15 December 2011

Thursday Tea: Fables 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham

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?


Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Published by DC Comics / Vertigo, 2007
ISBN-13: 9781401213169

Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B

Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.

10 comments:

Molly 12/15/11, 9:08 AM  

I have wanted to try reading at least the first book in this series for quite some time, but have yet to make the time to do so. Perhaps over christmas break (?)

I have been enjoying the Peppermint Tea from Trader Joe's lately -- festive for this time of year. I really do enjoy a orange infused tea, however, and hope I can find Bentley's Orange Spice Tea in the midwest.

bermudaonion 12/15/11, 9:11 AM  

I love citrusy teas too. I'm not sure about the book, but the tea sounds like a winner to me.

Cath @ Constance Reader 12/15/11, 9:27 AM  

I think the tea and book both sound enchanting! I always like a spicy tea to go with fantasy. It fits, somehow.

Beth Hoffman 12/15/11, 9:30 AM  

Oooo, the orange spice tea sounds lovely! I haven't had much time to read, but I sure have a fabulous stack of books waiting. Once I finish polishing my manuscript, I'll dive in.

Daryl 12/15/11, 10:33 AM  

I am thinking I know someone this will be perfect for .. but I think I'll get him volume 1 first

Zibilee 12/15/11, 10:38 AM  

These sound like really interesting reads, and I need to snatch back my copy of the first book from my son, who has spirited it away in his room! I also love orange-spice tea, and think that might be my choice for today. I usually drink Constant Comment when I want something orangey, but I might have to look for the tea you mentioned here. Great review and great tea today!

Dorte H 12/15/11, 2:35 PM  

What a rational little boy :)

In this vicarage we certainly race towards Christmas, but while we always find time to sing, go to Christmas concerts etc, I can´t say I have had much time to read.

caite 12/15/11, 5:11 PM  

not sure about the book but that tea is right up my alley!

dogearedcopy 12/15/11, 9:56 PM  

LOL, I know the answer to the question posed to Santa; but that's only because I went to go see Arthur's Christmas :-D

Jess (Tangled Up in Blue) 12/16/11, 9:03 AM  

Beth, I had no idea you were in central PA, too! Here's tipping my cuppa towards a fellow PA-er :) This series looks like something I would love. I'll have to give it a try!

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