Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

by Bill Willingham

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ISBN-13: 9781401203696
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 03/05/2008
Series: Fables Series
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Reason for Reading: next published book in the Fables series.Summary: Snow White is sent to the land of the Arabian fables to ask for their help in fighting the Adversary. The time period is shortly after the fables have settled in our world and from information gathered in this book that is probably somewhere in the 1600s. When she arrives the court of the Sultan does not know what to do with such an insult, a woman emissary! They lock her in her rooms for quite some time but after she becomes troublesome they decide to send her to the Sultan as his nightly bride who will be killed the following morning but Snow White decides to tell him a story and so she continues on for 1001 nights. This book contains only a select few of those tales.Comments: This book is not a part of the Fables series proper. It was not published in comic book format but is an original graphic novel. The book is still written by Bill Willingham but each story has been illustrated by various different artists, creating a visually pleasing book. The book is often listed as a prequel to the series since the events take place some hundreds of years prior to the Fables series, yet it can be read at any time. I chose to read it now, after book 7, because this is when it was chronologically published. In book 7, Arabian Nights (and Days), there is a brief scene where someone asks Snow White hadn't she been to the Arabian fables world before and she replies shortly with oh that was a long time ago, I'm paraphrasing here. Thus Willingham has set up the scene for introducing this book at this time.A great book! Beautiful art work. It was really enjoyable to see the Fables world come alive through different artists' perspectives, some of the art is especially fantastic. The stories are all great fun. Some short, some long. We meet many familiar faces from the Fables world and learn their past stories. Such as how King Cole came to Fabletown and why he was elected mayor. How many of the animal fables made it to Fabletown. The sad story behind Ambrose, the prince who was turned into a frog and the story of Bigby's birth, along with others. It's a lot of fun getting to know some background on favourite characters.Personally, I don't think this book should be read as a prequel as you will know information which is supposed to be a secret until it is revealed in the series itself. You can't go wrong if you read it when it was published, after book 7; then you'll know just as much as the author knew. Great book and certainly don't skip it as it's a worthy addition to the Fables series.
4sarad on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I thought this was good, but a little too short and with no real answers to any questions you think of while reading it. I know it's part of a series, but I'd prefer it if this book was a little longer and more in-depth.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall is something of a prequel to Bill Willingham's award winning Fables series. Taking place long before the events set forth in the regular series, 1001 Nights (re)tells the tales of several of the inhabitants of Fabletown. I've only ever read the very first Fables collection, Legends in Exile, but I never found myself lost while reading this collection of stories, as these are all based on stories that most of us are already familiar with. I find it extremely innovative how Willingham is able to tie together so many unrelated fairy tales and fables and create a new story with these plot points and bring everything together in a cohesive story that is both original and familiar at the same time.The art of 1001 Nights is beautifully rendered, each story illustrated by a different artist, including Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Michael Wm. Kaluta, James Jean, Tara McPherson, Derek Kirk Kim, Esao Andrews, Mark Buckingham, Mark Wheatley and Jill Thompson. Charles Vess' illustrations provide the beginning and ending stories, as Snow White travels as an Ambassador of Fabletown to try to drum up support against The Adversary. She travels to the lands of the Arabian Fables, and the Sultan kidnaps her and intends to marry her and kill her in the morning, but like Scheherazade, Snow tells him a story a night for 1001 nights, thus prolonging her sentence. Each of her tales involves something of a history of the inhabitants of Fabletown, including her own story, thus providing a rich background history to the rest of the Fables world.If you have not read farther than the first collection of Fables stories, you won't be lost reading 1001 Nights. Since all these stories are based on fairy tales and fables that everyone is familiar with, there isn't much background needed to read 1001 Nights, nor does it appear to spoil anything farther along in the series, and I'm glad that I read this when I did, so that now I will have a more solid base to read the rest of the Fables tales.
nmhale on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Another entry in the Fables series, although not a part of the series continuum, but a side story that takes place long before the proper opening. In this collection, Snow White travels to the lands of Arabia as an ambassador from the fledgling Fable town, and finds herself heading for the executioner's block because of her confidence and brashness. To spare herself the ax, and the Sultan's bed, she tells him stories. For roughly one thousand nights. Sound familiar? I was drawn by this remake of the 1,001 Arabian nights tale, and curious about what stories Snow White would tell. While Willingham continues to display impressive ingenuity with his retellings of both well known and obscure fairy tales, I didn't like this collection nearly as much as the Fables series itself. I think it was because most of the stories were so dark, just too much for my tastes. Even more so than the rather dark Fables series. They were interspersed with more light-hearted fare, to be sure, but it wasn't enough to offset, for me, the death and rape and child sacrifice. I'll be happy just to stick with the ongoing storyline.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I had mixed feelings about this particular volume. This is essentially a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights, Fable style. On the one hand you get a lot of background information about some of the characters in the series. You learn that the seven dwarfs were not as friendly as Disney made them, that King Cole was truly a remarkable leader, that Bigby had a lot to overcome in life, and so on. But it read to too quickly for me. I think the lack of overall plot, and the inclusion of several stories detracted some. I was halfway through it, and it felt like I had just begun. Some of the stories are way to short, especially the Frog Prince. That whole sequence could have been done in a page. The inking was very good though, and I would recommend this, but as an appetizer, not a main course.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a book outside the fables Story Arc, and deals with Snow White being captured by a Sultan. In true Arabia Manner, Snow tells stories in the manner of Scheherazade. This book features 11 background stories about everybody's favorite Fables and takes a decidedly twisted fairy tale approach. Most of them work, a few of them don't.I really enjoyed the take on Fencing Lessons. I've always wondered about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.The Christmas Pies is cute. Its a nice trick, in true fairy tale manner. A Frog's Eye View is absolutely Heartbreaking - to be able to only watch as your family gets slaughtered.I did not enjoy The Runt. Its interesting how Bigby became what he is, but it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense, from the perspective of character motivation.A Mothers Love. It was cute, but not all that interesting.Diaspora and Witches Tale is Two stories in one. I did not like the drawings in Diaspora were too different from what was illustrated in previous volumes. It was too Goth/Stylized. It reminded me of any number of amateur drawings. . But I enjoyed the Witches Tale, its the story of the Wicked Witch from Hansel and Gretel - And I liked the Early Human take on the story, and how the Witch changed as Humanity changed. Another tricky story - this time about a girl who wants to travel. I liked it.Fair Division - The story of how King Cole became Mayor is interesting, but id didn't really hold me.
JapaG on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A separate entity in the Fables universe, 1001 Nights of Snowfall tells how Snow went to Arabian Fables as an emissary and got caught up in a "1001 nights" storytelling situation.All her stories, which tell about the histories of different old and new Fable characters, are drawn by a different artist. Some are long, some very short. Also, some are magnificent, beautiful tales, and some just irritating.Very uneven, but the highlights and the awesome hand-colouring throughout the book bring it to the top of the Fables pile of collections.
nesum on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A fun addition to the Fables tale. This book does not advance the primary plot of the Fables world, since it occurs before the first volume, but it does give us some wonderful backstories to the Fables group and reveals some of the mysteries of who they are and how they came to be in New York.The overall story here, of Snow White telling stories every night to save her life, isn't really important, and nor does it even really show up that much. Likewise are not all of the stories successfull. But most of the stories she tells are very enjoyable, whether they are funny, heartbreaking, or simply informative.A couple of the tales, such as the one about the frog prince, forces us to look at certain characters in Fables completely differently. Comidic characters become tragic ones, and some mysterious characters (such as the witch) become terrifying.Strangely, probably the one I liked the least was Bigby's, who is normally my favorite character of the bunch. Still, it was interesting to see how the North Wind had a bunch of wolf cubs as children.The best part, of course, is that Willingham leaves so much still hidden. Even in these pages he gives hints of how much story there is left to tell. Besides, if Snow told 1001 stories, this book only collects about 1% of them. I'm always anxious for more of Fables.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I think this book is a must own, it's one of those few books that the very thought of letting it out of my sight and beyond my reach where I would not be able to reach out and flip through and swoon over the art makes me feel anxious.If you are thinking about reading the Fable series- start here, If you're a fan of great illustrations- buy this, If you love fairytales, comicc/graphic novels, want to try reading graphic novels for grown-ups ... BUY this book.Beyond just being beautiful the tales are wonderful as well. Fables the series deals with Fable land being under attack by an evil adversary forcing all residents to either flee to exile in New York or face death or enslavement. 1001 Nights deals with Snow White coming to the Arabian land of Fables to warn them and enlist their help.... it doesn't go so smoothly. In 1001 Nights of Snowfall you hear various tales of various characters lives before exile. Each story is illustrated by a different artist.This is probably one of my favorite books of all time now; again I can't reccomend this book enough.
aliciamalia on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a one-off in the Fables series, a self-contained side-plot. The art is stunning, the story itself uneven. If you're a huge Fables fan, check it out, otherwise stick to the main series.
extrajoker on LibraryThing 7 months ago
1001 Nights of Snowfall discloses some interesting pre-Fabletown adventures of several characters.
KevlarRelic on LibraryThing 7 months ago
If only all 1001 of Snow White's tales were represented here. Every story that IS included features breath-taking art, and fascinating stories that enrich the best comic series being made today: Fables.
jgv6442 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
As a comics fan I've read Bill Willingham's work on a number of different books. A lot of times I find his work to be a bit uneven, but when it comes to Fables he seems incapable of telling anything less than a compelling story. 1001 Nights of Snowfall is no exception. This collection fills in the blanks on the backgrounds of some of major players in the regular series all wrapped up in a framing sequence paying tribute to 1001 Arabian Nights. The stories are all great fun, particularly the stories of the Frog Prince and Bigby's early years. Both seem particularly relevant ot the current events of the ongoing Fables series. The art is also excellent. I particularly liked the work done by John Bolton and Esao Andrews. I'm a fairly recent covert to Fables fandom, 1001 Nights of Snowfall only strengthened my fondness for the series and the characters.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This companion piece to the main Fables storyline contains a number of short stories that reveal aspects of the characters' pasts, woven together in a framing narrative that has Snow White regaling a Sultan with a story for 1001 nights to prevent her execution.Some of these were positively delightful - Snow White's backstory had a fantastically wicked twist, and uncovering the mysteries of Frau Totenkinder was lovely - while others were exceedingly mediocre. I think it's a good read if you love the series, but it's unlikely to win any new fans, and the majority of the stories don't enhance the world much.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is framed as Snow White going to the Arabian Lands to plea for help in the early days of Fabletown. Not used to negotiating with a mere woman, Snow ends up in the Scherazade-like position of telling a story every night to save her head.What Snow ends up telling are the back stories of our favorite characters-- where Snow gets her strength, how Frau Totenkinder survived Hansel and Gretl, how the Frog Prince escaped without his family, and why Bigby is so cranky and how he first met Snow. These stories allow us a much deeper glimpse into these characters and why they act the way they do once in Fabletown. More exciting than the back story though, is the beautiful renderings of each story by a different artist. I really love the different spin Tara McPherson puts on Snow and Red, but the story of Flycatcher broke my heart. These are the classic fairy tales as only Willingham could tell them-- dark, violent, and rarely with a happy ending. Most excellent and my favorite of the series by far.
jmc_cndk8 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
1001 Nights of Snow Fall is the story of Snow White turning into the reluctant Scheherazade for the Arabian Night Fable Emperor where she was sent as an envoy. She craft-fully yarn the back stories of Fable characters since after the invasion of the Adversary. The book is a series of wonderful shorts sufficiently enjoyable into themselves. I will definitely snag all of the hardcover releases of this comic book. 5/5 stars
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
This here is the beauty of the series Fables. A fantastic collection of slightly connected tales looking into the past of the Fables world. My favorites, besides the main Snow tale, were the early tales of Bigby and Frau Totenkinder. The art is all over the place but matches each tale pretty well. Overall, a very good Fables anthology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told many great tale behind what really happen and also an hinge to get you into really the comic to see what really happen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great way to get newbies to the verse in. And so stunningly well done for the nook it enhances the reading experiance, so well in fact you are left with the same hangover a great movie leaves you with. Love this installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The art looks great and the stories are clever interpretations of the classic tales. Most of all, I liked getting the background stories from some of my favorite Fables!
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