Friday, March 20, 2009


Look at this: and tell me, please, how I'm supposed to resist that, with Carl bandying about lovely words like "challenge" and "journey" and "Charles de Lint" and that gorgeous button?

Exactly. I'm joining another challenge.

Actually, I joined this challenge last year, but failed so spectacularly I'm surprised I didn't end up here:

However, failure has never stopped me before, and therefore it is not going to stop me now.

Take that, failure!!!!!

Plus also, and this is kind of weird, and maybe spooky, I've been thinking lately that I'd like to get back to reading more fantasy again. Once upon a time (ha! see what I did there?) I read absolutely tons of it. But this was in an age where almost all fantasy novels were quest-centric and male-dominated. After the dinosaurs died, that began to pall on me a little bit, and I began seeing other genres behind fantasy's back.

But every so often a novel, or a series, would get under my skin again, and I would recall the giddy heights of our golden days.

Um. Anyway.

One of the options is to just take a journey, to start with just one book. Which is excellent advice, so of course, I'm not going to take it. On the other hand, I'm not going for the full immersion experience either. I know SOME of my limitations.

So. Quest the First, I think. Which involves reading five books over the three months of the challenge, in any of the challenge genres.

Now as to what I want to read ... well, there's the rub. I've checked my local library list, and it doesn't have Mr de Lint's latest. Nor, I know do either of the bookstores here. Sigh.

Okay. Much as I hate to do it this way _ I like things to be allatonce _ I'll be back with a list, or a group, or a mongoose.



Ana S. said...

yep...resistance is utterly futile :P

Carl V. Anderson said...

No, you're not a failure at all! You succeed at my challenges merely by joining in and making the most of the community activity together. I'm so glad you are giving in to temptation and coming on board again for this challenge.

Robin said...

This is such a fun challenge and impossible to resist! Enjoy! I'm looking forward to seeing what books you choose and reading your reviews.

Debi said...

I agree with Carl...definitely NOT a failure. First year of OUaT, I only read two of my books, but I had so much fun that it definitely felt like a roaring success.

Anonymous said...

I didn't do too well last year either, but figured what the heck and signed up again this year! Happy reading!

Kerry said...

Maree, I've taken the plunge too. It should be fun. I'm definitely going to read at least one de Lint book myself. I'm not sure what else, but I have a lot of fantasy languishing on the shelf waiting for me to get to it. I've always watched everyone participating in this challenge with a certain envy, so I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait to see what you choose and your reviews.

Robin M said...

I'm getting back into Fantasy reading as well, since it was my true love back in the 70's. Looking forward to see what books you chose to read. De Lint is one of my all time favorites. My post is here

Shelley said...

It seems very few can resist this challenge! Carl seems to make it pretty easy to have fun with it. Happy reading!