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Oct 20, 2017 08:12AM

22454 This is a personal challenge for you so you can set up the time periods that you want to use.

If you want to go back and re-create from what you already did from 2015, that is fine.
Jacqueline Carey (10 new)
Oct 19, 2017 09:09PM

22454 I read Kushiel's Dart and also consider it fantasy. Similar to Game of Thrones, the social structure is seems somewhat based on medieval times, but all of the countries are different.

I actually consider alternate history to be based on actual world events that have been changed -- it's been a long time since i read it, but I thought it was a completely made up world.
Oct 18, 2017 08:16PM

22454 Yeah -- the MA stayed the same, I only changed the BA each year.
Jun 01, 2017 10:12AM

22454 no -- there is not a new one for 2017 --> we've done it for 4 years and you can do any of the previous years.
May 24, 2017 09:09PM

22454 @viji, it is in the instructions that you can use the HSN lists. Since I haven't read all the books on the list, I am using their categorization as correct.

but again, this is a personal challenge, so if you actually read the book and don't feel it fits, then you shouldn't use it. The line between mystery and thriller isn't well defined so I can't give you specific definition.
May 11, 2017 08:08AM

22454 They both work
Mar 04, 2017 01:42PM

22454 You can read fiction or non-fiction unless specifically called out in a task.
Mar 03, 2017 11:07PM

22454 Camille wrote: "Will there be a HFU Challenge this year?"


No --- unless someone else wants to come up with some ideas for HFU. The threads are still there if you want to go back and repeat some of the years or chose a different "major".
Mar 03, 2017 07:57AM

22454 viji -- I sent you a link with the Wikipedia stating the general listing of what is considered indigenous people. If a book is about them then it works. When I looked at the lists, it seems like most would work, but since anyone can populate the list, you have to use you judgement.

I'm not sure if the tribes of Afghanistan are considered indigenous.
Feb 25, 2017 05:20PM

22454 Anameeka wrote: "If I am continuing the HFU degrees, this year 2017, should I go ahead and post my PhD tracking in the 2016 tracking thread?"

Yes, that works.
Feb 25, 2017 05:20PM

22454 Viji wrote: "HFU 2016 - B.A.

Social Sciences Majors :
• Read 3 books featured on one of these lists
o How we see the world
o Life in a Foreign Country
o Best political or social satire

Should all the 3 book..."


You just need to read 3 books total, that are on one of the lists. They can all be the same list or one from each or any combo in the middle.
Feb 10, 2017 09:18AM

22454 yes
Jan 23, 2017 10:31PM

22454 Sorry, I just saw this......yes, that works
Jan 18, 2017 11:51AM

22454 That's why on my shelf, I have "historical fiction" and "historical" :-D
Jan 18, 2017 10:16AM

22454 @Monica, the definition that stated is the generally accepted academic definition for the genre of historical fiction. It is also the definition that we use in this group. There is some debate on the time period of 40 or 50 years, but any definition that I have seen has the statement that the writer is writing about past events, not contemporary or recent past for them.

It is not preclude or say anything about the fact that many writers to research of various types in the process of writing their books. Nor is it really saying that a writer MUST do historical research. As someone who just hit the big 5-0, I could write about my childhood without doing research.
Jan 17, 2017 03:38PM

22454 Are they supposed to be historical fiction, because Pride and Prejudice is not really historical fiction. Jane Austen was writing about her contemporaries.

Normally historical fiction had a definition of the work was published at least 50 years after the events. The idea is that the author had to do some historical research to get period details correct.
Jan 16, 2017 06:25PM

22454 Linda -- this is for people doing the HFU challenge (which may not be very many anymore). The easiest thing would be to look at the listopia (Browse/List) feature here at GoodReads.

Here is one list I found: Regency and Victorian Mysteries
Oct 01, 2016 10:47AM

22454 I also try to wait until a series is done or mostly done. I rarely read a series straight through but if I do one book every month or two I remember enough.

@Laura, I did not make the connection at all about Pa Salt being the boy, but very interesting theory. I did mostly listen to the book and sometimes I don't make as many connections as I would if I actually read it. Probably because I'm more focused with reading and usually at least doing something else when listening (driving, cleaning house).

I didn't mind the focus on Bel's story because it gave a glimpse of a different time. As someone with a possible mental illness and drug problem, I'm not I would have been as engaged.

I agree with the loose ends and hope that they are wrapped up and the 2nd book doesn't just focus on the next sister.

Does anyone know of the story of the seven sisters that the constellation was named after. I believe that the story is providing a framework for the overall series which is maybe why she committed to it.
22454 You can check the polls.....we are back to the normal nomination/voting practice in Oct.
22454 No worries Judy. Hope you feel better soon!
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