19. Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
Sadly, I did not find the second volume as charming as the first. Animal Farm attempts to riff on the Orwell novel of the same name and on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, in my opinion, less than successfully. This story is darker and more grisly than the last. Its most redeeming quality, in my view, is its inclusion of some extremely obscure fairy tale characters; among my favorites, Weyland Smith.
It's likely that more Fables will appear on my reading list, however, as they come recommended and supplied by a friend and have the virtue of being easily consumed in 1-2 hour sittings.
In other news, I'm almost finished with The Dwarves and very excited to talk about it some more!