January UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT: Procrastination
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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?
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Post your January plans, progress, and ponderings here!
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!
I'm planning on reading both Immortally Yours and This Monstrous Thing--both of which I meant to read in 2016!
I'm rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I've been trying to reread the HP series for nearly two years now.
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!
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.
>10 markon: welcome! Glad to have you join us.
BTW, your link leads back to this page. :)
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.
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.
I think Black Out by Connie Willis. I've been meaning to read this forever.
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.
>2 christina_reads: I may join you on Crosstalk if I can get it from the library.
>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.
>22 hailelib: I loved Black Out! It was a satisfying addition to that universe.
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.
I will be reading The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It is a YA fantasy and the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.
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...
I have The Lie Tree checked out from the library. I would like to get to tha before the end of the month.
And, true to my expectations, I also finished This Monstrous Thing, which I'd also meant to read last year! Full Review Written...
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 )
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.
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.
I meant to read the Wool trilogy last year, but didn't quite finish. So, I plan to finish it with Dust.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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...
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.
>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.
It looks like I won't be able to complete this one as my library hold on Wyrd Sisters still hasn't come in!
I finished Homeworld by Harry Harrison which has sat on my shelf for decades. It was better than expected.
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.
I did manage to finish Starworld, but it fell sadly flat.
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I finished Dust yesterday and I'll go ahead and take credit here as I started it in January...
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.
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!
>81 mamzel: yes!
Sometimes it takes a looooooooooong time to get a book read...and not necessarily because it's a bad read.
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