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dalex
Posted 2018-01-01 6:32 AM (#16605)
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Choose TWELVE WWEnd Challenges that you are not participating in and read ONE book for that challenge. You can choose from current and/or past challenges. 

Ask questions, share your reading selections, discuss with other participants, etc. Have fun!

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dalex
Posted 2018-01-01 6:55 AM (#16608 - in reply to #16605)
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These are my planned reads for the 12:1 Reading Challenge.

1.    12 Awards in 12 Months

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

2.    The Definitive 1990s SF Reading Challenge

Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott

3.    Cat Quest (2016)

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

4.    Hard Core SF

Blindsight by Peter Watts

5.    The Weirdness

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

6.    Space Opera

Star’s End by Cassandra Rose Clarke

7.    The Second Best

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

8.    In Translation

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

9.    Listomania

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters  

10. The Unloved

The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher

11. Apocalypse Now

Then by Julie Myerson

12. Giants of Genre

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson 

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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-01-02 1:53 AM (#16624 - in reply to #16605)
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Thanks for this challenge!
I'm not planning my reading far ahead this year, will just see what fits.

1. The Book of Ones (2014) or Grand Mistresses of Genre Fiction (2018)
Anne McCaffrey "Dragonflight"

It's fifty years old and still readable. Not as revolutionary as it was, and I'm not convinced to read more of the series, but it made a good opening for the year.


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dalex
Posted 2018-01-02 9:48 AM (#16627 - in reply to #16605)
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Welcome and good luck GiantPanda!
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arafron
Posted 2018-01-10 12:42 AM (#16697 - in reply to #16605)
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Hi and many thanks for this challenge!
I'll make the books up as I go, so I don't have to stress out about reading specific books just to fit a challenge.

1. Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Challenge 2018
- "Artemis Fowl", by Eoin Colfer (My topic 2018: Books containing fairies or fairytale elements)

2. 2018 Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
- "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente

3. Collections 2018
- "Trigger Warning", by Neil Gaiman
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dalex
Posted 2018-01-11 10:19 AM (#16710 - in reply to #16697)
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Welcome to WWEnd arafron! And good luck with the challenge.
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-01-21 1:28 PM (#16747 - in reply to #16605)
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2. The Tolkien Reading Challenge (2015)
JRR Tolkien / Christopher Tolkien "The Book of Lost Tales I"

Found on my bookshelf, don't remember reading it before.
I am not enough of a fanatic or a literary historian to properly appreciate the minutiae of
the origin of Middle-Earth. This book didn't hold my interest and will go to the public
bookcase. The Silmarillion seems to be my limit.


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3. 2014 Detective SFF Challenge
Lou Anders (ed.) "Sideways in Crime"

An anthology of alternate history crime stories (the challenge said novels, but close enough).
Should be fun.
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-01-31 1:16 PM (#16803 - in reply to #16605)
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"Sideways in Crime" was indeed fun. Some of the stories were excellent, I clearly need to read more AH... sometime.

4. Somewhere Out There (2015)
Roger Zelazny "Doorways in the Sand"

I like the story a lot, but Zelazny just rubs me the wrong way. Too much jumping around, and just a little too weird to be thoroughly enjoyable.
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-02-01 4:44 PM (#16806 - in reply to #16605)
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5. The Guardian List Challenge (2014)
Frederik Pohl / Cyril M. Kornbluth "The Space Merchants"

Thoroughly enjoyable. Not dated at all. If not for the absence of cellphones and internet this book could have been written last year. Both serious and hilarious. I highly recommend this.
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Ann Walker
Posted 2018-02-13 3:14 PM (#16844 - in reply to #16605)
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Done! Here are my twelve.

1. LGBTQ Speculative Fiction
An Unkindness of Ghosts

2. In Translation
The Rabbit Back Literature Society

3. Space Opera
Killing Gravity

4. Apocalypse Now
The Windup Girl

5. Collections
Her Body and Other Parties

6. Military Spec-Fic
Old Man's War

7. High Fantasy
Kings of the Wyld

8. Urban Fantasy
Borderline

9. Grand Mistresses of Genre Fiction
The Left Hand of Darkness

10. Theology in Genre Fiction
The Essex Serpent

11. Discoveries in Genre
The Antelope Wife

12. The Second Best
Gone Girl

Military, Urban Fantasy, and Theology in Genre Fiction are not areas I would have explored without this nudge. Thanks for setting this up!
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dalex
Posted 2018-02-18 3:12 AM (#16857 - in reply to #16844)
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Congrats on finishing the challenge already Ann. (I cannot believe how quickly you read!) I agree that this challenge "forces" us to explores books and genres that we might otherwise avoid. I definitely have a few books planned for this challenge that I may otherwise not read.
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kabelfritz
Posted 2018-02-19 12:14 PM (#16866 - in reply to #16806)
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GiantPanda - 2018-01-31 11:44 PM

5. The Guardian List Challenge (2014)
Frederik Pohl / Cyril M. Kornbluth "The Space Merchants"

Thoroughly enjoyable. Not dated at all. If not for the absence of cellphones and internet this book could have been written last year. Both serious and hilarious. I highly recommend this.


^^yes thats a good one
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-05-03 1:05 PM (#17000 - in reply to #16605)
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6. SF Masterworks Reading Challenge
Philip K. Dick "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"

Interesting and worth the read, but the (original) movie is better.


The reason why I haven't updated this challenge for so long was to work up to:

7. Unfinished Business (2017)
Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson "A Memory of Light"

Absolutely worth rereading the whole "Wheel of Time" just to get the finale. Sanderson did a truly great job completing this series.


Puuuh... I need something completely different now...
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-05-28 9:45 AM (#17051 - in reply to #16605)
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8. Young Adult (2014)
H. Beam Piper "Little Fuzzy"

Enjoyable and sweet, but when you start thinking about it also racist. Hmmmm.

9. Grand Master (2014)
A. E. van Vogt "The World of Null-A"

Not only dated, but also not my thing.

10. Grand Mistresses of Genre Fiction (2018)
C. J. Cherryh "Port Eternity"

Fascinating. Weird. Not sure what else I think about it.
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GiantPanda
Posted 2018-06-03 7:55 PM (#17056 - in reply to #16605)
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And Finally:

11. New This Year (2015)
Adam Christopher "Made to Kill"

Raymond Chandler meets SF... great premise, but not as great as I had hoped.

12. Creature Feature (2014)
Seanan McGuire "Discount Armageddon"

First of the Incryptid Series. Need to buy all the others... right now...
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arafron
Posted 2018-12-30 7:51 AM (#19508 - in reply to #16605)
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Yeah, I'm finished - just on time :-)

1. Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Challenge 2018
- "Artemis Fowl", by Eoin Colfer (My topic 2018: Books containing fairies or fairytale elements)

2. 2018 Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
- "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente

3. Collections 2018
- "Trigger Warning", by Neil Gaiman

4. The Weirdness 2018
- "Annihilation", by Jeff Vandermer

5. Read the Sequel 2018
- "Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident", by Eoin Colfer

6. High Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017
- "Assassins's Apprentice", by Robin Hobb

7. 2018 Men of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
- "The Colour of Magic", by Terry Pratchett

8. 2016 Speculative Fiction Published This Year
- "Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

9. Listopia 2018
- "Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert

10. 2018 Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
- "Sorcerer's Legacy", by Janny Wurts

11. 2018 Big Fun In A Little Package Novella Challenge
- "The Tea Master and the Detective", by Aliette de Bodard

12. 2018 The Second Best
- "The Traitor", by Seth Dickinson

I've enjoyed every one of them, my favourites were probably "The Traitor" and "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland..."
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