once upon a time

Once Upon a Time VIII: snowstorm, what snowstorm?


Rejoice, magically and fantastically-inclined folk! It has come to my attention that Once Upon a Time Challenge has begun. It is hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings to celebrate the beginning of spring and this year it lasts from March 21st to June 21st.

This is my first time participating, and I am going to use it wisely to read some really good fantasy or mythology. Or maybe I’ll just get some beer and sit reading sagas for three months. Or maybe I will finally read Little, Big (which currently holds the Longest On TBR Pile title at my house).

There are several participation tiers to suit a variety of tastes. I am going to take a somewhat easy route and do Quest the First.


This means I’ll be reading at least 5 books that fit somewhere within Once Upon a Time categories. Here are some contenders at the moment (subject to change by the management):

1. Fox Woman by Kij Johnson

2. Way of Kings and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

3. Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

4. Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

5. Little, Big by John Crowley (oh, why do I even try)

Basically, I am using this challenge as an excuse to read some good fantasy. I’ve been leaning rather science-fictionally lately, but I think my brain would enjoy reading some stuff with swords and spells that makes the peoples fall down!