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Once Upon a Time Challenge

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.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:24 pm March 26, 2007.
Category: Challenges

  • Carl V.

    Another fantastic list. The Lies of Locke Lamora is another one that I really want to read.

  • Kailana

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is considered the best book of 2006 on a forums that I visit. I am surprised by how much I have seen Le Morte D’Arthur on lists. I read that in my second year of university, it’s an undertaking! Overall good, but… well, there are some scenes I felt it could do without. I own the other books on your list, some of them are on my list, but I have not read them yet… or, maybe they are not on my list but I own them. I think I have had a long day, memory not working well.

  • Chris

    I LOVE Enchantment, that was such a great book. Magic Street was another great fantasy by Card. Glad to find another fan of his work :)

  • Rob Holdstock

    Hi there,
    My good partner has my name on ‘google alert’, and your ‘challenge’ just came up. I’m pleased you’ve listed one of my own works for the challenge, but just wanted to say that CELTIKA might be the better option (Book 1), though of course, I’d never hesitate to say: try them both! They make a pair, though I always hope each can be read *alone* with satisfaction, leaving a little bit of intrigue at the end.
    Good luck, anyway, and all best wishes
    Rob Holdstock

  • Court

    Carl – I’ve heard some really good things about The Lies of Locke Lamora, so hopefully it’s as good as everyone’s been saying. There are a lot of good lists out there so far for this challenge; I have to say that I’m quite excited to hear how everyone enjoyed their books.

    Kailana – It looks like a good part of our reading lists are similar, because I was thinking the same thing about yours, that I either have or have read a good portion of what you had listed…

    Chris – I haven’t read Magic Street. I will definitely have to add it to my TBR list!

    Rob – I actually read Celtika about 6 months ago, and quite enjoyed it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy The Iron Grail just as much, and am looking forward to reading it. :)

  • melrose plant

    the Lies of Locke Lamora is brilliant .

  • Court

    You’ve told me that before, Rach. :)

  • melrose plant

    I felt left out.

  • Danielle

    I’d love to read Le Morte d’Arthur,too. Someday…I have a feeling it is too long for my reading plans at the moment, though I do plan on reading some books for this challenge. I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

  • Quixotic

    Lovely list – another one for Amulet of Samarkand I see! :-)

    I’d like to read the Merlin Codex books. Might have to bump them up the wishlist.

  • weenie

    The Lies of Locke Lamora – believe the hype! :)

  • Fence

    I was sooo tempted by The Lies of Locke Lamora, but in the end went with Stardust by Neil Gaiman instead.

    Great list.

  • Nymeth

    Good luck with Malory – I’ve always wanted to read it, but I haven’t gathered the courage just yet.

    Enchantment is on my list as well. I’ll be reading it pretty soon, actually, and I’ll be looking forward to comparing our opinions.

  • pat

    What a great list you have. And I love the look of your blog.

  • Petunia

    I’ve never read any of the titles on your list. They sound really good. Good luck and happy reading!