Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 A-Z Challenge

2010 A-Z Challenge
January 1 - December 31, 2010

How does this reading challenge work? Choose the option that works best for you...

Authors -- Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
Titles -- Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
Authors & Titles -- Commit to reading 52 books

I will read 26 books alphabetically by author:

A: Boris Akunin. The Winter Queen -- finished 2/26/2010
B: Melissa Bank. The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing -- finished 3/16/2010
C: Ana Castillo. Peel My Love Like an Onion -- finished 4/14/2010
E: David and Leigh Eddings. The Redemption of Althalus -- finished 4/3/2010
F: Mark Frost. The List of Seven -- finished 3/10/2010
G: Bea Gonzalez. The Mapmaker's Opera -- finished 1/17/2010
H: Sophie Hannah. Hurting Distance -- finished 3/5/2010
J: Iris Johansen. Final Target -- finished 1/26/2010
K: Julie Kaewert. Unbound -- finished 2/5/2010
L: Kelly Link. Stranger Things Happen -- finished 2/11/2010
M: Elizabeth Moon. The Speed of Dark -- finished 3/10/2010
N: Larry Niven. Tales of Known Space -- finished 2/22/2010
O: Heather O'Neil. Lullabies for Little Criminals -- finished 2/23/2010
P: Sara Paretsky. Total Recall -- finished 6/10/2010
R: J.D. Robb. Witness in Death -- finished 4/17/2010
S: Asne Seierstad. The Bookseller of Kabul -- finished 2/16/2010
T: Daniel Tammet. Born on a Blue Day -- finished 6/22/2010
V: Vernor Vinge. Marooned in Real Time -- finished 2/13/2010
W: Jincy Willett. Winner of the National Book Award -- finished 3/2/2010
X: Garth Nix. Mister Monday -- finished 12/23/2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010

Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010
January 1 - December 31, 2010

This challenge has four levels:

Inquisitive - 3 books
Enthusiastic - 6 books
Addicted - 12 books
Obsessed - 24 books

I will add my books as I read them. Who knows what level I'll reach?

Scott Sigler. Contagious - finished 1/17/2010
Kelly Link. Stranger Things Happen -- finished 2/11/2010
Vernor Vinge. Marooned in Real Time -- finished 2/13/2010
Larry Niven. Tales of Known Space -- finished 2/22/2010
Terri Windling. The Wood Wife -- finished 3/2/2010
Lois Lowry. Gathering Blue -- finished 3/3/2010
David and Leigh Eddings. The Redemption of Althalus -- finished 4/4/2010
Edmund Cooper. Sea-Horse in the Sky -- finished 4/7/2010
Matthew Cook. Blood Magic -- finished 4/22/2010
Eoin Colfer. The Wish List -- finished 5/5/2010
Terry Brooks. The Sword of Shannara -- finished 5/22/2010
Will Shetterly. Elsewhere -- finished 5/29/2010
David G. Hartwell, ed. The Year's Best Fantasy -- finished 6/30/2010
Glen Cook. The Black Company -- finished 7/21/2010
Esther Friesner. Here be Demons -- finished 8/9/2010
Iain M. Banks. Excession -- finished 11/7/2010
Fredrik Pohl. Beyond the Blue Event Horizon -- finished 12/20/2010
Garth Nix. Mister Monday -- finished 12/23/2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

First sentence:

"They had tried to destroyed the Will, but that proved beyond their power."


"Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is supposed to die. But then he meets sinister Mister Monday and everything changes.


Dare Arthur enter and accept the fate that awaits him within? -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this first book of the Keys to the Kingdom series. Iliked how Arthur learned to believe in himself and how he interacted with Suzy and the Will. I look forward to reading the next book, Grim Tuesday.

Date read: 12/23/2010
Book #: 53
Series: Keys to the Kingdom, #1
Challenges: Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge; A-Z Challenge 2010
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0007175019
ISBN-13: 9780007175017
Publisher: Collins
Year: 2003
# of pages: 425
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing page

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl

First sentence:

"It was not easy to live, being young, being so completely alone."


Robinette Broadhead, made rich by the Gateway mission that had cost him the woman he loved, joined in bankrolling an expedition to the Food Factory a Heechee spaceship found beyond the obit of Pluto and designed to graze the cometary cloud and transform the basic elements of the universe into untold quantities of food.

Broadhead thought his motives were simple enough, a gamble on a breakthrough that could end famine forever and would make him the wealthiest man in history. But his understanding, tough-minded wife knew something else drove her husband, a vision of his lost love: poised forever at the 'event horizon' of a black hole. . .where Robin had abandoned her.

Every scrap of Heechee lore that could be brought back and interpreted increased the chance that he would someday, somehow be able to reach and perhaps even rescue his beloved Gelle-Klara Moynlin.

After three and a half years, messages came back from the expedition that electrified the wold: the Food Factory was still working. . .they found a human aboard. . .they had discoveed the key to the use of a whole new level of technology. . .

And, it appeared they had found the Heechee!

My thoughts:

I liked this science fiction book about discovery and relationships. I noticed that although there were spaceships and colonization of other worlds, the communication problems resembled pre-telegraph days.

Date read: 12/20/2010
Book #: 52
Series: The Heechee Saga, #2
Challenge: Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0345275357
ISBN-13: 9780345275356
Publisher: Del Rey
Year: 1980
# of pages: 309
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
LibraryThing page