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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.

side note:

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…

  1. odd and the forst giants – uncle neil
  2. a game of thrones – georgie martin
  3. making money – pterry
  4. sandman: endless nights – uncle neil, again
  5. the sword of the lictor – gene wolfe
  6. 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!

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  1. May 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I’ve got a stone with blue speckles if you’re short one. Beyond that I can’t be much help. Haven’t seen Rumplestiltskin in ages, but if I do, I’ll let you know. Anything we can do to help, you know…we miss having you around!

  2. May 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Uncle Neil 😀

    I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your picks so far. I have Making Money here, so why oh why haven’t I read it yet? Ah, I know, that thing called “other books” 😛 And I have Endless Nights on my list for the Graphic Novels challenge, and in fact it’s on its way to me from Amazon right now… can’t wait to get my hands on it. And I’ll be reading The Knight, my very first Gene Wolfe, in a week or two or three.

    Good luck finding those stones 😛

  3. May 13, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Well it doesn’t sound too complicated to get the internet back on 😉 Just summon Merlin and he’ll do it for you! Good to hear that you’ve been enjoying everything so far! Hope you like the rest of Game of Thrones…I might start the third book in the series soon but it’s the longest of all of them, so it’s a bit intimidating :/ We’ll see. Wasn’t Odd great? Good little short book!

  4. May 13, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    The Martin series just sucks you in. I can’t wait for the next one that comes out this fall!

  5. May 14, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Ho! You’re back. Well, sort of.

    I think I know what’s missing from your attempts to conjure internet. You need to GIVE BLOOD, brother. So, get a knife and open those veins. Mwhahahaha! 😀

    A Game of Thrones – can’t wait till you get to the most recent books. But Georgie seems to be stuck writing the new one.

    You have fun, yeah?

  6. Tori
    May 14, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for the kind words. It is a great pleasure to host these things and the pleasure of everyone’s participation makes it a joy to do and not work at all. I really, really want to read that Wolfe series but haven’t gotten around to it. Not even Lisa Snellings-Clark giving me a hard time about it has motivated me to get to it. Oddly enough I almost bought the book today but couldn’t bear to spend more money on something I wasn’t going to get to immediately.

  7. May 14, 2008 at 3:20 am

    If I were you, I’d stay away from the Review Site. WAY too tempting! Glad you have a phone line up. And it’s great to see you posting and commenting again. I’ve missed you!

  8. jean pierre
    May 14, 2008 at 11:42 am

    all blue speckled stones are welcome!


    you’ve met rumplestiltskin!!?! thats incredible! i hope he hasn’t tried to trick you… beware of him, i hear he’s a wily fellow…

    thanks for the offer of help 🙂


    doesn’t he just feel like an uncle?! i feel very avuncular toward him (or is it, it seems he behaves “avuncularly” – i don’t know! you know what i mean…!)

    ha! we have so many overlapping stuff! but then, you’re actually reading every book that gets published (because no-one knows, but you’ve discovered how to stop time) so it stands to reason…

    i look forward to seeing what you make of those books!


    odd was a lot of fun. short and sweet.

    the third book is even longer… 😮 oh my…

    i’m enjoying it so far, it goes through stages. but i’m reading it quite quickly, so am never lingering on any of the not-quite-as-good bits. i’m really enjoying the jon snow storyline, and the arya storyline is becoming very cool. and the bran storyline shows promise too.

    the tyrion one is quite fun. the daenerys one is cool too. i like those dothraki blokes – although, one can’t help but worry… if you know what i mean…!


    thanks for visiting!

    yeah, martin definitely sucks you in… i just keep wanting to know what’ll happen next! have you read them all?


    ho! 😀

    thats what i haven’t done!!! i haven’t given blood! i’m being punished, aren’t i?

    how long has it taken ol’ george to write the new one? are you up to date with the whole series? are the latter ones better?

    having lots of fun! 😀


    well, if lisa can’t make you read the book of the new sun, well, then almost nobody on this planet can. save gene wolfe himself putting the book in your hands. or our favourite uncle neil.

    theres also the danger of it being over-hyped. but i think it can withstand all that. ’cause the books don’t try to be epic or knock-your-socks-off. they’re just good and so different. thats what i like so much about them. often i just sit there and smile when some weird-ass thing happens. and i’m going “i had no idea that was going to happen”. and other times i just go “wtf”. its too cool.


    i can well believe that… hmmm… its like a venus flytrap!

    glad to be here and reading your blog again!

  9. May 15, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I’ve finished feast of crows for George RR Martin. the series gets grander, and politics, intrigue and betrayal gets thicker – and some of the stuff that gets done to the characters break your heart.

    Feast of Crows ended REALLY dramatically. REALLY DRAMATICALLY.

    You can track Georgie’s progress here:

    May 10th, and he’s still not done with A dance with dragons. Hmmm.

  10. jean pierre
    May 15, 2008 at 7:19 am


    haha! i love that.

    i definitely believe you.

    and i can well believe he does some heartbreaking things to his characters… 😦

  11. May 20, 2008 at 3:46 am

    By the way, that “Tori” comments was from me. I have to get my kid a computer…

  12. jean pierre
    May 20, 2008 at 7:12 am

    😀 i guessed as much – i didn’t think i had a friend called tori. let alone a friend called tori who, like my friend carl, knows lisa snellings-clark and has been meaning to read gene wolfe too…

  13. May 20, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I guess I could create some strange opposite sex alter ego…but there is no way that I would call her after my daughter’s name, that would make it too creepy. 😉

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