Apr 11, 2008

To Camelot! (and another winner)

Becky keeps coming up with challenges that are simply too good to resist. The goal of the Arthurian Challenge is to read at least 6 books about or inspired by Arthurian myth between now and March 2009. A year is a long enough deadline, so I figured this wouldn’t get in the way of my other challenges. Plus, it will give me an excuse to return to the tradition of reading an Arthurian epic in the summer. I have such fond memories of summers spent reading The Mists of Avalon and The Once and Future King.

I was having trouble narrowing down my list, so I decided to just list some possibilities. I will read at least 6, and more if time allows. Here they are:
  • Arthur and the Lost Kingdom by Alistair Moffat
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
  • The Merlin series by Mary Stewart
  • The Guenevere Trilogy by Rosalind Miles
  • I am Morgan Le Fay by Nancy Springer
  • The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Mabinogion
There. This will be fun for sure.

Something else: It’s been almost a week now since I announced the winners of my giveaway. One of them, the winner of One For Sorrow, had no blog and no e-mail address listed on their profile. I waited all this time to hear from them, but I think it’s fair to draw another name at this point.

I used the same random number method, and the winner is: Lightheaded!

Congratulations! I still have your address from the Christmas Exchange, so I’ll send the book your way soon.


  1. Becky really needs to stop coming up with more challenges!! I'd love to do this one, but I think I have my hands full with the ones I have signed up for already!!

  2. Oh Becky...luckily, I'm not the biggest fan of Arthurian literature, though I'm sure I could branch that out and find something I would like. So I'm passing. Congrats to Lightheaded! I'm about to do a redraw myself on my giveaway because I haven't heard from my winner....I left a comment on her blog and everything :( So you may have a chance yet!

  3. I don't think I can resist this challenge! I love your tradition of reading an Arthurian epic each summer. I might have to try that this summer...!

  4. Wonderful list. I love the Lost Merlin Years series and The Connecticut Yankee. I've alwasy wanted to read the Mary Stewart ones.

  5. OMG! OMG! OMG! Really? *Jumps for joy and shrieks shrilly [at least in my head because I don't want to disturb my next-door neighbors]*

    Thank you very much Nymeth! This is so cool and such a treat for a Saturday morning!

  6. Ooh I loved I am Morgan Le Fay. Excellent, excellent book. This sounds like a great challenge!

  7. Another challenge!! Can't wait to read your reviews on them, Nymeth.

    And congrats to Lightheaded on winning the giveaway.

  8. I'm glad to see you're sticking with that "the more, the merrier" attitude! :)

    For once, I'm actually saying "no".

  9. I'll be reviewing (non-spoiler of course) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight soon. I listened to a fantastic audio version (the Simon Armitage translation which I've heard nothing but good things about) and it was fantastic!!!

  10. Yay I am really glad you decided to join in as well. That looks like a fun proposed list. I hope you read the Merlin series by Mary Stewart, so many other books use her time line and setup as their basis.

  11. Stephanie, I know how you feel. But the temptation was too great for me with this one.

    Chris: lol, I do know what you mean by "luckily". I think you'd probably enjoy some Arthurian books, yes, but you have enough on your hands as it is, so I'll shut up :P

    Robin: I haven't done it in a few years, but I really want to go back. I hope you join this one too!

    Nicola: Me too, me too.

    Lightheaded: lol :D I'm glad to have made you happy!

    Kim: I'm very much looking forward to that one. It's one I will definitely be reading, because unlike some of the others it's not over a thousand pages long :P

    Melody: I am almost done with my first one actually..review forthcoming!

    Debi: You're the strong one this time around :P And I learned that attitude from you :P

    Carl: Ohh, I look forward to your review! And it's good to hear about a good translation...there are so many out there that I wasn't sure which to pick. There's also one by Tolkien that I'd love to get my hands on!

    Rhinoa: I'm really tempted to make the Mary Stewart series my summer epic.


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