**Spring Reading Challenge – 2012**

The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the *Spring Reading Challenge – 2012** (1/9/12 – 30/11/12);

SPRING is almost on us….hooray!! Pack away those flanny PJ’s, get rid of those woolly jumpers and relax with a book to warm your heart! (By the way, what do you get when you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? ……A woolly jumper!!)
SPRING INTO SPRING FOR SOME EXCITING READING!


We will start with a slightly different part to this challenge – It’s called READ A RAINBOW
You must choose book covers to match the colors of the rainbow with the cover to have a large amount of whatever color you’re looking for.

I am going to use my back log for the Sword&Laser book group to try and fill in most of the rainbow as I have dropped well behind in working my way through these books.

1. Red

Ernest Cline – Ready Player One was also one of two Sword & Laser reads for Sep 2011
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them. …

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)
**Winter Reading Challenge – 2015**

2. Orange

Charles Stross – Rule 34 was the Sword & Laser read for Jan 2012
DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile. Anwar: As an ex-con, you’d like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you’ve landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you’re Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you’ve no idea what comes next. The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh’s undergrowth. But that’s ok, because as a distraction, you’re project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who’s killing off potential recruits? So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out.
(Media: to be obtained)

3. Yellow

N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) was the Sword & Laser read for May 2011

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)

N. K. Jemisin is an African-American female writer of speculative fiction. Her 2010 debut novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award and the 2011 Hugo Award, and was ranked #5 on Amazon’s “editors’ pick” list of the year’s best ten works of science fiction and fantasy.

4. Green

Brandon Sanderson – Elantris was the Sword & Laser read for Nov 2011
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

A rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It’s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)

VERDICT: VERDICT: ★★★.★
I’ll give this one a 3.5, Elantris is as a well-written fantasy that occasionally suffers from its pacing. The magic system of the Aon ad the Dor was interesting, but not as well developed as the later Mistborn systems.

5. Blue

D.M. Cornish – Factotum (Monster Blood Tattoo #3)
Rossamnd Bookchild stands accused of not truly being a human at all, but of being a monster. Even the protection of Europe, the Branden Rose–the most feared and renowned monster-hunter in all the Half-Continent–might not be enough to save him. Powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing Rossamnd-whose existence some believe may hold the secret to perpetual youth.
The concluding novel to the epic trilogy.

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)

6. Purple/Violet

Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) was the Sword & Laser read for Feb 2012
In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling.…
An orphan’s life is harsh–and often short–in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains–a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans–a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful–and more ambitious–than Locke has yet imagined.
Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men–and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game–or die trying.…

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)

“Some day, Locke Lamora,” he said, “some day, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope that I’m still around to see it.”

VERDICT: VERDICT: ★★★★

7. Spring clean your TBR shelf by choosing a book from here..something you’ve wanted to read for awhile, and just haven’t got around to!

Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) this is also the Sword & Laser read for August 2012
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

(Media: Audio Book, eBook)
**Summer Challenge – 1/12/15 – 29/2/16**

8. The Brisbane Writers Festival is on 5th – 9th September so choose a book written by an Aussie Author, and released within the 3 months of Spring 2012.

TBA

9. Choose a book with the title or cover relating to Spring e.g new life, new growth, warmth, joy, happiness….

TBA

10. Choose a Young Adult novel, try for Australian if you can, and also try for 2012 release.

TBA

For those of you who manage all that in super quick time, an extra challenge for you!

11. Pick a friend on your GR list then select and read a book they have read. You never know, you might find something new to enjoy!

Selected from Jacinta’s Books.

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir
Anh Do nearly didn’t make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing — not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days — could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.
Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was thirteen — they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother’s sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.
Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. ‘Four,’ the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination — a big life with big dreams. Anh’s story will move and amuse all who read it.

(Media: Dead Tree version)

VERDICT: ★★★★
It was great read (4 stars from 5), I think you’ll enjoy it
There are only two times. Now and too late.

12. As we all have SO many on our TBR list, another one from there to finish off our Spring cleaning:)

Paul Carter – Don’t Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs, She Thinks I’m A Piano Player In A Whorehouse
Since age 18, Paul Carter has worked on oil rigs in locations as far flung as the Middle East, Columbia, the North Sea, Borneo, Tunisia, Sumatra, Vietnam, Nigeria, Russia, and many others — and he’s survived (so far!) to tell stories from the edge of civilization (places, as it happens, upon which most of our lives rely).
Carter has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage, almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia, watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia, lost a lot of money backing a scorpion against a mouse in a fight to the death, and served cocktails by an orangutan on an ocean freighter.
Taking postings in some of the world’s wildest and most remote regions — not to mention some of the roughest rigs on the planet — Carter has worked and gotten into trouble with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.

(Media: Dead Tree version)

VERDICT: ★★★
This is very much a laugh out loud type of book. A slight warning, do not read the chapter ‘Pack-a-day Monkey’ when your partner is trying to slepp – you have been warned.

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