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Peter & Max: A Fables Novel [Hardcover]

Bill Willingham , Steve Leialoha
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Book Description

Oct. 13 2009 Fables
A new stand-alone FABLES NOVEL from award-winning and wildly acclaimed author, Bill Willingham.

This story stars Peter Piper and his incorrigible brother Max in a tale about jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Set in two distinct time periods, prepare to travel back to medieval times and learn the tragic back-story of the Piper family, a medieval-era family of traveling minstrels. Then, jump into the present to follow a tale of espionage as Peter Piper slowly hunts down his evil brother for a heinous crime, pitting Peter's talents as a master thief against Max's dark magical powers.

Based on the long-running and award-winning comic book series FABLES, PETER AND MAX is its own tale. Readers don't have to be familiar with the comics to fully enjoy and understand this book.

YALSA: 2004 annual recommended list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
·Willingham, Bill. Animal Farm (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
·Willingham, Bill. Legends in Exile (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
YALSA: 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
·Willingham, Bill, Todd Klein, and others. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. 2006. DC Comics/ Vertigo
As of 2008, Fables has won twelve Eisner Awards.
·Best New Series in 2003
·Best Serialized Story in 2003, 2005 and 2006 (Legends In Exile, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Homelands)
·Best Anthology in 2007 (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
·Best Short Story in 2007 (A Frog’s Eye View, by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
Hugo Award Nomination 2009:
·Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

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"Unmissable, especially for lovers of fairytale revampings and extrapolations." - Booklist

"Dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Bill Willingham never fought a desperate and losing battle in a good cause, never contributed to society in a meaningful way, and hasn’t lived a life of adventure, but he’s had a few moments of near adventure. At some point in his life Bill learned how to get paid for telling scurrilous lies to good people, and he’s been doing it ever since. He lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota with a dog and a cat he hasn’t met yet. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Frost and Fire Feb. 3 2010
I have been a follower of the Fables comic series for quite some time now and I had been looking forward to seeing what Bill Willingham was capable of doing in the prose novel form. We got a taste of his prose at the end of his first trade paper back book Fables: Legends in Exile which tells the story of Snow White, Rose Red and even Bigby and how they escaped their Homelands in order to come to Earth.

Peter and Max is written in very much the same style as that deceptively short-looking story. It is very descriptive, and it does not reveal everything at once. Very slowly, through dialogue and flashback chapters you as the reader are given the whole story of what happened to the characters of Peter Piper, Max Piper (the Pied Piper) and Bo Peep: where they came from and how they became the people that you see them as now. You also get to see some of the regular Fables characters as well before they came to Fabletown.

This is also supposed to be a standalone book. The idea is that you do not have to read the rest of the comics series in order to understand what is going on. Willingham actually provides a possible perspective on the nature of Fables and Earth are that even I, as a reader of the series, found to be different and really very interesting. He starts it off from that point and then slowly introduces you to the characters and the world(s) they live or lived in.

Just like in his other works, Willingham's tone manages to combine the grit of old "private-eye books" with the sometimes equally dark "just-so" voice of fairytales. What I especially liked was the perspective of Max, Peter's older brother and watching his internal psychological development into the Pied Piper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fables in prose May 16 2010
If you're a graphic novel fan, you've probably heard of the Fables series -- it's all about the figures of fairy tales and old legend, who are now secret refugees in New York.

But "Peter & Max: A Fables Novel" isn't a graphic novel. It's an actual novel, focusing on some of the lesser-known people of the Fables community -- the musician Peter Piper and his wife Bo Peep. While it's not very easy to understand unless you've read the main series of graphic novels, it's a well-written, dark-edged fantasy that successfully brings the Fables into the written fantasy world. And yes, there is pickled pepper picking.

Peter Piper and his crippled wife Bo Peep have been living in the countryside, living a very simple, private existence. But one day, Rose Red brings Peter and Bo some unpleasant news -- his brother Max has been spotted.

Long ago Peter, his family and his jealous brother Max had been driven out of Squire Peep's estate by goblins, and had barely escaped through the haunted Black Forest. Peter found himself wandering as a beggar into the town of Hamelin, with only his magical flute Frost at his side, while his brother Max became a psychopathic monster who murdered anyone and anything who crossed his path. Even worse, Max came to Hamelin with a terrible magical flute that he turned against its children when he was cheated.

In the present day, a more embittered Peter sets out for Germany with Frost, intent on a final confrontation with his terrible, inhuman older brother. Unfortunately it's practically a suicide mission, since Frost isn't as strong as Max's horrendous flute Fire. But while Max is just as malevolent and greedy as ever, Peter has come up with a trick or two of his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great nightime or airplane read Dec 5 2009
I love the Fables series, and this book is a fantastic addition to the story. I read it in 3 nights, couldn't put it down. Good plot twists, and good info on some of the Fables characthers backgrounds as well. If you like the Fables comics you will like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the graphic novels Nov. 17 2009
I am a huge fan of the Fables graphic novel series. When I first heard about this novel, I was very excited, and I was not disappointed. It was an easy read, but still quite suspenseful until the very end. It tied into the graphic novel series, but I feel that you could read it without having read the graphic novels before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful! It is a NOVEL!! Nov. 3 2009
I order it simpply because it's from Bill WIlligham and it's related to the Fables universe. I was thinking it was a new graphic novel. Well it's not! It has a few illustrations but is a full word-page novel, like any other novels in your library. I will not send it back because I feel shy for not having read more the description of this book, but just be warned: This is not a grap'ic novel, just a plain old standard novel!! I'm sure the story must be good too.
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