidan McDermott
1001 Nights Of Snowfall is a standalone graphic novel set long before the main Fables series, in which Snow White travels to the Arabian Homelands in an effort to enlist their aid... Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. Binkerd
This is a brilliant book to start with if you want to further explore the exciting world of Fables. MattPublished on January 17, 2014 by M. Schenkelberger