Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the Annual Once Upon a Time challenge:

Saturday, March 21st marks the official start date of the ninth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing and gaming event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing/gaming whims.

The Once Upon a Time IX Challenge has a few rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.
Rule #2: HAVE FUN.
Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

I’m going to take part in

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

The new gaming category sounds great, too. I’m an avid roleplayer but of the pen and paper kind, not so much computer games these days, and I also play a lot of board games. But I haven’t written about them much and I don’t know if I will. However, if anyone else is writing about them, I’m quite curious to read. 🙂

I’m planning to read Elizabeth Bear’s One-Eyed Jack and also at least one version of Robin Hood tales, namely Henry Gilbert’s and most likely something from Gutenberg. And Fables comics.

1, Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
2, Kalayna Price: Grave Witch
3, MeiLin Miranda: The Machine God
4, Ekaterin Sedia: The Secret History of Moscow
5, Howard Pyle: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
6, Kalayna Price: Grave Dance
7, Jennifer Roberson: Lady of the Forest
8, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Pirates of Venus
9, Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
10, Elfquest: Fire and

11, Elizabeth Bear: One-Eyed Jack
12, Elfquest: 2: The Forbidden Grove
13, Elfquest: vol. 3: Captives of Blue Mountain
14, Terry Pratchett: Witches Abroad