once upon about time
theres been some progress on the internet front – as of friday we finally have a phone line.
all that has to happen now is for the phone line to be live for 5 working days, for me to ring SKY again to ask to be “booked on”, for them to send out our new modem, for them to test the line, for me to find five stones with blue speckles on them, for a little old lady to hop on one toe, for me to spin in a circle saying my name backwards, to put a glass of lightly salted water outside when the moon is three quarters, and to catch rumplestiltskin, and then we’ll have the internet again! 🙂
in and around these (and many other once-you’ve-moved-into-a-new-house) arrangements i’ve also started (and am well into) my books for once upon a time.
bugger. i realise i already started this post last month. its probably in one of my drafts somewhere…
just found it. yes, its a lot more flamboyant and all – heralding the challenge and thanking carl on his amazing work with launching and hosting it again.
those comments are rather superfluous now… but the fact that carl has again done an amazing job with this challenge bears repeating! so…
as usual carl has done an amazing job presenting the challenge and setting it up, and also laying it out beautifully! thank you, carl. (belatedly) i know it must’ve taken you ages and i can tell you that it really is greatly appreciated. like last year, you’ve again captured the wonder and the excitement of reading books in this genre and inspired me to dive into the realm of fantasy!
if there is anyone who still hasn’t taken a look at the challenge on carl’s page i strongly urge you to head over there – if you know challenges then you’ll immediately see that this is one of the best and if you’ve never partaken in one before (or don’t even know what one is) then this is the perfect introduction.
along with the rip challenge this challenge is particularly special to me.
where the rip challenge is the one where i first really got into carl’s blog (and through it into all other blogs) last year’s once upon a time challenge is when i started my own blog! 😀
unfortunately i haven’t had a chance to look at the reviews but i hope our internet gets sorted in time to be able to have a look at what all the other participants have read.
even though i haven’t been able to read much of what you guys have been reading (i’ve had the odd peek here and there) its still been nice to know that we’re all reading the same genre. that while i was reading about severian and his big old sword, many people out there were also reading about their own sword-bearers; while i read about jon stark going to the Wall and taking the black i knew that many of you were also reading about characters trying to carve themselves an identity; and while i saw odd beat the frost giants i had the nagging suspicion that many of you read the exact same pages too! 🙂
so which quest am i taking then? i’m taking quest the read more than 5 of any genre. and my choices are…
- odd and the forst giants – uncle neil
- a game of thrones – georgie martin
- making money – pterry
- sandman: endless nights – uncle neil, again
- the sword of the lictor – gene wolfe
- one other book of some sort
so far i’ve read the two gaimans and the gene wolfe, which i’ve enjoyed and of which i particularly liked “the sword of the lictor”.
i am now well into “the game of thrones” and reading that alongside “making money”. both are very enjoyable and complement each other nicely. the pterry is particularly good. good pterry is always very good indeed. he’s like a professional sportsman who has this fifth gear, and when he gets into it theres just no stopping him!
and the last one? well, i just fancy reading one more fantasy book and am optimistically pencilling that one in as a purchase based upon a review i’ve read on the fantasy reviews portal. failing that, there were a host of 5 star books that carl reviewed which looked really good too!
anyway, thats all for me. i’m off to visit your sites and hopefully encounter many exciting recommendations!