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Subject: 2011 Fantasy Challenge -- LISTS ONLY THREAD
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 2:22 AM ET
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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.

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Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery: The Bone Palace, by Amanda Downum. Start date: 3/23/11. Finish date: 3/29/11. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
2. Fantasy Romance: Troubled Waters, by Sharon Shinn. Start date: 7/27 /11. Finish date: 7/27/11. Rating: 4 stars.
3. Gothic novel: Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. Start date: 9/5/11. Finish date: 9/5/11. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, by Neil Gaiman. Start date: 10/18/11. Finish date: 10/21/11. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
5. Interstitial: Among Others, by Jo Walton. Start date: 1/26/11. Finish date: 1/26/11. Rating: 4 stars.
6. Meta-Fantasy: The Habitation of the Blessed, by Catherynne M. Valente. Start date: 3/30/11. Finish date: 4/12/11. Rating: 5 stars.
7. Military Fantasy: Fire Logic, by Laurie J. Marks. Start date 12/1/11. Finish date: 12/2/11. Rating: 4 stars.
8. Steampunk: Mainspring, by Jay Lake. Start date: 1/2/11. Finish date: 1/15/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition): The White City, by Elizabeth Bear. Start date: 2/23/11. Finish date: 2/23/11. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird: The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross. Start date: 12/18/11. Finish date: 12/21/11. Rating: 1 1/2 stars.

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale: Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente. Start date: 12/28/11. Finish date: 12/31/11. Rating: 5 stars.
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain: The King's Peace, by Jo Walton. Start date: 12/11/11. Finish date: 12/18/11. Rating: 4 stars.
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France: Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson. Start date: 12/21/11. Finish date: 12/23/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters: Cold Magic, by Kate Elliott. Start date: 10/3/11. Finish date: 10/5/11. Rating: 4 stars.
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture: Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes. Start date: 3/17/11. Finish date: 3/23/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character: Naamah's Blessing, by Jacqueline Carey. Start date: 6/29/11. Finish date: 6/29/11. Rating: 4 stars.
7. Read a novel dealing with race: Let's Play White, by Chesya Burke. Start date: 6/18/11. Finish date: 7/31/11. Rating: 3 stars.
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history: Servant of the Underworld, by Aliette de Bodard. Start date: 9/9/11. Finish date: 9/11/11. Rating: 4 stars.
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Start date: 7/26/11. Finish date: 7/26/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium: The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. Start date: 11/28/11. Finish date: 11/30/11. Rating: 1 star.

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award: The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson. Start date: 1/8/11. Finish date: 2/3/11. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente. Start date: 5/24/11. Finish date: 5/24/11. Rating: 5 stars.
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Sabriel, by Garth Nix. Start date: 6/4/11. Finish date: 6/4/11. Rating: 3 stars.
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award: The Scar, by China Mieville or Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award: Fire Logic, by Laurie J. Marks. Start date 12/1/11. Finish date: 12/2/11. Rating: 4 stars.
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award: Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor. Start date: 7/1/11. Finish date: 9/8/11. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award: The Changeling Sea, by Patricia McKillip. Start date: 8/4/11. Finish date: 8/5/11. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award: Mockingbird, by Sean Stewart. Start date: 9/13/11. Finish date: 9/17/11. Rating: 5 stars.
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list: Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino. Start date: 10/11/11. Finish date: 11/28/11. Rating: 4 stars.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010: The Bards of Bone Plain, by Patricia A. McKillip. Start date: 9/18/11. Finish date: 9/19/11. Rating: 4 stars.

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology: The Dragon Book, ed. by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann. Start date: 1/1/11. Finish date: 1/10/11. Rating: 3 stars.
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels: Quatrain, by Sharon Shinn. Start date: 4/30/11. Finish date: 5/1/11. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author: Fever Season, by Barbara Hambly (historical mystery). Start date: 9/24/11. Finish date: 10/3/11. Rating: 4 stars.
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature: The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. Start date: 2/19/11. Finish date: 2/22/11. Rating: 5 stars.
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones. Start date: 10/25/11. Finish date: 11/13/11. Rating: 5 stars.



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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery: Already Dead by Charles Huston
2. Fantasy Romance: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
3. Gothic novel: Frankenstein By Mary Shelly
4. Graphic Novel: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald Adapted by Nunzio DeFilippis  01-24-2011
5. Interstitial: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
6. Meta-Fantasy: Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
7. Military Fantasy: Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond Feist 01-23-2011
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition): One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison  04-19-2011
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird: The Other City by Michael Ajvaz

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain: Watership Down by Richard Adams
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France: Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters: From Time to Time by Jack Finney
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race:Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts  01-30-2011 
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts 02-28-2011
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium: Servant of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts 02-05-2011

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award: Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Abhorsen by Garth Nix
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
5. Work that has won the World Fantasy Award: The City and the City by China Mieville
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award: The Penelopliad by Margaret Atwood
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award: Orphan's Tales: Nights in the Garden by Cathrynne Valente
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list: Little, Big by John Crowley
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010: Kraken by China Mieville

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology: Steampunk by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.



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Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.

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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery - The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk - Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters - Moonheart by Charles de Lint
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award - 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal - Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award - The Scar by China Mieville
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award - Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award - Iron Council by China Mieville
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award - The Stand by Stephen king
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. - The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 - Kraken by China Mieville (finished 1/22/11)

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology - Fellowship Fantastic edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.



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Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery - The White City by Elizabeth Bear - Completed
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial - The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
6. Meta-Fantasy - The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk - New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear - Completed 
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale - Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain - Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear - Completed
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture - Sky Knife by Marella Sands - Completed
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award - The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni - Completed
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal - The High King by Lloyd Alexander - Completed
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel - Sabriel by Garth Nix
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke - Completed
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award - The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award - The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip - Completed
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.



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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

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The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery  If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell
2. Fantasy Romance  The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel  The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
5. Interstitial  The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
6. Meta-Fantasy  Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land by John Crowley
7. Military Fantasy  Warriors 2 edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois
8. Steampunk  Heartless by Gail Carriger
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)  Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird  The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (The Ruined Man who Became Rich Again through a Dream )
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain  The Green Knight by Vera Chapman
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France  Aucassin & Nicolette and other Mediaeval Romances and Legends translated from the French by Eugene Mason 

4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture  Walkabout Woman by Michaela Roessner
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character  Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history  Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies  A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E. Sniegoski
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (True Blood)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award  Flying in Place by Susan Palwick
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal  Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (Andre Norton Award 2007)
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award  Feed by Mira Gant (2011)
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award  I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award  Territory by Ema Bull
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.  Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010  Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology  Strange Brew edited by P N Elrod
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels  The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh by C. J. Cherryh
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature   Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett (2008) (dragon), Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (2010) (dragon)
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette and Hank Wagner

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.  I'm out of luck on this one.  I predate the Nebulas and I've read all the Hugo runner ups for my birth year.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.



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I'm trying for the light challenge for now!

Part A: Subgenre Challenges (2/5)
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance - Play of Passion by Nalini Singh - finished 1/4/10
3. Gothic novel - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sittenfeld
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel - Predators and Prey by Joss Whedon et al. - finished 1/30/11
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges (1/5)
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.) - Retreat by Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, and Joss Whedon - finished 1/30/11

Part C: Award Challenges (2/5)
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal - Valiant by Holly Black
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel - Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - finished 1/27/11
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award - In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 - Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde - finished 2/17/11

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges (1/3)
Themed anthology - Zombies Vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, finished 1/8/11
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.



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 I'm going to go for the Expanded Super Challenge.

* - 5 Books from 5 decades
** - Series

I've Finished.  I own this.  Do not own or notes.  Finished but counting it for a different category currently.

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery ?  Unquiet Dreams by Mark del Franco - Finished 2/24
2. Fantasy Romance ? Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black - Finished 3/23
3. Gothic novel ? The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - Finished 4/30
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel ? Doll's House (Sandman 2) by Neil Gaiman - Finished 1/2
5. Interstitial ? **? Ballad Novels by Sharyn McCrumb  (If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O - Finished 1/23, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter - Finished 2/5, She Walks These Hills - Finished 2/13, The Rosewood Casket - Finished 2/17, The Ballad of Frankie Silver - Finished 4/20, The Songcatcher - Finished 5/12 (reread), Ghost Riders - Finished 8/28, The Devil Amongst The Lawyers - Finished 9/7, The Ballad of Tom Dooley - Finished 11/22 )
6. Meta-Fantasy ?  *? 
            1970's ? The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - Finished 9/4
            1980's ? Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - Finished 9/23
            1990's ? Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Finished 4/1
            2000's ? The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue - Finished 4/17
            2010's ? Habitation of the Blessed by Valente - Finished 5/17
7. Military Fantasy ? First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher - Finished 3/29
8. Steampunk ? New Amsterdam Series by Elizabeth Bear (New Amsterdam - Finished 1/17, Seven for a Secret - Finished 3/23, White City - Finished 7/19 )
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition) ? Galveston by Sean Stewart - Finished 3/14
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird ? Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany - Finished 1/22

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale ? Briar Rose by Coover - Finished 4/27
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain ? Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw - Finished 6/9  
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France ? Nonexistant Knight And the Cloven Viscount by Italio Calvino - Finished 1/25
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters ? Mockingbird by Sean Stewart - Finished 3/15
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture ?  Who Fears Death by Okorafor - Finished 3/3
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character ? A Companion to Wolves by Monette - Finished 8/30
Using extra credit to change category to "Read a novel dealing with LGBT issues" ? Lynn Fwelling's Tamir Trilogy ( The Bone Doll's Twin, The Hidden Warrior, The Oracle's Queen) - All finished
7. Read a novel dealing with race ? Beloved by Morrison - Finished 6/6
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history **? ? Promethian Series by Elizabeth Bear: ( Blood and Iron - Finished 1/19, Whiskey and Water - Finished 1/30, Ink and Steel - Finished 11/4, Hell and Earth )
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies ? The Devil You Know by Jennna Black - Finished 1/19
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium *?
            1950's ? Return of the King by Tolkien - Finished 10/12 (Finally!)
            1960's ? Last Unicorn by Beagle - Finished 8/11
            1970's ? What Dreams May Come by Matheson - Finished 1/11
            1980's ? The Black Company by Glen Cook - Finished 5/11 
            2000's ? House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski - Finished 4/4

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award ? Redemption in Indigo by Lord- Finished 2/2,
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - Finished 1/10
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel ? The Infernal by Kim Wilkins - Finished 6/22
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award ? Tooth Fairy by Grahm Joyce - Finished 1/25
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award  Wild Swans by Peg Kerr - Finished 1/21
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award ? His Magesty's Dragon by Novik - Finished 2/23
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award *?
            1970's ? Grendel by Gardner - Finished 9/30
            1980's ? God Stalk by PC Hodgell - Finished 2/8
            1990's - Thomas the Rhymer by Kushner - Finished 11/21
            2000's ? Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold - Finished 2/15
            2010's ? Under Heaven by Kay - Finished 4/27
            (**?)
Books of Bayern Series by Shannon Hale (Goose Girl - Finished 5/31, Enna Burning - Finished 10/20, River Secrets - Finished 11/12, Forest Born - Finished 11/30)

8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award ? Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch - Finished 1/31
9. Work that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. ? Titus Groan - Finished 5/28
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 ?  Horns by Joe Hill - Finished 6/14

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology *?
            1910's -  Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany - Finished 2/28
            1970's -  Castle of Crossed Destinys by Italo Calvino - Finished 4/8
            1990's -  Elementals by A. S. Byatt - Finished 10/3
            2000's - Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow, ed.  Finished 1/3
            2010's - Ashes by Scott Nicholson - Finished 6/6
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels ?  (**?)  Tanya Huff's Magic Collections: What Ho Magic - Finished 2/22, Relative Magic - Finished 9/8, Stealing Magic - Finished 6/5, Finding Magic - Finished 9/26
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author ? I'll be Watching You by de Lint - Finished 6/1
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature Tooth and Claw by Walton -- Finished 2/1/11
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre ? Metamorphosis of the Werewolf by Sconduto - Finished 4/26

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English) House of Spirits by Allende, A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabrial Garcia Marquez
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth. Blind Voices by Tom Reamy
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge. Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings, edited by Bobby -- Finished 1/7

Regular Challenge: Finished 7/1ish
Super Challenge: Finished 10/12
Expanded Super Challenge with 1 EC used: 11/30, grand total of 69 books.



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Rating
5 stars: well written with unique elements
4 stars: well written, but nothing special
3 stars: average, still a decent read
2 stars: poorly written or the author has done much better work
1 star: waste of time

Light Challenge (8/3/11): Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy and Anthony Sheffer
2. Fantasy Romance Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner 7/31/11 
3. Gothic novel From the Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury (2002) 1/22/11
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel The Sandman, Neil Gaiman 6/6/11 (2 stars)
5. Interstitial Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler 10/10/11 (3 stars)
6. Meta-Fantasy 
7. Military Fantasy Waylander, David Gemmell 1/23/11     Druss the Legend 2/14/11     Legend 3/17/11      The King Beyond the Gate 3/24/11 (all 3 stars)
8. Steampunk Perdido Street Station, China Mieville 3/14/11 (2 stars)
9. Urban Wild Fantasy Carnivores of Light & Darkness, Alan Dean Foster 4/10/11 (3 stars)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird The Pastel City, M. John Harrison 4/26/11 (4 stars)

1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner 7/31/11 (4 stars)
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain America Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card 8/31/11 (5 stars)
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France Song of Roland
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters Legend, David Gemmel 3/17/11 (3 stars)
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture The Falling Woman, Pat Murphy
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character Companion to Wolves, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette 4/9/11 (3 stars)
7. Read a novel dealing with race The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, Catherynne M. Valente 
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history Soldier of the Mist, Gene Wolfe
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies Storm Front, Jim Butcher
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.) Two Plays for Voices, Neil Gaiman 3/24/11 (5 stars)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Reindeer Moon, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas 2/3/11 (4 stars)
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal The Giver, Lois Lowry 11/30/11 (5 stars)
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel Sabriel, Garth Nix 2/7/11 (2 stars)
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award Dusk, Tim Lebbon 3/25/11 (2 stars)
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award Vellum, Hal Duncan
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award Blind Voices by Tom Reamy 8/7/11 (3 stars)
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award From the Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury 1/22/11 (4 stars)
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list The Golden Compass, Phillip Pulman 4/4/11     The Subtle Knife 4/12/11     The Amber Spyglass 4/30/11 (all 3 stars)
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 The Half Made World, Felix Gilman

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges

Themed anthology The New Wierd, ed Ann VanderMeer 4/11/11 (1 star)
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels Skin and Other Stories, Roald Dahl 7/29/11 (2 stars)
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author Mother London, Michael Moorcock 
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature Day of the Minotaur, Thomas Burnett Swan 
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre The New Wierd, ed Ann VanderMeer 4/11/11

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)

E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth. 

E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.



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Have finished the light challenge!  Not certain if I will do any more.  Will just continue to read as time allows.  I like to read a different book for each category rather than doubling up on books.

Light Challenge:  Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D.  A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)

Regular Challenge:  Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D.  A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)

Super Challenge:  Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A Maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge:  Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels.  A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery:  
Redwall by Brian Jacques
2. Fantasy Romance:  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
3. Gothic novel:   Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

4. Fantasy Graphic Novel:   Coraline by Neil Gaiman, completed 1/30/2011

5. Interstitial:  The Life of Pi by Yann Martell

6. Meta-Fantasy:  Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (Borrowed from A) or The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente

7. Military Fantasy:  Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie or The Man-Kzin Wars created by Larry Niven with Poul Anderson and Dean Ing

8. Steampunk:  Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

9. Urban Fantasy (original definition):  The Lady in the Loch by Elizabeth Scarborough

10. Weird Fiction/New Weird:  On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale:
 The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson (based on the definitions of myth, fairytale and fable)
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain:  The Lance Thrower by Jack Whyte
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France:  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (ebook)
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters:  From Time to Time by Jack Finney

5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture:  The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character:  Blood and Iron, A Novel of the Promethean Age by Elizabeth Bear

7. Read a novel dealing with race:  Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history:  The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn (Aubrey expected to discover the secret of long-lost spells and the mysteries of arcane magic), Locus Award, too.
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies:   
City of Illusions by Ursulla LeGuin (seems to fit the description)

10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.):  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle  

Part C: Award Challenges

1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award:  The Hound and the Falcon by Judith Tarr

2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal:  Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel:  Abhorsen by Garth Nix 
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award:  
The Scar by China Mieville

5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award: Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente

6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award:  Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson

7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award:  The White Raven by Diana L. Paxson
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award: Moonlight and Vines by Charles de Lint 
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list:  The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010:  One of the following:  

  • Lamentation, Ken Scholes (Tor)
  • The Warded Man, Peter V. Brett (Del Rey)
  • Turn Coat, Jim Butcher (Tor)
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy, Robert V.S. Redick (Del Rey)
  • Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

Part D: Mis. Challenges  Themed anthology:  The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine (a retelling of several fairy tales)
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels:  The Gorgon and Other Beastly Tales by Tanith Lee

Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author:  Fever Season by Barbara Hambly
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature:  The Book of Dragons by Evelyn Nesbit  
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre:   The Uses of Enchantment The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim or Tolkien A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English):  The Maori by Alan Dean Foster  

E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.  (Born before they were given so choosing one I haven't read from my shelf.)  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.  The Black Rose by Tananarive Due (based on the research and the writing of Al.ex Haley).  This is the story of Madam C.J. Walker, America's first black female millionaire, who was born to former slaves on a Louisiana plantation in 1867.  The book is a blend of documented history and fictionalized narrative.  Hope this one is appropriate here.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.



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Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery - A Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt
2. Fantasy Romance - Fire by Kristin Cashore
3. Gothic novel - The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy - An Exchange of Hostages by Susan Matthews
8. Steampunk - Blameless by Gail Carriger
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition) - Sparks by Laura Bickle
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird - Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale - Devoured by Amanda Marrone (retelling of Snow White)
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France - [The King's Nun]
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race - Drink of Me by Jacqueline Frank
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history - Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies - Embers by Laura Bickle
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal - [Magic or Madness]
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award - [In the Forests of Serre]
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 - Changeless by Gail Carriger

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology - A Yuletide Universe edited by Brian M. Thomsen
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature - Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.



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There are four options to complete this challenge.

-- I'll start at the light and work my way up from there... we'll see f my overachiever hits the super level... LOL

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)

10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters

5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.



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Ok, here's the deal. I'm participating in the "regular" 2011 reading challenge, but I would really like to get into a challenge this up my "genre alley" However, I'm a paranormal romance fan, generally speaking. So, I'm going to go with...

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
OR

Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)

...& see how many fantasy books I can find. Any suggestions can be PM'd to me :) I know I read some urban fantasy and certainly some fantasy romance. I'll be doing research to see what I find & of course stalking all of your wishlists teeheehee

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre


 



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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.


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FINISHED LIGHT CHALLENGE 12/11/11

My Rating: 5 Stars – Ranked as a Top 10 on one of my Favs Lists / 4 Stars – Fabulous / 3 Stars – Neutral – neither fabulous nor a waste / 2 Stars – I finished it but it was almost a waste of reading hours / 1 Star – I didn’t even finish it

Light Challenge:Read one novel in 5 of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)

Done PART A: SUBGENRE CHALLENGE - (read 5 of 10) Dt Finished My Rating
1 Fantasy Mystery Dead Until Darkby Charlaine Harris 1/15/2011 ***
2 Fantasy Romance Warrior Angelby Margaret Weis 1/24/2011 ***1/2
3 Gothic Novel      
4 Fantasy Graphic Novel      
5 Interstitial      
6 Meta Fantasy The Fairy Godmotherby Mercedes Lackey 1/14/2011 ***
7 Military Fantasy      
8 Steampunk Steamedby Katie MacAlister 9/18/2011 ***1/2
9 Urban Fantasy      
10 Weird Fiction/New Weird Weaveworldby Clive Barker 6/5/2011 **
         
  PART B: TOPIC CHALLENGE (read 5 of 10) Dt Finished My Rating
1 Modern day retelling of a fairy tale The Serpent's Shadowby Mercedes Lackey 2/15/2011 ***
2 The Matter of Britain Gwenwyfar: The White Spirit, a Novel of King Arthurby Mercedes Lackey 1/22/2011 ****1/2
3 The Matter of France      
4 Concerned with middle-class characters      
5 Southern Hemisphere  Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur  11/7/11 *** 
6 non-heterosexual main character      
7 Dealing with race      
8 Secret History  
         
9 Paranormal/supernatural NO vamps, wares or zombies Remember Me by Christopher Pike 6/30/2011 **
10 Tie-in (My choice has a video game tie-in)  Firedrake by Richard A. Knaak (Dragonrealm) 12/11/11  ****
         
  PART C: AWARD CHALLENGE - (read 5 of 10) Dt Finished My Rating
1 Winner of William L. Crawford Fantasy Award    
2 Winner of Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal The Graveyard Bookby Neil Gaiman [won the Newbery Medal in 2009] 9/19/2011 ***
3 Winner of Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel    
4 Winner of British Fantasy Award      
5 Winner of Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award       
6 Runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi (top 5 for Best Novelette in 2005 - Non Winner)  7/18/11 **
7 Runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award       
8 Runner-up for the World Fantasy Award  The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin [On ballot for the 2011]   -             10/11/11 ****
9 On the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas Adams (on the 1001 books you must read list) 3/17/2011 **1/2
10 On the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010 - Pathfinder, Serpent World Series #1 by Orson Scott Card  2/20/11 ****
         
Done PART D: MISC CHALLENGE - (read 3 of 5) Dt Finished My Rating
1 Themed Anthology Winter Moon: [3 short stories] Moontideby Mercedes Lackey 3/30/2011 ***
Winter Moon: [3 short stories] The Heart of the Moonby Tanith Lee 3/30/2011 **1/2
Winter Moon: [3 short stories]Banshee Criesby C.E. Murphy 3/30/2011 **
2 Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels Fiddler Fairby Mercedes Lackey 3/16/2011 ***
3 Non-Fantasy novel by a Genre Author      
4 Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature One Good Knightby Mercedes Lackey 2/3/2011 ***
5 Non-Fiction work related to the Genre      

 



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Going to try:

Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.)

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge.

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth.
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C.


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Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (18/18 Read)
 

Planned

Read

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges (5+/5 complete)
1. Fantasy Mystery: Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
2. Fantasy Romance:
3. Gothic novel: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer - Jonathan L. Howard
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel: Girl Genius Volumes 1-8 - Phil & Kaja Foglio
5. Interstitial:
6. Meta-Fantasy: The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
7. Military Fantasy: The Sworn - Gail Z. Martin
8. Steampunk: New Amsterdam - Elizabeth Bear
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition): The Secret History of Moscow - Ekaterina Sedia
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird: Finch - Jeff VanderMeer

Part B: Topic Challenges (5/5 complete)
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters: Child of Fire - Harry Connolly
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character: Gumshoe Gorilla - Keith Hartman
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history: The Fixer - Jon F. Merz
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies: The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.): Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

Part C: Award Challenges (5/5 complete)
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award: The Fox Woman - Kij Johnson or Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal:
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Sabriel - Garth Nix or The Magicians Apprentice - Trudi Canavan or The Two Pearls of  Wisdom - Alison Goodman
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award: Full Dark House - Christopher Fowler
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award: The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse - Keith Hartman
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award: Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award: Last Call - Tim Powers
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award: The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list: Legend - David Gemmell
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010: The Half-Made World - Felix Gilman

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges (3/3 complete)

1. Themed anthology: Dark and Stormy Knights - P.N. Elrod
2. Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels - Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny
3. Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
4. Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature: Ex-Heroes - Peter Clines
5. Read a non-fiction work related to the genre: Wizardry and Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy - Michael Moorcock

There is also the possibility of earning up to three extra credit points in this challenge. (0/3 complete)

E.C. #1: Read a Southern Hemisphere novel that was originally published in a Southern Hemisphere language (other than English)
E.C. #2: Read a runner-up to the Hugo or Nebula Award in the year of your birth - The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe
E.C. #3: Read a nonfiction work that directly relates to a fantasy novel you are reading for this challenge.

For each extra credit point you earn, you may choose to substitute a category of your own devising for one of the challenge categories. For instance, if you have zero interest in reading a Fantasy Mystery title, you may substitute another subgenre you would rather read -- Wikipedia has an extensive list of fantasy subgenres you can use as a reference. However, you may only substitute one category in each part, so if you earn all three extra credit points you may substitute one category each from Parts A, B, and C, but you may not substitute two categories in Part B and one in Part C

Books that don't fit any category, but can possibly be subbed in later with extra Credit:

1) Graceling - Kristin Cashore (Andre Norton award finalist)

2) Bone and Jewel Creatures - Elizabeth Bear

3) The White City - Elizabeth Bear

4) Seven for a Secret - Elizabeth Bear

5) A Hard Day's Knight - Simon R. Green

6) Agatha H and the Airship City - Phil & Kaja Foglio

7) For Heaven's Eyes Only - Simon R. Green

8) The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson

9) Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines

10) Aloha From Hell - Richard Kadrey

11) Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (actually science fiction, the magic takes place only in a virtual environment)



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There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges
1. Fantasy Mystery
2. Fantasy Romance
3. Gothic novel
4. Fantasy Graphic Novel
5. Interstitial- A fistful of sky
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy
8. Steampunk-    Windup girl
9. Urban Fantasy (original definition)
10. Weird Fiction/New Weird- The haunting of hill house

Part B: Topic Challenges
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale
2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain
3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies
10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium (i.e. a movie, TV series, video game, etc.) I am number four

Part C: Award Challenges
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award
2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges
Themed anthology
Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels
Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre- How to write fantasy



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Alright this is going to be a rough plan of books to read.  Yes, I listed some books others are reading but they are books I haven't read and I own. 

There are four options to complete this challenge.

Light Challenge: Read one novel in 5 out of the 10 categories in Parts A-C and read one novel in 3 out of the 5 categories in Part D. A maximum of 3 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 15-18 titles)
Regular Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D. A maximum of 5 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 30-35 titles)
Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels, each from a different decade. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total of 45-51 titles)
Expanded Super Challenge: Read one novel in all 35 categories in Parts A-D; expand one category in each Part to five novels; expand one category in each Part to a series of novels. A maximum of 6 titles may double-qualify. (Total will vary depending on how long the series you select are, but the minimum number of titles you will read for this option is 57 titles)

The categories are:

Part A: Subgenre Challenges (2/10)

1. Fantasy Mystery -

  • Fool Moon (2001) 9/18/11 by Jim Butcher
  • Frost Moon (2010) 9/17/11 by Anthony Francis
  • Sweet Silver Blues (1990) (Garret, P.I 1) 9/19/2011 by Glen Cook

2. Fantasy Romance - 

  • Charmed Sphere, Misted Cliffs, The Dawn Star, Fire Opal, and The Night Bird  Lost Continent series by Catherine Asaro 
  • Five Hundred Kingdoms by Mercedes Lackey

3. Gothic novel - 

  • (2007) The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce - Started 1/8/11 - Finished 1/10/11  
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Finished 1/29/11 (Double counts with other media tie ins and 1001 Books)

4. Fantasy Graphic Novel -

  • (1995) Watchmen - 6/07/11 (Double counts with other media tie ins)
  • (1999) Dawn: Lucifer's Halo 6/09/11, Dawn: Return of the Goddess 6/09/11 (2002), Dawn: Three Tiers 9/19/11 (2010)
  • (2005) Sin City: The Hard Goodbye 6/010/11, (2005) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, (2005) Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, (2005) Sin City: That Yellow Bastard, (2005) Sin City: Family Values (Double counts with other media tie ins)
     

5. Interstitial
6. Meta-Fantasy
7. Military Fantasy 

  • (1994) King Beyond the Gate by David Gemmell 2/6/11

8. Steampunk

  • (2008) Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti 
  • (2009) Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate 1), Changless (The Parasol Protectorate 2), Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate 3) by Gail Carriger 
  • (2010) Affinity Bridge by George Mann

9. Urban Fantasy (original definition) -

  • (2009) Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy
  • (2011) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson 5) by Patricia Briggs 2/1/11

10. Weird Fiction/New Weird

  • Greyfriar (Vampire Empire 1), The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire 2) Clay & Susan Griffith

Part B: Topic Challenges (3/10)
1. Read a modern-day retelling of a fairy tale - 

  • Enchantment by Orson Scott Card 6/16/11

2. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of Britain -

     The King's Peace by Jo Walton 

3. Read a novel dealing with the Matter of France
4. Read a novel concerned with middle-class characters
5. Read a novel set in or dealing with the myths of a Southern Hemisphere culture
6. Read a novel with a non-heterosexual main character
7. Read a novel dealing with race
8. Read a novel dealing with a secret history
9. Read a paranormal/supernatural noir novel NOT dealing with vampires, werewolves, or zombies

  • (2007) Thin Air by Rachel Caine (Weather Wardens 6) , Gale Force by Rachel Caine (Weather Wardens 7)
  • (2010) Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane (Downside 1), Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane (Downside 2), City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane (Downside 3) -These could also fit in the Fantasy Mystery slot. 

10. Read a novel that ties in with some other medium  -

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux - Finished 1/23/11
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - Finished 2/19/11

Part C: Award Challenges (1/10)
1. Work that resulted in its author winning the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award -

  • (1997) Archangel by Sharon Shinn

2. Work that has won the Andre Norton Award, the Michael L. Printz Award or the Newberry Medal
3. Work that has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel -
Starman or Nameless Day by Sara Douglass/Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier/Cursed Towers by Kate Forsyth
4. Work that has won the British Fantasy Award - A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth1) by Piers Anthony
5. Work that has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award or the Lambda Literary Award - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
6. Work that was a runner-up for the Hugo or Nebula Award
7. Work that was a runner-up for the Mythopoeic Award -
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg/The Bell at Sealy Head by Patricia A. McKillip
8. Work that was a runner-up for the World Fantasy Award - The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
9. Work that is on the Banned Books list or that is on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list -
10. Work that is on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2010

Part D: Miscellaneous Challenges (1/5)
Themed anthology -

  • Turn the Other Chick
  • Tales of the Vulgar Unicorn (Thieves World)
  • Tales of the Witch World
  • Sun in Glory (Valdemar)
  • (2010) Fangs for the Mammories
  • (2001) Single White Vampire Seeks Same
  • (2011) L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories

Read a collection of short stories by an author known for his/her novels -

  • (1983) Red as Blood by Tanith Lee  
  • (2006) Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia A. McKillip - Started 1/9/11 Finished 1/13/11

Read a non-Fantasy novel by a genre author
Read a novel featuring your favorite mythological creature -
Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey/Age of Fire by E.E. Knight
Read a non-fiction work related to the genre



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