Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Challenge

Feeling Challengy?

I was thinking not too long ago about what if I just grabbed a random book from the bookstore and tried it out. One whose author I've never heard of before and maybe just because the cover strikes me in a certain way.

This challenge is particularly poignant for me because I'm normally one who has to research every purchase, especially books. Why don't I give that many bad reviews? Because I look up multiple blogs, forums, etc. to find something I'm almost 100% positive I will like.

Hence a challenge.

So, we're trying to find those "diamonds in the rough". And while we know this won't work out best for everyone, as a collective, maybe we can find some really good stuff that no one has read.

Consider yourself challenged.

If you have a blog, let us know and we'll link to you when you get a review up of your challenge book. If not, give us a comment or an email and we'll post about it.

Here are some books/people that will be joining us (compiled and written by Tyson of Speculative Book Review):

Shadows on the Glass by Ian Irvine

An ancient war closed the Way between the Worlds, leaving the four human races of Aachim, Faellem, Charon, and Santhenar to inhabit a single realm. Thousands of years later, Llian the Chronicler discovers an ancient and dangerous secret, while a young woman gifted with magic embarks on a search for a powerful artifact. Irvine's series opener promises a grand-scale epic fantasy that features a pair of unusual heroes and a complex world rich in history and variety.

PeterWilliam of Speculative Book Review stated that he picked the novel due to the fact that there were runes running along the edge of the cover.
(Mmmm, runes. Milk please)

The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke

Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It's the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn't get him killed first...

Terelle is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous...

The Stormlord is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place. He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people. Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.

Their civilization is at the brink of disaster. If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all. Water is life and the wells are running dry...

I (Tyson) picked this one because my mom sent it to me thinking that I would enjoy it.

Seak's choice is also a good one.....

Flight to the Savage Empire by Jean Lorrah and Winston Howlett

"Bloodlust! In the Aventine Empire, gladiator games still slake the multitudes' undying thirst for blood. Magister Astra hated the games - with her telepathic powers, she felt the warriors' agonies as her own. But the Master had once again sent her there to tend the wounded: it was a punishment - but for what? Even her strongest Reading couldn't tell her. Not until an unexpected death and an exotic, mind-bending drug brought her into the path of the ex-slave warrior Zanos did Astra begin to understand the web of deceit, greed, and vengeance that would send them both in a desperate - Flight To the Savage Empire."

In the coming days and possibly weeks we will be posting our reviews of the challenge issued by Seak and Seak himself will be posting his review.

Since all three of us have gone out on a limb we now are challenging our readers to go out there and find a book from an author you have never heard of or have heard of but know virtually nothing about them and give that author a chance. You just might find a new series to read and at the very worst you have something to complain about to your friends and families. Best of luck and good hunting

Also, if you have not stopped by and checked out these other great sites, please do and check out the books they chose for the Book Challenge:

Simcha at SFF Chat

Thanks and Happy Challenging!


  1. Even though I had read your recent email the challenge still managed to slip my mind, which I feel bad about. But I remembered in time (or was reminded) and I chose a book and got my post up.
    By the way, last night my son and I played the game I got from you and we had a great time.

  2. Seak- Great idea...I'm in, I'll hit up the used bookshop tomorrow. I should be able to find something completely obscure there.

  3. I read about this yesterday on Spec. Book Review website (and thought it was a great idea). I automatically went to the library and picked up a book that A) I've never heard of B) I have never heard of the author and C) it's an area of fantasy I've never read before... so we shall see how it goes. I enjoy challenges like this that push me out of my reading comfort zone. :)

  4. The Glenda Larke book is awesome. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. @Simcha - So glad you like it, you guys were perfect for the win. Thanks for posting the challenge (and participating). I think this will be interesting.

    @Ryan - I'm excited for a review, hope it's a win unlike what mine is turning out to be.

    @Sarah - Thanks a bunch, hope it goes well, I know the rules are strict. :)

    @Wonderbunny - It does look good, I've only heard good things.

  6. Seak, I'll chime in with this. I picked up Mary Victoria's debut at Aussiecon. Tymon's Flight. I know very little about the book, other than the fact that the author is based in New Zealand and happened to be doing a signing, so I bought the book and got her to sign it. I've already started it and it looks good so far. I'll put the review up on my blog when I'm done.

  7. This sounds like quite a fun idea. I think I'll do it too! And since the book I chose is currently the only one that I'm not reading via my computer, it hopefully shouldn't take too long for me to finish it and write a review.

  8. @Elfy - Awesome and welcome. Glad you're in and I'm excited to see what you have to say.

    @Tea and Tomes - I've been impressed at how fast people can find a book. Good job and welcome.


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