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Subject: Let's choose ten categories for 4Q 2012 /completed
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 1:53 PM ET
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For the third year in a row, we are having a year-long science fiction reading challenge on this forum.  And starting in 2012 we're having quarterly group-consensus topical challenges as well.  This process resulted in the Full Spectrum Challenge that ran January 1 through March 31, the Firsts Challenge that ran April 1 through June 30, and the Awards Challenge that started July 1 and will end September 30.  For 4Q 2012, running from October 1 through December 31, we have just selected "Mount TBR Challenge"  in a Lets Choose Topics thread.

From a high level, the selection process works like this:

  • Step 1 - Select a broad topic within Science Fiction, before the quarter starts.
  • Step 2 - Select ten categories within that broad topic, before the quarter starts.
  • Step 3 - Read a book for any 3, any 6, or all 10 categories, within the quarter.

This thread is for purposes of Step 2.  I will start the ten-category nomination process by putting "NOMINATE NOW" in the headline of this thread, and by seeding some nominations.  Any one else can nominate additional categories, and we will discuss for at least three days, on this thread.  After that time, I will change the headline of this thead to say "VOTE NOW", and keep the poll open for at least another three days. 

Then I'll close the poll and post the final ten category list for the challenge.  Seed nominations will be in my next post.

-Tom Hl.



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Subject: seed nominations
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 2:03 PM ET
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Our broad topic is "Mount TBR".  Remember that to quality as To-Be-Read for purposes of this challenge, a book must have been physically on your bookshelf, or downloaded onto your e-reader, before October 1, 2012.   I'm seeding the process with the following ten nominations:

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author

Please give your thoughts about these categories, nominate others if I missed something you want to see.  There are a lot more possibilities I can imagine, but please let's keep them reasonably broad - everyone will have a fixed list of titles to pick from.  (Personally, I have about 50).  I'll announce the start of voting after discussion settles down, in at least three days.

-Tom Hl.

Subject: nominations
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 7:46 PM ET
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TBR SF novel inspiring a movie

 

HEY Tom - did you know they were making Cloud Atlas into a movie?  Well I'll be.......

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or downloaded onto your e-reader, before October 1, 2012   sweet !!!!

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only 50??????



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Date Posted: 9/12/2012 11:23 PM ET
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TBR SF You were really excited about but have somehow never got around to reading.

I've been hunting for Cloud Atlas for awhile now.  I've heard it's good.

 

And I only have about 50 SF books on my TBR pile too...  But 300+ fantasies.

Date Posted: 9/13/2012 1:37 PM ET
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Zylyn,

   TBR SF novel inspiring a movie

Would that include novels inspired by a movie as well, or just the one direction?

   did you know they were making Cloud Atlas into a movie? 

It's news to me; sounds interesting.  Have you seen the trailer for the movie version of Anathem?  I just rewatched the 4-5 hour miniseries version of Dune last week.  One of the production notes described that the novel Dune was inspiration for Star Wars.  Makes sense; I can see some parallels.  (But the plot and concepts in Dune are so much better!)  Of course the miniseries was made after Star Wars and the cinematographic influence may have flowed back.

 

Melanti,

   I've been hunting for Cloud Atlas for awhile now.  I've heard it's good.

I read my son's copy, and liked it.  There was some discussion on this thread.

  

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 9/13/2012 5:27 PM ET
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Info on the movie Cloud Atlas at IO9.   There's also several trailers on YouTube.  I haven't read/watched any, cause I don't want too many spoilers.  I'll have to look for it a bit harder, I guess.

Date Posted: 9/13/2012 9:19 PM ET
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I was thinking just the one direction -  "........based on a book by Neal Stephenson"   etc.

the movie version of Anathem   - Really???  I'll look for it.....   Uh, I haven't read the book yet.  Been meaning to, but I don't even have a copy in my TBR pile.

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Can't really get my head around a movie version of Anathem.  I'm almost afraid of what Hollywood could do to it.

For Mt TBR, how about

TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before

 

Date Posted: 9/15/2012 9:43 AM ET
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Can't really get my head around a movie version of Anathem.  I'm almost afraid of what Hollywood could do to it.

To make it fit into an under 2 hour format, the Hollywood version of Dune became incoherent fragments of the original plot  Same thing could happen here.  The Anathem trailer makes it seem a little like The DaVinci Code.  Shudder.

TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before

That was actually in my mind as a seed category, but I hit ten and thought I should stop.  Thanks.

-Tom Hl.



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Subject: nominations so far
Date Posted: 9/17/2012 8:56 PM ET
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Unless there are more nominations, I will put these 13 to a vote Tuesday evening.

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
Date Posted: 9/18/2012 7:54 PM ET
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The poll is now open to select the ten categories of our 4Q 2012 SF Challenge "Mount TBR".  Each voter, whether they have partipated in the process up to this point or not, gets to vote for not more than 10 categories, and I will tabulate the winners some time after the poll closes on Friday September 21 at 11:59pm CST.  I will break ties if necessary.  At that time I will post the resulting challenge on a new tracking thread and a new discussion thread.

I didn't feel there were enough categories for good differentiation with 10 votes each, so I've added a few more (#14 to #16).  If you don't like that, vote against those.

In order to vote, you can cut and paste the following block - and either cross out or delete the categories you don't want.  You may come back and re-edit your vote up until the time polls close.

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)


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Date Posted: 9/18/2012 8:21 PM ET
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OK, my choices are:

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)



 

Date Posted: 9/18/2012 11:00 PM ET
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  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)

I hope I do better this challenge......smiley



 

Date Posted: 9/19/2012 11:00 AM ET
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I'm trying to convince myself that adding books to my Mt. TBR specifically for this challenge kind of defeats the purpose of it.  I haven't been entirely successful.

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)
Subject: TomHl's votes
Date Posted: 9/19/2012 12:00 PM ET
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Personally, I'm combining this challenge with a moratorium on book acquisition.  Making room for holiday gifts on my shelf.  smiley

Mostly I voting away from categories for which the pickings are currently slim on my own Mount TBR.

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #6 TBR SF novel told in first person
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #8 TBR SF novel with young adult main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #16 Someone else's SF book, that you promised to read (promise made before the challenge started)


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Date Posted: 9/20/2012 11:59 AM ET
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Personally, I'm combining this challenge with a moratorium on book acquisition

Sadly, I don't have that kind of willpower.  There's the next Vorkosigan book and Valente is releasing 2 more - One is the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated... and the other is the 3rd in the Prestor John trilogy.  All 3 of which I may buy the day of release.  I haven't decided if I'll buy Butcher's Cold Days or not, but that's coming out too.

And that doesn't take all the "hey, this is too good of a sale to pass up" books and freebie books into account.  No wonder my TBR pile keeps growing and growing and growing.

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 12:47 PM ET
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Miles AND Dresden ! ! ! !  WOO HOO !!!!!!

and a new Iain Banks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YAY! 



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Date Posted: 9/20/2012 2:04 PM ET
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I think the latest Vorkosigan book actually stars Ivan, not Miles.  It should be awesome.  I've almost bought the e-arc a dozen times the last couple of months.  Just a month and a half more to wait!

 

Subject: poll is closed
Date Posted: 9/22/2012 9:52 AM ET
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Here is a tabulation of the voting

Categories that received 4 votes

  • #5 TBR SF book most recently published
  • #13 TBR SF novel by an author you have never read before
  • #14 TBR SF book that you had planned to read for some other previously-closed challenge

Categories that received 3 votes

  • #1 TBR SF book that has languished the longest on your shelf
  • #3 TBR SF book in the most deplorable condition on your shelf
  • #4 TBR SF novel in a series you have already started
  • #7 TBR SF novel with alien or post-human or artificial intelligence main character
  • #9 TBR SF novel male author
  • #10 TBR SF novel female author

Categories that received 2 votes

  • #2 TBR SF book received as an unrequested gift
  • #12 TBR SF you were really excited about, but have somehow never got around to reading
  • #15 TBR SF book for which you paid full cover price
  • #11 TBR SF novel inspiring a movie

Because we want exactly ten categories, only one of the 1-vote categories can be included.  I chose to include #2 for the entirely selfish reason that I have a quite a few of those on my own Mount TBR.  In consideration of individuals who may have voted against that category because they had no unrequested gift books, I am expanding it to include *any* gift book.

I will post the tracking thread and the discussion thread shortly.

-Tom Hl.