Group reads, challenges etc 2015

Space by Stephan MartieniereEven before 2015 had arrived the first not-a-challenge of the new year had begun, Carl’s Sci Fi Experience began in December of 2014 and will run til the end of January 2015. It has a simple goal, to help people enjoy science fiction, whether in book, film, gaming, or however. It is “an opportunity to experience the wonder of science fiction, whether that be through reading, viewing, gaming and/or art appreciation.” If you are joining in you can link your review on the 2015 Sci-Fi Experience review site.

I’m on more of a fantasy kick at the moment, but I’m hoping to read a few sci-fi short stories if nothing else.

As in the past few years The Sci-Fi Experience is running in conjunction with The Vintage Science Fiction not-a-challenge. If you are reading along with that you can link your reviews here.

    My Sci-Fi experience reading :

  • Symbiont by Mira Grant – parasite zombies take over San Francisco, and the world.
  • Inverted World by Christopher Priest – a man grows up in a moving city. And much more than that. As this was published in 1974 it counts as Vintage as well.

gothic copyThe Gothic Fiction Challenge.

hosted by Books under the bed and is all about getting readers to experience Gothic Fiction, i.e. Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. The read along books are :

  • January: Castle Otranto, Walpole, 1764 (where it all began)
  • February: ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’, Elizabeth Gaskell (short story can be found here)
  • March: Rebecca, Daphne du |Maurier
  • April: Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake (POC writer/YA)
  • May: A Street Car Named Desire, Tennesse Williams (Play/Southern Gothic)
  • June: Author Focus: Edgar Allen Poe (poems, short stories or novels)
  • July: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame- Smith (Parody)
  • August: Bitten, Kelley Armstrong (some light holiday reading)
  • September: My Sword Hand is Singing, Marcus Sedwick (YA)
  • October: Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweeden/GLBT)
  • November: Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • December: Graphic Novels in the gothic genre

The Ultimate Reaching Challenge 2015 checklist has been floating about the interwebs for a while, so I may as well see how many I can tick off.

  • Kate Elliott’s Shadow Gate ticks off:
    • a book with more than 500 pages
    • a book by a female author1
    • a book from and athor you love that you haven’t read yet
    • A book with magic
  • Soinbhe Lally’s A hive for the Honey-Bee ticks the
    • book with nonhuman characters
    • a book by an author you’ve never read before

  • Black Widow : the finely woven thread by Nathan Edmondson ticks off
    • A book set in a different county
    • A graphic novel
    • Christopher Priest’s Inverted World by Christopher Priest counts as :

    • a book at the bottom of your to be read pile
    • a book set in the future
    • a book you own but never read

  1. this should not be a challenge for anyone!  

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