Monday, 15 March 2010

Once Upon a Time IV (March 21st - June 21st)

The time has come again for my favourite challenge, Carl's Once Upon a Time IV Challenge has been announced for another year running, and I'll be going into it full tilt.
As with previous years the challenge has multiple quests, and I'll be taking part in multiple quests :D
I'll be taking part in:

For this quest I have to read 5 books which are either linked to fairytales, folklore, mythology or fantasy. These books are what I could see at a glance and that I'd like to read, obviously I'm not going to get through all of these but I'll have a choice of:
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien* (part way through already)
The Princess Bride, William Goldman*
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Magician, Raymond Feist
Lirael, Garth Nix
Perdido Street Station, China Mielville
The Brair King, Greg Keyes
Tales of Innocence and Experience, Eva Figes
The Court in the Air, Stephen Hunt*
The City of Dreaming Books, Walter Moers
The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley*
Justin Thyme, Panama Oxridge
Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter*
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
I've starred the ones which I should read as they have either been on the pile a very long time or are bookcrossing books.

I'm interested in reading a couple of non-fiction works, I have seen lots of books about fairytales and feminism which I'd love to read and I'd like to learn about Greek mythology. I'm on a book buying ban so I'll be seeing what the local library has to offer when their online service in working again.

I love short stories, especially when they are set in a fantastical world, I have Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales and a Grimm Brother's collection to search through, I think after that I'll be seeking out some stories on the net.

Luckily the Easter holidays start in a few weeks and there is the 24 hour read-a-thon coming up so I shall have plenty of time to get stuck into this pile.

My reads
1. 'Glass, Snow, Apples' by Neil Gaiman


Carl V. said...

Yay! Thanks for joining! Wonderful choices you have there, I don't think you'll be disappointed no matter which you choose. I'm planning on reading some Tolkien during the challenge and some Angela Carter as well.

Kailana said...

Lots of good looking books there. Enjoy!

DesLily said...

sometimes it amazes me how many "fantasy" books there are out there especially when you consider that they are not even considered "real reading material".. we know better though!

Aimee said...

I am so excited for this challenge! You have a gorgeous pool of books - I'm still deliberating!


Nymeth said...

You have some GREAT books on your pile! Nights at the Circus was one of my favourite reads of last year. The writing is just stunning.

Vasilly said...

Great list! I have Angela Carter on my list for this challenge too. Happy reading.