Monday, 11 April 2011

Once Upon a Time V

I've been suffering from such acute tunnel vision for the last few weeks that the Once Upon a Time Challenge snuck up without my noticing - I'm so late that 111 people have signed up ahead of me! So my wishlist is going to be rather thrown together, and I haven't really decided whether I'm going to aim for one of each of the sub-genres - fantasy, folklore, fairytale and mythology - or just as many as I can blog about between now and June 21st. I do like to stretch my reading for Carl's challenges if I can, so I'll probably include at least one non-fiction book, and I'll  try to fulfill the requirements for Quest the Third, which includes either reading or watching A Midsummer Night's Dream. Some of my reading will be on my Kindle this year, and some of the possible choices will include titles off last year's list!

Here are my options for this year (it's not exclusive - if you can't indulge a whim in a Once Upon a Time Challenge, when can you?):

Spellwright by Blake Charlton (Kindle) - I like the sound of this, which focuses on the power of words.
Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish (Kindle) - an author I discovered last year, through her fascinating blog, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, perfect reading in itself for the Challenge. Her book Dark Angels was one of my five best in 2010.
The Poisoned Crown by Amanda Hemingway - this is the final part in a trilogy I enjoyed so much I can't quite bring myself to finish it! Wish she'd write some more.
Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge - another I've been saving up, but now there's a sequel to Fly by Night, so that's okay!
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - I see Carl has just reviewed this, and he's pretty enthusiastic about it, which bodes well. Have to buy this one, though.
The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin - another new favourite. I took a couple of runs at A Madness of Angels and it proved well worth the effort.
Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Words by Marina Warner - this was a Christmas present from OH, who knows my obsessions well! This will be the non-fiction choice.

I'd like to read some Diana Wynne Jones for the Challenge, too - maybe The House of Many Ways, which will be new to me. I'm so sad she's gone, I can think of few writers I admire so much. I might also include either one of the Canongate series of retellings of myths (I read Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad for an earlier Challenge) or one of the recent re-tellings of stories from the Mabinogion, when I remember who publishes them! And, of course, there will be impulse reads, triggered by reviews from other people in the Challenge, which is one of the pleasures of taking part.

Now, where shall I start?


  1. I'm just re-reading 'The Name of the Wind' because the follow up is now out and it's so long since I read the original that I need a refresher course. And I do so agree with you about Amanda Hemingway. Have you read her as Jan Siegel?

  2. I've read Spellwright and Troll Fell and enjoyed them. The Name of the Wind is on my list.

  3. I want to read something by Katherine Langrish too. The one that took my fancy was West of the Moon, but I need to get hold of it first. Enjoy the challenge.

  4. I'd vote for the Marina Warner book to start, but I feel like it's no fun starting with the nonfiction book. The Poisoned Crown, I think. Finish the trilogy! (I haven't read it, I'm just generally in favor of finishing trilogies.)

  5. the name of the wind seems to be "the book" as it's on many people's list...including mine, not that i'll necessarily get to it!

  6. I just came across your kind recommendation of my books and blog - thankyou! :)

  7. I was even later than you in finding out about this year's Once Upon a Time challenge, but I'm enjoying it so far! Glad to see another late-ish participant is out there!