The other day, when visiting Outland, my favorite books store specialising in Fantasy, SF and comics, I found a new comic I on sale. Fables it was called, and since the first volume was sold for less than 1/3 of what I usually pay for comics, I just had to get it. It looked really good as well, so I ended up buying Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile. In the story, the creatures you read about in fairy tales have been driven from their homeworlds by their common enemy, the adversary, and have fled to New York where they have settled. Their community is pretty much run by Snow White, with the big bad Wolf as their police officer. Then one day, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk rushes into officer Wolf's office, claiming his girlfriend Red Rose, sister of Snow White, has been brutally murdered. The rest of the story in the first volume focuses on Wolf's investigation into the murder, Pretty interesting stuff, a good plot, cool characters, lots of humor and good artwork as well. The character Prince Charming is funny, while Pinocchio is hilarious. So if you want to meet your favorite fairy tales characters in a new and modern setting, check out fables.
I am currently, upon the completion of London, reading The Forest, still by Edward Rutherfurd. This time, the story is about the history of The New Forest in south-east England. The novel is written in the same style as Sarum and London, telling the history of the place through the eyes of a few select families. Like anything else I've read of Rutherfurd, it is very good. The New Forest has been linked to witch-craft in the middle ages, something Rutherfurd incorporates into the story. In the foreword he confesses his ignorance of the subject, and how he used modern Wicca books to learn enough to write about it. Having some knowledge on the subject myself, I feel the books kinda falls short a bit on this subject. Modern Wicca was revived only recently, and has borrowed a lot from the Golden Dawn and Crowley, and I have some doubts that a witch in the middle ages would use the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or something close to it. But apart from this, the book so far has been very good, definelately recommended. I am so glad I listened to my mum and started reading Rutherfurd's books.
Well, that's it for now I guess. Until next time