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Dec 25, 2018, 1:11pm

Welcome to the 2019 Challenge! Watch this space for announcements and info about the group.

Dec 25, 2018, 1:12pm

Oh, and any volunteers for finding/making a group picture?

Dec 25, 2018, 1:12pm

Thanks Jim

Dec 25, 2018, 1:23pm


Dec 25, 2018, 1:35pm

>2 drneutron: I recently read about the Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro; gorgeous-looking place if you want to consider an image:

Dec 25, 2018, 1:45pm

Perfect! I'll put it on the group page!

Dec 25, 2018, 2:07pm

Happy New Year Jim and thanks for organising our group once again.

Dec 25, 2018, 5:02pm

Excellent! Thanks for taking the helm for another year, Jim.

For those interested in the American Authors Challenge for 2019, I will be putting up a discussion thread, and the first author thread (for Chaim Potok) in the next couple days. I'll post the links here when they are open for business.

Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 5:22pm

Thanks for all you do, Jim. I don’t know how you keep up with it after all his time.
>8 laytonwoman3rd: Oh, great, I love Potok!

Dec 25, 2018, 7:19pm

Thanks for all the work to set this group up again Jim!

And a very happy New Year to you.

Dec 25, 2018, 10:53pm

I think I'm coming back to the group this year. I've missed you! And I've missed tracking my reads in 2018, not that I read as much as I'd have liked. But it'll be good to get back in the habit again. 2018 was... well, it was a year. :P Thanks for continuing to set this group up, Jim! I had a feeling that if I popped into LT today I might find the 2019 forum ready to go. ^_^

Dec 26, 2018, 9:04am

Cool! Glad you made it back.

Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 5:35pm

>9 bohemima: Hi, Gail! I'm glad you're excited about reading Potok. For you, and everyone else:

His thread is now up.


The General Discussion Thread for the 2019 AAC is active as well.

Y'all come.

Dec 26, 2018, 6:21pm

Thank you for all your hard work setting us up for a new year Jim. I'll start a thread shortly.

Dec 26, 2018, 6:54pm

The Sackett Series Challenge has continued from last year. See here.

Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 7:19pm

>13 laytonwoman3rd: I might stop by. I loved The Chosen and The Promise.

>15 drneutron: thanks for posting that, drneutron!

Dec 27, 2018, 9:24am

For most folks, this change won’t matter except that the links on our group pages will be spaced for easier reading. But if you’re one of the folks who make updates to the wiki pages, you’ll find I changed the layout a bit to make them easier to edit. The change will be pretty obvious when you go to edit.

Dec 28, 2018, 7:01pm

Shared Read of Dick Francis' novels starting soon! Organizational thread is here

Dec 30, 2018, 9:00am

For anyone following some non-LT reading challenges, there is a thread for sharing recs and tracking progress:

Jan 17, 2019, 2:51pm

In case you're interested, this month's TOR ebook club selection is available for the next couple days.

Its a novelette called The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander. Its a alternate history that link's the Radium Girls with the elephant that was electrocuted on Coney island.

Sound right up my weird street.

Jan 17, 2019, 4:17pm

>20 mahsdad: Sounds interesting. Thanks.

Jan 30, 2019, 9:37pm

Lovers of Jackson Brodie rejoice! There's a new novel due out in June...

Mar 12, 2019, 1:18pm

TOR's ebook club is out. If you're interested, you have 3 days (until 3/15) to sign up and download John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire. It won the Locus Award last year, and was a finalist for the Hugo

Check it out...

Apr 17, 2019, 6:42pm

But apparently the rose windows, the organ, and a good deal of the relics and artwork were saved or only slightly damaged. Phew!

Apr 19, 2019, 6:02pm

Our dear group member, whisper1 (Linda Lipko), has lost her partner, Will.

Apr 19, 2019, 6:15pm

>26 laytonwoman3rd: Oh, no! That's awful. Thanks for letting us know, Linda.

Apr 19, 2019, 6:39pm

Oh, I'm very sorry to hear that! Thank you for letting us know.

Apr 19, 2019, 8:18pm

>26 laytonwoman3rd: so sorry to hear it. :(

Apr 19, 2019, 8:23pm

Oh no, how awful. Thanks for letting us know, Linda.

Apr 20, 2019, 11:51pm

Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear that.

May 14, 2019, 3:22pm

This month's TOR ebook club entry is availible until 5/17.

Its Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

May 18, 2019, 11:56pm

It appears that FictFact has shut down. I loved tracking my series through their website, and I also frequently used it at work when assisting library patrons who read series.

Visiting the website, one is now greeted by the message "Fictfact has closed." It says that most of their income came through Amazon Associate sales. They had some technical violation of terms of service and, even after they fixed it, they lost their appeal and Amazon terminated their account.

I complained to Amazon, and they replied that even though they lost their appeal, FictFact could reapply if their website was now in compliance. It doesn't look like the FictFact people are going to do that. Could they perhaps not know that that is an option? Perhaps they don't have the resources to keep going long enough to get through that process?

May 19, 2019, 10:52am

>33 tymfos: Thanks for the heads up.

I had a look and it says that they're unable to continue without funding but you can download your book data as a CSV file, which will be available until 1st July.

May 19, 2019, 12:45pm

>33 tymfos: Well, that's terrible news. Rats.

>34 humouress: What's a "CSV" file?

May 19, 2019, 12:57pm

>33 tymfos: Darn it all. Thanks for letting us know.

May 19, 2019, 1:04pm

>35 laytonwoman3rd: No idea :0)

That's what it says. But it comes through as a spreadsheet download.

May 19, 2019, 3:26pm

>37 humouress: Ah....I was afraid of that. I'm no good with those at all.

May 19, 2019, 3:40pm

>35 laytonwoman3rd: >37 humouress:. CSV stands for comma separated values. It's a text file where every field is listed with a comma in between.

Excel will open these up and put each field into its own cell

Edited: May 20, 2019, 2:30am

>33 tymfos: well that's too bad, but I really appreciate you letting us know.

I'll certainly download my data, but will have to give thought as to how to track my series going forward. I started using FictFact because I wasn't entirely pleased with how LT was handling series. I liked being able to choose which series I wanted to track, and the ability to see my progress across all series at-a-glance.

Edited: May 20, 2019, 10:31am

>40 lauralkeet: Tim Spaulding reached out to the Fictfact people on Twitter to see if LT could help them. It gave me a bit of hope that FF is not completely gone.

May 20, 2019, 10:45am

Go, Tim, go!!!!

May 20, 2019, 11:11am

>41 raidergirl3: Oooh....that could be good.

May 20, 2019, 12:00pm

>41 raidergirl3: ooh, that's excellent and hopefully promising, Elizabeth. I searched the "Recommended Site Improvements" group this morning and saw a couple of threads about series. I didn't have time to look into it in detail, but they were not recent and appeared to be addressing very different needs from what FictFact has done.

May 20, 2019, 12:06pm

>41 raidergirl3: - Thanks for the heads up about that. I went and tried to amplify it a bit, as it didn't look like the FF people had responded (at least publicly - maybe they did privately). I wouldn't be surprised if LT developed something to fill the gap...

May 20, 2019, 12:57pm

FictFact sent out an email describing the issue: Amazon demonetized their partner clicks. Some sort of file-maintenance error on FictFact's part got them bounced and there is no appeal process versus Amazon. Without the revenue stream, Richard et alii can't afford to continue operations.

I would *LOVE* to see FictFact merged into LT!

May 20, 2019, 1:20pm

>46 richardderus: Actually, I understood there was an appeal and Amazon denied it. In any case, I hope the door is wide open here at LT for some version of FictFact to continue. I found it very useful.

May 20, 2019, 1:26pm

I, too, was so surprised and upset at the abrupt closing of FictFact. I would love to see it continue in some form. I did a little looking, but didn’t see any comparable site.

Karen O

May 20, 2019, 1:33pm

If you're looking for the next book in a series, try

But there's nothing at all that does the tracking I could do on FictFact, and I looked pretty hard. Anyone else find anything?

May 20, 2019, 8:09pm

Has anyone set up a Kickstarter or Patreon page for Fictfact? Could we do that to support the Spaldingization of the site?

May 20, 2019, 8:15pm

Just chiming in. I would absolutely donate funds to help keep Fictfact afloat (say that aloud). I still feel like we are getting such a huge deal with LT (like, really? I don't need to pay an annual fee?) and the merger or partnership of both sites would be so very welcome and I would do my part to support the people behind the scenes.

May 20, 2019, 8:55pm

>51 EBT1002: I definitely would pay for the very cool service of Fictfact. I wish they had pursued that avenue; they mentioned that monetary donations would be really appreciated, but I think that most users would have gladly forked over funds to keep the great functionality.

Karen O.

Jun 2, 2019, 11:10am

I used Google Sheets to create a "progress dashboard" similar to one I used on FictFact. I just posted it on my thread, here:

I'd be happy to share the spreadsheet with anyone who would like to save a copy and customize it.

Jun 2, 2019, 12:50pm

The Pearl Buck thread is now up for the June American Authors Challenge.

Jun 26, 2019, 12:15pm

New TOR ebook club selection is available until 6/28

The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

Sep 28, 2019, 4:25pm

I'm putting together this year's Halloween read and would love some suggestions.

Oct 2, 2019, 10:46pm

The Halloween thread is now up!

Oct 22, 2019, 2:21pm

PSA: LT has temporarily disabled private messages/profile comments due to more spammer issues. At the moment if you send someone a PM it appears to post (ie no error message) but nothing actually happens. I logged this in the Bug Collectors Group which is how I learned the feature was disabled.

Oct 22, 2019, 3:53pm

>58 lauralkeet: Thanks for that information, Laura!

Oct 22, 2019, 5:05pm

>59 laytonwoman3rd: YW.

>58 lauralkeet: Update: I was able to post a private message about an hour ago, so I *think* things are back to normal. Here's the relevant Bug Collectors' thread in case anyone has problems to report:

Oct 23, 2019, 11:53am

Are you doing the Halloween Pumpkin hunt? I'm not seeing many references to it around the threads and if people don't use the Home page and look at the top, they might miss the banner announcing it. This one isn't too hard--I got 8 right off, 13 of 15 without any help--but these are always fun.

Oct 23, 2019, 11:57am

>61 ronincats: Thanks for mentioning that pumpkin hunt, Roni. I haven't seen the banner yet, although my daughter did say she finished it yesterday.

Oct 23, 2019, 12:36pm

Yeah, I never saw the banner, but ran across the Talk thread. I'm up to 11 without too much challenge - the rest are a little harder for me, but I'll get them.

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 12:52pm

With a little help from the The Great Halloween Pumpkin Hunt thread I got them all before bedtime yesterday :-)

Oct 23, 2019, 4:06pm

If anyone will be (or would like to be!) in the Maryville TN area Nov. 1-3, the Blount County Public Library is hosting the Cormac McCarthy Literary Festival.

Oct 23, 2019, 5:13pm

>65 cbl_tn: Thanks so much for that link, Carrie. I would love to be able to attend that festival, but you have at least given me information on a couple authors new to me, who I need to investigate!

Nov 8, 2019, 9:08pm

Do you hear the sleigh bells ringing (yeah I know its too early)? Get your Wishlists in order, news coming on Sunday! :)

Nov 10, 2019, 5:29pm

"Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here...."

Come One, Come All to the 2019 75'er Christmas Swap :

Nov 13, 2019, 12:38am

Just boosting the signal, come on and join the fun of picking books that your friends might want to read, need to read or never knew the need existed... >68 mahsdad:

Nov 14, 2019, 8:37pm

Boosting the signal again (sorry if I'm cluttering your starred threads). Looking for more friends to join our Christmas fun.

Plenty of room and time.

Nov 20, 2019, 9:25pm

Hey, its your friendly neighborhood Christmas Pest. Still time to get in on our fun, even if you are doing Santathing as well.

We currently have 14 people who are on the list. 6 short of last year's numbers, I won't bug you individually, if you don't want to participate, no harm, no foul. But we (or at least I) miss you.

Make it challenging for me to make the selections. :)

Edited: Dec 4, 2019, 5:08pm

There's a planning thread up for the 2020 American Authors Challenge. You can find it here. Previous participants probably saw the link on the current 2019 threads, but we'd love to have some "new blood", as it were. So if you haven't joined the challenge in the past, stop by and see what we might be getting into next year. We're pretty laid back; we do an author a month, and there are no one, skip the next, read just one or all's all good.