23 April 2008

Once Upon A Time IIA good while ago Carl launched his second Once Upon a Time reading challenge. And I think I’ve finally made my decision and a going to go with the second option:

Quest the Second
Read at least one book from each of the four categories. In this quest you will be reading 4 books total: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology.

  • Fantasy – Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint, and it turns out that this is the first in the Newford series, which is nice.
  • Folklore – The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce. The tooth fairy counts as a character from folklore right?
  • Fairy Tale – Tithe by Holly Black. It is subtitled a modern faerie tale so it must fit.
  • Mythology – this one I have yet to decide on. I’ve one or two in mind, but I’m not certain exactly what I’ll be reading.

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15 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    Its about time! ;)

    I'm so glad you are joining in! I look forward to your reviews and for seeing what you might come up with for the mythology category.

  2. Fence says:

    I've been thinking I really should read "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" or whatever that book is called for a while. So that's high up on my list. I've also been vaguely thinking that I should give the Illiad a go again. So many books :)

  3. jean pierre says:


    i've had trouble deciding myself, even though i've already started with some of my reads…

    glad that you're joining in :)

  4. Fence says:

    Yeah, that's just the starter list. I hope to add a few more. And I think I've decided on going with The Hero with a thousand faces for the mythology section.

  5. jean pierre says:

    ooh wow! i just looked up that book – sounds very cool indeed and really worth reading. hope its good.

  6. Rachael says:

    Hey there Susan (or Fence if you prefer)

    This may be a bit of a shot in the dark…

    But basically I'm a PR/Marketing type, who is in possession of some review copies of a new sci-fi novel! If you'd be interested in getting your hands on a copy, or just want a little more info, please contact me at rachael at hyperlaunch dot com.

    That also goes for any other UK literary bloggers who might read this post :)



  7. Instead of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell is boring, and that's why Star Wars is awful), or the Tooth Fairy, you should read some of Brunvard's books about urban legends. The Choking Doberman, or the Vanishing Hitchhiker. Very entertaining, and you'll learn how several American multinationals are run by Satanists.

  8. Actually, I've embarked on my own reading challenge recently. It's to read every novel on the bookshelf, working upwards and right-to-left. We've accummulated hundreds of books over the years, of all sorts, so it's quite an undertaking…the essence of the challenge is I'll give ANYTHING a go, as long as it's not:

    1) A war story

    2) A mystery (not books, but puzzles in prose)

    3) A thriller, whether financial or political or any other kind

    Right now I'm reading a publisher's proof of An Imperfect Lady by Sarah Harrison. It's not bad, even if it DOES have gardai in Ireland in 1920.

  9. Kelly says:

    What's this, Mally? I turn my back for ONE SECOND and you're running my country down? Besides, I thought you liked Satan. Don't make me get my gun.

    Hello, Fency! I've missed you. School is almost over (Friday) and I'm already feeling like I can breathe again. Your new blog look is fantastic, by the way. xo

  10. I DO like Satan, but he's bad for business. He keeps wanting to poison the customers. And I wasn't running down the US of A. I love the US of A. But the Brunvard books feature rumours about how a few American companies have been dogged by accusations of Satanism.

  11. Fence says:

    I like your bird Mal. All multinational companies are ebil, not just the US ones, so I'm not sure if I need to read that :) Although I'll keep the author in mind.

    Hey Kelly, great to see you back in blogland.

  12. Of course all multinationals are evil! But really, the Satanist multinational rumours are just a small part of the book. For some reason, that just popped into my head. I think Satan put it there. (When I was a kid, I saw a shop called Satin and was horrified, thinking it was SATAN. I wonder what they would sold in THAT shop.)

  13. Fence says:

    Satan satin sheets. Obviously

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