2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: August Link Up

You guys are awesome. Here I am having difficulty linking up my own reviews and you guys keep posting like clockwork. A million thank yous to those of you actively participating in this challenge. You guys are pushing me to get more organized and prepare more for the second incarnation of this challenge (Yep, already planning for 2013 and it's August).

Anyway, in July there were 17 reviews linked up by everyone with someone reading Robopocalypse, a book I read earlier this year and loved despite it giving me nightmares, and another reading Amped also by the brilliant Daniel H Wilson. Everything linked up covered 10 out of the 12 catagories, and a lot of you read books that I've loved so I hope you guys have been enjoying your reads.

The reviews break down as such:

- 1 YA/MG Science Fiction

- 1 Adult Science Fiction

- 1 Hugo Winners

- 2 Robots/Cyborgs/Androids

- 1 Steampunk

- 1 Spaceships/Aliens

- 4 Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

- 2 Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

- 1 Cyberpunk

- 3 Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

My plan was once again completely obliterated by circumstances only partially within my control. I read The Time Machine to cover the classic catagory (though forgot to link up, bad Leslie!). With Comic Con, I read far less than I wanted to and now have yet another giant pile of books to read. I didn't get to any of the other books on my list (Slaughterhouse Five, Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde or Dearly, Beloved). Instead I made a tiny dent in my review stack by reading The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry and Glitch by Heather Anastasiu, though I haven't written reviews for either of them yet.

By this point I've figured out it's pretty much pointless to pick books that I plan to read this month, but I'll do it anyway. The Olympics have put a huge dent in my reading time, but hopefully my desire to watch sports will lessen soon. This month's book club title is Feed by Mira Grant, so that's on the docket as is some other review books I have, including Origin by Jessica Khoury and maybe even Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. We'll see what actually comes to pass.

Whatever you have planned for August, I hope you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to making time out to check out everyone's reviews. If for some reason you posted up a review in July that didn't make it onto the link up post, feel free to link it this month. I'll be doing the same.

For a reminder, the challenge is to read at least one science fiction book for each of the following 12 categories:

YA/MG Science Fiction

Adult Science Fiction

Hugo Winner

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992




Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe



Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

If you need ideas for any of the categories, just ask or check out the sign up page for additional ideas.

And now here is the linky for July.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.