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Subject: 2012 Fantasy Challenge -- LISTS ONLY THREAD
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 4:21 AM ET
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This challenge goes deep rather than broad, so it's a little more complicated.

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Dark Fantasy & Horror
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author.
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author.
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero.
4. Read a Gothic novel.
5. Read a Weird Western.
6. Read a ghost story.
7. Read a comedic horror novel.
8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster.
9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.
2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.
4. Read a allegorical novel.
5. Read a postmodern novel.
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic.
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.
9. Read a novel with a quest plot
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction
1. Read an epic poem.
2. Read a retelling of a European myth.
3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth.
4. Read a retelling of an African myth.
5. Read a retelling of an American myth.
6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth.
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale.
9. Read something set in a shared universe.
10. Read something by one of the Inklings.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance.
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

Urban Fantasy
1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400.
2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900.
3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900.
4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe.
5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia.
6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa.
7. Read an urban fantasy set in the Americas.
8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.
9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world.
10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy.

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Authors
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe.
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.
4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.
7. Read a novel by a woman.
8. Read a novel by a person of color.
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
10. Read a novel by more than one author.

Book-as-Object
1. Read a novel published in the last 12 months.
2. Read a novel published by a small press.
3. Read a novel with cover art that you love.
4. Read a novel with cover art that you hate.
5. Read a novel with less than 150 pages.
6. Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages.
7. Read a novel with over 700 pages.
8. Read a paperback original.
9. Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years.
10. Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors.

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists.


Notes
For books to qualify in any category, they must be at least 100 pages long.

You may double-count a maximum of three books in the Light Challenge and five books in the Full Challenge; however, a book may not count twice within the same category.



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PART I

Note: The brighter red denotes books I do not (yet) own.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world: Flesh and Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman. Start date: 3/1/12. Finish date: 3/4/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world: The Secret Country, by Pamela Dean
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel: Racing the Dark, by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Start date: 2/8/12. Finish date: 2/11/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel: Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder. Start date: 1/30/12. Finish date: 1/30/12. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel: The Stepsister Scheme, by Jim C. Hines. Start date: 3/19/12. Finish date: 3/22/12. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic: Weight of Stone, by Laura Anne Gilman. Start date: 3/5/12. Finish date: 3/5/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic: The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion: Earth Logic, by Laurie J. Marks. Start date: 1/4/12. Finish date: 1/8/12. Rating: 4 stars.
9. Read a novel with a quest plot: The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology: By the Mountain Bound, by Elizabeth Bear

Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction
1. Read an epic poem.
2. Read a retelling of a European myth.
3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth: Forgotten Country, by Catherine Chung
4. Read a retelling of an African myth: Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord. Start date: 1/31/12. Finish date: 2/7/12. Rating: 4 stars.
5. Read a retelling of an American myth.
6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth: The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale: The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter
9. Read something set in a shared universe: Liavek, ed. by Emma Bull & Will Shetterly
10. Read something by one of the Inklings.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically: The God Engines, by John Scalzi
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically: Saints Astray, by Jacqueline Carey. Start date: 3/15/12. Finish date: 3/16/12. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual: The Sea Thy Mistress, by Elizabeth Bear
4. Read a Dying Earth novel: All the Windwracked Stars, by Elizabeth Bear
5. Read a Planetary Romance: The End of the Game, by Sheri S. Tepper
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic: Resurrection Man, by Sean Stewart
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods: Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente?
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers: Black Sun Rising, by C.S. Friedman. Start date: 1/10/12. Finish date: 1/16/12. Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort: The Chronicles of Mavin Manyshaped, by Sheri S. Tepper

PART II

Authors
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe: Harbinger of the Storm, by Aliette de Bodard
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia: Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara
4. Read a novel by an author from Africa: The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi. Start date: 2/19/12. Finish date: 2/27/12. Rating: 4 1/2 stars.
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania: The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales, by Angela Slatter
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.
7. Read a novel by a woman: The Drowning City, by Amanda Downum. Start date: 3/25/12. Finish date: 3/28/12. Rating: 4 stars.
8. Read a novel by a person of color: The Gaslight Dogs, by Karin Lowachee
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual: Neveryóna, by Samuel R. Delany
10. Read a novel by more than one author: Agatha H. and the Airship City, by Phil and Kaja Foglio



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Completed the qualificqtions for the light challenge (****) I think but will try for more reads in this challenge as I am trying to read books on my shelves .

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge - Read 43 total books.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I 
Choose three of the six categories.

****Dark Fantasy & Horror  (light - 7 books read)
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author -  Abarat by Clive Barker (HAVE)
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, 3/31/2012, 4 stars
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero - Weaveworld by Clive Barker, 8/2/2012, 4 1/2 stars

4. Read a Gothic novel - The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 4 stars

5. Read a Weird WesternAlloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. 4 stars

6. Read a ghost story - The Devil You Know by Mike Carey or Geist by Philippa Ballantine, 4 stars

7. Read a comedic horror novel - John Dies at the End by David Wong, dumped.   Dr. Identity by Harlan Wilson 

8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster - Firelight by Sophie Jordan (Heroine is a draki, descendant of dragons).  4 stars

9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.  1988 LIfetime Achievement - Ray Bradbury - Long After Midnight, 22 hauntings and celebrations.  4 stars

Genre in the Mainstream (light - 4 books read)

1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists - Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  4 stars

2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author - The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (Mythopoeic Award) 3 stars

3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or NationLonal Book Award - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4 stars.

4. Read a allegorical novel -  The Paradise Wars by Peter Lawhead, (ebook)

5. Read a postmodern novel - Vellum by Hal Duncan or Ink from what I've read online about postmodern fantasy.
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America - Paradise by Toni Morrison (HAVE).
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America - House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (HAVE)

8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.  Temeraire by Naomi Novak.

9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.  In the Forests of Sere by Patricia McKillip (HAVE)
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.   She by H. Rider Haggard, 9/6/2012, 4 stars 

****High Fantasy  (light - read 6 books)

1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.  Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop, 4 stars
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world -  Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny  3 1/2 - 4 stars.

4.  Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.  The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (HAVE)
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.  The Other Wind by Ursula K. LeGuin, 11/15/2012, 3.5 stars
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.  Prince of Chaos by Roger Zelazny (HAVE)
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic The Native Star by M.K. Hobson 5 stars

7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.  The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay (HAVE)
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.  Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (HAVE)
9. Read a novel with a quest plot   The Virtu by Sarah Monette, 5 stars.  
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology - By the Mountain Bound, by Elizabeth Bear, 4 1/2 stars.

****Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction  (light - read 6 books)

1. Read an epic poem.
2. Read a retelling of a European myth - Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves, 4 stars

3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth  -  Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, 6/21/2012, 4 starsthe retelling of a story from Russian folklore.  Loved the story of Koschei and Marya Morvena whose romance and marriage are full of fantasy and romance.  Also read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a first time effort in writing for the young, by the same author.  What a writer!  The novels are so different but soo good
4. Read a retelling of an African myth.  Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
5. Read a retelling of an American myth.

6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth - The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi, 5/ 22/2012, 3 stars, two young women search for identity between myth and reality.
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale -  Beauty by Robin McKinley, 3/12/2012 4 stars
9. Read something set in a shared universe - The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein, a story that takes place in a realm of magic ruled by an evil queen and the normal world of earth.  Protagonists move back and forth between the two.  6/25/2012, 4 stars
10. Read something by one of the Inklings - Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein 7/26/2012 which I read long ago in a children's abbreviated version to my children.  So much more detail in this novel.  Hope this still counts as I had not read the long one.  It was great fun reading all the wonderful details.   4 stars

Science Fantasy (light - 3 books read)
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically - The Fledgling by Octavia Butler  Social issues and miscegenation where two separate (but linked) acts of racial mixing - some human genetic material  is used to create the heroine (vampire with human blood) 4 stars
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.
4. Read a Dying Earth novel, All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear or Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks (HAVE)
5. Read a Planetary Romance.
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.  A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes (most stories set the 21st century) 4 stars
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.  Scent of Magic by Andre Norton, 4 stars
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

Urban Fantasy (light - 5 books read)
1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400.
2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900.
3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900 Stormwalker by Allyson James 4 stars
4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe -  Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, 4 stars
5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia :  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa:  Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Library)
7. Read an urban fantasy set in the AmericasFirewalker by Allyson James.  4 stars
8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.
9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world - Race Against Time by Piers Anthony ???  Think this fits - small villages are created to hold pure white Americans, Chinese, Arabs and Africans on a second world.  4 stars
10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy:  Using a small town in South Carolina as the setting - The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, 11/14/2012, 3 stars.

PART II (12 books read)
Choose one of the three categories

Authors (light - 3 books read)
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe.  The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (French) (HAVE)
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.  The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.  The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (WL)
7. Read a novel by a woman.  Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (husband and wife team write under one name
8. Read a novel by a person of color.  Fledgling by Octavia Butler 4 stars 
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.  Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff (HAVE)

10. Read a novel by more than one author.  Duainfey by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (HAVE) or Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (husband and wife team write under one name)

Book-as-Object (light - 3 books read)
1. Read a novel published in the last 12 months:   Xenolith by A. Sparrow - ebook (HAVE)

2. Read a novel published by a small press.  The Habitation of the Blessed  by Catherynne M. Valente

3. Read a novel with cover art that you love.  Dancer's Rise by Jo Clayton (HAVE)
4. Read a novel with cover art that you hate.   The Seventh Son by J. E. Hutchins (HAVE)
5. Read a novel with less than 150 pages.  Raiders from the Rings by Alan E. Nourse (HAVE)
6. Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages.  Throne of Isis by Judith Tarr (pb copy of 399 pages) (HAVE)
7. Read a novel with over 700 pages.  A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin, March 20, 2012 4 stars
8. Read a paperback original.  One of Andre Norton's original Witch World series -  first six printed first in pb
9. Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years - The Haunting of Alan Mais by Peter Saxon  3 stars

10. Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors. (One of Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia) 

****Main Character  (light - read 7 books)
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist -  Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, 4 stars
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color -  Shadow Walker by Allyson James  4 stars
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.  Blood and Iron, A Novel of the Promethean Age by Elizabeth Bear (HAVE)
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist -  Dragonstar by Barbara Hambly  4 stars
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent -  The Waters of Centauraus by Rosel George Brown  4 stars
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.  Storm Front by Jim Butcher (HAVE)
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.  Jovah's Angel by Sharon Shinn  (HAVE)
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.  The Virtu by Sarah Monette, 9/12/20912, 4.5 stars
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist:   The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, 4.5 stars.

10. Read a novel with multiple protagonistsSteampunk!  An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, 2/17/2012, 4 stars

Notes
For books to qualify in any category, they must be at least 100 pages long.

You may double-count a maximum of three books in the Light Challenge and five books in the Full Challenge; however, a book may not count twice within the same category.

 


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Progress (14/20)

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Dark Fantasy & Horror (1/5)
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author - Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant)
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author - Feed - Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero - Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
4. Read a Gothic novel - Johannes Cabal the Detective - Jonathan L. Howard
5. Read a Weird Western - The Native Star - M.K. Hobson
6. Read a ghost story.
7. Read a comedic horror novel.
8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster - Gunmetal Magic - Ilona Andrews

9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.

10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner

High Fantasy (3/5)
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world - Vampire Hunter D Volume 16: Tyrant's Stars - Parts One and Two - Hideyuki Kikuchi
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world - Butcher Bird - Richard Kadrey
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel - Range of Ghosts - Elizabeth Bear
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel - The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel - Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic - Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.
9. Read a novel with a quest plot
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

Urban Fantasy (3/5)
1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400.
2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900  - Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900 - Blood Blade (Skinners #1) - Marcus Pelegrimas 
4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe.
5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia.
6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa.
7. Read an urban fantasy set in the Americas - Howling Legion (Skinners #2) - Marcus Pelegrimas 
8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.
9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world - Finch - Jeff VanderMeer
10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy - The Hum and the Shiver - Alex Bledsoe

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Main Character (10/5)
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist - Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color - Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock #2) - Faith Hunter
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual - Black Blade Blues - J.A. Pitts
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist (I am cheating on this one - she has a Mate) - Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent (I am cheating on this one, she has a young "ward", Batman-&-Robin-style) - Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist - Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist - Hounded (Iron Druid #1) - Kevin Hearne
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist - Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist - Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists - Hard Magic - Larry Correia

Read

Owned

 

Books I can't find a category for right now:

Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles #2)Hard Spell (Grimnoir Chronicles #1) - Justin Gustainis

Hexed (Iron Druid #2), Hammered (Iron Druid #3), Tricked (Iron Druid #4) - Kevin Hearne

Honeyed Words - J.A. Pitts

The Breaking (Skinners #5), Vampire Uprising (Skinners #4), Teeth of Beasts (Skinners #3) - Marcus Pelegrimas 

Geekomancy - Michael R. Underwood

Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1), Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock #3), Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4) - Faith Hunter

 

Notes

For books to qualify in any category, they must be at least 100 pages long.

You may double-count a maximum of three books in the Light Challenge and five books in the Full Challenge; however, a book may not count twice within the same category.

 



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!!! Light Challenge (20 books) !!!

  • 10/20 Completed or 50% Completed

Read a new-to-you book in half of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I
 

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.
2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.
4. Read a allegorical novel.
5. Read a postmodern novel.
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world. The House of the Stag by Kage Baker COMPLETED 4/23
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel. The Riddle by Alison Croggon COMPLETED 10/25
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke COMPLETED 4/26
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion. Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey COMPLETED 11/24
9. Read a novel with a quest plot The Crow by Alison Croggon COMPLETED 11/18
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance. The Rebel Worlds by Poul Anderson
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

PART II
 

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist. Black Ships by Jo Graham COMPLETED 4/12
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual. Stealing Fire by Jo Graham COMPLETED 4/20
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist. Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey COMPLETED 12/8
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham COMPLETED 4/05
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist. The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn COMPLETED 12/29
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists.



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Note:  No, I do not plan on filling all parts of this.  I'm not that ambitious.  I just want to see what I have that fits before picking.  I most want to do Dark Fantasy, Mythopoeia, Mainstream, and Authors.  Runners up are Book-as-object and Science Fantasy.
FinishedOwn. Interested inCounting for a different categoryCategory filled, but not particularly well.

Step 1: Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Dark Fantasy & Horror
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author. Stephen King's The Gunslinger - Finished 3/1,
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author. Elizabeth Hand's Waking the Moon Road - Finished 10/5
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero. Lawrence Watt-Evans's Spell of the Black Dagger -Finished 12/28
4. Read a Gothic novel. Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle- Finished 6/20
5. Read a Weird Western. M.K. Hobson's Native Star - Finished 5/17
6. Read a ghost story.  Stephen King's The Shining - Finished 4/23
7. Read a comedic horror novel.  Crouch, Strand et al, Draculas - Finished 10/6
8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster. Steven Sherrill's A Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break - Finished 3/9
9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos. John Horner Jacobs's Southern Gods - Finished 5/24
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.  Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters - Finished 7/10

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists. Rudolfo Anaya's, Bless me, Ultima - Finished 12/7/12
2. Read a World Fantasy / Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author. Patrick Suskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Finished 3/5
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award. Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House - Finished 1/16 
4. Read a allegorical novel. Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Finished 2/4
5. Read a postmodern novel. Scarlett Thomas' Our Tragic Universe - Finished 1/13
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.  Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate - Finished 1/1
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.  Paulo Coelho's The Devil and Miss Prym - Finished 6/15 
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe. Jo Walton's Among Others -Finished 4/26, 
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia. Murakami's Kafka on the Shore - Finished 2/20
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900. H. Rider Haggard's She - Finished 4/5

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.  Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days - Finished 2/23
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world. Catherynne Valente's The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Finished 4/12
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.  Gemmel's Legend
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.  Patricia Bray's The First Betrayal - Finished 2/3
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.  Lawrence Watt-Evans's With a Single Spell - Finished 3/31
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic. Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted - Finished 1/17
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.  Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone -- Finished 2/27
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion. Carey's Kushiel's Scion, N.K. Jemison's Kingdom of Gods
9. Read a novel with a quest plot   Charles de Lint's Into the Green - Finished 3/16
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.  Le Guin's Lavina (yes, I know this is cheating)

Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction
1. Read an epic poem. Ovid's Metamorphosis - Finished 10/15
2. Read a retelling of a European myth. Catherynne Valente's Under in the Mere -- Finished 2/28 
3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth.   Kij Johnson's The Fox Woman - Finished 1/30 / Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Finished 8/21
4. Read a retelling of an African myth. The Girl Who Married a Lion - Alexander Mcall Smith, ed - Finished 10/14 / Helen Oyeyemi's Icarus Girl - Finished 10/17
5. Read a retelling of an American myth.  Joseph Bruchac's The Girl Who Married the Moon - Finished 10/14, Louise Erdrich's Antelope Wife - Finished 12/27
6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.  Austrailan Legendary Tales - Katie Parker, ed - Finished 3/9 / Michaela Roessner's Walkabout Woman - Finished 3/5
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth. When Night Falls, KrickKrack! - Liliane Louis, ed - Finished 12/7 / Nalo Hopkinson's Skin Folk - Finished 12/31
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale.   Angela Carter's Burining Your Boats- Finished 5/9, 
9. Read something set in a shared universe. Welcome to Bordertown, Ellen Kushner, ed. - Finished 3/30  
10. Read something by one of the Inklings. C.S. Lewis's Til We Have Faces - Finished 8/23

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.  Jo Walton's Lifelode - Finished 5/30
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically. Sharon Shinn's Angelica - Finished 8/10
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual. Catherynne Valente's Silently and Very Fast - Finished 5/11
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance. Kage Baker's Empress of Mars - Finished 11/30/12
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.  Edgar Rice Burrow's The Princess of Mars - Finished 3/13 
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.  Stacia Kane's Unholy Ghosts - Finished 1/19
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods. Sharon Shinn's The Alleluia Files - Finished 3/22
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.  Jo Anderton's Debris - Finished 4/10
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort. A Darkover novel?, Sharon Shinn? Christopher Stacheff?

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Authors
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe.  William Hope Hodgeson's House on the Borderland - Finished 5/4 
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.  Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea (not fantasy) Paulo Coelho's The Devil and Miss Prym - Finished 6/15
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.  Malinda Lo's Ash - Finished 4/10
4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.  Helen Oyeyemi's Opposite House - Finished 12/25
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.  Canavan's The High Lord - Finished 6/8
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean. Nalo Hopkinson's  The New Moon’s Arms - Finished 8/7
7. Read a novel by a woman.  Alice Hoffman's Green Witch - Finished 3/25
8. Read a novel by a person of color. Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach - Finished 5/22
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.  Delia Sherman's The Porcelain Dove - Finished 7/29
10. Read a novel by more than one author.  Sherman & Kushner's The Fall of Kings - Finished 8/28

Book-as-Object
1. Read a novel published in the last 12 months. Heather Dixon's Entwined - Finished 3/21
2. Read a novel published by a small press. Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Finished 3/31
3. Read a novel with cover art that you love.  Patricia McKillip's Something Rich and Strange - Finished 6/18
4. Read a novel with cover art that you hate.  Mountain Magic by Drake et al - Finished 7/24
5. Read a novel with less than 150 pages.  Charles de Lint's Seven Wild Sisters - Finished 7/18
6. Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages.  Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife - Finished 6/12
7. Read a novel with over 700 pages. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's The Crystal Variation - Finished 11/8
8. Read a paperback original. Lawrence Watt-Evans's Blood of a Dragon - Finished 4/28
9. Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years. Patricia McKillip's Stepping from the Shadows - Finished 8/14
10. Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors.  Scott Nicholson's The Red Church - Finished 1/4

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.   Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey - Finished 4/17
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.  Lois McMaster Bujold's The Spirit Ring - Finished 6/5
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.  Michael Bishop's Unicorn Mountain - Finished 3/8
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.  Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale - Finished 5/24
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.  Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells - Finished 1/3
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist. Ilona Andrews' Magic Slays - Finished 1/9
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.  Sharon Shinn's Jovah's Angels - Finished 1/28
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.  Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus - Finished 5/31, 
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.  Fritz Leiber's Swords in the Mist -Finished 9/20
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists. Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes - Finished 1/23
 



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Not sure how many books I'm going to try this time or which categories. I'll try to narrow it down soon.

Possible Choices  / Read

 

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I (0 / 60)

Choose three of the six categories.

Dark Fantasy & Horror (3 /10)
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author.

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King 
  • Imajica - Clive Barker
  • City of Night by Dean Koontz

2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author.

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3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero.

  • The Gunslinger - Stephen King 
  • Lord Foul's Bane - Stephen R. Donaldson (finished 12/31/12)

4. Read a Gothic novel.

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

5. Read a Weird Western. 

  • Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

6. Read a ghost story.

  • Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

7. Read a comedic horror novel.

  • Dr. Identity by Harlan Wilson

8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster. 

  • Grendel by John Gardner

9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.

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10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.

  • Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris

Genre in the Mainstream (2/10)
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card  
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas  
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein 
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier 
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory


2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.

  • The Prestige - Christopher Priest
  • The Forgotten Beast of Eld - Patricia A. McKillip

3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.

  • The Shipping News - Annie Proulx

4. Read a allegorical novel.

  • 1984 by George Orwell

5. Read a postmodern novel.

  • Animal Farm - George Orwell 

6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.

  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.

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8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.

  • The Shadow Dragons - James A. Owen 
  • His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik 

9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.

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10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

High Fantasy (2 / 10)
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.

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2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.

  • Dragonsword - Gael Baudino 
  • Brothers of the Dragon - Robin Wayne Bailey

3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.

  • The Iron Tower - Dennis L. McKiernan

4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.

  • A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.

  • Sword in the Storm - David Gemmell

6. Read a novel set in a world with magic.

  • Unnatural Issues - Mercedes Lackey
  • Chasing Magic - Stacia Kane

7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.

  • Queen's Man - Sharon Kay Penman

8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.

  • Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

9. Read a novel with a quest plot

  • Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy 3) by Robin Hobb

10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

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Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction (0/10)
1. Read an epic poem.

  • Iliad or Odyssey by Homer

2. Read a retelling of a European myth.

  • Hood (The Ravenking Trilogy 1) by Stephen R. Lawhead

3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth.

  • The Fox Woman - Kij Johnson

4. Read a retelling of an African myth.

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5. Read a retelling of an American myth.

  • The Antelope Wife - Louise Erdich

6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.

  • Australian Legendary Tales 

7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth.

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8. Read a revisionist fairy tale.

  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Ash - Malinda Lo

9. Read something set in a shared universe.

  • Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn

10. Read something by one of the Inklings.

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Science Fantasy (0/10)
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.

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2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.

  • Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey

3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.

  • The Half Made World - Felix Gilman 

4. Read a Dying Earth novel.

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5. Read a Planetary Romance.

  • The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.

  • Ilium - Dan Simmons
  • Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.

  • Bone Dance - Emma Bull

8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.

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9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.

  • Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman

10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

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Urban Fantasy (3 / 10)

1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400.

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2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900.

  • The Janus Affair - Pip Ballantine 

3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900.

  • Urban Shaman - C. E. Murphy 
  • Daemons are Forever - Simon Green

4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe.

  • Ghost of a Dream - Simon Green

5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia.

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6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa.

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7. Read an urban fantasy set in the Americas.

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8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.

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9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world.

  • Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy.

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PART II (0 / 30)
Choose one of the three categories

Authors (2 /10)
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe.

  • Unnatural Inquirer - Simon R. Green

2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.

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3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.

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4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.

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5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.

  • The Magician's Apprentice - Trudi Canavan

6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.

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7. Read a novel by a woman.

  • Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey

8. Read a novel by a person of color.

  • The Awakening (Vampire Huntress Legend 2) by L.A. Banks

9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.

  • Fall of Kings by Ellen Kushner

10. Read a novel by more than one author.

  • Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

Book-as-Object (5 / 10)

1. Read a novel published in the last 12 months.

  • Chasing Magic - Stacia Kane

2. Read a novel published by a small press.

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3. Read a novel with cover art that you love.

  • The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack - Mark Hodder

4. Read a novel with cover art that you hate.

  • Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

5. Read a novel with less than 150 pages.

  • Finding Magic - Stacia Kane

6. Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages.

  • Deathstalker - Simon Green 

7. Read a novel with over 700 pages.

  • Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey

8. Read a paperback original.

  • Three Days to Dead - Kelly Medding

9. Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years.

  • Dragonsword - Gael Baudino

10. Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors.

  • Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier

Main Character (4 1/2  / 10)
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.

  • Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding
  • Cape Storm (Weather Wardens 8) By Rachel Caine

2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.

  • Minon (Vampire Huntress Legend 1) by L.A. Banks

3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.

  • Sword Point by Ellen Kushner
  • Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.

  • River Marked by Patricia Briggs

5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.

  • Lost Souls by Dean Koontz

6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.

  • Bitter Gold Hearts (Garrett, P.I. 2) by Glen Cook
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files 3) by Jim Butcher
  • Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (Nightside 6) by Simon R. Green

7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.

  • The Nameless Day (The Crucibles 1) by Sara Douglass

8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.

  • Hell to Pay - Simon R. Green 

9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.

  • Elric: The Stealer of Souls - Michael Moorcock

10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists.

  • Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz


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Interesting setup. I'll start with Light, and probably just stick with that this year. :)

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Urban Fantasy
1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400. In the Night Garden, Catherynne Valente 1/23/12
2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900. The Native Star, M.K. Hobson
3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900.
4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe. Sixty-one Nails, Mike Shevdon 3/21/12
5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia. In the Cities of Coin and Spice, Catherynne Valente 3/21/12
6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa.
7. Read an urban fantasy set in the Americas. Prentice Alvin, Orson Scott Card
8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.
9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy. 

Dark Fantasy & Horror

1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author. Imagica, Clive Barker
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author.
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero. Elric of Melnibone, Michael Morecock
4. Read a Gothic novel. 
5. Read a Weird Western. Territory, Emma Bull
6. Read a ghost story.
7. Read a comedic horror novel. 
8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster. The Time of Contempt, Andrzej Sapkowski (if released)
9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual. The Half-Made World, Felix Gilman 3/21/12
4. Read a Dying Earth novel. Grass, Sheri S. Tepper 3/21/12
5. Read a Planetary Romance. The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic. Bone Dance, Emma Bull 3/21/12
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers. Yurth Burden, Andre Norton
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

 

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color. The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist. Storm Front, Jim Butcher
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists. The Magicians, Lev Grossman

 


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Step 1:Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.

 

  Dark Fantasy & Horror - read a book in 5of the listed options Choice
1 Read a fantasy novel by a horror author.  
2 Read a horror novel by a fantasy author.  
3 Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero. Shadow Steed (Dragon Realm #4) by Richard A. Knaak - Done 1/13/12 ***
4 Read a Gothic novel.  
5 Read a Weird Western [Read 1 of 2 options listed] 1. Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
    2. Six Guns Straight From Hell: Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy from the Weird Weird West[collection of short stories]
6 Read a ghost story. The Ghost Rides Tonight by Max Brand - Done 7/9/12 ***
7 Read a comedic horror novel.  
8 Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster.  
9 Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.  
10 Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.  
     
  Genre in the Mainstream - read a book in 5of the listed options Choice
1 Read a fantasy novel found on high school reading list  [Read 1 of 3 options listed] 1. Alas, Babylon– Pat Frank (Science Fiction/Apocalyptic) [Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank (Science Fiction/Apocalyptic)]
    2. Black Unicornby Lee, Tanith [Clinton Central School District, Clinton, New York]
    3. Parable of the Sowerby Butler, Octavia [Clinton Central School District, Clinton, New York]
2 Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author. Merlin's Ringby H. Warner Munn [1975 World Fantasy Award Nominee]
3 Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.  
4 Read a allegorical novel.  
5 Read a postmodern novel.  
6 Read a magical realist novel from North America.  Magic in the Wind (Drake Sisters, Book 1) by Christine Feehan - Done 8/17/12 ***
7 Read a magical realist novel from South America.  
8 Read a magical realist novel from Europe.

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novak - Done 1/28/12 **** Whitty, intelligent dialogue. The author granted the dragons potentiality of intelligence the same as a human. LOL at times.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novak - Done 1/29/12 *** Temeraire and Lawrence to go China

9 Read a magical realist novel from Asia.  
10 Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.  
     
ü High Fantasy - read a book in 5of the listed options Choice
1 Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world. The Sleeping Beauty (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 5) by Mercedes Lackey - Done 8/12/12 ***1/2
2 Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world. Slaves of Sleep & The Masters of Sleep by L. Ron Hubbard - Done 6/21/12 ****
3 Read a Heroic Fantasy novel. Debt of Bones (Sword of Truth Prequel)by Terry Goodkind
    Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1)by Terry Goodkind
    Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2)by Terry Goodkind
    Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth #3)by Terry Goodkind
    Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth #4)by Terry Goodkind
    Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5)by Terry Goodkind
    Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth #6)by Terry Goodkind
    The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth #7)by Terry Goodkind
    Naked Empire (Sword of Truth #8)by Terry Goodkind
    Chainfire (Sword of Truth #9)by Terry Goodkind
    Phantom (Sword of Truth #10)by Terry Goodkind
    Confessor (Sword of Truth #11)by Terry Goodkind
4 Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)by George R R Martin
5 Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.

 Winds of Fate (The Mage Winds, Bk 1) by Mercedes Lackey - Done 3/1/12 ***1/2

Winds of Change (The Mage Winds, Bk2) by Mercedes Lackey - Done 3/16/12 ****

6 Read a novel set in a world with magic. Firebirdby Mercedes Lackey
7 Read a novel set in a world with no magic.  
8 Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.  
9 Read a novel with a quest plot Fortune's Foolby Mercedes Lackey
10 Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.  
     
  Book-as-Object - Choose 5to read for light challenge Choice
1 Read a novel published in the last 12 months.  
2 Read a novel published by a small press.  
3 Read a novel with cover art that you love.  
4 Read a novel with cover art that you hate. Queen of Dragonsby Shana Abe (2007) (Drakon Bk 3)
5 Read a novel with less than 150 pages.  
6 Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages. Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga #1)by Raymond E. Feist [384 pages] [on my Kindle for laptop]
7 Read a novel with over 700 pages.  
8 Read a paperback original.  
9 Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years.  
10 Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors. The Red Wolf Conspiracy(Chathrand Voyage #1) by Robert V.S. Redick [blurbed by Terry Goodkind on Amazon]
    The Rats and the Ruling Seaaka The Ruling Sea (Chathrand Voyage #2) by Robert V.S. Redick
    The River of Shadows(Chathrand Voyage #3) by Robert V.S. Redick


 



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So close, and yet...

PART I

Dark Fantasy & Horror
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author - One Door Away From Heaven - Dean Koonz - Completed 11/30/2012
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author - The Blood Books (Volume 2) - Tanya Huff - Completed 10/05/2012
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero - Willow - Wayland Drew - Completed 2/20/2012
4. Read a Gothic novel - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Ferrell - Completed 8/25/2012 
5. Read a Weird Western - The Gunslinger - Stephen King - Completed 9/3/2012 
6. Read a ghost story - Black Hills - Dan Simmons - Completed 2/14/2012 
7. Read a comedic horror novel - Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris - Completed 5/2/2012
8. Read a novel told from the perspective of a monsterSense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - Jane Austen, Ben Winters - Completed 10/8/2012 
9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythosThe Watchers Out of Time - HP Lovecraft - Completed 9/16/2012
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner - Coraline - Neil Gaiman - Completed 3/1/2012 

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a novel on high school reading lists - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austin, Seth Grahame-Smith Completed 2/20/2012
2. The 1999 World Fantasy Award winner by a non-genre author -The Antelope Wife - Louise Erdrich  - Completed 11/30/2012    
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won the 1980 National Book Award - A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Madeleine L'Engle - Completed 12/31/2012
4. Read a allegorical novel - Animal Farm - Goerge Orwell - Completed 3/4/12
5. Read a postmodern novel - The Mezzanine - Nicholson Baker  - Completed 9/6/2012
6. Read a magical realist novel - North America - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith - Completed 9/14/2012
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America - The Devil and Miss Prym - Paul Coehlo - Completed 12/26/2012
8. Read a magical realist novel - Europe - The Shadow Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica) - John A. Owen - Completed 5/9/2012 
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900 - Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne - Completed 7/27/2012

 High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world - Mirrorscape - Mike Wilks - Completed 3/19/2012 
2. Read a fantasy through a portal to a second world - Wizard's Daughter - Catherine Coulter - Completed 10/23/2012 
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel - Prospero's Children - Jan Siegel - Completed 6/16/2012
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel - A Princess Of Landover - Terry Brooks - Completed 7/24/2012
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis - Completed10/6/2012
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic - Touch of Gypsy Fire - Shiloh Walker - Completed 10/22/2012
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic - Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin - Completed 1/8/2012
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion - Dark Slayer - Christine Feehan - Completed 3/30/2012
9. Read a novel with a quest plot - Dragon Bones - Patricia Briggs - Completed 1/15/2012
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology - The Ancient - R.A. Salvator - Completed 11/02/2012

 

PART II

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist - Red-headed Stepchild - Jaye Wells - Completed 1/23/2012
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color - Cannibal Moon - James Axler - Completed 9/25/2012
3. Read a novel featuring a character who other than heterosexual - An Uncommon Whore 2: When I fall - Belinda Mc Bride - Completed 6/4/2012
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist - Night's Rose - Annaliese Evans - Completed 5/17/2012
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent - Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge - Completed 8/15/2012
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist - Dead Men's Boots - Mike Carey - Completed 3/20/2012 
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist - Brother Odd - Dean Koontz - Completed 1/27/2012
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist - Sparks Fly - Katie MacAlister - Completed 7/29/2012
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist - Dogs and Goddesses - Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, Lani Diane Rich - Completed 2/24/12
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists - The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Nancy Madore - Completed 1/16/2012

 



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Hello! Newly returning to PBS, can see an intro in several places... and I'm tired of reposting it. LOL Fantasy is one of my favorite categories and I'm sure will help me make it for my 2012 Personal Challenge list! Looks like a fun one. Thanks for having me!

 

Going light... and that means that I only need 5 books from each category, correct? So if there's one or two listed in a category that I know I won't read, it's okay because I can skip those. Yes? I hope so! LOL

 

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.....     The Silmarillion
2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.
4. Read a allegorical novel.....     Left Behind
5. Read a postmodern novel.
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.....     Dragon Wing v1
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic.....     From the Two Rivers (Wheel of Time)
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.....     Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.
9. Read a novel with a quest plot
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.....     The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl)
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance.
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

 

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.
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4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists.....     Percy Jackson



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Light Challenge (20 books)!  I hope to put a lot of Mt. TBR on this list.  (Black ink - planned; red ink - complete)

 

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

 

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.  Kindred by Octavia Butler
2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award. Orsinian Tales - Ursula Le Guin, 1977
4. Read a allegorical novel.
5. Read a postmodern novel.
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America Swamplandia - Karen Russell, 5/12/12.
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel. Stone of Truth - Terry Goodkind
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin 3/25
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel. Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic.
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion. The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster Bujold  2/22
9. Read a novel with a quest plot
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance. The Phoenix Guards - Steven Brust 7/19 (Romance in the Three Musketeers' sense)
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods. Archangel-Sharon Shinn 4/30
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.  Jhereg - Steven Brust 6/2
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Authors
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.
4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.
7. Read a novel by a woman.  Song of the Beast - Carol Berg 5/28
8. Read a novel by a person of color.  The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin 1/7
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
10. Read a novel by more than one author.



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This challenge goes deep rather than broad, so it's a little more complicated.

Step 1: Choose between the Light (20 books) or the Full (40 books) Challenge.
Step 2: Choose three categories in Part I and one category in Part II.
Step 3: Read a new-to-you book in half (for the Light) or all (for the Full) of the subcategories in the categories you have chosen between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

Red is Read  Completed the Light Challenge but fell 4 books short of the Full Challenge

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

Dark Fantasy & Horror
1. Read a fantasy novel by a horror author.   Sati by Christoher Pike
2. Read a horror novel by a fantasy author.   Deadline by Mira Grant AKA Seanan McGuire
3. Read a high fantasy novel about an anti-hero.
4. Read a Gothic novel.   Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon
5. Read a Weird Western.   Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede
6. Read a ghost story.   If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance by Paige Shelton
7. Read a comedic horror novel.   Accidentally Dead, Again by Dakota Cassidy
8. Read a novel narrated by (or told from the perspective of) a monster.  Brains by Robin Becker (Zombie)
9. Read something in the Cthulhu mythos.
10. Read a Bram Stoker Award Winner.   Lisey's Story by Stephen King (Winner 2007)

Genre in the Mainstream
1. Read a fantasy novel commonly found on high school reading lists.   elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
2. Read a World Fantasy Award winner/nominee or a Mythopoeic Award winner/nominee by a non-genre author.
3. Read a fantasy novel that has won/was nominated for the Booker Prize or National Book Award.
4. Read a allegorical novel.
5. Read a postmodern novel.  The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, translated from the Spanish by Sonia Soto
6. Read a magical realist novel from North America.   The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
7. Read a magical realist novel from South America.
8. Read a magical realist novel from Europe.
9. Read a magical realist novel from Asia.
10. Read a fantasy novel written before 1900.  A House-Boat on the Styx by John Kendrick Bangs

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.   Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.   Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.   Shadow Magic by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.   Graceling by Kristin Cashore
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic.    Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.   The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.   The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin
9. Read a novel with a quest plot   The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.  The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction
1. Read an epic poem.
2. Read a retelling of a European myth.
3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth.
4. Read a retelling of an African myth.
5. Read a retelling of an American myth.
6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth.
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale.
9. Read something set in a shared universe.
10. Read something by one of the Inklings.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.   A Taint in the Blood by S. M Stirling
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.
5. Read a Planetary Romance.
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.

Urban Fantasy
1. Read an urban fantasy set pre-1400.
2. Read an urban fantasy set between 1400 and 1900.   The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
3. Read an urban fantasy set post 1900.  Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch 

4. Read an urban fantasy set in Europe.   The City & The City by China Mieville
5. Read an urban fantasy set in Asia.   
6. Read an urban fantasy set in Africa.   The Tattooed Map by Barbara Hodgson
7. Read an urban fantasy set in the Americas.  Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews  

8. Read an urban fantasy set in Oceania.   Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur
9. Read an urban fantasy set in a secondary world.  The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
10. Read a contemporary rural fantasy.   Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

PART II
Choose one of the three categories

Authors
1. Read a novel by an author from Europe.
2. Read a novel by an author from Central/South America.
3. Read a novel by an author from Asia.
4. Read a novel by an author from Africa.
5. Read a novel by an author from Oceania.   The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
6. Read a novel by an author from the Caribbean.  
7. Read a novel by a woman.   Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow 
8. Read a novel by a person of color.
9. Read a novel by someone who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
10. Read a novel by more than one author.  Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews (writing team of Ilona and Andrew Gordon)

Book-as-Object
1. Read a novel published in the last 12 months.   Hammered by Kevin Hearne
2. Read a novel published by a small press.   A Darker Shade of Dead by Bianca D'Arc
3. Read a novel with cover art that you love.   God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
4. Read a novel with cover art that you hate.  The Ice Dragon by Bianca D'Arc 
 5. Read a novel with less than 150 pages.    Point of Knives A Novella of Astreiant by Melissa Scott
6. Read a novel with between 350 and 450 pages.   The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook 

7. Read a novel with over 700 pages.
8. Read a paperback original.   Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews 
9. Read a novel that has been out of print for at least ten years.   Gatherer of Clouds by Sean Russell
10. Read a novel that was blurbed by one of your favorite authors.   Death Magic by Eileen Wilks

Main Character
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist.  Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.   Death and Resurrection by R A MacAvoy
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.   Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist.   Timeless by Gail Carriger
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.   Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist.  A Hundred Words for Hate by Thomas E. Sniegoski
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.   The Initiate Brother by Sean Russell

8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.   Hounded by Kevin Hearne
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists.  Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear


 

Notes
For books to qualify in any category, they must be at least 100 pages long.

You may double-count a maximum of three books in the Light Challenge and five books in the Full Challenge; however, a book may not count twice within the same category. 

 

 



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Well, I think I'm going to be about as good at this in 2012 as I was in 2011; but here goes.  (And I haven't totally decided on all of my categories.)

PART I
Choose three of the six categories.

High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world.
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.  An Artificial Night by Seanan Maguire
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.  Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel. Alamut by Judith Tarr
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic. First Truth by Dawn Cook
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
9. Read a novel with a quest plot.  Raven's Strike by Patricia Briggs
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.  Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts

Mythopoeia and Mythic Fiction
1. Read an epic poem.
2. Read a retelling of a European myth.
3. Read a retelling of an Asian myth. In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
4. Read a retelling of an African myth.
5. Read a retelling of an American myth. Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman
6. Read a retelling of an Oceanic myth.
7. Read a retelling of a Caribbean myth.
8. Read a revisionist fairy tale. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
9. Read something set in a shared universe.
10. Read something by one of the Inklings.

Science Fantasy
1. Read a novel where a traditional science fiction element is explained fantastically.
2. Read a novel where a traditional fantasy element is explained scientifically.  Blackout by Mira Grant
3. Read a novel where both science fictional elements and fantasy elements are treated as equally factual.  Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews
4. Read a Dying Earth novel.  Outside In by Maria Snyder
5. Read a Planetary Romance.
6. Read a Sword and Planet novel.
7. Read a novel set in a future with magic.
8. Read a novel with a computer/computers who are treated like gods.
9. Read a novel that involves psi powers.  Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
10. Read a Lost Colony novel where the colony has reverted to a feudal system of some sort.  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

PART II

Choose one of the three categories

Main Character -- complete for light challenge
1. Read a novel featuring a female protagonist. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
2. Read a novel featuring a protagonist of color.
3. Read a novel featuring a character who identifies as something other than heterosexual.
4. Read a novel featuring a married protagonist. Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs
5. Read a novel featuring a protagonist who is a parent.
6. Read a novel featuring a detective as the protagonist. A Local Habitation by Seanan Maguire
7. Read a novel featuring a religious official as the protagonist.
8. Read a novel featuring a magic-user as the protagonist.  Hounded by Kevin Hearne
9. Read a novel featuring an anti-hero as the protagonist.
10. Read a novel with multiple protagonists. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro



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High Fantasy
1. Read a fantasy set entirely in a secondary world, with no reference to this world. "The Blade Itself" Joe Abercrombie 1/18/12
2. Read a fantasy that begins in this world but quickly moves through a portal of some sort to a secondary world.
3. Read a Heroic Fantasy novel.
4. Read a Kingdom Fantasy novel.
5. Read a Sword and Sorcery novel.
6. Read a novel set in a world with magic. "Before They Are Hanged" Joe Abercrombie 1/21/12
7. Read a novel set in a world with no magic.
8. Read a novel that focuses on an entirely invented religion.
9. Read a novel with a quest plot
10. Read a novel set in a world at a pre-Medieval Europe level of technology.

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Bump for end of year edits. :)