Sunday, March 23, 2008

Once Upon a Time Challenge II

Who can resist this challenge? It's the second annual (I'm assuming it will be annual) Once Upon a Time Challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. I was new to the blogosphere and missed out on the first one last year (still being rather clueless about this whole reading challenge thing), but I've heard so many great things about how much fun everyone had who did it, that I jumped right on the bandwagon without looking back - even though I wasn't sure which books I'd choose to read.

I am going to do "Quest the First," mainly because my semester is heating up and I don't have much time right now to figure out specific books from each genre: Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

But that may well change...or I may go on to do both quests, just for fun, since fantasy is my true reading love. I've decided not to combine the books I chose with the Mythopoeic Challenge books since both challenges involve fantasy novels. 'Cause then it wouldn't be as much of a challenge, of course!

So for now (and this is, of course, subject to change depending on personal whim/availability of the books), my picks for the Once Upon a Time II challenge are the following:
  1. The Bronze Pen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  2. When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs
  3. Waifs and Strays by Charles de Lint
  4. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  5. A Stir of Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
I will add links as I post reviews, and I will also go to the review site and link to my reviews from there. It will be fun to read reviews of other people's choices! And now, if you'll excuse me, I have some reading to do....


  1. The only one of those I've heard of is Waifs and Strays which is a 'Newford' book I think? Haven't read that one yet. Look forward to reading about that and the others. I have two books by Briggs on my 'keep an eye out for' list, Moon Called and The Hob's Bargain. I haven't read anything by her, perhaps I read about her on *your* blog...

  2. I loved Waifs and Strays and hope you do too. I am looking forward to your Patricia Briggs review as I was thinking about trying some of her older novels. I am reading The Goose Girl this year which will be my first book by Shannon Hale so it will be good to see what her other writing is like. Cool list!

  3. yay for Waifs and Strays! I finished The Goose Girl this weekend and now I want to get my hands on everything Shannon Hale wrote. I look forward to all your reviews!

  4. Cath - I think Waifs and Strays is the only de Lint left that I haven't read, and I've kind of been saving it, you know? So I'm really looking forward to it - I believe it's Newford short stories. I love Patricia Briggs - I've read her Mercedes Thompson series (which starts with Moon Called, and you may well have read about it here!) and love it, so I am curious to go back and read some of her earlier stuff. I started When Demons Walk this morning, and so far it is good - a more generic (but not in a bad way) fantasy than the Mercy series.

    Rhinoa - I was very impressed with Briggs' writing when I started Mercy Thompson, and I figured she must have written other books before it. I was happy to find some, and I'll let you know how it goes! I loved The Goose Girl - I hope you're enjoying it. I also enjoyed Princess Academy, which was very different from what I expected, given its title.

    Nymeth - I love going back to Newford, so I'm excited about that! Wasn't The Goose Girl fun? I'm definitely looking forward to reading this new Shannon Hale book.

  5. Great list Darla! I just knew that there was going to be some de Lint on your list ;) You'll love this was so much fun last year. Definitely the most fun I've had doing a reading challenge!

  6. I'm so glad you are joining in. If you have any questions about the challenge, please feel free to ask. In the end it is really all about reading enjoyable books and having fun. Love your list. Waifs and Strays is a book I hope to pick up soon.

  7. Thanks, Chris - I'm already well into the Patricia Briggs and am enjoying it immensely. This will definitely be fun!

    And thanks for hosting the challenge, Carl! The bookblogosphere is all a-quiver with excitement about OUTII, so of course I had to see what all the excitement's about. :-) I am particularly looking forward to reading Waifs and Strays. I love de Lint's books!


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