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Subject: 2013 Fantasy Challenge -- LISTS ONLY THREAD
Date Posted: 12/8/2012 10:58 PM ET
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2013 Fantasy Challenge
a.k.a "The create your own challenge" challenge

Instructions
Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books 
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Literary theme

  • Coming of Age
  • Man vs. Nature
  • Man vs. Society
  • Man vs. God
  • Good vs. Evil
  • Appearance vs. Reality

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species
  • occupation
  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (YA, college age, career oriented, midlife crisis, etc.)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-fantasy genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award (Best new author, lifetime achievement, etc)
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole
  • Published in same year or decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)
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I'm going to shoot for the overachiever option.
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Finished with 8 categories, 10 themes

Author Themes: New to me authors

  1. The Haunted Mesa by Louis L'Amour - Finished 1/28
  2. Seed by Ania Ahlborn - Finished 2/9
  3. Hannah's Garden by Midori Snyder - Finished 2/22
  4. Redwall by Brian Jacques - Finished 4/15
  5. The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber - Finished 5/24

Award Themes:  Nominated in same year (2013)  -- Extra theme

  1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - Finished 2/28
  2. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy - Finished 6/24
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - Finished 3/5
  4. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce - Finished 3/29
  5. The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell - Finished 7/4

Award Themes:  Specific Award Winner/Nominee (Mythopoeic)

  1. Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Finished 1/5
  2. Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson - Finished 1/16
  3. The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey - Finished 3/13
  4. Flesh and Spirit/Breath and Bone by Carol Berg - Finished 4/18
  5. The Ancient One by T.A. Barron - Finished 6/22

Character Themes: Occupation (innkeeper/ innkeeper's family)

  1. Truth Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn - Finished 3/9
  2. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine - Finished 6/15
  3. Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt -  Finished 7/2
  4. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen - 7/22 (sort of... B&B not yet open)
  5. The Hunter's Haunt by Dave Duncan - 9/21
  6. Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle - 10/3

Inspirational Theme:  Based off same fairytale (Bluebeard)

  1. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut - Finished 1/3 (Not Fantasy)
  2. Blue DIary by Alice Hoffman - Finished 9/5
  3. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood - Finished 9/30 (Similar Story)
  4. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi - Finished 7/19
  5. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson - Finished 7/27

Inspirational Theme:  Based off same fairytale (Cinderella)

  1. The Coachman Rat by David Wilson - Finished 1/7
  2. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James - Finished 2/27 (Not fantasy)
  3. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey - Finished 3/14
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Finished 5/1
  5. I Was a Rat! by Philip Pulman - Finished 10/14

Literary Themes: Coming of Age

  1. Bear Daughter by Judith Berman - Finished 1/28
  2. Book of Knights by Yves Meynard - Finished 2/13
  3. The Child Thief by Brom - Finished 3/19  (In a very twisted sort of way!)
  4. Illyra by Elizabeth Hand - Finished 6/16
  5. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury - Finished 8/12

Setting element: English Countryside (Still hoping to finish Labyrinths)

  1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - Finished 4/14
  2. Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey - Finished 6/19
  3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Finished 7/2
  4. Hood by Stephen Lawhead - Finished 8/6
  5. Watership Down by Richard Adams - Finished 8/24

Setting Specific: Same City (London)

  1. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie - Finished 2/27
  2. Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson - Finished 3/3
  3. Thicker than Water by Mike Carey - Finished 5/29
  4. Soulless by Gail Carriger - Finished 5/13
  5. How to Make Friends with Demons by Grahmn Joyce - Finished 6/9

Structure: Anthology with a Frame Story

  1. In the Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu - Finished 4/16
  2. Kissing the Witch by Emma Donnague - Finished 6/18
  3. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi - Finished 7/19 (double count)
  4. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury - Finished 8/12 (double count)
  5. The Hunter's Haunt by Dave Duncan - Finished 9/21 (double count)

Unrelated Themes:  New Releases (Published in 2013)

  1. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente - Finished 6/17
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - Finished 7/3
  3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson - Finished 7/27 (double count)
  4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Finished 8/4
  5. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Catherynne M. Valente - 10/17
  6. The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint - 11/3
  7. Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson - 11/6
  8. NOS4A2  by Joe Hill - 11/23

 

 

Inspirational Theme:  Books that inspired Lois McMaster Bujold

  1. A Civil Campain by Georgette Heyer - Finished 5/8
  2. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers - Finished 6/7 (Hoping to read my way up to Gaudy Night)  
  3. Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Connan Doyle - Finished 1/25
  4. Beat to Quarters (Horatio Hornblower) by C.S. Forester - Finished 9/19
  5. Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
  6. T. H. Lawrence

Setting element: Labyrinths  (Have completed alternative, but would still like to complete this category)

  1. Labyrinth by Catherynne Valente
  2. The Innamorati by Midori Snyder
  3. Melusine by Sarah Monette ??
  4. Walking the Labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein
  5. Black Light by Elizabeth Hand - Finished 5/14 (very, very confusing house - gets lost even when knows the way)
  6. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - Finished 4/8 (Very, very confusing house, refered to as labrynth)

Unrelated Themes: Published by the Same Small Press (Nightshade Books)

  1. How to Make Friends with Demons by Grahmn Joyce - Finished 6/9
  2. The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells - Finished 6/14
  3. Wastelands (anthology) - Finished 8/29
  4. Of Blood and Honey/And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht - 12/1
  5. Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio
  6. Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey
  7. Seed by Rob Ziegler

 



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Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme  = 30 books

Character theme

Disabled or disfigured

  1. The Curse of Chalion by Bujold (6/2/13) 4.5 stars
  2. The Girl with Glass Feet by Shaw (4/16/13) 4 stars
  3. The Scar by Dyachenko & Dyachenko (4/9/13) 4 stars
  4. Elric of Melnibone by Moorcock (3/2/13) 3.5 stars
  5. The Prince of Thorns by Lawrence (12/30/13) 2.5 stars

Particular talent (magic user) 

  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Clarke (5/5/13) 5 stars 
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Taylor (8/17/13) 5 stars
  3. The Last Enchantment by Stewart (3/23/13) 4 stars
  4. The High Lord by Canavan (9/6/13) 4 stars
  5. Wit'ch Fire by Clemens (10/20.13) 2.5 stars

Setting Element 

Other: Kingdoms

  1. The Wicked Day by Stewart (12/7/13) 4.5 stars
  2. Myrren's Gift by McIntosh (9/15/13) 3 stars
  3. Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold by Brooks (2/24/13)  3 stars
  4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by Jemison (2/4/13) 3 stars
  5. The Magician King by Grossman (6/8/13) 2.5 stars

Author Themes 

New-to-you authors  

  1. The Stolen Child by Donohue (1/27/13) 4.5 stars
  2. Shadow and Bone by Bardugo (10/26/13) 4.5 stars
  3. The Emperor's Soul by Sanderson (12/31/13) 4.5 stars
  4. The Thief's Gamble by McKenna (11/29/13) 4 stars
  5. The Last Unicorn by Beagle (1/6/13) 2.5 stars  

Unrelated Themes

Young Adult

  1. Siege and Storm by Bardugo (11/3/13) 4 stars
  2. Insurgent by Roth (12/29/13) 3.5 stars
  3. Ruins by Card (4/30/12) 3.5 stars
  4. The Novice by Canavan (8/12/13) 3 stars
  5. The Drowned Cities by Bacigalupi (2/26/13) (2.5 stars)

First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole

  1. The Briar King by Keyes (6/25/13) 4 stars
  2. Firethorn by Micklem (8/3/13) 4 stars
  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Lynch (10/4/13) 4 stars
  4. Hounded by Hearne (10/16/13) 4 stars
  5. The Magician's Guild by Canavan (8/5/13) 3.5 stars


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2013 Fantasy Challenge-Completed Full challenge
a.k.a "The create your own challenge" challenge

Instructions
Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization. For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Literary theme

Coming of Age

1.  A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette

2.  Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson

3.

4.

5.

Man vs. Nature

Man vs. Society

Man vs. God

1. Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

2. The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

3. Divine MIsfortune by A Lee Martinez

4. ReDeus: Divine Tales edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg

5. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

Good vs. Evil

Appearance vs. Reality

Character theme

nationality/race/species

occupation

appearance

disabled or disfigured

particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)

stage in life (YA, college age, career oriented, midlife crisis, etc.)  Young Adult

1.  Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

2.  Dust City by Robert Paul Eston

3.  Flyte by Angie Sage

4.  Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman

5.  The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Location/Time Theme

Specific town

Country (other than the US)

Specific time period

Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)

Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)

Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc) Zombies

1.  Blackout by Mira Grant

2.  Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux

3.  Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse by Lost Zombies

4.  The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer

5.  The First Days: As the World Dies by Rhiannon Frater

Setting Element

Small towns (general)

Big cities (general)

Wartime (general)

Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)

Post-apocalyptic (general)

Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etcSchools

1.  Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

2.

3.

4.

5.

Inspirational Theme
Note: For this category, you may use non-fantasy genre books as required.

Books inspired by a particular author

Books that inspired a particular author

Books based off the same fairy tale/myth

Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)

Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows

1.  Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

2.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

3.

4.

5.

Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

Generational saga

Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)

Alternates between time periods

Alternates between viewpoints

Separate but related stories or viewpoints

Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

1.   Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow

2.   The Urban Fantasy Anthology  edited by Peter S Beagle and Joe R Lansdale

3.   Firebirds Soaring edited by Sharyn November

 4.  Muse and Reverie by Charles De Lint

5.   Best American Fantasy edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

Author Themes

Single author   Brandon Sanderson

1.  The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

2.  The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

3.  Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

4.  The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

5.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Authors of same nationality  American Women

1.  Palimpset by Catherine M Valente

2.  Devlin's Luck by Patricia Bray

3.  Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

4.  Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

5.  Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks

Authors of same ethnicity/race

Authors in translation

Non-contemporary authors of same time frame

New-to-you authors

1.   Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale

2.   Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

3.   The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper

4.   Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

5.   Goblin Quest by Jim C Hines

Awards Themes

Winners/Nominees of same awards   World Fantasy Award

1.  Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (winner 2008)

2.   Replay by Ken Grimwood (winner 1988)

3.   Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (nominee 2009)

4.   Boy's Life by Robert R McCammon (winner 1992)

5.   Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand (nominee 1995)

Winners/Nominees of any award from same year

Winners/Nominees of multiple awards

Books from authors who won the same career based award (Best new author, lifetime achievement, etc)

Books on same published or posted list

Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

Part of same sub-genre  Alternate Histories of the Victorian Age

1.  New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear

2.  The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

3.   Dead Iron by Devon Monk

4.   Touch of Steel by Kate Cross

5.   Ganymede by Cherie Priest

First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole

Published in same year or decade  Published in the Current Year (2013)

1.  Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (published 2013)

2.  Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon (published 2013)

3.  Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein (published 2013)

4.  Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (published 2013)

5.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (published 2013)

Published by same press or imprint

Non-fiction related to genre or author

Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)

Waiting to determine theme:

Krispos Rising by Harry Turtledove

World Without End by Sean Russell

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay

Goblin Hero by Jim C Hines

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

 



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Number of books

Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme = 15 books

 

Author Themes -- New-to-Me Authors

Point of Hopes, by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett. Start date: 3/22/13. Finish date: 3/23/13. Rating: 4 stars. Review.

A Great and Terrible Beautyby Libba Bray. Start date: 4/14/13. Finish date: 4/14/13. Rating: 2 1/2 stars.

Ship of Souls, by Zetta Elliott. Start date: 4/22/13. Finish date: 4/24/13. Rating: 2 stars. Review.

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett

The Enterprise of Death, by Jesse Bullington

Indigo Springs, by A.M. Dellamonica

Acacia, by David Anthony Durham

Half-World, by Hiromi Goto

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

Wizard of the Pigeons, by Megan Lindholme

The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch

The Affinity Bridge, by George Mann

Never Knew Another, by J.M. McDermott

Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire

Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara

Black Blade Blues, by J.A. Pitts

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Cast in Shadow, by Michelle Sagara

Imaro, by Charles Saunders

Mechanique, by Genevieve Valentine

Elfland, by Freda Warrington

In Great Waters, by Kit Whitfield

Sexing the Cherry, by Jeanette Winterson

 

Awards Themes -- Nominees of same award (Mythopoeic Award)

The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker. Start date: 5/30/13. Finish date: 5/30/13. Rating: 4 stars. Review.

The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood

The Innkeeper's Song, by Peter S. Beagle

War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull

The Nightingale, by Kara Dalkey

Someplace to be Flying, by Charles de Lint

Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones

 

Unrelated Themes -- Oddities (Single Author Short Story Collections)

Moscow But Dreaming, by Ekaterina Sedia. Start date: 1/6/12. Finish date: 1/31/12. Rating: 3 stars.

The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter

Smoke and Mirrors, by Neil Gaiman

Red Spikes, by Margo Lanagan

Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link

The Wise Woman and Other Stories, by George MacDonald

Harrowing the Dragon, by Patricia McKillip

A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories, by Robin McKinley

The Girl With No Hands, by Angela Slatter



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!!! Light Challenge - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme = 15 books !!!

Literary them: Good vs. Evil

  1. The Uncrowned King by Michelle West
  2. ...
  3. ...
  4. ...
  5. ...

Location/Time Theme: Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)

  1. The Hidden Land by Sarah Isidore
  2. ...
  3. ...
  4. ...
  5. ...

Structure Themes: Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

  1. The Faery Reel by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow COMPLETED 2/4
  2. The Year's Best Fantasy 5 by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer COMPLETED 10/13
  3. Queen Victoria's Book of Spells by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow COMPLETED 4/24
  4. Unfettered by Shawn Speakman COMPLETED 9/29
  5. The Ravens of Falkenau and Other Stories by Jo Graham COMPLETED 1/5
  6. Songs of Love and Death by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin COMPLETED 3/24


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Not sure what I will read yet so I will list them all.  I tend to jump all over the categories and read whatever strikes my fancy.  Have been thinking about going back to my list from 2012 and reading those I did not get to read during the year.  Moved to the medium read!  Having great fun with this year's challenge!

Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books 
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Literary theme 

  • Coming of Age:  Firespell by Chloe Neill, 4/5/2013, 3 stars,  Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede, 11/1/2013, 3 stars, Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon, 12/7/2013, 4 stars.
  • Man vs. Nature
  • Man vs. Society
  • Man vs. GodR
  • Good vs. Evil:  Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop, 1/7/2012, 5 stars; Wings by Aprilynne Pike, 3/9/2013, 2.5 stars,  Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, 4.5 stars, 4/15/2013,  Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, 5/8/2013, 3.5 stars,  The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester, 6/19/2013, 4 stars for YA and 3 stars for adult; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, 8/5/2013, 5 stars.
  • Appearance vs. Reality

Character theme (Dragons - The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede:  1.  Dealing with Dragons,  1/4/2013  3 stars  2.  Searching for Dragons, 1/11/2013, 3.5 stars  3.  Calling for Dragons, 1/22/2013, 3 stars, 4.  Talking to Dragons, 4/19/2013, 4 stars), outside of the chronicles:   5. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, 8/6/2013, 3.5 stars,

  • nationality/race/species - Dragons
  • occupation
  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured:  Cinder by Melissa Meyer, 9/2/2013, 4 stars. Scarlet by Melissa Meyer, 9/12/2013, 4.5 stars,
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc):  The Eagles' Brood by Jack Whyte, told by Merlin, a magic user of "some" note, 4 stars, 3/31/2013, Firespell by Chloe Neill, 4/5/2013, 3 stars , Leprechauns by Craig Shaw Gardner, 4/2013, light read, 3 stars - good for YA, Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, 3.5 stars, 5/8/2012, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, 5 stars, 6/1/2013,  The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester, 6/19/2013, 4 stars for YA, 3 stars for adult.
  • stage in life (YA, college age, career oriented, midlife crisis, etc.):  Wings by Aprilynne Pike, 3/9/2013, 2.5 starsFirespell by Chloe Neill, 4/5/2013, 3 stars, Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede, 11/1/2013, 3 stars, Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon, 12/7/2013, 4 stars, and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis, 11/28/2013, 4 stars.

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic:  Wool - Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey, 2/2013, 5 stars,  The Dirt Eaters by Dennis Foon, 9/21/2013, 4.5 stars; Ship Breaker by Paolo Baqcigalupi (wind energy has replaced fuel run ships), 6/19/2013, 4 stars,  Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth  6/25/2013, 3.5 stars (asteroid hits moon and causes devastation and chaos on earth); Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, 8/5/2013, 5 stars.

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general):  Firespell by Chloe Neill, 4/5/2013, 3 stars, Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, 3.5 stars, 5/8/2013. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, (New Beijing), 9/2/2013, 4 stars, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Paris and New Beijing), 9/12/2013. 4.5 stars, Thunderbird Falls by C.E. Murphy (Seattle), 10/2/1013, 4 stars; Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Chicago), 11/20/2013,4 ,5 stars
  • Wartime (general):  Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold, 4 stars, 12/8/2014 (Well written and certainly not my last read by this author!   It would have earned five stars except I felt it became wordy in places near the end.)  
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general):  As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott, 8/13/2013, 4 stars (alternate realities)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-fantasy genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows:  Leprechauns by Criag Shaw Gardner, 4/2013, 3 stars, good YA read
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes  (Paranormal investigations?  Jim Butcher series after Storm Front - have six on shelf - 1.  Fool Moon, 2.  Grave Peril, 3.  Death Masks, 4.  Summer King, 5.  Changes, 6.  Turn Coat

  • Generational sagaTur
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors:  1.  The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison, 12/31/2013/ 4 stars 2.  The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, 5 stars, 6/12012, 3.  The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles #1) by Chris d'Lacey, 12/29/2013. 4 stars 4.  Storm Front by Jim Butcher, 12/25/2013. 4.5 stars;  5.  The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, 3//5/2013

Awards Themes  Hugo - Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - finished 1/3/2013, 3 starsThe Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, 1/14/2013, 4 stars; Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, 4/7/2013, 3 stars; Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, 10/26/2013, 4 starsJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, 11/30/2013, 3 stars

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards (Hugo Award)
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award (Best new author, lifetime achievement, etc)
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole
  • Published in same decade:   Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop (2012), 1/7/2013, 5 stars, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (2012), 1/21/2013, 4 stars, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde(2012), 3.5 stars, funny entertaining YA read, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, 9/12/2013, 4.5 stars, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, 11/4/2013,  4 stars (2013).
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author, 
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc):  Death The Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman,  (not sure where else to put this one so I'll put it here), 6/27/2013, 4 stars.
 


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Not sure how much or which I will do, so I am just putting it all for now until I have time to figure it out.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Literary theme

  • Coming of Age
  • Man vs. Nature
  • Man vs. Society
  • Man vs. God
  • Good vs. Evil
  • Appearance vs. Reality

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species
  • occupation
  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (YA, college age, career oriented, midlife crisis, etc.)

Location/Time Theme

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme
Note: For this category, you may use non-fantasy genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award (Best new author, lifetime achievement, etc)
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole
  • Published in same year or decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc) 
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Not sure which I'll shoot for but I'm game.  Current Choices are based off what I found off goodreads.

Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books

Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books 
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

Read

Literary theme

  • Coming of Age
  1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Man vs. Nature 
  1. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Man vs. Society
  1. Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind 
  • Man vs. God
  1. Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen
  • Good vs. Evil
  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  3. Redwall by Brian Jacques
  4. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - Finished 2/10/13
  5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Appearance vs. Reality

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species (Elves)
  1. Maze of Moonlight by Gael Baudino - Finished 1/13/13
  • occupation (Detective/P.I.)  - May also do necromancer 
  1. Dark War by Tim Waggoner - Finished 1/29/13  (Detective/P.I.)
  2. Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow - Finished 2/18/13 (Necromancer)
  3. Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green
  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc) (Magic User)
  1. Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey - Finished 6/16/13
  2. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - Finished 6/21/13
  • stage in life (YA, college age, career oriented, midlife crisis, etc.)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  1. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik - Finished 2/04/13
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-fantasy genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  1. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (War General) - Finished 2/4/13
  2. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow (Necromancer) - Finished 2/10/13
  3. Hounded by Kevin Hearne (Magic User) - Finished 6/21/13

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award (Best new author, lifetime achievement, etc)
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or fantasy as a whole
  • Published in same year or decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)
  •  
 


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I've decided not to participate in this challenge this year after-all.

I look forward to seeing what the challenge will be next year...

 

Books inspired by a particular author - Shadowfall by James Clemens (Inspired by James Rollins) ***** finished 5/18/13



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Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books  (That's it...looks like 10 books)

AUTHOR THEMES - NEW TO ME

     1. Sweet Silver Blues - Glen Cook  12/2

     2.  Drowning City - Amanda Downum

     3.  Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson

     4.  The Gypsy - Steven Brust, Megan Lindholm 12/27

     5.  The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie  10/3

UNRELATED THEMES - FOUNDATION NOVEL OF SERIES

     1.  Beguiling Knife - Lois McMaster Bujold

     2.  Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop

     3.  Transformation - Carol Berg 9/21

     4.  Briar King - Greg Keyes

     5.  Nine Princes in amber - Roger Zelazny 12/6

SETTING ELEMENT - WARTIME (GENERAL) (Doubles for high fantasy with wars, sort of)

     1.  A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin 9/2

     2.  Five Hundred Years After - Steven Brust 2/10

     3.  Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie 10/22

     4.  Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie  11/9

     5.  Cold Days - Jim Butcher 1/18

 



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What a crazy challenge...I'm in!

Instructions
Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books 
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books