It is that time of the year folks! Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his annual fantasy fiction event, Once Upon A time VIII. Hooray! So many folks participate, making this a fun ramble through people’s enjoyments of fantasy fiction.
While I have only participated for the last few years in this event, it has had a special place for me. First, it kicks off on March 21st, the Spring equinox, and the day after my birthday. Consider it mildly egotistical if you must, but I have always found the Spring equinox to be a magical time. Couple that with the event ending June 2oth, the Summer equinox (another special time in my mind) and how could I resist this event? Things change on equinoxes, especially in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Like in my vegetable garden.
This year, I will be attempting Quest the Third. This quest challenges me to read fantasy fiction that fits into the four categories (fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology) and to read or watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If I am lucky, I will also corner my man in the oak grove under a full moon with a soft blanket and tasty libation (but don’t expect a DoD post on it!) ;).
So, what will I be reading? Well, Carl and so many others are joining us in reading Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance (Book 2 of the Stormlight Archive). Also, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time read along continues with Book 9, Winter’s Heart. Anyone is welcome to join in those group reads.
Also, I have a pile of review books that fit into the fantasy genre, so I plan to use this challenge to help me plow through some of those. Some pretty exciting things lurk in that pile: Dean Wilson‘s sequel to The Call of Agon is itching to be read. The Road to Rebirth looks very exciting! I am also giving Netgalley another try with Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin and Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold. Georgina Garrastazu just released her Toltec fiction called Jaguars. That looks intense!
Anyone and everyone is invited to this event, because that the kind of crazy cool Carl is. So head over to his blog if it sounds like something fun!