The Book: Volume 9 of Bill Willingham's Fables series, Sons of Empire, is a collection of short stories. The title story focuses on the great battle between the Adversary and the folks in Fabletown, which is the underlying plot of the series. This is a grim tale of good and evil and involves spies, warfare, and political intrigue.
Other stories are much lighter and quite fun. We learn how Punz (Rapunzel) deals with her long hair when she must go out into the world of humans, we see Bigby's young wolf cubs learn to hunt (and get into mischief), and we meet the three blind mice.
My favorite stories have to do with the Bigby family Christmas. When I started reading this volume of Fables, I had no idea how appropriate it would be for the season. Fun to meet Santa and to learn that he is real (well, in the context of Fabletown). The scan (click to enlarge) shows one of Bigby's sons asking the question everyone wants to ask. To discover the answer, you'll have to read the book. (Yes, I'm a tease.)
The Tea: We've had colder Decembers here in central Pennsylvania, but it's still cold enough to make me look forward to my afternoon tea break. This week I'm drinking Bentley's Orange Spice tea. Believe it or not, I can't find a Bentley tea site online, so I don't have a link for you. But the tea has a nice citrus-spice aroma and it's very warming. I've always liked black tea with orange in it, and for a basic tea, this one is satisfying.
The Assessment: We've already established the fact that Bigby is probably not much of a tea drinker. But I'd like to think that Punz or Snow White or maybe even Santa would go for a cuppa. And if they do drink tea, I bet they wouldn't turn down a homey, simple tea like Ceylon orange spice.
What About You? As we race toward the holiday season, have you had time to read? If so, what's holding your interest this week? Are you drinking tea? Or have you switched to hot buttered rum or a little eggnog?
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Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.