**Winter Reading Challenge – 2013**

**Winter Reading Challenge** (01-Jun-2013 – 31-Aug-2013)
The Aussie Readers group on **Winter Reading Challenge – 2013**;

It’s a shame, BUT…..
Winteriscoming
So, sit yourselves down with pen and paper and work out your lists for our Winter Challenge….then get ready for June 1st!
Curl up with a hot chocolate, a good book, and HAPPY READING

1. Read an Aussie author with a reference to Winter either in their title or the storyline.

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2. Read a NON Aussie author with a reference to Winter either in their title or the storyline.

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3. Pick a friend, and read a book from their list which you haven’t read before.

From Jacinta’s list;

Guy Gavriel Kay – Tigana
Eight of the nine provinces of the Peninsula of the Palm, on a world with two moons, have fallen to the warrior sorcerers Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior. Brandin’s younger son is slain in a battle with the principality of Tigana, which the grief-stricken sorcerer then destroys. After sweeping down and destroying the remnants of their army, burning their books and destroying their architecture and statuary, he makes it so that no one not born in that province can even hear its name. Years later, a small band of survivors, led by Alessan, last prince of Tigana’s royal house, wages psychological warfare, planting seeds for the overthrow of the two tyrants. At the center of these activities are Devin, a gifted young singer; Catriana, a young woman pursued by suspicions of her family’s guilt; and Duke Sandre d’Astibar, a wily resistance leader thought dead. Meanwhile, at Brandin’s court, Dianora, his favorite concubine and–unknown to anyone, another survivor of Tigana–struggles between her growing love for the often gentle tyrant and her desire for vengeance. Gradually the scene is set for both conquerors to destroy each other and free a land.
(Media: Audiobook, eBook)
[Sword & Laser read for June 2012]

4. Love the Literature Map…so.. put in the name of your favourite author, and choose a book by the author closest!

Juggling about with both Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie;

map

WiseMan Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have hear of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view–a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, Day Two of the Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the FAe realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.

In THE WISE MAN’SFEAR, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
(Media: Audiobook, eBook)

5. Choose a New Release which is published in either June, July or August 2013.

Ocean Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

(Media: ?)

6. There will be some of you who have never read a Graphic Novel before…so surprise yourself with the enjoyment of reading one!

FirstLaw Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law is probably not going to count even with the comixology subscription 😉

Thinking man’s barbarian Logen Ninefingers struggles to escape his bloody past, war hero turned torturer Inquisitor Glokta struggles to control the treacherous present, and self-obsessed young nobleman Jezal dan Luthar struggles to snatch a golden future without doing any work at all. All three are drawn into the machinations of Bayaz, the legendary First of the Magi. But does he really want to save the world? Or are things more complicated than they appear?
The First Law is a trilogy that combines the best of fantasy – adventure, mystery, magic, and an epic scale – with realism, cynicism, visceral action, plenty of surprises, a focus on vivid characters, and a heavy dose of black humour. Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, bloody battles will be won and lost, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, and wickedly funny, The First Law is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.
The books have sold over 2 million copies and are published in 26 languages, now Blind Ferret bring you a comprehensive, full colour graphic novel of The First Law adapted by Chuck Dixon and edited by Rich Young, with art by Andie Tong, Colors by Pete Pantazis, Letters and Design by Bill Tortolini, and with input and oversight at every stage from Joe Abercrombie. It will be available, free to anyone with an internet connection, here at http://www.firstlawcomic.com, with new pages released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Entire 22 pg issues are available from ComiXology, with guided view and bonus content. Finally, every four issues will be combined in printed collections with further bonus material.

VERDICT: ★★★★

7. Read anything Non Fiction (biographies, auto-biographies, memoirs)

The-Comfort-of-Water Maya Ward – The Comfort of Water
The Comfort of Water, Maya Ward’s lyrical exploration of her river as it winds through the city and the wild is a revelation, a testament to the fact that the greatest of worlds are often at our doorstep. Its author understands the power of the natural world to transform lives, and writes about the connection between a river and the self with humility, humour, and a clear-headed wisdom. The telling of her own journey and that of her fellow walkers is seamlessly woven together with ecological and cultural history, the revelation of the pilgrim’s path and the unknowable depth of Aboriginal myth. Through trekking this Wurundjeri Songline, this ancient, ever-renewing river, she discovers rich possibilities of belonging, and shares how a river can nourish the passion and resilience required to transform our world.
(Media: Dead Tree)

VERDICT: ★★★

8. Snuggle up by the fire and read a suspense/murder mystery/thriller to give you thrills and chills!

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9. Choose an author born in one of these Winter months (June, July, August), and read a book by said author!

Cory Doctorow (July 17)

Cory Doctrow - Homeland Cory Doctrow – Homeland (Little Brother, #2)
In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.
A few years later, California’s economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his onetime girlfriend Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.
Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.
Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.

(Media: eBook)

10. International Children’s Day is on 1st June – read a children’s book, or a Young Adult book of your choice.

Once Morris Gleitzman – Once (Once, #1)
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them–straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.
To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage’s outdated library. But as Felix’s journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.
Despite his grim surroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.

(Media: Dead Tree)

I ended up reading the combined Once & Then (Once #1-2). This book came highly recommended and has lived up to the recommendation

VERDICT: ★★★★

11. 12. 13. BONUS FOR QUICK READERS (or those who just want the extra challenge!)
One extra book for each month of Winter…June, July, August…from your TBR lists:)

tbc

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