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Subject: 2012 SF Challenge: Last thread
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 2:27 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/26/2012 2:31 PM ET
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How's everyone doing? 

Not double-counting anything, I finished the light one and the medium one is possible.  The full challenge is out of reach, if I'm not double-counting at all. 

 As always I'm reading too much that doesn't count for the challenge.  Just finished Hunger (Book 2 of the Gone series) by Michael Grant.

 Edit:  I think I'm going to go with the criteria in the 2011 challenge and allow myself 5 double-counts for the medium one.  Still can't see how I can reach and finish the full challenge though.



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Date Posted: 11/27/2012 2:03 AM ET
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I just finished How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu.  So I now have 4 more books to finish the full challenge.  Of course, the last few books are the hardest.

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Date Posted: 11/29/2012 12:33 PM ET
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I was reading a non-challenge book that I got from my sister and brother in-law.  I ordered some books from the library to fill in some challenge topics.  Now that I'm almost through with the book I'm reading, I've realized that it will work for the challenge.  So I checked and yep my requested book came in for that topic.  Sigh.

The upside of this is that I'm 1 book closer to getting the challenge completed (still pretty unlikely).



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Date Posted: 12/7/2012 8:54 AM ET
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Not having much luck finding something for the Tiptree Award category that I'm interested in.  That's two books I gave up quickly on - A Woman of the Iron People and Wild Life - because I didn't care for the writing style.  I remember liking Houston, Houston, Do you Read? by Triptree but so far still looking for a Triptree Award book.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2012 4:00 PM ET
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Have you considered China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh?  Or M John Harrison's Light? 

Date Posted: 12/7/2012 8:17 PM ET
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I read Fisherman of the Inland Sea a few weeks ago and it was decent.  I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read any of the Hanish series since the last few stories were set in that universe.

I tried to read A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park earlier this year and it was so awful I couldn't finish it. 

There's several fantasy ones I could recommend from the list, but this is the SF challenge, after all.

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Date Posted: 12/9/2012 11:46 AM ET
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Yeah, I probably should look at China Mountain Zhang, seems that it's well liked by people.

Melanti-  Not sure why, but it seems that fantasy for some reason I don't like much.  Seems like the writing is much more descriptive - maybe it's the "world building" that happens more in fantasy than Sci-Fi. 

Granted at times it's hard to tell where the difference is between SciFi and Fantasy.  I myself think of things like Dwarves, Unicorns, etc as being fantasy.  I find John Varley's Eight Worlds stores fantastic, but didn't like the first book of his Gaea series - which to me seemed more fantasy than Sci-Fi - but considering how much I love his other stuff I'll probably give Gaea another chance.

I really love Ursula K. LeGuin's ideas, but so far the only one I've liked is LeftHand of Darkness and even then I found it clunky reading because of all the jumping back and forth that happens.

 

 

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Date Posted: 12/19/2012 5:15 PM ET
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I'm thinking this is what I'd like for next year again and not the quarterly format.  Are there others who still want this format?  Do you want the this years format or the 2011 format or some sort of hybrid where it's both?

Date Posted: 12/22/2012 11:02 AM ET
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Go for it.

I was the only one who said that they liked the quarterly better, but I'd be happy with a yearly format instead.  It'd definitely be nice to have one active discussion thread rather than two.

I think at this point, whatever you want to put on the challenge will be fine with everyone else.

Date Posted: 12/23/2012 3:50 PM ET
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Tom H. just proposed a challenge in the other thread.