This is my first time with The Sunday Salon, so please have patience while I learn the ropes! Thanks to my fellow reader and LTer Irisheyz for my discovering this community.
I'm actually in the middle of two books right now.
First off is Jonathan Barnes The Somnambulist. I had an extraordinarily hard time this last week deciding on a book to read. Nothing quite felt right. I finally settled on The Somnambulist as I had been looking forward to it's release since I found out about it through LT's Early Reviewer program and I hadn't gotten around to it yet.
It is just what I needed!
The book opens, "Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever." While I'm only 63 pages into it as of right now, I can't say whether for sure this statement is entirely accurate, but I can say that in those 63 pages I've found the beginnings to a quirky, fun and amusing murder mystery. This is Jonathan Barnes first novel, and thus far, he hasn't disappointed.
The second book I'm working on right now is actually a graphic novel, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. The comic Fables is written by Bill Willingham and is published by DC Comics imprint, Vertigo. Fables tells the story of our favorite fairy tales, legends and lore as if they lived and breathed in the real world and are living in NYC. Having been forced from their lands by The Adversary, the fairy tales have taken refuge in our mundane world in the area of NYC that they have named Fabletown. These are not necessarily your parents fairy tales. These characters have become slightly jaded in their existence, first being forced from their rightful lands and then being forced to live and fit in with our society. All around, it's an interesting take on the fairy tale as a whole.
Fables: 1001 Night of Snowfall is something of a prequel to the story, where we learn a little background on the characters that populate the Fables world. I've only read the very first Fables collection, Legends in Exile, and so I'm not familiar with all the ins and outs of the characters, but since they are all based on characters that we are mostly familiar with, it hasn't proven that much of a challenge for me. I'm just hoping that it doesn't spoil something for me from farther along in the series.
I just finished reading Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall and found that I really enjoyed it! Willingham does an admirable job updating fairy tales to match them with the world of Fables. The art throughout is beautifully rendered (each fairy tales story is created by a different artist) and matches the tone of each story perfectly. Overall, a fun little read.
Now, off to dinner at Mom's house and then back to The Somnambulist!