Once Upon A Time IV Challenge

19 March, 2010

I did say I wasn’t going to participate in any more challenges (except for Carl’s RIP V and Bellezza‘s The Japanese Literature Challenge IV later in the year), but how could I resist this? The Once Upon A Time IV Challenge is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings and runs from 21st March until 20th June 2010.

I am hoping to participate at the level of The Journey where I need to read one or more books from one of four categories: fantasy, folklore, fairy tale and mythology or a mixture (no pressure) or Quest the Second where I need to read one book from each category (more difficult). As I haven’t really thought of a list yet except for The Clash of Kings: Songs of Ice and Fire 2 by George R.R. Martin, which I was supposed to have read on holiday two months ago but was side-tracked by all the Sri Lankan fiction I found, I’ll see how I go along.

Also on my TBR pile are the following which would qualify:

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett (fantasy)
The Age of Misrule by Mark Chadbourn (fantasy/folklore)
The Blade Itself: The First Law 1 by Joe Abercrombie (fantasy – but this would be a re-read so I’m not sure whether it qualifies)
The Warrior-Prophet: The Prince of Nothing 2 by R. Scott Bakker

As you can probably tell, I’m sneakily trying to slash my teetering TBR pile. But knowing me, I’ll probably find a dozen new titles from the library. And I seem to have an urge to read a bit of mythology after reading several posts about the Canongate Myth series recently, although I don’t know what. Any suggestions?

I really enjoyed participating in RIP IV last year so I’m looking forward to this one!

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7 Responses to “Once Upon A Time IV Challenge”

  1. Fëanor Says:

    Looking forward to your progress along the Journey. Will you be posting updates on how you are getting on?

  2. Bellezza Says:

    Oooh, I’ll read the second in Songs of Fire and Ice with you! I’ve bought the whole collection since unexpectedly loving A Game of Thrones. Okay, sold: it’s going to be Clash of Kings and Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino for me. Thanks for the reminder!

    • chasing bawa Says:

      Great! I am so jealous you have the whole series! I want to try and read most of them before the series airs on tv, but at least it won’t be a while in London.

  3. Nymeth Says:

    The Canongate Myth Series is excellent! Well, except for The Helmet of Horror, which I hated with a passion, but then again, that doesn’t mean others wouldn’t like it. My favourites so far are Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith and Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith (love love love love love).

    Sorry…I don’t think my comment is helping with your efforts to stick to your tbr pile 😛

  4. Carl V. Says:

    I have read so many good things about Abercrombie’s books, and I sadly have not read any of the Song of Fire and Ice series as of yet.

    I’m so glad you are taking part and hope that whichever books you chose end up becoming favorites.


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