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April 1, 2010

once upon a time
posted by soe 3:36 am

Once Upon a Time Challenge IV

Once again, I am planning to take part in Carl’s Once Upon a Time Challenge. My plan is to explore Quest the Fourth, wherein I commit to reading five books that fall within the genres of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and fantasy. Then I will follow that up with an early June reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In addition to the Shakespeare, I hope to choose from:

Kristin Cashore’s Graceling
Michael Scott’s The Sorceress
Homer’s The Odyssey
Arabian Nights
Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian
Shannon and Dean Hale’s Rapunzel’s Revenge
Susan Cooper’s Greenwitch
Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember
Zora Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men
Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Got any other suggestions? Or recommendations from the list above? I’ve got until Midsummer’s Eve to finish reading them all.

Category: books. There is/are 6 Comments.

City of Ember!! City of Ember!!1!!!!

Comment by Jenn 04.01.10 @ 4:55 am

Hugo Cabret is beyond fabulous, and I also really liked Rapunzel’s Revenge.
I’m hoping to read The Last Olympian.

Comment by raidergirl3 04.01.10 @ 4:19 pm

Fairy Tales:
Orson Scott Card’s Enchantment

Neil Gaimon’s American Gods

Fantasy: (warning – all of these are book 1 of series)
Katharine Kerr’s Daggerspell
Elizabeth Haydon’s Rhapsody : Child of Blood
Jane Lindskold’s Through Wolf’s Eyes
C.S. Friedman’s Black Sun Rising

Comment by Grey Kitten 04.01.10 @ 7:01 pm

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust would also meet the qualifications.
Gena Showalter’s Darkest Series is based on the Pandora’s box myth. (She also has an Atlantis series. As do many, many people.)
Holly Black has a Faerie series, that is young adult oriented. I enjoyed Tithe, am working through Valiant.
Patricia Briggs has the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, that are both fantasy.

Comment by RandomRanter 04.02.10 @ 1:31 pm

@Jenn: Okay! I’ll put in a request at the library.

@raidergirl3: I bought Hugo Cabret years ago and it’s sat on my shelf waiting for the right moment. I think this may be it!

@GK: Cool! I haven’t read any of these, so I’ll look them up.

@RR: I’ve read both Stardust and Valiant already, so we’re on the right track. I haven’t heard of Showalter or Briggs, so I’ll check them out.

Comment by soe 04.08.10 @ 11:14 pm

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