Well, I finished the His Dark Materials Trilogy. I am a slow reader, but I really flew threw these books. I enjoyed them. It was a little confusing at first, because of the alternate universe, but I thought that the plot moved quickly. The daemons were neat. Mrs. Coulter was one of the best evil characters I can think of. But, I have to say the books were a lot darker than I thought. I find it hard to believe these books are so popular given Pullman’s take on religion. I would think they would have been banned and challenged all over. I personally don’t have a problem with his views on religion, but I would imagine that some families would have to have some serious discussions about it, after reading the books. I found this article in the New Yorker about the series, but I haven’t read it yet.
I also just finished 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham. This is part of the Fables series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but this book stands alone. The Fables series explores the further adventures of our favorite fairytale characters exiled to Fabletown a section of New York City. This particular volume finds Snow White playing the role of Scheherazade telling stories to the the Sultan in an effort to save her life as well as to create an alliance between his world and the world of Fabletown. This is a beautifully illustrated book. Each story has a different illlustrator and I found myself flipping to the bios in the back after each tale. The stories are pretty dark, but it was a lot of fun.