So, it’s that time of the year again. time for the Once Upon a Time reading challenge! It’s time to dip in to some of my favourite genres: Fairy Tales, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology.
This challenge has been a big part in my book blogging life, and one I look to each year.
I’m not going to do a proper book pool this year, but here are a couple of books releasing during the challenge I certainly intend to read!
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
May not traditionally be a direct fit for the main categories, but Carl always allows for a lot of wiggle room, so I’m going for it.
One night, George Duncan – decent man, a good man – is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.
The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George’s shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Releasing on June the 18th, it’ll be a tight fit to read before the end of the challenge, but it’s one I’ll definitely be trying to read in time!
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.