Saturday, May 17, 2008

Becky Unveils Secret Project...

I brainstormed this "project" a week or so ago. But I've been keeping it secret because I didn't want hate mail. But I can't delay the inevitable, and I'm really excited about it. One because it's so diverse and the possibilities are endless...and two because I'm just super-excitable.

The full rules are available on that site. But long story short:

Your mission--if you choose to accept it--is to read, watch, listen, and review 42 sci-fi related items. (Items isn't the best word, but how else would you define all that this challenge could involve). What's acceptable? Practically everything: short stories, poetry (???), novellas, novels, episodes of TV shows, episodes of radio shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, audio books, essays or articles about science fiction or science fiction writers, biographies of science fiction authors. This isn't quite as intimidating as it sounds. This is much more than a reading challenge. It would be intimidating (in all likelihood) to try to read that many books. But when you make each short story, each TV show episode count as individual items, then it is much more manageable I hope! (This challenge could be as easy as watching Season 1 and Season 2 of Stargate SG-1, for example.)
I don't know about you, but I LOVE watching science fiction. (Especially Stargate, Star Trek, and Twilight Zone). Each episode, as I said, counts as an individual item. So it isn't as monstrous as it sounds.

The time frame? Officially starts January 1, 2009. Officially ends December 3, 2009. Giving you 42 weeks and 42 days.
The unofficial time frame? Whatever suits you. If you were to start today, May 17th, for example, you'd have 1 year, 6 months, and 16 days.

Sign ups are over there.


chrisa511 4:28 PM  

I'm so in for this one! This works perfectly for me since I love sci-fi so much...I can definitely manage 42 "items" especially if I start now! I'll do a post on it later. Cool!

MotherReader 4:56 PM  

If I started now I could count all these Battlestar Galactica episodes my husband is making me watch - in the interest of together time, you understand.

Becky 5:38 PM  

I'd love to welcome you, Pam, if you want in :) I do understand about together time mostly. It's a somewhat slightly funny story. I started watching Stargate SG-1 when it aired at night. I think it was on 11-12ish. I loved it. Little did I know that Dad was watching it during the daytime when it aired in the afternoons. Then one day we were like, "You watch stargate??? Me too!!!" We had been watching separately a year or so before we caught on that the other was just as big a fan. Then he started buying the seasons and we've had plenty and plenty and plenty of together time ever since. It was then my mission in life to convert my brother-in-law and sister to stargate. It worked like a charm. :) He then set out to convert his brother and sister-in-law and then that worked like a charm. So the love just goes on and on.

Debi 7:40 PM  

Oh Becky, this sounds like soooo much fun! I think I'll try to be good and wait until the official start date. (Oh, who am I kidding...I need to wait so I can get some of these other challenges done first!)

Kitty 9:40 PM  

I'll be in for this next year Becky. I've never watched Stargate, but my Dad loves it. Maybe I'll give it a try. My thing is Star Trek TNG and the old series Lost in Space.

Becky 9:49 PM  

Debi...come on...join us....:)

Susan, I'm glad you'll be joining in. You should definitely give Stargate a try. Not that I'm biased or anything. I LOVED Star Trek TNG. I remember watching it every Sunday night (without fail) right from the series premiere through the series finale. And I was ecstatic when I got the DVD seasons for Christmas a while back. :) I'll be watching TNG as well for this challenge!

I don't think I ever saw Lost In Space though I've heard of it of course mostly in reference to that movie version that came out a few years ago--although "few" could be an understatement and go back as far as ten or thirteen years. :)

Becky 9:53 PM  

Susan, one more thing :) If you want to join the blog for the challenge, I'll need your email address. If you don't feel comfortable posting it online, you may email me privately at laney_poATyahooDOTcom

Kitty 2:30 PM  

I love to join the blog Becky. My email is eightcatzATgmailDOTcom

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

2018 Kitty Lit Challenge

2018 Kitty Lit Challenge
Link to sign-up page

Join the Victorian Reading Challenge

Join the Victorian Reading Challenge
Linked to sign up page

Family Tree Reading Challenge

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Link to sign-up page

2018 Share-a-Tea Challenge

2018 Share-a-Tea Challenge
Linked To Sign Up Page

2018 Charity Challenge (Sign Up)

2018 Good Rule Reading Challenge

2018 Good Rule Reading Challenge
Link to sign up page

2018 Picture Book Challenge

2018 Picture Book Challenge
Link to sign-up page

Join the 2018 Middle Grade Reading Challenge

Join the 2018 Middle Grade Reading Challenge
click image to go to sign up post

Good Rules Cheat List

Board books and picture books = new is anything published after 2013
Early readers and chapter books = new is anything published after 2013
Contemporary (general/realistic) = new is anything published after 2007
Speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy = new is anything published after 2007
Classics = anything published before 1968
Historical fiction = new is anything published after 2007
Mysteries = new is anything published after 1988
Nonfiction = new is anything published after 2007
Christian books = new is anything published after 2000
Bibles = new is anything published after 1989

My Blog List

(Old) Challenge Participants

Becky's Hosting These Challenges

100 Books Project: Fill in the Gaps

Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by 2008

Back to TOP