Peter & Max: A Fables Novel Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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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 Audio CD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›