Monday, June 20, 2011

Once Upon a Time V - Wrap-Up Post

It's over again! Time flies when you are having fun, though. My reading slowed down a lot in June, but overall I think I had a successful challenge. There are still some reviews to be written, but that is normal for me. I have been a bit disorganized lately, but hopefully I can catch-up on things soon.

For the challenge, I accomplished the following:

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time 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.
1. The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb (Book 2)
2. The Worlds of Chrestomanci: Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (Book 1)
3. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
4. The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish
5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
6. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
7. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
8. Widdershins by Charles de Lint
9. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
10. Among Others by Jo Walton
11. Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments III by Arthur Slade
12. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
13. Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
14. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Review Pending)
15. Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
16. The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente
17. Chaos Walking - Book Three: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
18. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
19. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
20. Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint
21. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
22. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3)

Graphic Novels:
1. L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young
2. Fables Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company
3. Ursula by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
4. Trickster - Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki
5. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
6. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova

Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.
I have watched the following:
1. Inception (Watched March 21, 2011)
2. Sin City (Watched April 2, 2011)
3. Tin Man (Watched April 5, 2011)
4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Watched April 9, 2011)
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Watched April 11, 2011)
6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Watched April 11, 2011)
7. The Princess Bride (Watched May, 2011)
8. Bridge to Terabithia (Watched May, 2011)

Read two non-fiction books, essay collections, etc. that treat any one or more of the four genres covered in this challenge.
I have read the following:
1. The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller
2. The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings - Part 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of the any weekend, or weekends, during the challenge. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
I have read the following:
1. terribly twisted tales edited by Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg
2. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
3. Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
4. The Very Best of Charles de Lint

I am especially happy with myself that I posted a pool of possibilities and actually read a whole bunch of the books on there! There are more that I will hopefully get to at some point and time.

Thanks again, Carl, for hosting a fun challenge!


  1. WOW Kelly! What a challenge and what a round up! I was out of the blogosphere for a lot of the challenge, so I'm off to read some of your reviews. :)

  2. I loved Inception!!!!!

    I haven't visited you in ages!! How have you been?

  3. Damn that's a lot Kelly!! So did you love Inception??? I DID!! :p Also, you reminded me that I REALLY need to read the Valente! I've been wanting to read it ever since you told me about it!

  4. Heavens, you did really well, that's a lot of books. Congrats!

  5. That is a lot of books! Well done you!

  6. Bloody he'll that's a lot of books! Wasn't Fables Rose Red good? Must read Sisters Red as well. I loved Inception and feel an evening in watching The Princess Bride is coming soon.

  7. I'm so impressed! You really did this challenge proud!

  8. Kelly! OMG you read so many good books! Now I have to go catch up on your reviews. I am so thrilled you read so many, and excited to hear what you say about them. Isn't this challenge great? Even if I didn't get to do all I wanted, I always find something new because of it. You really immersed yourself in this challenge, and fantasy this time around :-D

  9. So many books and movies! I hope you've enjoyed them! (Or at least the majority of them.)

    Congratulations on reading so many books from your potentials pool too!


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