**Summer Challenge – 1/12/15 – 29/2/16**

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the **Summer Challenge – 1/12/15 – 29/2/16**;

For our Summer Seasonal Challenge we’re going to try something a little different! Let’s do My Favourite Book Challenge in Summer

How It Works:
1). Take the name of your favourite book (or any book you really love if you can’t choose a favourite) and read a book that starts with each letter of that book . It’s that simple!
2). If you finish your first title quickly, challenge yourself to choose your second favourite book title and start over! See how many of your favourite book titles you can complete! 🙂
3). To make it more challenging, try to choose books relating to Summer – title, cover or content…
4). Ideally your book won’t be something like It or Us (for obvious reasons!)

Example:
If your favourite book is Gone Girl this is how your choices could look:

G – Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
O – One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
N – Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
E – Emergency Response by Nicki Edwards

G – A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
I – Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon
R – Resurrected, Restitution by Fran Shaff
L – Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

Kick back, relax and enjoy the summer sun whilst reading up a storm!!

Working with Tad Williams’ Otherland as all four books from this series are five star rated books in my list (and it gives a challenge total of nine books which may be possible for me to read for the challenge).

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T –
The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. …

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Dan Simmons – Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
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Redshirts John Scalzi – Redshirt
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

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Redshirts was the ALTERNATE Sword & Laser read for July 2013
VERDICT: ★★★★

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Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
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.

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Dreadnought Cherie Priest – Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)
Mercy Lynch is working at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when she learns that her husband has died in a POW camp and her estranged father is gravely injured and wishes to see her. With no good reason to stay in Virginia, Mercy sets out to see her father in Seattle.
But crossing the country is no small task; it’s a harrowing adventure through war-torn border states by dirigible, rail, and the Mississippi River. And once Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Lacking options and running out of money, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.
What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why it’s meeting such resisitance. Perhaps it has something to do with the mysterious cargo in the second and last train cars?
Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.

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