Monday, June 20, 2011
I love the OUAT Challenge. Any excuse to read fairy tale, fantasy, myth and folktale based books is good in my book (pun not intended). there were a variety of different challenge options as always and this time I went for a mix of Quest the First and Second. I specifically read five books for the challenge and tried to do one from each genre (although myth and folklore are hard to distinguish at times) and mix up the formats I read.
1. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic (folklore/mythology)
2. Return to Labyrinth v4 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie (fantasy)
3. The Young Merlin Trilogy - Jane Yolen (folklore/mythology)
4. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones (fairy tale)
5. Fables v12 The Dark Ages - Bill Willingham (fantasy/fairy tale)
I loved all of them and can't pick a favourite. Book two was a beautifully drawn manga and book five a trade paperback. The first a mix of fiction and non fiction and books three and four young adult. I haven't written most of the reviews yet, but promise to do so in the near future and add them to the review site. I can heartily recommend all five to anyone who loves this challenge for when (it had better run again...) it happens next year.
As the challenge covers genres I love, most of the other books I have read for other challenges could also have been slotted nicely into the challenge. Here are some of my favourites :
Fairest of All - Serena Valentino (fairy tale)
The Safe Keepers Secret - Shannon Shinn (fantasy)
Fables 13-15 - Bill Willingham (fantasy/fairy tale)
Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr (urban fairy tale)
Storm Glass - Maria V Snyder (fantasy)
Bring on Once Upon a Time VI already!
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