Friday, July 1, 2011

Speculative Fiction Challenge Halfway Point

Speculative Fiction Challenge Halfway Point Check In

Some Interesting Data Points:

Sub-Genres (Each book may be included in multiple sub-genres):
Science Fiction - 7
Dystopian - 5
Young Adult - 4
Urban Fantasy - 2
Alternate History - 1
Fantasy - 1
Steampunk - 1

Ace Books - 1
Baen Books - 1
DAW - 1
Nightshade Books - 1
Orbit - 1
Speak (Penguin) - 1
Spectra - 1
Subterranean Press - 1
Scholastic Press - 3

Time Frame:
0-1 Year - 7
2-5 Years - 4

Reading Format:
Paperback - 5
Audiobook - 3
Hardback - 2
Kindle for Android - 1

Books Reviewed:

Prospective Book List from the Beginning of the Year:
  • Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
  • Clementine by Cherie Priest
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Read, Not Yet Reviewed)
  • The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C Hines (Read, Not Yet Reviewed)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Read, Not Yet Reviewed)
  • Heartless by Gail Carriger (Read, Not Yet Reviewed)
  • Steampunk edited by Jeff Vandermeer (In Progress)
  • Ganymede by Cherie Priest
  • Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
  • Kraken by China Mieville
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Additional Thoughts:
At this point in time, I've read and reviewed 11 of 12 books for the Speculative Fiction Challenge.

It's been interesting to make a deliberate attempt to review the books that I've been reading. I have been reading a fair amount besides these books but some of it has been re-reading old favorites or reading series where I don't feel that each book requires a separate review. I'm also much faster at reading than I am at reviewing. It's also interesting to see which books I thought I'd be reading and reviewing and how that compares to my hopes/goals/predictions at the start of the year.

Thoughts on the data
It's interesting to see that, at least of the books I've reviewed, I read offerings from a variety of publishers. To be honest I don't really pay much attention to the name of the publisher and I think that my review list shows that. It is also interesting to see that I have read and reviewed more female authors than male authors. At the end of the year it may be interesting to analyze the data for what sub-genres I read by male and female authors and how (if?) it differs.

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