PETER & MAX

16 Aug

This is not the Fairy Tale you remember. While the characters are from our childhood, this is not a book for children. It has layers of deft prose that is fraught with deep complex emotions balefully weaved into a tale that explodes on every deckle-edged page. It is a dark stand-alone where some of the same things happen to some of the same characters, but in a very different way.

It is a novel based on the fairy tale characters we all grew up with: Snow White, Rose Red, the Beast and Belle, the Big Bad Wolf and Peter Piper, the ‘peck of pickled peppers’ Peter Piper, and his brother, Max.

Now before you stop reading and start rolling your eyes, understand that Willingham’s novel doesn’t require knowledge of the comic it’s based on. He keeps everything clear enough that readers new to the series won’t be confused. And, while it toys with notions of mythology and its origins, Willingham’s work keeps true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm: dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way.

Oh, don’t get the wrong impression. This is not a comical take on the fairy tales we all read and loved. This is quite the serious telling of the fleeing into a sanctuary called Fabletown tucked away somewhere in New York City where “…… strong spells of misdirection keep outsiders out.”

Peter and Max follows a population of fairy tale characters seeking shelter in our world after their enchanted lands were conquered. The story-line is the telling of two very different brothers: Max and Peter Piper; sibling rivalry; magic and revenge, who encounter ominous forces. It is a tale that spans medieval times to the present day, where their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown.

If you can recall your childhood, this is the one book you MUST read.

(for those who are not familiar with Bill Willingham, he is a comic book author, and pens the infamous series called Fables)

YA Fantasy – 400 pages

Published by DC Comics under the Trademark VERTIGO

Illustrations by Steve Leialoha

1st edition (hard cover) 2009

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