Once Upon a Time

Ah, another challenge. There are so many going around out there, that I feel like I need to pick and choose, or I’ll never get to read just for “fun” and I’ll always feel like I’m doing assignments. I finished college too long ago to feel like that.

At any rate, there are a number of fantasy books on my TBR list that I’ve been wanting to get around to, so I figured this was as good of an excuse as any to read some of them.

So, the quest I’m taking is:
Quest Three: Read at least one book from each of the four genres of story (Mythology, Folklore, Fairytale, and Fantasy), and finish up the challenge with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

1. Mythology: The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordian. I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages (since The Lightening Thief, actually), and since it’s based on the Odessy, which I read for the Classics Challenge, I figure I might enjoy it that much more.

2.Folklore: Warrior Girl, by Pauline Chandler. Okay, so Joan of Arc technically isn’t folklore (more historical fiction), but it does have some folklorish elements to it. Either that, or The Legend of Lady Ilena, by Patricia Malone. I am a sucker for King Arthur books.

3. Fantasy: The Riddle-Master of Hed, by Patricia McKillip. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, ever since I heard about it on Sound and Spirit. It’s the first in a trilogy. I’d love to say I’ll read all three, but since I’ve had a hold on the copy the library has of the whole trilogy since September, I probably should just say I’ll read the first and go from there. (Maybe I can Book Mooch the second?)

4.FairyTale: This one was hard for me. Not because I couldn’t choose, but because I had to find one I hadn’t read! I finally came up with Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier. It’s a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses (I can’t remember the name of the fairy tale): the one where they are forced to dance every month at midnight until the youngest breaks the spell (or something like that; I know I’ve read it at one point). I know Bookshelves of Doom hated it, but since I can’t come up with any other fairy tales, I thought I’d give it a try.

And I’ll finish it off with Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I’ve never read.

11 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time

  1. I’m so glad I’m providing you with an excuse to do some fun reading. Great list. Riddle Master of Hed is such a cherished book to me. My brother bought it for me for my birthday when we were kids and it is the first pure fantasy that I remember reading. I loved (love) the trilogy and Patricia A. McKillip is fantastic.

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  2. Oh, I didn’t <>hate<> it. I read the whole thing. And I didn’t throw it against a wall or anything.I thought her world-building was especially well done. I just didn’t <>luuurve<> it.

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  3. I do hope I like the McKillip. I respect Ellen Kushner’s opinion, so I think I will. (I know, I need to read Ellen Kushner’s books, too.)Leila (oh, so <>that’s<> your name!)– I stand corrected. 🙂

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  4. Yep, Leila-rhymes-with-Sheila.I’m planning on reading my first McKillip very soon — I’m kind of excited to finally be getting to her.And yes, you must (mustmustmust!*) read Ellen Kushner.*Sorry, I get a little bossy about my favorites.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Have you read Twain’s The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc yet? It is great and available online here:< HREF="http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_mark_twain.asp" REL="nofollow">MaidofHeaven.com<>

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