Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's time for Once Upon a Time III

It is time once again for the Once Upon a Time III challenge, run so superbly by Carl V from Stainless Steel Droppings! This is an annual event where the focus is on fantasy, fairy tales, mythology and folklore, and runs from March 21 to June 20.

fan⋅ta⋅sy: a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting.(Wiki)

fairy tale: a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and talking animals, and usually enchantments, often involving a far-fetched sequence of events. (Wiki)

folk⋅lore: the traditional beliefs, legends, customs, etc., of a people; lore of a people; The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally. (Dictionary dot com)

my⋅thol⋅o⋅gy: a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person; a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered. (Dictionary dot com)

As he has done for several of his more recent challenges, Carl has designed a number of different levels of participation. I have chosen to accept Quest the First:

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time III 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.

Checking through the books I currently have on my to be read sooner than later (also known as the library books out list), the following books will form at least part of my list:

Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Fish Out of Water by Mary Janice Davidson
Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

For the full details of the challenge check out this link.


  1. that's a good "start" lol.. everyone seems to have most the books needs in their tbr piles!

  2. Oh, I joined that one as well. I am not usually good with fantasy and the likes, but I have a few on Mt. TBR, so I figured I'd give it a try :-)
    I hope you succeed with the challenge!

  3. It does sound like an interesting challenge. I think I might join this one since several of my current books would fit into this very easily.

  4. Yeah!! I love this challenge! Blood Bound is seriously good...I have the 3rd book on my challenge list. And Coraline is great too...albeit a little creepy. And you KNOW how I feel about the PC Cast books!!

    You are right. I read The Little Country with Genre Stew. I can't believe it's been that long ago, but it has!! I miss that group a lot.

  5. Must read Tangled Webs too!

  6. Man, I am only like the third book in Bishop's trilogy. Really must remedy that at some point! So happy to see you are reading Blood Bound. I think everyone should read Briggs. :)

    Happy reading!

  7. I'm glad to hear you have been close to where I am right now when it comes to reading fantasy. That means there's a chance for me LOL

  8. Great to have you in the challenge this year! Looks like you have a fun list of books to choose from. I've heard so many good things about Joe Abercrombie's books.

  9. I just joined this challenge as well. I've read Full Moon Rising and am looking forward to the next book in this series. Enjoy!

  10. I just read Coraline, thinking I'd read it aloud to my class. Alas, I think it's too scary for third graders (although they insist it wouldn't be!). I loved the first part, but then it sort of got too bizarre for me...losing some of its power. I'll be interested in your thoughts, because I'm sure I'm in the minority of people who didn't adore it.

  11. Great list of books, Marg! I'm so glad you're joining us too. I loved Coraline, and I've just got Blood Bound - it's on my reading challenge list too. I have one of Jim Butcher's books to add if I get time (ha ha) to read any more. LIke Carl says, I look forward to your review of Joe Abercrombie's book, same with Mary Jane Davidson. Isn't this a fun challenge?

  12. Susan, it is a fun challenge.

    Bellezza, people have some of the same concerns about The Graveyard Book, particularly the beginning!

    Samantha, I can't believe I haven't read Keri Arthur yet.

    Carl, thanks for hosting!

    Kathrin, I think part of it is finding something so good that it keeps you wanting to pick up more, and then more, and then more!

    Kailana, you really should read Bishop!

    Nymeth, I was laying in bed last night thinking about all the books that I should have added to the list, but didn't!

    Stephanie, there is a lady who catches the train with me that raves over this series as well. Genre Stew still exists. Let me know if you want the details of where we hang out!

    Kathy, Carl's three challenges that he runs every year are all excellent! I hope you do decide to join in.

    DesLily, it's not a bad start is it??

  13. enjoy your reading! this sounds like a fun challenge.

  14. Thanks for posting this, I am excited to join in!

  15. You've tempted me to join as well.
    Full Moon rising is a good book and the series keeps getting better.
    You've also given me quite a few books to add to my TBR list

  16. K, I am really looking forward to Full Moon Rising! I need to read more Aussie authors.

    me, you are welcome!

    Naida, it is definitely a fun challenge!

  17. Good list! I've just finished Blood Bound and it was alsolutely fantastic. And yaaaay! for Garth Nix!

  18. Coraline is a fantastic book, I'll have to reread sometime!
    I'm starting this challenge with Beguilement, so far so good, it'll be fun to know what you think of it too.

  19. I read Coraline during last years RIP challenge. Happy reading! - Stephanie

  20. I read Coraline during last years RIP challenge. Happy reading! - Stephanie

  21. I just finished Grave Peril - I can't wait to see what you have to say about it. thanks for stopping by. One of these days I HAVE to join your Teaser Tuesday, my knitting seems to be getting in the way, but no more!

  22. Great list! I'd forgotten that I meant to read Beguilement. Maybe I'll do it for this challenge, too. :-) I'll be looking forward to reading your reviews!