Saturday, December 4, 2010

Connie Willis Mini Challenge


This challenge is for 2010-2011
It begins October 1, 2010. It ends November 30, 2011.
Read two books by Connie Willis. (Includes novellas and short stories, etc.)
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Her books:

Water Witch (1982) with Cynthia Felice
Berserker Base (1984) with Poul Anderson, Edward Bryant, Stephen Donaldson, Larry Niven, Fred Saberhagen, and Roger Zelazny.
Fire Watch (1984)
Lincoln's Dreams (1987)
Light Raid (1989) with Cynthia Felice
Doomsday Book (1992)
Impossible Things (1993)
Remake (1994)
Uncharted Territory (1994)
Futures Imperfect (1996) (Omnibus of Uncharted Territory, Remake, Bellwether)
Bellwether (1996)
Promised Land (1997) with Cynthia Felice
To Say Nothing of the Dog (1997)
Even the Queen And Other Short Stories (1998) (Sound recording)
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (1999)
Inside Job (2005)
D.A. (2007)
All Seated On the Ground (2007)
The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium (2007)
Passage (2001)
Blackout (2010)
All Clear (2010)

Hugo Wins -- Fire Watch 1983 (novelette), The Last of the Winnebagos  1989 (novella), Doomsday Book 1993 (novel), Even the Queen 1993 (short story), Death on the Nile 1994 (short story), The Soul Selects Her Own Society 1997 (short story), To Say Nothing of the Dog 1999 (novel), The Winds of Marble Arch 2000 (novella), Inside Job 2006 (novella), All Seated On the Ground 2008 (novella).

Nebula Wins -- Fire Watch 1983 (novelette), A Letter From the Clearys 1983 (short story), The Last of the Winnebagos 1988 (novella), At the Rialto 1990 (novelette), Doomsday Book 1993 (novel), Even the Queen 1993 (short story).

Locus Awards Wins -- Doomsday Book 1993 (novel), To Say Nothing of the Dog 1999 (novel), Passage 2001 (novel)


John W. Campbell Memorial Award Win -- Lincoln's Dreams 1988 (novel)

To see which of her books have been nominated for awards, visit her Wikipedia page.
To learn more about her and her work, visit her website.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

More Steinbeck! Mini-Challenge


Last year I hosted the John Steinbeck Mini-Challenge. At the time I hadn't read any of his books, and I was curious but skeptic. This year, I want to host the challenge again. Because I'm just so excited to have discovered him! So I want to encourage you to join with me this year in reading more Steinbeck! How many books you read (or how many movies you watch) is completely up to you. To "qualify" as a participant, you need to read at least one book. You can also read books about Steinbeck.

To join, leave a comment. The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 14, 2011.

Here (shamelessly cut and pasted) is his bibliography:

Cup of Gold : a Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History. – New York : McBride, 1929
The Pastures of Heaven. – New York : Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932
To a God Unknown. – New York : Ballou, 1933
Tortilla Flat. – New York : Covici-Friede, 1935
In Dubious Battle. – New York : Covici-Friede, 1936
Of Mice and Men. – New York : Covici-Friede, 1937
Of Mice and Men : a Play in Three Acts. – New York : Covici- Friede, 1937
The Red Pony. – New York : Covici-Friede, 1937. – Enlarged edition, New York : Viking, 1945
Their Blood Is Strong. – San Francisco: Simon J. Lubin Society, 1938
The Long Valley. – New York : Viking, 1938
The Grapes of Wrath. – New York : Viking, 1939
Sea of Cortez : a Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research / by John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts. – New York : Viking, 1941. – Republ. as The Log from the Sea of Cortez. – New York : Viking, 1951
The Forgotten Village. – New York : Viking, 1941
Bombs Away : the Story of a Bomber Team. – New York : Viking, 1942
The Moon Is Down. – New York : Viking, 1942
The Moon Is Down : a Play in Two Parts. – New York : Dramatists Play Service, 1942
Cannery Row. – New York : Viking, 1945
The Pearl. – New York : Viking, 1947
The Wayward Bus. – New York : Viking, 1947
A Russian Journal. – New York : Viking, 1948
Burning Bright : a Play in Story Form. – New York : Village Press, 1950
Burning Bright : a Play in Three Acts. – New York : Dramatists Play Service, 1951
East of Eden. – New York : Viking, 1952
Viva Zapata! - Rome: Edizioni Filmcritica, 1952
Sweet Thursday. – New York : Viking, 1954
The Short Reign of Pippin IV : a Fabrication. – New York : Viking, 1957
Once There Was a War. – New York : Viking, 1958
The Winter of Our Discontent. – New York : Viking, 1961
Speech Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. – New York : Viking, 1962
Travels with Charley : In Search of America. – New York : Viking, 1962
America and Americans. – New York : Viking, 1966
Journal of a Novel : The East of Eden Letters. – New York : Viking, 1969
Steinbeck : a Life in Letters / Ed. by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten. – New York : Viking, 1975
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights : From the Winchester Manuscript and Other Sources / Ed. by Chase Horton. – New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976
Steinbeck and Covici : The Story of a Friendship / Thomas French, ed. – Middlebury, Vt. : P. S. Eriksson, 1979
The Uncollected Stories of John Steinbeck / edited by Kiyoshi Nakayama. – Tokyo: Nan'un-do, 1986
John Steinbeck on Writing / edited by Tetsumaro Hayashi. – Muncie, Ind.: Steinbeck Research Institute, 1988
Working Days : The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, 1938-1941 / edited by Robert DeMott. – New York : Viking, 1989
America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction / Ed. by Susan Shillinglaw & Jackson J. Benson. – New York : Viking, 2002. – Publ. in England as Of Men and Their Making : the Selected Non-Fiction of John Steinbeck. – London : Allen Lane, 2002