Sunday, December 26, 2010

Becky's 2010-2011 List of 42

1. Mind War (B5, season one)
2. The War Prayer (B5, season one)
3. And the Sky Full of Stars (B5, season one)
4. Signs and Portents (B5, season one)
5. TKO (B5, season one)
6. Eyes (B5, season one)
7. A Voice in the Wilderness, part one and two (B5, season one)
8. Babylon Squared (B5, season one)
9. The Quality of Mercy (B5, season one)
10. Chrysalis (B5, season one)
11. Points of Departure (B5, season two)
12. Revelations (B5, season two)
13. Air, part one, two, three (Stargate Universe, season one)
14. Darkness (Stargate Universe, season one)
15. Light (Stargate Universe, season one)
16. Water (Stargate Universe, season one)
17. Earth (Stargate Universe, season one)
18. Time (Stargate Universe, season one)
19. Life (Stargate Universe, season one)
20. Justice (Stargate Universe, season one)
21. The Geometry of Shadows (B5, Season two)
22. The Long Dark (B5, season two)
23. Space (Stargate Universe, season one)
24. Divided (Stargate Universe, season one)
25. Faith (Stargate Universe, season one)
26. Human (Stargate Universe, season one)
27. Lost (Stargate Universe, season one)
28. Sabotage (Stargate Universe, season one)
29. Incursion part one and two (Stargate Universe, season one)
30. A Spider in the Web (B5, season two)
31. Soul Mates (B5, season two)
32. A Race Through Dark Places (B5, season two)
33. The Coming of Shadows (B5, season two)
34. Gropos (B5, season two)
35. All Alone in the Night (B5, season two)
36. Acts of Sacrifice (B5, season two)
37. Hunter, Prey (B5, season two)
38. There All the Honor Lies (B5, season two)
39. And Now for a Word (B5, season two)
40. In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum (B5, season two)
41. Knives (B5, Season two)
42. Confessions and Lamentations (B5, season two)
43. Divided Loyalties (B5, Season two)
44. The Long, Twilight Struggle (B5, Season two)
45. Comes the Inquisitor (B5, Season two)
46. The Fall of Night (B5, Season two)
47. Backtracked. Pedro de Alcantara. (time travel)
48. Pathfinder. Orson Scott Card. (space adventure, time travel)
49. Divergent. Veronica Roth. (dystopia)
50. Delirium. Lauren Oliver. (dystopia)
51. Across the Universe. Beth Revis.
52. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
53. the dead & the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
54. this world we live in by Susan Beth Pfeffer
55. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White
56. The Giver by Lois Lowry
57. Matched. Ally Condie.
58. XVI. Julia Karr.
59. Wither. Laura DeStefano.
60. Outside In. Maria V. Snyder.
61. The Pilgrimage: The Unforgettable SF Masterpiece of the Strangers Among Us: The First Book of The People. Zenna Henderson.
62. The People: No Different Flesh. (The New Chronicle of  THE PEOPLE) Zenna Henderson.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Made it to 33!

Here is a link to my 42 Challenge page. It's been great fun and I'm probably going to sign up for 2011.

Wrapping Up 2010

I know this is a little late, but I just wrote my wrap-up for the 2010 edition of the Challenge; it's posted on my blog here. Didn't quite make it to 42 events/experiences this year, but I definitely enjoyed trying. Thanks, Becky, for hosting this - it's been one of my favorites of all the many (too many) reading challenges I've been involved in.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Starman Jones ~Robert A. Heinlein

My 34th event for the 42 Challenge 2010 was reading Robert A. Heinlein's novel, Starman Jones. It was a fun, page-turner that is well worth reading. My review can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Want to 42 Again? Again?

42 Challenge (for 2011)
Officially starts January 1, 2011
Officially ends December 3, 2011

Your mission--if you choose to accept it--is to read, watch, listen, and (possibly) review 42 sci-fi related items.

What counts? Short stories, novellas, novels, radio show episodes, television show episodes, movies, graphic novels, comic books, audio books, essays about science fiction, biographies about sci-fi authors, etc. Adapted or abridged works are okay as well.

Keep an ongoing list of your 42 either here on this site (just leave your email address in the comments) or on your own site (just leave a link to your list in the comments). Your list doesn't have to include links to your reviews. But it can if you like. Reviews are not required.

If you want to join the challenge, leave a comment on this post.
If you want to be able to contribute to this site, then leave your email address. (If you don't want to contribute, then that's not necessary.)
If this will be your second or third year, and you'd like to continue on, then leave a comment to 'renew' your participation.
If this is your first year participating, it would be helpful (see below) if you could say this is your first year.
MY goal is to (eventually) add all participants to the site's blog roll.
If you would like to be added to the blog roll AND your blog/site isn't linked in your profile, please leave a link to your site.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Conferation of Valor ~Tanya Huff

My 32nd and 33rd entry for the 42 Challenge 2010 is the two-novel omnibus covering books one and two of Tanya Huff's Valor series.
The book is called A Confederation of Valor, it was great, and you can read my review by clicking here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Asimov's Science Fiction: January 2011

For my 31st entry into this year's 42 Challenge I read the latest issue of Asimov's. It was a really great issue. My review can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Currents of Space ~Isaac Asimov

For my 30th item in the 42 Challenge I read and reviewed Isaac Asimov's 1952 classic, The Currents of Space. It was great fun, a book I recommend, and my review can be found by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Star Trek Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game ~David Mack

Just read the latest Star Trek novel by David Mack, my 29th challenge related item for the 42 Challenge. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

When You Reach Me ~Rebecca Stead

My latest 42 Challenge review is up:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shellie & John's (Layers of Thought) Latest reviews

  1. The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Post-Human by David Simpson
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  5. The City & The City by China Mieville
  6. Prador Moon by Neil Archer
  7. Very Hard Choices by Spider Robinson
  8. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
We have several movies to add, and perhaps I have a few short stories....
15 down 27 to go!

The question is can we do it?
That would be approx 4.5 reviews per person per month to the end of the year...better get reading and watching and reviewing!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ministry of Space ~Warren Ellis, Chris Weston

My 24th entry into this year's 42 Challenge is a review of the graphic novel miniseries, Ministry of Space, by Warren Ellis and Chris Weston. It is fantastic and comes highly recommended.

You can see my review here.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Star Wars Remembrance

For my 22nd and 23rd items related to this year's challenge I have done a combined post reviewing Brian Daley's novel, Han Solo at Star's End, and reminiscing about The Empire Strikes Back, this being its 30th Anniversary. You can find the post by clicking here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strange Light ~Larry Niven

Over my recent vacation I had the pleasure of reading Larry Niven's contribution to Lisa Snellings' "Strange" series. The review, my 21st for this year's 42 Challenge, can be found in the post here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Three more book reviews to add to the list from Layers of Thought

  1. Inside Out by Maria Snyder- (girls young adult)
  2. The Quiet War by Paul McAuley- (hard sci fi)
  3. The Army of the Republic by Stuart Archer Cohen - (alternative reality thriller)
7 down 35 to go and the years almost half over... goodness!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Appocalyptic Young Adult Trilogy - The Moon Series

Susan Beth Pfeffer - Apocalyptic 3 book series review at Layers of Thought.
I devoured the series.

4 down 38 to go!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dr Who: The End of Time

In preparation for New Who season 5 which starts here in the UK on Easter Staurday, I re-watched and commented on the last two episodes starring David Tennant, and my thoughts can be found here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Finch ~Jeff Vandermeer

My 20th post for this year's 42 Challenge is a review of a book nominated for the Best Novel category in this year's Nebula Awards, Finch by Jeff Vandermeer.

You can find the review here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Eon by Greg Bear

John at Layers of Thought gave this book 4.5 stars. See his review here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Alchemy of Stone

My thoughts on this wonderful novel are here

Monday, February 22, 2010

Two Greats

For #18 and 19 of my 42 Challenge I have done a 'two for one' review of the books Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein and You Will Never be the Same by Cordwainer Smith.

You may peruse said review here.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


My review of this fantastic movie can be found here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cyberabad Days ~Ian McDonald

For my 17th entry in this year's challenge I read Ian McDonald's short story collection, Cyberabad Days.

My review is here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Diving into the Wreck ~Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Just read an excellent, excellent book, Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It is my sixteenth post for this year's challenge. The review is here.

Gateway ~Frederik Pohl

For my fifteenth 42 Challenge post (I'm saving number 14 to post in conjunction with something else), I give you a review of the multi-award-winning novel, Gateway by Frederick Pohl.

My review is here.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Saturn's Children

My review of this novel by Charles Stross can be found here.

Moon: A Movie Review

I watched the excellent sci fi film Moon over the weekend and blogged about it here. I highly recommend it. It is my thirteenth post for the 42 Challenge.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nova War

My thoughts on the second of Gary Gibson's Shoal Sequence can be found here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Number 12

Just posted my twelfth entry for this year's 42 Challenge, a review of the March 2010 issues of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. It was great!

Review here.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Finally, finally got round to posting about this here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

42 Challenge, Number 11

I just finished reading an excellent short story anthology from 1957/58 called, The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction, Seventh Series, edited by Anthony Boucher.

Lots of worthwhile stories in this collection, particularly one by Chad Oliver that fans of Avatar, and non-fans of Avatar, should read.

My review is here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

42 #10!!!

Just posted my 10th review for this year's challenge, a book review for John Scalzi's excellent, award-winning novel, Old Man's War.

Here is the link.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Number 9

Just read and reviewed Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. Excellent!!!

Here is the review.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

42 Challenge Number 8

Here is my eighth post for this year's 42 Challenge, a Friday Favorites/Book Review for the art book, Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume 4.

Here is the link.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Avatar Film Review

Check out my Double Feature review for Sherlock Holmes and Avatar.

Review here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Two for the price of one

Two more posts up, numbers 5 and 6, for this year's 42 Challenge. Click on each title to take you to the review:

Deathworld 3 ~Harry Harrison


Galaxy, December 1964 ~edited by Frederick Pohl

Friday, January 15, 2010

Spectrum 16 Book Review

I have just reviewed the latest volume of contemporary fantastic art work, Spectrum 16. The post is filled with lovely pictures, so come on by and give it a look. This is my 4th post for this year's 42 Challenge.

The link is here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Green Hills of Earth ~Robert A. Heinlein

Just finished my 3rd post for the 42 Challenge, a review of The Green Hills of Earth. Excellent short story collection. My review is here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

42 Challenge, second post

My second post is up for this year's 42 Challenge, featuring art from science fiction books released in 2009.

Here is the link.

Monday, January 11, 2010

#3 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on DVD

So after watching the film a dozen times (no, I'm not exaggerating) with my kids on DVD, I've decided to count it for the science fiction challenge. I have a long post on my blog.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Last night we watched the pilot episode of Firefly, the "space western" series created by Joss Whedon for the Fox Network. Fox ended up canceling the show after 11 of 14 episodes were aired. I think the show is brilliant, dark and at times very funny. Why was this show canceled? It just reconfirms my belief that most American TV executives are stupid.

If you haven't seen Firefly you are really missing something.

#2 Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

I finished by second science fiction review for 2010, Nightwings by Robert Silverberg. It was originally three novellas but was later republished in book form as a three chapter novel. I read it in novel form.

Desolation Road ~Ian McDonald

I have just completed my first read in this years 42 Challenge. It was Ian McDonald's unique and interesting book, Desolation Road. You can read my review of it here.

More for my list!

23. Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne: quite frankly I was disappointed! The narrator (the nephew was an irritating wimp who never stopped whinging'. If I'd been the professor, I'd have ditched the brat as soon as I could!

24. Avatar 3D: A visually beautiful film. The night scenes of Pandora were spectacular!

25. Fringe: I really liked this series and it has some great actors in it.

26. Doctor Who - The end of Time: I'm sad to see the end of David Tennant's Doctor, but the return of the Master and the Time Lords, well, what more can you ask for! :) I'm hoping that the Eleventh Doctor will rediscover his joy in life because the Tenth Doctor got so sad and lonely it was heartbreaking sometimes.

27. Flashback - Episodes 1 - 7. An interesting scenario, the whole world blacks out for three minutes and most people have a vision of their future in six months time. I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out.

28. Sanctuary - Season 2. They're have been some great episodes in this season. I particularly liked Magnus's trip to the future :)

29. Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen. A full on action start to the film left me a little lost at times, but it was an entertaining way to fill a couple of hours.

30. 2010 Supernova. Don't even bother watching this, it was boring. Earth is in danger from the blast from a star going supernova. Amazing what you'll watch over the holidays.

Friday, January 1, 2010

#1 Avatar

I wasn't expecting to see Avatar in the theaters but I did today. My husband and I got a pair of tickets as a gift.

Read my thoughts on the film on my blog.