Mini Book Reviews

fables 19Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White

By Bill Willingham

Series: Fables (Collected)

Publisher: Vertigo

on December 24th, 201

Genres: Graphic Novel



Overview: With Castle Dark now back in the hands of the Fables, mysteries both young and old begin to challenge the residents of Fabletown.  Bigby and Stinky set off from Fabletown in Rose Red’s blood-fueled sports car to track down the two abducted cubs.  Unfortunately for Snow White, besides suffering the trauma of having two of her cubs go missing, a long forgotten secret uncovered in Castle Dark threatens to sabotage her and Bigby’s marriage.
This volume also collects the backup adventures of Bufkin and Lily from issues #114-121, as well as their full length adventures found in issue #124.

Review: I was hopeful when I started the book but quickly became confused. I have read several of the Fables graphic novels before and enjoyed them. I didn’t like how the whole beginning was about the rebellion in Oz, it didn’t seem to relate to anything going on with the Snow White tale. I ended up scanning most of the book and reading where it looked interesting. The ending was unexpected and I think it could have ended better. Aren’t fairy tales supposed to have happy endings?

alice in tumblr-landAlice in Tumblr-land

By Tim Manley

Series: None

Publisher: Penguin Books

on November 5th, 2013

Genres: Humor, Fantasy, Short Stories, Fairy Tales



Overview: The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after” — and have us laughing all the way.

Review:Love the idea of the book I just don’t think it was well executed. I love the classic fairy tales but the way the characters were portrayed was sad and unfamiliar. I would recommend it to a young teenager but not a lover of classic Disney.

les miserablesManga Classics: Les Misérables

By SunNeko Lee

Series: Manga Classics

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

on August 19th, 2014

Genres: Manga, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction



Overview: Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!
Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!

Review: I was confused at first. Even though this is a manga I did not expect to have to read from page 345 back to 1 because it was an e-book. It’s only a little inconvenient but you get used to it quickly. I love Les Miserables. I own several edition of the book and have seen it performed twice live! This was a fun version of the story and would be great for teens who don’t have the patience to read the book.