The Official UN-official SFF-KIT For 2019!!!
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We are back, and ready to read some more great SciFi and Fantasy books!
The Wiki is here: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2019_SFFKIT
Thanks, majkia, for doing that again for us this year!
Monthly challenges to be added here:
January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2018, but never started/completed" - hosted by fuzzi
February: "Colonization" hosted by majkia
March: "Mystery/police procedural/detective Science Fiction or Fantasy" hosted by owlie13
April: "Sword & Sorcery" hosted by Kristelh
May: "International Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Non-US/UK authors" hosted by whitewavedarling
June: "Road-trip" hosted by mathgirl40
July: "Space Opera" hosted by h-mb
August: "Alternate History" hosted by LisaMorr
September: "Series" hosted by Tanya-dogearedcopy
October: "Comedy" hosted by RobertGreaves
November: "Award Winners (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award,...)" hosted by scaifea
December: "End-of-the-Year Wrap Up" hosted by DeltaQueen50
Last year's challenges can be viewed here:
I kept the January theme from last year, but if anyone has a good suggestion for a different challenge, just let me know.
Yay! We're up!
I think that is a good theme for January, because time is already running away from me and it is not even December yet. There'll be many books to choose for this, come January.
How would you guys feel about me reviving the 'International Sci-Fi/Fantasy by non-US/UK authors' theme from a few years ago? I discovered a few great authors that month, so it seems like it would be worth bringing it up again :) I could do it in either May or June. (Or, later in the year, August, September, or October :) )
I could do sword and sorcery theme if that sounds different enough from previous years?
I could do December and make it an end-of-the-year wrap up month or Reader's Choice, a time to read the book you either couldn't fit in earlier or a book that you want to read and haven't been able to get to it during the year.
>10 Kristelh: I like the idea of a sword and sorcery theme!
>10 Kristelh:, I like the idea of a sword and sorcery them also, and I'll never argue against an end-of-the-year wrap-up thread! (Especially right now, with a stack of books to be completed in 2018 starting at me if I want to finish all of my challenges...)
I love road-trip books, so how about a road-trip theme in June? I'm thinking it could include everything from Frodo and Samwise's hike to Mordor to the intergalactic journey in The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.
It looks like the list is a little slow to fill up and I love this challenge, so I'm hesitantly stepping forward to host a month.
Caveats: This is only my second year in the Challenge group and I've never hosted a theme, so I'm not sure how this goes - I post the thread when the time comes and sort of maintain it, right? Anything else I'd need to do?
Also, as far as a theme goes, how about Award Winners (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award,...)? Again, I'm still fairly new at this, so if that's an old, worn-old category, let me know and I'll try to think of something else. I'd be happy to take March, if that's okay, but honestly any of the open months would be fine.
>19 scaifea: I don't want to speak for everyone else, but I love reading from awards lists, especially the new ones each year!
Will you be allowing nominees as well as winners? If so, would you consider hosting a bit later in the year? The Nebula shortlist usually appears in February with the winners announced in May, while the Hugo shortlist appears in April with the winners announced in August. The Locus awards are announced in June.
So if you pick a later month, we'll have several 2019 lists to choose from. BTW, I've got June at the moment, but I'll be happy to change if that's a month you (or anyone else) wants.
>20 mathgirl40: Good point about doing it later in the year - I'll take November, then, if that's okay with everyone. And yes, nominees would definitely count!
>21 scaifea: welcome! You've been added to November.
All you need to do is start a thread before November 1st, but mid-October is okay as many here are early birds, like to start posting their planned reads before the challenge month starts.
Feel free to do as you like with your November thread, add pictures, encourage discussion, etc. We're very relaxed about this challenge.
I've invited people from the SciFi group to join us, the more the merrier!
I've never hosted before, but I'd be willing to give it a try. For a theme, what about mystery/police procedural/detective Science Fiction or Fantasy? Would that be acceptable? If so, you could put me down for March.
I was thinking about alternate history or dystopian - does anyone have a preference? March, August or September would work for me.
>28 LisaMorr: Personally, I prefer alternate history, but happy to go along with group.
I've never hosted either but I'll give it a try, with space opera if that's OK. I'd like to do it in July.
I was reluctant to host a month as I seem fated to never actually complete the challenge for the month I'm actually hosting (!) but I think this time I can actually handle September, with the theme of "Series." DeltaQueen50 hosted it last year, so I'm admitting that I'm stealing the idea from her, but I like the idea of taking on the month that begins with the letter "S" with a theme also beginning with "S" ("S" being the 19th letter of the alphabet = 2019.) I did think about "Steampunk, but I hosted that for a couple of years in the past with mixed results.
How does that sound? If the response is only lukewarm I can brainstorm with something else: Sagas? Singularity? Something Wicked This Way Comes (Classic SFF of the '40s-60s?) I'm totally open to suggestions! :-)
>40 Tanya-dogearedcopy: you got it! I like that topic, as I've yet to find anything "Steampunk" that interests me...I'm more into Space Opera stuff! ;)
>43 majkia: - Leviathan is the book/series that got me hooked on steampunk as a genre.
Other steampunk suggestions:
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann - a Victorian mystery with steampunk elements
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding - a swashbuckling pirate adventure theme (think sea pirates with air ships)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - more dystopian/ end of world
Soulless by Gail Carriger - a romance romp with vampires and werewolves
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia - a strong automaton element
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - dystopian, genetic engineering elements
>46 lkernagh: and >47 mathgirl40:, Noted! And, thank you :) I'd never heard of some of those, but I've got them down now. Perdido Street Station and Retribution Falls are both books I've been meaning to get to for too long, so I really need to try. I want to read Windup Girl also, but got put off of it because I read his Ship Breaker and wasn't all that impressed. I'll get to it eventually, though!
Since nobody else seems to want it, I'll take October, with the theme comedy.
I agree to host the July thead but I don't know where and how to open it ! Help, please.
>54 h-mb: what Tanya said. Wait until a couple weeks before your month starts.
I originally wanted to join the Category Challenge for 2019 than left the group as I couldn't figure out how to do it then I saw this update in the Science Fiction group's *thread. I'd love to participate - can someone help a newbie out and explain how this works? Do we pick / choose which category challenges we want to participate in during the year or is there a main challenge and say, this one is in 'addition'? I've tried to get my bearings but it could be the virus I'm fighting my way through ATM is muddling the obvious here -- just a few pointers would be helpful.
Also, love the themes/categories - I would love to join you!
>58 joriestory: Just start a new thread in the group with your username in the title. Then, you can structure the challenge in any way you want. You could browse through a few members' threads for ideas.
When the challenge first started in 2010, the common goal was to read 10 books in 10 categories. In 2011, it was to read 11 books in 11 categories. When the numbers got higher, people ended up customizing their challenge to fit more realistic goals. This year, I'll be doing 5 books in 19 categories. Others might do 19 books in 5 categories, while others don't worry about the 19 aspect and just create categories to suit their goals.
The extra challenges (CATs, KITs, BingoDOG, group reads) are all optional. Just choose whichever ones interest you and drop in and out throughout the year as you like.
Ooh! I see -- we each have a baseline of 19 categories which equals 19 books (on the max end) but can do whichever number of books/categories we prefer? Then, those secondary options you've mentioned are 'added-in' throughout the months of the year whilst we're already reading the other stories per theme/category? Okay, it looked Greek to me but I think I get it now! I'll do what you said and stroll through people's lists and see if I can sort this out before I post to the main *thread Thanks for the advice!
So far, though - I need a 'main' *thread of categories to anchour this SFF-KIT too right? Awesome!
>60 joriestory: Yes, some people still like the 19 theme and plan to read X number of books in 19 categories, for example. Others choose arbitrary categories and numbers to suit their needs. It might help to browse through the 2018 group rather than the 2019 group, as you'll see the categories filled out instead of in the planning stage.
That's correct -- create a new thread with a title to help us identify it as yours. You might want to reserve the first few posts for you to edit with your progress during the year. Do this by posting a note like "reserved for later" or "details to be added". Then later on, you can add your categories to these posts.
Thank you so much for your lovely advice!! I think you could say I took the ball and ran with it!! lol Did you post your list? I couldn't sort out where it was added - unless your still planning yours?
>62 joriestory: Welcome!
We're a friendly group and the only goal here is to enjoy reading and chat about that reading as we do it.
I've been using months as categories but this year I'm using genres as my groups. I read for many of the KITS and CATS and BingoDog but not every month, since I'm trying to read my TBR.
Set up your thread and your challenges (which aren't really contests, just planning really) as you like and it isn't set in concrete. You can change things if they don't work for you. Flexible and easy is my motto.
>62 joriestory: I'm still frantically trying to finish up my 2018 challenge and catch up on my backlog of reviews. I won't be starting anything here or visiting threads (other than the ones for CATs and KITs) until Jan. 1, I expect. However, I will be sure to star yours and follow your progress!
>63 majkia: "Flexible and easy" is a good motto -- one that I should follow more often. :)
Flexible and easy is the way to go.
So glad you joined us, joriestory. Don't let any of the challenges stress you, just do what you want to do, when and how you want to do it. I don't always get a book done for each month's challenges, but I get ideas for future reads and enjoy the comments.
I am sure I won't finish the books in a month. I am hoping to find a book that I can use for multiple challenges.
January's thread is UP!
Sci Fi isn't a genre I am familiar with, hence why I am joining in! I am going to be looking here for lots of ideas.
Just wondering if anyone has read any Matthew Reilly books? I saw an article about his latest, due out soon, and it looks really interesting - it is called The Secret Runners of New York.
Looking at some of his other titles, there seems to be a wide spread of time periods, places, etc. in his works. I would be interested for any info as to where any of his titles 'fit in' to the categories here.
Thanks for any help!
>70 DeltaQueen50: My library had that one, but I wasn't too fussed on the blurb. Maybe I'll still choose one of his titles if they are fast and fun!
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