Saturday, January 3, 2009

About the Cardathon Challenge

How long does the challenge last? A year to whenever. I'm planning on keeping the site for quite a while. And once you join, you can contribute for as long as you want. So this could be as 'ongoing' as you want to make it.

When does the challenge begin? Officially, January 1, 2008. Unofficially, whenever you want to start reading and reviewing!

What books are eligible? To qualify for the Cardathon Challenge a book needs to meet one of the following criteria:

1) a book written by Orson Scott Card
2) a book edited/compiled by Orson Scott Card
3) a book with an introduction by Orson Scott Card
4) a book reviewed by Orson Scott Card on his official website.

How many books are we talking about? I'd suggest choosing 6-12 books to read. Along with alternates, of course. Always feel free to list more alternates than 'official' choices. Essentially, you could read as many or as few as you wanted. Although, I hope that given a year, you would read at least six books. If you should read all the books on your list, feel free to add more.

How many books must be written by Card? I'd hope that you would choose at least one or two books for your list. But you can choose many other authors as long as they've been mentioned and/or recommended by Card. This leaves the selection process very open-ended, and gives you many, many options.

Do I have to be a sci-fi fan? No. You can be a newbie to the field. (Or a devoted fan.) Prior experience is not required. If you're a fan of realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, young adult fiction, mysteries, horror, etc. I really truly believe there is something for everyone to enjoy! Card has reviewed lots of adult books, many young adult books, a few picture books, and even a few board books. So there is truly something for everyone.

Do I have to be an Orson Scott Card fan? No. Not necessarily. You can be a newbie and be trying Orson Scott Card for the first time.

But how will I know which books are eligible? I have listed the books meeting the first three criteria in the sidebar. I will be sorting through his review columns in the days and weeks leading up to the official start date. I will be making individual posts about those books. So looking in archives will give you a list of those. Feel free to go to his site and search for yourself if you like. And feel free to choose books that fulfill other challenges you're already participating in!

Once I make my list, can I change my mind? Yes. You can change your mind at any point. Card will keep reviewing books in his weekly column as the months go by (now-December 2008) and you can always change your list to incorporate new titles. Also, always feel free to abort a book. If you've started a book and it's not just working for you, by all means abandon it in favor of something else! No use suffering through a book because you feel it's 'required' because it's on your list.

What do I do to 'officially' join this challenge? Leave a comment with your name and email address. I'll send you an email inviting you to contribute to the site. You can post your reviews on this site and/or your own site. (I will be posting mine here and on my other site, Becky's Book Reviews). Your reviews can be as long or as short as you want. You can be rambling or concise. It's all up to you! I would also suggest that you post about the challenge on your own blog, if you have one, to let as many people know about the challenge as possible!

Don't want to contribute to the site? Prefer to Mr. Linky? Click to add your post with a list of books. Just be sure to come back to the site regularly and let us know when you've got a new review up!

Don't feel comfortable posting your email address for all the world to see? You can email me privately to join. Just be sure to mention the words Cardathon or Challenge in the subject line!

Is there a button or banner? Yes. Foxy Writer has made one for us. It's at the top of the post now. And there are two smaller ones below! Isn't it great?! Thank you very much :)

Are there prizes involved? Not at this stage. I don't have any to offer at this point. Nor the money to ship them, but the 'rewards' will be in the reading and community-building. I have always found that reading is its own reward.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Finding those Card-Recommended Titles

I have tried to be as helpful as possible. But this is very exhausting work. So be kind. Be patient. Be understanding. And especially be forgiving if I've misspelled an author's name.

Practically all 'eligible' books (98.5%) can be found by browsing the list below AND by browsing the August archives. There will be some overlap. But there are some in the archives that I was just too tired to retype and alphabetize. There were some titles on OSC's site I didn't bother with. For example, I didn't think "History of Locusts" would top anyone's challenge list. But if you want to scan his site yourself, you may.

Authors A-to-Z for Cardathon Challenge

Alcott, Louisa M. Little Women.
***New*** Alexander, Lloyd. All of his books.
Alpert, Michael. London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story.
Alterman, Eric, It Ain't No Sin to Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen
Ambrose, Stephen. To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
Asimov, Isaac. All.
Austen, Jane. All of her books.
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Midnight Magic.
Babbit, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
Barber, Richard. King Arthur: Hero and Legend.
Barnard, Robert. Death of a Mystery Writer.
Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan.
Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatchers. Peter and the Shadow Thieves.
***New*** Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn.
***New***Beaton, M.C. any of the Haimish Macbeth novels.
***New***Beckett, Galen. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent.
Bell, Hilari. The Wizard Test. The Goblin Wood.
Birzer, Bradley J. J.R.R. Tolien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth.
Block, Lawrence. All of his books.
Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Millions.
Bradbury, Ray. All.
Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars.
Bronte sisters. All.
Brooks, Terry. Sword of Shannara. New
Burke, James Lee. All.
Burke, Jan. All.
Burridge, Kate. Blooming English.
Chandler, Raymond. All.
Channing, Carol. Just Lucky I Guess
Churchill, Winston. History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
Christie, Agatha. All.
Clark, Mary Higgins. Daddy's Little Girl. Kitchen Privileges.
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
Coben, Harlan. Tell No One. No Second Chance.
Cohen, Eliot A. Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime.
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander.
Colón, Raúl. Orson Blasts Off!
Connelly, Michael. All of his books.
Coville, Bruce. William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
Crais, Robert. All.
Crichton, Michael. State of Fear.
Crystal, David. The Stories of English.
Cussler, Clive. Sahara.
de Lint, Charles. All.
de Vries, Hilary. So Five Minutes Ago.
diCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn Dixie.
Dickens, Charles. All.
Dickinson, Peter and Robin McKinley. Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits.
***New*** Dickinson, Peter. Some Deaths Before Dying.
Dodge, David. Plunder of the Sun.
***New*** Donaldson, Stephen R. Thomas Covenant books.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. All.
***New*** Downie, Ruth. Medicus. Terra Incognita.
Elliot, Kate. All.
Ellison, Harlan. (ed?) Dangerous Visions.
Evanovich, Janet. All.
Everitt, Anthony. Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician.
Farland, David. All. [Especially Runelords series]
Fatsis, Stefan. Word Freak.
Ferrnandez-Armesto, Felipe. Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
Flewelling, Lynn. The Bone Doll's Twin, Hidden Warrior, The Oracle's Queen.
Flynn, Michael F. Eifelheim.
Fonda, Jane. My Life So Far.
Gaiman, Neil. All of his works.
Gemmell, David. All. But especially: Sword in the Storm; Midnight Falcon; Ravenheart; Stormrider
Grafton, Sue. All of her works.
Graves, Robert. I, Claudius. Claudius the God.
Grisham, John. All.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. All. (His review of the Found.)
Hale, Shannon. Goose Girl. Enna Burning. Princess Academy.
Hammett, Dashiell. All.
Harrison, Mette Ivie. Mira, Mirror. The Princess and the Hound.
Heinlein, Robert A. All.
Herbert, Frank. All. But Especially Dune.
Herman, Arthur. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything In It
Hiaasen, Carl. Nature Girl.
Heinlein, Robert. All.
***New*** Higgins, Jack. Sure Fire.
Hillerman, Tony. All.
Hobb, Robin. All.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner.
Jones, Diana Wynne. All.
Keizer, Gregg. The Longest Night
Kellerman, Jonathan. All.
Kent, Cameron. When the Ravens Die.
***New*** Konigsburg, E.L. The Mysterious Edge of The Heroic World.
Koontz, Dean. All.
Lee, Tanith. Wolf Tower series. (Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, ???)
Leonard, Elmore. All.
Levine, Gail Carson. All of her books.
Lewis, C.S. All of his books.
Leiber, Fritz. All of his books. New
Linden, Eugene. The Octopus and the Orangutan: More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, intelligence, and Ingenuity.
Lindskold, Jane. The Buried Pyramid.
Liss, David. A Conspiracy of Paper.
***New*** Lobel, Arnold. Any of the Frog and Toad books.
Long, Melinda and David Shannon. How I Became A Pirate. (picture book)
Lubar, David. All.
McBride, James. Miracle at St. Anna
McCaffrey, Anne. All.
McCarthy, Susan. Becoming A Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild.
McCammon, Robert. Gone South. Speaks the Nightbird.
McCrumb, Sharyn. All.
MacDonald, Ross. All.
Manchester, William. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940. and The Arms of Krupp.
Maron, Margaret. All.
Martin, George R.R. All.
Maxey, James. Bitterwood. Dragonforge. New!!!!
Meyer, Stephenie. The Host. New!!!!
Michener, James. The source.
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With The Wind.
Mortimer, John. All.
Mosley, Walter. All.
Mull, Brandon. Fablehaven.
Muller, Marcia. All.
Nichols, Lee. Hand-me-down.
Niven, Larry. All.
Paradi, Valerie. Clever Maids: The Secret History of Grimm Fairy Tales
***NEW*** Park, Paul. A Princess of Roumania.
Parker, Robert. All of his books.
Parker, T. Jefferson. Silent Joe.
Pearson, Ridley. Cut and Run.
Peck, Richard. Invitations to the World.
Pierce, Tamora. All.
***New*** Pilkey, Dav. Captain Underpants series.
Pratchett, Terry. The Eyre Affair.
Prerau, David. Seize the daylight.
Rankin, Ian. Resurrection Men.
Ravitch, Diane. Left Back: A Centure of Battles Over School Reform.
Rehak, Melanie. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. For the record, ANY Nancy Drew would also qualify.
Roberts, John Maddox. All ***New***
Rowling, J.K. All of the Harry Potter series.
Russell, Sean. the One Kingdom. The Isle of Battle. the Shadow Roads.
Sachar, Louis. Holes. Someday Angeline. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes. Sixth Grade Secrets. Marvin Redpost, Kidnapped At Birth.
Sanderson, Brandon. Elantris.
Saylor, Steven. All of his books.
Schama, Simon. A History of Britain. three volumes.
Schnakenberg, Robert. Ed., Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults.
Schwartz, Jonathan. All in Good Time.
Setterfield, Diane. Thirteenth Tale.
Severgnini, Beppe. Ciao, America!
Shusterman, Neal. Everlost. ***NEW*** Also Unwind. Also Antsy Does Time.. .
Siegel, Jan. Prospero's Children.
Slater, David Michael. The Ring Bear.
Sleater, William. All.
Smith, Alexander McCall. All.
Smith, Sherwood. Inda. Fox.
***NEW*** Spence, Jon. Becoming Jane Austen.
***New***Sonnenblick, Jordan. Zen and the Art of Faking It.
Stauffacher, Sue. Donuthead. Donutheart.
Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and the Last Enchantment
Stout, Rex. All of his books.
Thane, Elswyth. Williamsburg series. (Dawn's Early Light, Yankee Stranger, etc.)
NEW*** Thompson, Colin. The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley.
Tolkien, J.R.R. All of his books.
Tolkien, Simon. Final Witness.
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina.
Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
Turner, Megan Whalen. Attolia Series. (The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia)
Twain, Mark. All.
Tyler, Anne. All.
Underhill, Paco. the Call of the Mall.
Van Allsburg, Chris. Polar Express.
Verne, Jules. ARound the World in 80 Days.
Vidal, Gore. Julian.
Vinton, Victoria. The Jungle Law
Walker, Gabrielle. Snowball Earth.
Weir, Alison. The Children of Henry Viii. The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Weller, Sam. The Bradbury Chronicles.
Wells, H.G. All.
White, Kate. If Looks Could Kill. 'Til Death Do Us Part.
White, E.B. Charlotte's Web.
White, T.H. The Once and Future King.
Whyte, Jack. Camulod Chronicles.
Wiesner, David. Flotsam.
Wilhelm, Kate. The Price of Silence.
New!!!!! Willems, Mo. All. (Especially Elephant and Piggie early readers and Pigeon picture books)
Winspear, Jacqueline. All.
Wolff, Tobias. All.
Wolfe, Thomas. All.
Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King.

Miscellaneous Notes:
For that you need Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, now back in print. This anthology and its sequel redefined science fiction when they first came out in the 1960s.

If you combine them with Isaac Asimov's series of anthologies of the Hugo winners -- and maybe my own anthologies, Future on Fire and Future on Ice (with stories from the 1980s) and Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century -- then you'll get an idea of the breadth and scope of science fiction, as shown by the short stories, which have always led the way into new literary terrain.