It’s not easy to follow on the heels of Neil Gaiman’s STARDUST, but I’m afraid the book I chose to read next for the Once Upon a Time challenge is a disappointingly slow read. In Warriors, Gods & Spirits From Central & South American Mythology, the artwork is gorgeous, but the narrative is dry, and there’s too much explanation and not enough actual storytelling! The mythology of Central and South America is wonderful and the stories should have carried me away. This book wasn’t quite what I expected, and has a more scholarly approach to the narrative. The author was a scholar of mythology and religion, but he wasn’t a natural-born storyteller, which is too bad because the book was intended for young people. The young people I work with would love the illustrations but would probably lose interest in the text. That’s too bad because the subject matter is fascinating.