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January UN-official SFF-KIT: "There's Always Tomorrow"

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Dec 15, 2017, 7:14am Top

Resolutions, regrets...yep, it's January.

This year's January challenge is similar to last years, but with a little difference:

Read a SFF book that fits one of these criteria:

1. You meant to read it in 2017 (or earlier), but didn't
2. The title includes the word "tomorrow" or "future"
3. The main theme of your book is procrastination

Extra points for reading a book that has more than one of those items!

So, what are you planning to read?

Dec 15, 2017, 8:24am Top

I'll be reading The Scar by China Mieville. Finally! It also fits AlphaKIT and ScaredyKIT, so WIN!

Dec 15, 2017, 9:30am Top

I'll probably start with All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault by James Alan Gardner. I bought it a couple of weeks ago, intending to read it right away but I don't think I'll get to it until January.

Dec 15, 2017, 9:53am Top

I've had The Flight of the Silvers sitting near the top of my soon-to-be-read pile for ages, and it's kept on getting passed over by other books in favor of challenges. This will give me a chance to get to it, and maybe even its sequel that I got in a Goodreads Giveaway--both were supposed to be read in 2017!

Dec 15, 2017, 9:57am Top

I'm thinking I'll read Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. It's been sitting on my tbr pile for at least 6 months.

Dec 15, 2017, 10:29am Top

>2 majkia: triple CAT, er, KIT!

Dec 15, 2017, 11:03am Top

>2 majkia: >6 fuzzi: A CAT trick! :)

Dec 15, 2017, 1:03pm Top

I too could read Stories of your life and others by Ted Chiang. It's been waiting for nearly two years in my TBR pile!!!

Dec 15, 2017, 11:36pm Top

I'm going to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's a reread (I'm not *that* far behind in my TBR!) but I intended to read it in 2017.

Dec 15, 2017, 11:38pm Top

I will be reading This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, the second book in a trilogy that I've been meaning to get to for some time.

Dec 18, 2017, 3:35pm Top

I read Red Rising last year and had every intention of continuing with Golden Son. Another possibility would be The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Dec 20, 2017, 2:11pm Top

>11 sushicat: I finished the Red Rising trilogy earlier this month. What a ride!

Dec 20, 2017, 3:15pm Top

I'm thinking I may read A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, which I had planned to read in 2017 but never got to.

Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 2:29am Top

>2 majkia: An excellent idea. It fits for me as well. Another possibility is Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (which would also fit ColourCAT)

Dec 27, 2017, 1:51pm Top

I bought Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson early in the year and have been meaning to read it all year. About time I got to it.

Dec 27, 2017, 2:03pm Top

An update: Already, my 2018 plans are changing! I began Flight of the Silvers on Christmas Day, thinking I'd fit in a few chapters before going to bed. Considering I'm traveling all week, and also wandering through a book of short stories, I thought starting it would give me a jump on the new year that I might need--it's over 600 pages, after all! But... I can't put it down. I started it less than 48 hours ago, and I'm on page 370 of 610. Looks like I'll be getting to its sequel in January, rather than hoping to finish this one and start the next! If any of you have this book on your TBR pile, be warned that you want to pick it up when you have time to read--it's addictive!

Meanwhile, I hope all of you are also finding time to fit in enjoyable reading amidst holiday gatherings and travel! (Or, if you're not holiday-ing, simply fitting in some good reading to finish off 2017 :) )

Dec 27, 2017, 2:13pm Top

>16 whitewavedarling: Thanks for the warning, but.... by mentioning it, you've doomed me.

Dec 27, 2017, 5:34pm Top

>17 majkia:, lol, nevertheless. I've read nearly another hundred pages since that post. Now I'm kicking myself for not bringing the sequel along with me, though I really thought I'd only get a hundred or so pages into this one, at best!

Dec 29, 2017, 10:53am Top

Glad to see everyone's plans for January!

I have been busy this week with company and cooking, and cataract surgery, so I've not read in several days (HORRORS!) but hopefully I will knock out at least one more book before the new year.

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 8:42pm Top

I have so many possibilities for this one, I think I'll just list them as I get to them. Truly - I have so many SFF books I intended to read in 2017 that I could probably read just for this KIT, but I won't. :)

>19 fuzzi: I hope you can get back to reading soon!

Jan 1, 2018, 5:01pm Top

Great theme! So for me, The Gods Themselves is going to be my pick for this month. The late Isaac Asimov mentioned in his interview with Gene Roddenberry (on that Star Trek record of interviews from way back in the 70s) that while he would be remembered for the Foundation trilogy, he would like to be remembered for Gods Themselves.

I have had this book on my shelf, intending to read it, for way before 2017. Probably way before the start of this century. So it's 'bout darn time I read it.

Jan 1, 2018, 6:11pm Top

I'm planning to read Robot Uprisings, which I picked up at a con a couple years ago and never got around to reading.

Jan 1, 2018, 10:42pm Top

I'm going to the Fantasy side for my January read, Mistress Masham's Repose. I bought it in 2014, and started to read it last month, so it's perfect!

Jan 4, 2018, 3:11pm Top

I meant to read White Cat in 2017, it came so highly recommended. I finally got around to it for the RandomCat and ColorCat to start off 2018... and holy cow, was it good. Full review written, but really, I just loved it... if you like urban fantasy or a bit of magic thrown into a con story or light piece of suspense, I can't recommend it highly enough. Oh, and if you like cats...

Jan 4, 2018, 11:14pm Top

I listened to the audiobook of Lois McMaster Bujold's Beguilement. It has been on my library wish list for awhile!

Jan 4, 2018, 11:23pm Top

>25 leslie.98: did you like it?

Jan 4, 2018, 11:27pm Top

It was pretty good but more romance and less adventure than I expected. Not as good as Paladin of Souls or the Vorkosigan books...

Jan 7, 2018, 10:14am Top

I finished Ted Chiang's Stories of your life and others : five stars
I usually don't like short stories but that's a five stars book. I had to stop and catch my breath between stories. The prose is understated but the rational tone amplifies the effect of the strange concepts and emotion. And then the structure of the text parallels the stories : these stories are diamonds perfectly chiseled.

Jan 7, 2018, 5:21pm Top

>1 fuzzi: I'm also finding the theme of "procrastination" as an underlying one in The Gods Themselves, believe it or not. Granted, there is a political reason for that procrastination (scientists having feuds between themselves and putting off the hard work), but there it is.

Jan 7, 2018, 5:57pm Top

I've started Witches Abroad today, which I'll count for this one, I think.

Jan 7, 2018, 9:18pm Top

>29 threadnsong: go for it, then! :)

Jan 9, 2018, 10:24pm Top

I've just picked up Vinium (Silver Ships #10, by S.H. Jucha) again! I read the first three chapters before Christmas, but then got sidetracked with the holidays and end-of-the-year work deadlines. The Silver Ships series is a space opera about Alex Racine, a space tug operator who goes on to rise through the ranks, explore the universe, and engage in a lot of first contact scenarios. In this installment, Alex is searching for the Nu'all ships that nearly destroyed his homeworld and others. This search has lead him to a planet of sentient plants... While his treatment of some of the female roles in the novels is a little less than ideal, Jucha is far from being a Sad Puppy. The added benefit is that the material is very family friendly.

Jan 11, 2018, 10:55am Top

I completed Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich for this month's theme. This is an interesting literary apocalyptic novel. The main character is a futurist who predicts disasters, and then an actual disaster of extreme magnitude hits New York City. I liked a lot of the ideas here, and the depiction of a flooded, deserted, post-apocalyptic New York, but I'm not sure the author did a good job of tying the themes together or coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Tepid recommendation.

Jan 11, 2018, 11:35am Top

I finished Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey for this challenge. This is book 3 in the Expanse series. I started it in November of last year, but it was a bit of a slow start for me, so I put it aside. I decided this month's theme was a good excuse to pick it back up again. It ended up being a solid installment to the series. Looking forward to seeing where things go next.

Jan 11, 2018, 12:47pm Top

>34 staci426: that's one I've not yet read, though, based upon the first two EXCELLENT books in that series, I bought a new copy. It's waiting for me...

Jan 11, 2018, 1:01pm Top

>34 staci426: I have been thinking about Caliban's War for this month, but it is such a huge tome that I don't know if I can manage it.

Edited: Jan 11, 2018, 1:05pm Top

>36 MissWatson: it does NOT read like a huge tome, or "chunkster" as I've seen it described. It moves very, very quickly.

Did you read the first book in the series, Leviathan Wakes?

Jan 11, 2018, 1:40pm Top

The books in The Expanse series, definitely are long, my audio edition was over 18 hours, but they do move at a fast pace. I was surprised once I got back into the story how quick I was able to get through it.
>35 fuzzi: Hope you enjoy the third book as much as the first two once you get to.
>36 MissWatson: If you can't get to Caliban's War this month, it'll fit a few other months as well.

Jan 12, 2018, 3:48am Top

>37 fuzzi: Yes, I read the first and I liked it very much.
>38 staci426: That's good to know!

Jan 13, 2018, 5:55pm Top

I meant to read A Closed and Common Orbit, second book in the Wayfarer series last year but got it read this month. So that is my book for January SFFKit. I enjoyed it, it looks at the difficulties of being an AI.

Jan 13, 2018, 6:33pm Top

>40 Kristelh: You might want to check out Six Wakes which explores the difficulties of being a clone, as well as the poor AI along for the ride.

Jan 13, 2018, 6:48pm Top

>41 majkia:, I accept that BB

Edited: Jan 14, 2018, 9:10pm Top

I'm still reading Vinium (Silver Ships #10 by S.H. Jucha) and plan on finishing before the month is out, but I did find a "Tomorrow" book in my stax:

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow series #1 by John Marsden narrated by Suzi Dougherty) - This is a YA adventure story of survival in rural Australia. A group of high school students go camping one weekend and upon their return find that their friends and family have been taken captive by an enemy force. No real issues with the narration (Australian narrator) though I did wonder why Homer was given a foreign accent when he was born in Australia, and I did have to pause a couple of times to figure out that "tints" was really "tents" and "chook" is an Australian term for "chicken." I wish the author had given a clearer idea of what each of characters looked like but I'm guessing that resolves itself throughout the seven-book series. I'm okay with stopping here though.

Edited: Jan 22, 2018, 8:17am Top

I finished Witches Abroad for this one:

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (Discworld series)
Granny Weatherwax and her two fellow witches go on a working vacation of sorts (leaving a swath of confusion and bemusement behind them) to settle up a fairy godmother who's trying to turn life into a storybook.
Pratchett takes up traditional fairy tales and plonks them down in NOLA, essentially. Fun, with the usual strong characters. I have new-found respect for Granny, too.

Jan 23, 2018, 8:22pm Top

Oh no. Ursula Le Guin has died. RIP

Jan 23, 2018, 9:17pm Top

>45 Robertgreaves:, so sad, thanks for posting. Stephen King posted “Godspeed into the Galaxy” I second that.

Jan 24, 2018, 12:30pm Top

>45 Robertgreaves: and >46 Kristelh: In the group reads thread, we are discussing doing a Le Guin group read in June to honor her memory. You could probably also choose a Le Guin that would fit that month's "series" theme.

Jan 25, 2018, 3:52am Top

I finally made up my mind and read Black Powder War because I was looking for something not too long and fun. Loved it.

Jan 25, 2018, 11:51am Top

I just finished A Gathering of Shadows and really liked it! Now I'm on to The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, which I won through the LTER program in 2017, so I figure it also counts for this KIT.

Jan 28, 2018, 5:22pm Top

So, on December 25th, I started Flight of the Silvers, thinking I might need the head-start to finish the 600+ page book in January. I didn't. Having meant to read it AND its sequel for most of last year, I picked it up and finished in about four days, despite its length, so it was one of my last 2017 books.

The Song of the Orphans, the sequel comes in at 738 pages (in my uncorrected proof, anyway), and I held off till January 15th. I had a ton of work in the new year, and wanted to give myself a little bit of space between the two books. And, then, I made myself take my time, knowing that the book would go quickly no matter what I did. Now, I'm done. And... if you're in this group, yeah, you should read it. I recommend it, I love it, I'm a little obsessed with this series maybe, and... well, yeah. I love it, and I hope you pick it up, or at least read my review of Flight of the Silvers and see if the book is for you. I've never read anything quite like it. Full reviews written for books 1 and 2.

Jan 28, 2018, 6:54pm Top

>50 whitewavedarling: Gret review! I've had the audio of Flight of the Silvers in my queue for a little over two years on the strength of a friend's recommendation. Every time I look at it though, I think "Twenty-one-and-a-half hours! I have two short audiobooks I want to get to at the top of February but I think I'll bump this one write up there for mid-February! :-)

Jan 28, 2018, 7:07pm Top

>51 Tanya-dogearedcopy:, I hope you enjoy it--I certainly loved it. I think I kept on putting it off because of its length/size, but then of course I ended up devouring it. Of course, I'm not great at sitting still and listening, so I imagine whether or not I could do the audio would still be in question! Let me know how it goes, in any case :) I know I've got friends who I've recommend who mostly do audio, so I'll be sure to let them know if you say it's a good reader/experience!

Jan 29, 2018, 1:07pm Top

finished Homeland by R. A. Salvatore. I've been working on my NPR 100 and this has been there awhile, first of the Dark Elf Trilogy.

Jan 30, 2018, 12:24am Top

I finally finished my book for this month's theme. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman is the second in a trilogy but I wasn't as engaged by this book as by the first so I won't be continuing on to the third book.

Jan 30, 2018, 9:29am Top

I've been trying to read Red Mars but I'm just not having any luck. Even listening to at 1.45x, it just goes on and on and on. I don't care enough about any of the characters to be that involved in what's going to happen next.

I already own Green Mars so I'll keep trying. Eventually I'll get through them. I hope.

Jan 30, 2018, 5:06pm Top

I finished Automated Alice today.It has ties to both the author's earlier works (most notably Vurt) and Lewis Carroll's Alice books being very much an homage to the latter. Lots of puns and other play on words. Full review to follow in the next few days or so.

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 5:31pm Top

My final procrastination read. I finished A Hundred Lifetimes by David D. A. Zink. I am the only person with this book. It is self published book given to me by my high school friend. I procrastinated reading it because I didn’t want to review a friends book. Glad I finally read it.

Feb 1, 2018, 7:46am Top

>41 majkia: >42 Kristelh: I second the recommendation of Six Wakes!

>57 Kristelh: I too find it difficult when friends ask me to review their self-published books. Unless I really love the book, I tend to procrastinate and make excuses for writing the review.

I finished New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I'd started late last year but did not finish until earlier this month. I also finished Black Powder War, which I'd bought last year. I didn't manage to finish All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault, the book I'd intended to read for this challenge, but I'm halfway through now and enjoying it very much.

Feb 1, 2018, 9:35am Top

I misplaced my January read, and so never read it...

...now where in my house did I put it????

Feb 1, 2018, 10:03am Top

>59 fuzzi: That's really adhering to the procrastination theme! I guess you can read it sometime in the future... if you find it. :D

Feb 1, 2018, 1:02pm Top

>60 sturlington: hahaha! You're so right. It fits.

It's just embarassing to HOST a month and then not read one's choice...oh woe is me!

Feb 3, 2018, 6:10pm Top

Looks like I completely forgot to post my finished read of Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. A pretty decent steampunk read and glad that I finally got around to reading it!

Feb 3, 2018, 7:20pm Top

>62 lkernagh: never too late to let us know what you read! :)

Feb 4, 2018, 5:12pm Top

I finally finished Robot Uprisings, albiet a few days late. Glad I finally read this!

Feb 10, 2018, 6:36pm Top

Thanks for your patience as I post my procrastination review for January! The Gods Themselves has been on my TBR radar since my early teen years, and I found it (probably at a used book sale) in the mid-90's. So fast forward to now and this great theme, and it fits on two levels: my procrastinating reading this book and the overall theme of this book. It takes place in 2100 and there is free energy, except that maybe the exchange of tungsten from our Universe to the para-Universe is bad, and maybe we should do something about it? Nah, free energy is great. Who cares that there's a top-notch scientist saying something about the energy exchange causing a catastrophe in our Universe and blowing up the sun? Let's procrastinate seeing that theory as valid. Ditto in the para-Universe. Great topic!

Feb 11, 2018, 11:33am Top

>65 threadnsong: thanks for updating us!

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