** May Challenge – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the May Challenge – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal;

MAY is our SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal month BUT with a difference!
This month you are challenged to read one of each of the above genres by using at least three of the following challenge suggestions:
a) One by an Aussie author
b) One that was released over ten (10) years ago (by any author)
c) One which was released in the last five (5) years (by any author)
d) One from your Goodreads owned TBR

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a) One by an Aussie author + FANTASY
Trudi Canavan – The Magicians’ Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, #1)
Guild “We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”
This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders… and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.
What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★

b) One that was released over ten (10) years ago (by any author) + SCIENCE FICTION
The Sword of Rhiannon is the proposed Sword & Laser read for May 2015.

Sea-Kings Leigh Brackett – The Sword of Rhiannon
The Sword of Rhiannon (1953) – first published as Sea-Kings of Mars (1949)
Greed pulls the archaeologist Matt Carse into the forgotten tomb of the Martian god Rhiannon and plunges the unlikely hero into the Red Planet’s fantastic past, when vast oceans covered the land and the legendary Sea-Kings ruled from terraced palaces of decadence and delight.
(Media: audiobook, PDF, eBook)
VERDICT:

c) One which was released in the last five (5) years (by any author) + PARANORMAL
DeadSet Richard Kadrey – Dead Set
(Published October 29th 2013)
After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe’s dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.
Yet something is very wrong. An unfamiliar — and uninvited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then…
How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

(Media: AudioBook)
VERDICT: ★★★

d) One from your Goodreads owned TBR + SCIENCE FICTION
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas is a Sword & Laser read for October 2012
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

(Media: AudioBook)
VERDICT: ★★★

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