Thursday, December 10, 2009

2010 Speculative Fiction Challenge!

2010 Speculative Fiction Challenge hosted by Book Chick City

Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.


1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. There are four levels:

• Inquisitive – Read 3 Speculative Fiction novels.

• Enthusiastic – Read 6 Speculative Fiction novels.

• Addicted – Read 12 Speculative Fiction novels.

• Obsessed – Read 24 Speculative Fiction novels.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone!

5. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

My goal: Addicted – Read 12 Speculative Fiction novels.

01. Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines (Review)
02. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Review)
03. and Falling, Fly by Skyler White (Review
04. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

(Possible books - subject to change)
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
The Ask and Answer - Patrick Ness
Soulless - Gail Carriger
Changeless - Gail Carriger
Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Cherie Priest
Fathom - Cherie Priest
Shadows Edge by Brent Weeks
The Monstrumologist - Richard Yancey
The Demon King - Cinda Chima

I was going to limit myself at 2 challenges in 2010, but this was too hard to resist! I will start off with 12, but hopefully time will allow me to jump up to "Obsessed" (24 novels). I love this genre!


Unknown said...

Hi Nikki, welcome to the Speculative Fiction challenge, so pleased you signed up! I'm loving your list of books so far! Enjoy! :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Can I ask a totally silly question: What's speculative fiction refer to? I've heard it used lately and don't really know what it means.

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

@JuJu - Speculative fiction is basically a genre that speculates about a world different from the real world. The story could take place in a planet/world/culture that never existed or an Earth that might have been or might be.

It includes a lot of sub-genres as well, such as: Steampunk, Dystopia, Urban Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Alternate History, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Holocaust/Post-Holocaust, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, and more.

The genre covers a lot of territory and works as a means to eliminate the need of separation between fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.

james m. toburen said...

I've heard two different definitions for it. One is just a catch-all for both sci-fi and fantasy, I'm guessing trying to give it a more literary-sounding pedigree.

The other definition I've heard is a specific sort of fantasy/sci-fi which mostly focuses on a version of Earth that is similar but different than our own. This would includes genres like steampunk, most of the urban fantasy, all the junk with tween vampires in high school, and lots of sci-fi set on our own world.

Not sure definition which this reading challenge is using.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Thanks Nikki! That makes total sense! :)

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