Nov 28, 2009

43rd Bookworms Carnival - Looking for Submissions

Bookworms Carnival

I'll be forever grateful to Anastasia at Bird Brain(ed) Book Blog, who reminded me the other day that I'm scheduled to host the 43rd edition of the Bookworms Carnival. The Bookworms Carnival was one of Dewey's many contributions to the book blogging community, so it means a lot to me that it's still around.

I'll be accepting submissions until the 11th of December, and hope to have the Carnival itself up on Sunday the 13th. And what's the theme, you ask? It's mythology, and here are a few examples of what I'm looking for:

Pandora by Arthur Rackham Art by Arthur Rackham
Art by Arthur Rackham

  • Any book from the Canongate Myth Series (Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith, Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, etc.)
  • Any reworking of Arthurian Myth (The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeves, etc.)
  • Any retelling of Classic, Egyptian, Nordic, Native American, Japanese, Korean, you name it myths (A few more examples: The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, etc.)
Books based on mythology:
Books that, while not retellings of any particular story, incorporate mythological elements. For example, The Sandman series, American Gods or Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams, etc.

Original Sources:
Have you read and reviewed The Odyssey, The Iliad, Gilgamesh, a Nordic saga, etc.? I'd very much welcome your post.

Any collection of myths from anywhere in the world would be perfect!

Have you reviewed books by Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, etc? I'd love to be able to include your post.

Poetry, Comics, TV, film, illustrations, etc:
Other formats/media would also be very much appreciated. I'd love to see a post on Ovid's Metamorphosis, for example, or any other mythic poetry. As for comics, I've already mentioned the Sandman series, but there's also Thor by J. Michael Straczynski, Lucifer by Mike Carey, Promethea by Alan Moore, and plenty of others that make wide use of mythology.

As for film or TV, I know this is the Bookworms Carnival, but we're all bookworms by definition, and a post about something else would add some nice variety. So if you want to submit a post on a movie, or on the Merlin series, for example, please go ahead!


Do I have to read a book specifically for the Carnival? Nope!
So I could submit an older post? Yes, older posts are perfectly fine. The Carnival should bring some new readers to your blog, so the post will be new to them anyway.
What do I have to do again? Just e-mail me your submission and I'll take care of the rest.
And then? Then on the 13th of December you drop by for a big mythology lovefest.

I hosted an edition of the Carnival before, in June 2008, and the theme was fairy tales. If you've never participated before, you can click the link for an example of what an edition of the carnival looks like.

And because bribery is awesome, I will, as I did back then, draw a name from among those who submit a post, and the winner gets to pick one of the books reviewed or discussed in the carnival. So please e-mail me at untuneric at gmail dot com with your submission!


  1. I looked throughmy stuff but sadly I don't think anything I've reviewed fits. :(

  2. Don't really have any good posts, but I've been wanting to read this book of Annie's on Native American I will try very hard to finish before the 11th. This sounds like it's going to be a wonderful carnival!

  3. Ooh... *Go to shift through the dust and have a look at some old posts*

  4. Amanda: I seem to recall you reviewing one of them Rick Riordan books, though :P Or did I dream that up?

    Debi: I'd love to include it, but don't worry if you don't finish *hugs* And like last time, I'd love to have Annie join if she has anything, of course!

    Bart: Got yours, thanks! :D

  5. Oh I so badly want to participate in this particular Carnival, but work is so manic right now I dont know if I'll have the time :(

    I am certainly looking forward to reading all the other participants posts though. Thanks for hosting such a great topic Nymeth.

  6. Shoot I reviewed 2 of the Canongate books when I was reviewing for Estella's Revenge, an online zine run by another blogger, but I don't knwo if it would be ok to submit links outside of my own blog?

  7. I don't know what to submit :( Do you have a review of The Dreamhunters yet? I have a review of's the only thing I can think of, but it's on my old blogspot blog...the first incarnation of Stuff as Dreams...Hmm...I really don't read enough mythology!

  8. I'd love to include an old post on Dream Angus, by Alexander McCall Smith. I loved the book, and love that series on mythology from Canongate. My review is at:

  9. Yeah, I reviewed several of the Riordan books. I didn't realize those counted?

  10. Hmmmm...Earlier this year, I read and reviewed The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint. It has to do with the myth of the Manitous. Myths about the spirits of the Native Americans?? Will that work??

  11. I have Green Grass, Running Water out from the library, so I'll read it and review it for this. :)

  12. Mariel: That's too bad you won't have time, but won't worry about it!

    Jodie: I'd be fine with a post over at Estella's (I love them, btw!), so please send it in!

    Chris: I didn't realize not all your posts had transferred over :( I'd love to include it anyway, though.

    Robin, thanks! Loved that book as well :)

    Amanda: Are they not based on Greek mythology? At any rate, I mentioned the series in this post. But it's okay if you'd rather not submit them, of course!

    Stephanie: Yes!!

    Eva: I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  13. I'm ashamed to say I didn't even see that you'd mentioned it! I was just off and looking for mythology posts and coming up blank and feeling sad for it. I'd love to include it. My joint review with Morrigan on the last book is probably the best of those reviews (and certainly most recent):

    You're welcome to include any of the others, though, if you'd like. Just let me know and I can send you the URLs by email or you can gather t hem yourself if you want. :)

  14. Amanda, I loved that joint review of yours with Morrigan, so I'm very glad you'll let me use it :D Whether or not I can include more than one post per person will depend on the total number of submissions (don't want the Carnival to be TOO long, or else no one will read it :P) but I'll let you know!

  15. This sounds like fun! I've sent an email with a link for my review of Lavinia. Will you include a review of The Fox Woman?

  16. Gavin: It's borderline folklore/mythology, but there ARE gods, so I guess it could qualify :P And plus it'd be another chance to spread the word about how wonderful Kij Johnson is....Thank you for the suggestion :D

  17. Oh no! I'm not sure I have anything recent but I'm going to go look at my archives.

    I feel pretty bad since I'm supposed to be helping with the Carnival and I've been not very good at getting posts in for the carnivals!

  18. Great idea for a carnival-I sent my post on The Penelopiad a few days ago


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