Skip to main content


I just finished Gone, which was really interesting, when I noticed that it was 558 pages long. This means that I DID finish the Chunkster Challenge. It was four books over 450 pages. The only thing I did not do is stick to my original list of books. Oh, and I broke my own rule of no YA but everyone else did too! Did you see how many Breaking Dawns are on that list? I read that too, but didn't count it.
Anyway, Gone was really cool. The world ends in this way: everyone over the age of 15 is "gone" and several kids in the story have acquired special powers a la Heroes (lightning speed, shooting lasers out of one's hands, etc). The animals have mutated too. Talking coyotes anyone? I thought the pace was rather page turning and the characters pretty believable for 14 year olds stuck all alone. One manages to run a McDonalds all by himself, and I thought that was funny. I think this book would make a great movie.
So, wrapping up the Fall semester at school and I have to take a Winterim course. So I will not be getting a break. But it's all worth it to be done in May. Whoo-hoo! I do plan to get some reading done over the holidays and for my train ride too and fro school I have uploaded a couple of audio books to listen to. I have a pile of books at home right now.


Popular posts from this blog

Nebula Award Nominees 2017- Short Stories

This post is my progress report on my self-challenge to read all of the 2017  Nebula nominees! So far, I have completed the short story category and most of the the novelettes. I have 3 novellas and 3 novels to go.

Nebula Award Nominees 2017- Short Stories

What fun! I would never have read any of these stories on my own, although I expect some of these will show up in some future anthologies.
I have one personal gripe, and this will come up again in another category, and that is the death of the horror genre. Because they have just killed "horror" and lumped scary stories in with science fiction and fantasy, we get stories like SabbathWine trying to compete with Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies and it's not fair. It really is apples and oranges. Don't believe me about horror? Go find the horror section in the Barnes and Noble. Go ahead, I'll wait. 

     Griping over, this selection of stories was AWESOME and heavy on the fantasy stories. Seasons and Wardrobe are fan…

Reading Challenge: Read all of the Nebula Nominees

I am on a mission to read all of the Nebula Award Nominees before the awards are presented on May 20th. This was prompted by the fact that I see these awards all of the time and I have only recently gotten hooked on science fiction so I think it is important to understand what the community thinks is the best of the best. I plan to do the exact same thing for the Hugos, but I have time.
Unlike childrens' book awards, in which awards do not in any way equal popularity, readers seem to like to award favorites.

It's no secret I am just crazy about N.K. Jemisin and her writing. Honestly it is because of she and Kameron Hurley and Becky Chambers and Jacqueline Koyanagi and Charlie Jane Anders and John Scalzi and James S.A. Corey (both of them) that I find myself absolutely loving this genre. I have NO desire to go back and read early science fiction with dorky cartoon covers featuring sexy aliens and white dudes holding Jetson-esque blasters. I want to read forward. I like where …

Seize The City

I'm about to hit you with a group game that 1. costs very little money to make 2. sounds a lot harder than it actually is. Ready? Okay!

This summer we will be playing Seize the City. It's modeled after my game Seize the Castle. The only thing changing here are the trivia questions will now be super hero themed and instead of a castle in the center, there will be a "city". Something akin to this:
Image borrowed from Etsy for visual aid purpose only. My teen volunteers will actually be making the city from scratch and it will look however they want it to :) 

Because this game already exists in castle form, you will just have to use your imagination.
And because NO Thing is really original here is what started me on the path to Seize the Castle greatness:

The Game:

You will need:

Up to 20 players
2 mats with grids taped out on them
1 cardboard/foam core castle (or city, for summer)