I have noticed that The Carnival of the Storytellers is like most blog carnivals- you have good editions, and not-so-good editions.
The difference is simply the balance of posts being compelling and interesting versus just ok. This edition I am placing in the 'better than average' column.
Of the 17 posts submitted for this edition, I only chose 9 to include.
Of those 9, I would say 3 rank as very good.
I have chosen my three- would be interested to know your three favorites as well. Enjoy.
Struggled with how to categorize this post. It's not actually a story, and certainly not a fantasy. It's more of an observation of fantasy and adventure stories and the idea hero and companion/sidekick. A fairly interesting read. I would put this one on the "if I have a bit more time to read another post" list. Vijayendra Mohanty presents The sword and horse package posted at M Y P A J A M A . C O M, saying, "An essay on one of the most done-to-death storybook motifs."