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Subject: SF Challenge DISCUSSION THREAD (9/10)
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 3:41 PM ET
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Rounding into the home stretch on the challenge!

So how has it been working for everyone? Has it forced you out of your comfort zone at all? Or have you been able to just fill all the categories with books from your TBR?

Also, it didn't sound like anybody wanted to add Tom's 29 new categories to this year's challenge, but was anybody in favor of extending the challenge to the end of the calendar year so that next year's challenge is in line with all the other challenges going around?

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 11:06 PM ET
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I might actually have some free time in December, so that would give me a shred of a chance of completing the challenge if we extended it until the end of the year. But either way I'm enjoying it, so I'm cool with whatever you guys want to do.

Subject: Thoughts
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 8:38 PM ET
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I'm cool with whatever you guys want to do

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Me too, basically.  

I think we should extend the timeline and start fresh in January.  Is it too soon to be discussing next years categories?

Tom's categories are open for discussion, right?  Just looking at   -a book from every decade?  Is that much of a challenge or do we need easy categories?

I know Tom has read all the nebula winners.  What about reading all the ______________insert your favorite award____________ winners?  Or better yet, the runners-up to a big award.  For a specific year?  Or any year? 

Definitely include the category for a writer you've never read before. 

I'll go think some more.  Gotta knuckle down and finish the 2010 challenge.................

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 8:56 PM ET
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This challenge hasn't gone that well for me.  The overall quality of the books I've read has been terrible.  I wish I could say I discovered something new and great, but I didn't.  As for extending the challenge...it doesn't matter to me one way or another, but I do think the new one should start with the new year.

I am not too picky about categories, but I liked my idea of reading 10 books by a single author.   

Date Posted: 9/8/2010 6:23 PM ET
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All right, so it sounds like the Oct. 31st end date isn't firm, but certainly still something people can work towards. We won't start next year's challenge until January though.

I've started a new thread to discuss next year's challenge -- and yes, there definitely WILL be a challenge next year, because I've had a lot of fun with this one. :)

Subject: clarification on the challenge
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:21 AM ET
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How would you guys feel about counting a 111 page novella in the challenge?  The one I am thinking of was published as the bigger half of a Tor Double, so it's not a whole "book", although I have seen books that short.

Either answer is ok with me.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 11:30 AM ET
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I'd count it, Tom.  There were no page minimums set out, and like you said, I've seen complete books that short.  I've counted at least one H.G. Wells novel that was under 100 pages.

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:13 PM ET
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I counted a 109-page novella. I pretty much thought of 100 pages as a reasonable cutoff. :)
Subject: The Carpet Makers, by Andreas Eschbach
Date Posted: 9/25/2010 11:59 PM ET
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Finished #17: Work originally written in another language
Filled with: The Carpet Makers, by Andreas Eschbach
Other categories this work would fill: Soft/Social SF; Work with a third-person limited, multi-perspective viewpoint; Work set in a human interstellar empire.

My capsule review: Dark, intellectual, and with a definite European undertone, but the more I think about it the more I feel it's absolutely brilliant. It's an understated read, but there's some seriously potent horror in the ending and nary a wasted word leading up to it.

My full review, no spoilers: http://community.livejournal.com/sf_book_reviews/104573.html