Sunday Salon: Once Upon a Time III Challenge Completed!

Once Upon a Time III

I read 12 books for Once Upon a Time III challenge! Granted, 9 of them are graphic novels while only 3 are novels, but still I’d say it’s pretty good :).

I have definitely completed Quest the First that required us to read 5 books that could be fantasy, fairy tale, folklore or mythology. Quest the Second required us to read at least 1 book from each categories. It was really tricky because I have no idea what could be considered folklore or mythology fiction books. I think there is a very small pool of those that you can pick out of. Some people classified The Sandman as folklore or mythology. I guess you can if you wanna push it. But I don’t want to (push it) so I just let it go.

So the books are:

  1. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham (reviewed 26/03/09, rating 4.5/5, fairy tale)
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (reviewed 29/03/09, rating 4/5, fantasy)
  3. Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (reviewed 12/04/09, rating 4/5, fairy tale)
  4. Clockwork Girl by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna (reviewed 17/04/09, rating 3.5/5, fantasy)
  5. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (reviewed 27/04/09, rating 4.5/5, fairy tale)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (reviewed 01/05/09, rating 4.5/5, fantasy)
  7. Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (reviewed 20/05/09, rating 5/5, fantasy)
  8. Bone Vol 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith (reviewed 03/06/09, rating 4.5/5, fantasy)
  9. Bone Vol 4: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith (reviewed 04/06/09, rating 4/5, fantasy)
  10. Bone Vol 5: Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border by Jeff Smith (reviewed 05/06/09, rating 5/5, fantasy)
  11. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (reviewed 13/06/09, rating 5/5, fantasy)
  12. The Sandman Vol 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman (reviewed 21/06/09, rating 3.5/5, fantasy)

My favorites would be the two by Shaun Tan. I was happy with Fables and Bone series as well. And of course I loved the last Harry Potter and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I also have to mention The Graveyard Book as the first Neil Gaiman’s novel that I read. The rests are so-so.

Thanks Carl for hosting such an awesome challenge! I would join again in a heartbeat!

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Once Upon a Time III Challenge Completed!”

  1. Great! I only read 5 book and 3 short stories for this challenge but still am pleased that I reached my goal! Have a wonderful week.

  2. Oooh. Yours looks like an interesting list! Congratulations on finishing! (And that second quest really is horrible in terms of its definitions of ‘folklore’ and ‘mythology’ isn’t it? I think I can get away with the choices I’ve made since I stuck to ‘knowing what is generally considered one and the other’, but that’s the only way I have of telling the two apart. I guess folklore may be more ‘local’ than mythology, but that’s debatable. Seems it’s far more of a subjective line than dictionary definitions lead one to believe.)

  3. Gavin: Great to hear that you completed the challenge too!

    Memory: Yeap it was fun!

    Shanra: Yea I found it hard to know which one is which. I hope that Chris or someone could make recommendations for the two categories especially, cos I was lost for a bit. I agree with your definition that folklore is more local. That’s what I felt it was too. Finding the right books was still a struggle though.

    cora: Oh I don’t think I’ve read Gaiman’s children books. I will though some time. I heard he’s great reading his own books. That’s another talent!

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