I’m joining Carl V‘s Once Upon a Time challenge, in hopes that I do better with this than I did with the From the Stacks challenge. I normally read a lot of fantasy, but haven’t read nearly as much as I used to, and a lot of what I have read in the past few years has disappointed me a little bit. I’m hoping this will help me get back into the genre and perhaps give me a new book or author to adore. Thus, my choices for this challenge are:
1. Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.
2. Robert Holdstock’s The Iron Grail: Book Two of the Merlin Codex.
3. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora.
4. Jonathan Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkand: Book One of The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
5. Orson Scott Card’s Enchantment.
I am going to attempt to fit in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, because it will always hold a spot dear in my heart. It was the second Shakespearian play I had ever seen at Stratford. Actually, it was the second Shakespearian play I had EVER seen, period. I saw it twice that season, and Colm Feore was in it. Ah, how lovely! (And it is quite possible that was one of the defining moment leading to my becoming a fangirl.)
Depending on how I’m feeling, I may substitute some books for others – I have too many fantasy books lying around here that I haven’t read yet. Enchantment is a re-read, but I feel it fits in with the fairy-tale part, as it is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, and also includes references to various Russian folk-tales apparantely. I was also debating adding Beowulf in there for more of the folklore bit, but really, I feel that with that poem and Malory… well, I wouldn’t get through it all. I mean, Le Morte d’Arthur itself is like
five million 900 pages long. There’s no way I’d get everything else done too if I attempted Beowulf.
I was also going to add Cassie Clare’s City of Bones, but let’s face it, I’m about 50 pages from the end at the moment so that would be cheating. I will most likely be posting about THAT book tomorrow. LOVE.