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January UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT: Procrastination

2017 Category Challenge

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For January 2017, the challenge is to read an SFF you meant to read in 2016, but never started/completed.

I'm sure this won't be much of a challenge, to begin, anyway...but can you finish it?

Main SFF KIT is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/233035#

Wiki is here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/2017_Unofficial_SF/SFFKIT#2017_Offici...

Post your January plans, progress, and ponderings here!

Dec 19, 2016, 10:36am Top

I'm planning on Crosstalk by Connie Willis. It came out in October 2016, and I wanted to read it right away, but I had too many other things on my plate. Looking forward to reading it for this KIT!

Dec 19, 2016, 11:18am Top

I'm planning on reading both Immortally Yours and This Monstrous Thing--both of which I meant to read in 2016!

Dec 19, 2016, 11:50am Top

I'm planning on The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein and Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, both of which I've had multiple times listed as selections for months this year.

Dec 19, 2016, 1:18pm Top

I'm rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I've been trying to reread the HP series for nearly two years now.

Dec 19, 2016, 1:24pm Top

I am planning on reading Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede, this has worked it's way to the top of my TBR pile a number of times only to be put off by others. This is finally going to be the month I read it!

Dec 19, 2016, 1:28pm Top

I'm reading Arcadia by Ian Pears which fits here for a couple of reasons. I've been meaning to read it since it came to my school library, it would have fit the time travel category of the 2016 challenge, and it has a science fiction and fantasy angle. Coming in at over 500 pages, I chose it to be my opening boost to my page total for 2017.

Edited: Dec 19, 2016, 1:29pm Top

>2 christina_reads: I'm looking forward to that one as well, but later in the year!

>6 DeltaQueen50: It's a good one!

Dec 21, 2016, 1:00pm Top

I am enjoying a RL shared read (re-read for me), with my daughter's boyfriend, of the Young Miles Vorkosigan books. We finished off The Vor Game in November, and he moved on to Cetaganda before I was ready. So I have some catching up to do.

Edited: Dec 27, 2016, 12:57pm Top

Hi, I'm new to the cat challenge, and this month is easy for me. I started Ada Palmer's Too like the lightning on the flight back to Atlanta today. My main thread is here.

Oops! Thanks fuzzi. I've fixed the link.

Dec 26, 2016, 1:24pm Top

>10 markon: welcome! Glad to have you join us.

BTW, your link leads back to this page. :)

Dec 26, 2016, 4:02pm Top

>7 mamzel: I read Arcadia when it first came out. You're in for a treat.

I had hoped to finish Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy in 2016, but took too long with book 2, so I'm hoping to get all of To Green Angel Tower read in January.

Dec 26, 2016, 6:46pm Top

>12 avatiakh: is this your first time reading Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn? I love that trilogy. Tad Williams created such a diverse, interesting, and believable world in those books.

Dec 27, 2016, 12:10am Top

>13 fuzzi: Yes, my first read of it. I had The dragonbone chair on my reading pile since forever and finally read it in March, then took all year to read book 2, so am all fired up for the concluding volume. So many people have mentioned it being a favourite fantasy read.

Dec 27, 2016, 8:28am Top

>13 fuzzi: >14 avatiakh: I have The Dragonbone Chair scheduled for 2017. Glad to hear it is so good.

Edited: Dec 27, 2016, 12:05pm Top

>14 avatiakh: I'm glad, that's one of my all-time favorites. Tad Williams did an awesome job, the book(s) just sucked me in...

>15 majkia: hope you like it. :)

Edited: Dec 27, 2016, 3:26pm Top

>16 fuzzi: Loved that trilogy. But have yet to read any other of his books.

For me it will be Red Rising - now that all three books are out, there is really no more excuse and it has been at the top of my tbr all of this year.

Dec 27, 2016, 8:40pm Top

>17 sushicat: I highly recommend Child of an Ancient City and to a slightly lesser degree, Caliban's Hour.

I never got into his Otherland universe.

Dec 28, 2016, 12:50am Top

I'm going to participate in this one by reading The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston. I read the first book in the series a couple of years ago and have been intending to read this one for a while.

Dec 29, 2016, 9:12am Top

I'm going to try to finish The Wise Man's Fear which I started in November but sort of lost steam around page 700. It's one a friend let me borrow, so I'd love to get it back to her.

Dec 30, 2016, 9:31am Top

I'm planning to read Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente which has been on my to-read list for some time.

Dec 31, 2016, 9:57am Top

I think Black Out by Connie Willis. I've been meaning to read this forever.

Dec 31, 2016, 10:41am Top

I just finished The Thousand Names which I really enjoyed.

Dec 31, 2016, 12:27pm Top

I've finished Arcadia and am mulling over what this book has been for me. I think it would fit as time travel but it could also slip into the weird fiction area since it is so singular in its plot(s) and interesting story. I'm going out for a while and let things turn over in my head for a while.

Dec 31, 2016, 1:07pm Top

>2 christina_reads: I may join you on Crosstalk if I can get it from the library.

Dec 31, 2016, 2:01pm Top

>20 virginiahomeschooler: I totally loved that book.

Dec 31, 2016, 2:58pm Top

>26 sushicat: I was really loving it too, but then I got bogged down when he got taken by the fairy queen or whatever she was. It was just so drawn out. I had to take a break from it for a bit. I think I'm just about ready to pick it back up.

Edited: Dec 31, 2016, 6:59pm Top

>22 hailelib: I loved Black Out! It was a satisfying addition to that universe.

Dec 31, 2016, 11:49pm Top

I was going to get one more book read by midnight...but it's not going to happen.

My first read for this challenge is The Green Hills of Earth by Robert Heinlein.

Jan 1, 2017, 12:26am Top

>22 hailelib: I hope you enjoy Blackout! Make sure you can get your hands on All Clear also, since that's really the second volume of the same novel.

>25 sturlington: Let me know if you're able to get Crosstalk! I'm making it my first book of 2017. Would love to compare notes!

Edited: Jan 1, 2017, 8:09pm Top

My book for this month will be Ethan of Athos this month. I will call it appropriate as I read my first Lois McMaster Bujold last year and wanted to get to another.

Jan 1, 2017, 8:11pm Top

>31 Kristelh: I've liked all my reads by Ms. Bujold, enjoy!

Jan 5, 2017, 10:55am Top

I will be reading The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It is a YA fantasy and the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.

Jan 5, 2017, 2:13pm Top

It feels really good to have finished something I procrastinated away last year :) Just finished (and really enjoyed): Immortally Yours by Angie Fox. If you like paranormal romance and/or that wonderful old TV show MASH, and/or Laurell K. Hamilton, you might find it worth checking out...

Meanwhile, I'm also closing in on finishing This Monstrous Thing, so you'll hear from me soon on that one...

Jan 5, 2017, 9:04pm Top

I have The Lie Tree checked out from the library. I would like to get to tha before the end of the month.

Jan 5, 2017, 10:46pm Top

And, true to my expectations, I also finished This Monstrous Thing, which I'd also meant to read last year! Full Review Written...

Jan 5, 2017, 11:00pm Top

If I re-read Oryx and Crake, I could then read The Year of the Flood, which has been sitting on my ereader for ever.

Jan 6, 2017, 1:56am Top

Started 2017 with Rig (3rd book in the series) which I bought in 2016 planning to read right away ... but then other shiny new things caught my attention (Barricade & Steeple )

Edited: Jan 8, 2017, 5:52pm Top

Finished Ethan of Athos, it is a stand alone book in the Vorkosigan Saga's. Written 3rd in publication order. This one is about genetic engineering and a all male, monestary type planet. I chose this as it is another in the Vorkosigan Saga that I started last year.

Edited: Jan 7, 2017, 3:15pm Top

> 37 Robertgreaves Ooh, I've been meaning to read The Year of the Flood. I really liked Oryx and Crake.

Jan 7, 2017, 8:54pm Top

I finished The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It was a good YA adventure-fantasy story, but I don't know if it should have won the 2015 Costa prize. I checked it out in December from the library and finally read it this month.

Edited: Jan 8, 2017, 5:21pm Top

I meant to read the Wool trilogy last year, but didn't quite finish. So, I plan to finish it with Dust.

Jan 9, 2017, 3:49pm Top

I got The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman last year on my daughter's recommendation. (She's the one who introduced me to Jim Butcher). It seemed the perfect fit for this month's theme. I enjoyed it. It's not as sophisticated as Butcher - doesn't come close - but does present an interesting theme and I am hoping the books get better with each new addition.

Irene is a "Librarian". The Library exists outside of alternative universes and the Librarians are sent to the universes to retrieve special books. In this one she is sent to collect a particular book of Grimm's Fairy Tales and she meets several challenges. It's a steampunk London she goes to. I gave it 3.5 stars.

Jan 9, 2017, 10:53pm Top

I have completed Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede. This is a book that I have long been meaning to read but unfortunately, it just didn't capture my interest. I managed to finish it but doubt if I will read the other books in the trilogy.

Jan 11, 2017, 2:25pm Top

I've completed Gladiator by Philip Wylie. This book was the inspiration for Superman, but it is more about the loneliness of being super strong and super fast than the glory of saving people. It becomes an excellent treatise on the challenges of being different. I'll give it 4 stars.

Jan 11, 2017, 9:36pm Top

I finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I didn't like it as much as her historical fiction books (Doc and Epitaph), but it was still a 4 star read for me.

>42 LisaMorr:. I really enjoyed Wool and Shift but had forgotten about Dust. I'm glad you mentioned it. I need to get it back on my TBR list (it must have fallen off my TBR shelf during the transfer from Shelfari.

I'll join many of you in saying, I too loved the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams!

Jan 11, 2017, 10:52pm Top

I just saw where a British publisher is reissuing the four books of that series, probably in preparation for the new Osten Ard series starting later this year.

Jan 12, 2017, 5:02am Top

>47 ronincats: Series, as in new books?

Jan 12, 2017, 10:32am Top

Finished Into the Black (Odyssey One) by Evan Currie. Not bad for mil SF.

Edited: Jan 12, 2017, 5:35pm Top

>47 ronincats: four books? As in the third one split into two volumes?

I still have my original (first printing) hardcovers of The Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower.

Jan 12, 2017, 6:05pm Top

Four books, the original series, with To Green Angel Tower split into two books. >48 MissWatson: There is a new novella out earlier this month carrying on the story immediately after the end of TGAT, and a new series The Last King of Osten Ard, with the first book, The Witchwood Crown coming out this summer.

Jan 13, 2017, 4:55am Top

>51 ronincats: Thanks for that info! Great news. Although I think a re-read of the first books is in order, just to savour the wonderful worldbuilding.

Jan 13, 2017, 1:19pm Top

I'm going to count Harry Potter: The Cursed Child here since my daughter loaned me her copy last year and I finally got around to reading it. I meant to count Words of Radiance which I started last June when I was flying home, put it down, and picked up again. I will not, however, be finished with it by the end of the month - I'm about halfway through the 1300 pages of the paperback copy.

Jan 14, 2017, 4:22pm Top

I finished Drowning in Amber by E. C. Bell, a detective story featuring ghosts. This was one I'd started last summer when I'd received in my Aurora Voter Pack (the Aurora is like the Canadian version of the Hugo Award) but never finished.

I also finished a reread of MaddAddam, the final book in Margaret Atwood's trilogy. I'd reread the first two books last year but didn't manage to squeeze this one in.

>53 mamzel: Words of Radiance is one long book! I really enjoyed it, though. I found that, for me, the reading went pretty fast in the final half, so you might possibly finish it in time.

Jan 15, 2017, 5:47pm Top

FYI: February's thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/246706

Jan 18, 2017, 11:06am Top

I read Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. I had wanted to get to it last year, but it was never available at the library. Finally got it done. I have to say, it was probably my least favorite book in the series. I prefer the Miles adventure stories.

Jan 18, 2017, 12:43pm Top

>56 staci426: thanks for sharing. I'm still waaaay down in the series, so I might not get the rest of them done this year.

Jan 18, 2017, 1:13pm Top

I finally finished Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold. It takes place 200 years before Miles Vorkosigan, but it was a good read about the Quaddies.

Jan 24, 2017, 4:02am Top

I finally got Blade Runner off the shelf and found it didn't quite live up to my expectation. Maybe because it is set in 2020, too close to a present that looks very different from Dick's imagination...

Jan 24, 2017, 6:20am Top

>59 MissWatson: I finished a PKD book too! Now Wait for Last Year which I started way back in November so I guess it counts for a mention here. Not as good as a lot of his other books that I've read but still enjoyable enough.

Jan 24, 2017, 8:47am Top

>60 AHS-Wolfy: I also have one which I started last year and wasn't able to get finished until just now, Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. As usual, another enjoyable visit to the Discworld.

Jan 24, 2017, 11:00am Top

I finished The Steerswoman which was excellent!

Jan 24, 2017, 4:22pm Top

>59 MissWatson: I liked the movie better.

Jan 25, 2017, 3:32am Top

>63 fuzzi: So did I.

Jan 25, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Hi All, I'm new here and just trying to get my bearings.

I have two options for this challenge (and the remaining 6 days EEK!). I started Leviathan Wakes at the end of last year. I'm stalled at the moment as my hubby is trying to catch up.

The other book I stated in 2016 that I really want to finish is Uprooted, so far a fantastic book by a writer I love.

Jan 26, 2017, 10:03am Top

>65 dreamweaver529: Uprooted is SO GOOD! I really loved that one when I read it. Haven't read Leviathan Wakes, but I very much enjoyed the TV show it's based on, "The Expanse." So in my view, you can't go wrong! :)

Jan 26, 2017, 5:41pm Top

>65 dreamweaver529: The good part is you can use Leviathan Wakes for next month's read and go ahead and finish up the much shorter but very good Uprooted for this month's challenge. I'm going to read the former for February's Space Travel theme.

For this month, I've read Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart. It was the first book I bought in 2016, an ebook on my Kindle, that I'd been meaning to get to all year long. My write-up:

I picked this ebook up a year ago for free. It's straight-forward adventure science fiction in an interesting but not very different future universe. It may originally have been serialized as occasionally it reprises information that may have been in earlier episodes. Not much character depth but lots of excitement as our spaceship crew avoids the bad guys time after time until a satisfying denouement. Reviewers on Ammy said it borrows a lot from Firefly, but having never seen Firefly it just seems like typical space adventure to me. It was entertaining light reading. There are three more books but, at $4.99 each, I don't know that I will invest. I'll probably go look at the reviews and if it seems the author (Canadian) is getting better, I might try them.

I also finally read the first book of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy, after having the omnibus on my shelves for years and years, in response to the American Author Challenge this month, read Tad Williams' new novella set in Osten Ard The Heart of What Was Lost in the first week it was published (so very much not a postponement), and read Linesman by S. K. Dunstall, also bought last year.

Edited: Jan 26, 2017, 6:09pm Top

>65 dreamweaver529: read Leviathan Wakes once your spouse catches up. It was like a roller coaster for me, got faster and more exciting as it moved toward the end, and I could not put it down.

>66 christina_reads: you NEED to read Leviathan Wakes, it is EXCELLENT.

Jan 27, 2017, 1:05pm Top

It looks like I won't be able to complete this one as my library hold on Wyrd Sisters still hasn't come in!

Jan 28, 2017, 1:43pm Top

>69 leslie.98: aw, shucks.

Will it fit the February challenge, Space Travel?

Jan 29, 2017, 3:50am Top

I finished and enjoyed The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston.

Jan 29, 2017, 7:45pm Top

I just finished Judgment on Janus by Andre Norton.

Jan 30, 2017, 7:34am Top

I finished Homeworld by Harry Harrison which has sat on my shelf for decades. It was better than expected.

Jan 31, 2017, 4:10am Top

The nice thing about Harry Harrison is that his books are usually rather short, so I also finished the sequel, Wheelworld, and there's a good chance I can manage the final one tonight.

Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 4:24am Top

I did manage to finish Starworld, but it fell sadly flat.

edited for touchstone

Feb 1, 2017, 8:06am Top

I was able to get one more book finished for this month, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I had been wanting to read this for quite some time and am glad I was finally able to get to it.

Feb 1, 2017, 12:45pm Top

Don't forget to join us on February's thread:


Feb 5, 2017, 4:25pm Top

I finished Dust yesterday and I'll go ahead and take credit here as I started it in January...

Feb 5, 2017, 7:01pm Top

I finally finished Earth by David Brin, a massive book which I'd meant to read last year (and each of the 5 years before that). It was a challenge to read but I really enjoyed it.

Edited: Feb 6, 2017, 10:23pm Top

Whoops, this is January, not February

Feb 20, 2017, 11:03am Top

Yeah, I procrastinated lots on this book. I started Words of Radiance last June, set it aside, and picked it up again in January. It took me until yesterday to finish this 1300 page work but I finally did it so, in true procrastinator form, I'm finally adding it to the January challenge!

Feb 20, 2017, 6:29pm Top

>81 mamzel: yes!

Sometimes it takes a looooooooooong time to get a book read...and not necessarily because it's a bad read.

Feb 21, 2017, 11:44am Top

>82 fuzzi: It was a great book - full of interesting characters, action, and world building. It took me so long because it was so long - 1300+ pages!

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