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message 1: by Dlmrose (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:50AM) (new)

Dlmrose | 17878 comments Mod
30.2 Ty's Task: Absolute Zero

In my earlier days as an engineering undergrad, I thought I was being cutely esoteric and wrote a poem entitled "Absolute Zero". It was horrendous. Full of bad physics puns, indecipherable metaphors, and truly cringe-worthy barely-existent imagery. In celebration of winter and bad poetry, please to enjoy any TWO of the following options.

Required: state the options chosen and any supporting information required.

A. Absolute zero is the lowest temperature possible - which is actually impossible, because absolute zero cannot be reached naturally.
For this option, read a book with BOTH fantasy and science fiction as genres on the main page. The genres may appear either separately or together as "Science Fiction Fantasy" but must appear as stand-alone genres without nested sub-genres.

B. Absolute zero is 0 degrees on the Kelvin (K) scale, -273.15 degrees on the Celsius (C) scale, and -459.67 degrees on the Fahrenheit (F) scale. In other words, it's pretty stinkin' cold. Choose any scale and read a book with a page count with digits from the chosen scale INCLUDING the digit 0. The digit zero must be in the page number, regardless of scale, to follow the "absolute zero" theme.

K- the number of pages must include at least 2 0's with no other repeating digits: ex. 200, 300.
C - 0 plus allowed digits 1,2,3,5,7 with no repeated digits ex. 203, 370, 150.
F - 0 plus allowed digits 4,5,6,7,9 with no repeated digits ex. 490, 540, 409.

Note: Readers of alternative formats (ebooks, audiobooks, and large print books) must link to the mass market paperback or other edition used to establish number of pages. See Book Formats and Page Numbers Explained in Rules of the Challenge.

Required: state the scale and number of pages.

C. The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC) is "a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels". The 2013 winner is a doozy. A poem doesn't a novel make, but I believe I unwittingly embraced the spirit of the BLFC with my little ditty. For this option, read any book with a title that contains a 5-or-more-letter word in the 2013 winning entry.
She strutted into my office wearing a dress that clung to her like Saran Wrap to a sloppily butchered pork knuckle, bone and sinew jutting and lurching asymmetrically beneath its folds, the tightness exaggerating the granularity of the suet and causing what little palatable meat there was to sweat, its transparency the thief of imagination. — Chris Wieloch, Brookfield, WI

NO variations allowed. The word must match exactly.

Required: state the word.


message 2: by Ty (last edited Jan 26, 2014 02:25PM) (new)


message 3: by Ty (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:07AM) (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Not so good ~

Option A:
The Immortal Highlander (Highlander, #6) by Karen Marie Moning World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee


message 4: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17878 comments Mod
This help thread is open!


message 5: by Judy (new)

Judy | 897 comments I think this OK, but wanted to check to make sure. Would The Immortal Highlander work for A? It has science fiction>time travel and fantasy listed.

Thanks!


message 6: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 1388 comments Double checking
World After for option A


message 7: by Ty (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:05AM) (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Judy & Deborah, I will answer you in the same post as it's the same issue.

I will have to say no to both. These were shelved by readers as either time travel or dystopia, rather than science fiction. If you click further on "top shelves" to see the entire page of shelving, you see only time travel/dystopia listed for those exact numbers. The nesting of SF>TT or SF>Dys is a GR algorithm.

The only "together" genre allowed is "science fiction fantasy". Sorry!


message 8: by KSMary (new)

KSMary | 820 comments Opt A - Scarlet which has Fantasy and Science Fiction shelves separately

Opt B - Notorious Nineteen which has 302 which fits the C scale - 0 with 1,2,3,5,7

I think these will fit, right?

Mary


message 9: by Ty (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:22AM) (new)

Ty  | 563 comments some examples (and for those romance-minded) that are acceptable for Option A. note the slight theme...

Gabriel's Ghost (Dock Five Universe, #1) by Linnea Sinclair Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) by Ann Aguirre Undercover (Federation Chronicles, #1) by Lauren Dane Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe, #1) by Martin Leicht Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis

non-romance
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins


message 10: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments KSMary wrote: "Opt A - Scarlet which has Fantasy and Science Fiction shelves separately

Opt B - Notorious Nineteen which has 302 which fits the C scale - 0 with 1,2,3,5,7

I think..."



yes to both.


message 11: by Sassafrass (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:49AM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 896 comments Hi Ty! Interesting task. LOL, I love the way your mind works.

I wanted to verify for option A that Justice has both Science Fiction and Fantasy on the main page.

Also, for option c, I want to use the word "little" since it's got 6 letters. That's ok, right?


message 12: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Sassafrass wrote: "Hi Ty! Interesting task. LOL, I love the way your mind works.

I wanted to verify for option A that Justice has both Science Fiction and Fantasy on the main page.

Also, for optio..."



haha! yes to both.


message 13: by Judy (new)

Judy | 897 comments Ty wrote: "Judy & Deborah, I will answer you in the same post as it's the same issue.

I will have to say no to both. These were shelved by readers as either time travel or dystopia, rather than science ficti..."


OK thanks, I'll find another spot for it.


Christina (AKA Babbling) (babblingbookreviews) | 674 comments When I saw the title of this task, my first thought was for this book...

Year Zero by Rob Reid

it's listed as Science Fiction and Fantasy (separate) and Science Fiction Fantasy. It also has Humor listed, so it would work for Task 10.6. :D


message 15: by Elizabeth (last edited Nov 17, 2013 12:07PM) (new)

Elizabeth (elizabeth_greece) | 1183 comments For option A I was thinking to read Allegiant or Warprize.
Warprize is shelved as Science Fiction Fantasy and Allegiant is shelved as Science Fiction and Fantasy (separately) and also Science Fiction->Dystopia

For option B Web of Lies (400 pg)


message 16: by Sam (new)

Sam | 175 comments Elizabeth wrote: "For option A I was thinking Allegiant or Warprize."

I'm hoping Allegiant works too


message 17: by Claire (new)

Claire (proud-mum) | 1092 comments A. Divergent by Veronica Roth

B. -459.67 degrees on the Fahrenheit (F) scale

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand 405 pages


message 18: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Christina (AKA Babbling) wrote: "When I saw the title of this task, my first thought was for this book...

Year Zero by Rob Reid

it's listed as Science Fiction and Fantasy (separate) and Science Fiction Fantasy. It also..."


looks funny!


message 19: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Elizabeth wrote: "For option A I was thinking to read Allegiant or Warprize.
Warprize is shelved as Science Fiction Fantasy and Allegiant is shelved as Science Fiction and Fantasy (separ..."


yes to all


message 20: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Claire wrote: "A. Divergent by Veronica Roth

B. -459.67 degrees on the Fahrenheit (F) scale

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand 405 pages"


yep


message 21: by Ann A (new)

Ann A (readerann) | 911 comments Ha Ha! I love the bad sentence! Very creative task.


message 22: by Fandury (new)

Fandury | 975 comments Will this two work?

A: Control Point having both Fanatsy and Science Fiction seperately.

C: Little Gods with the word little being in this delightful opening sentance...


message 23: by Susan A (last edited Nov 17, 2013 02:55PM) (new)

Susan A Before I start looking, I want to make sure I understand. Option B is the only book that must have a paperback version. Is that statement correct?

and can you approve Politician Won for option A please? (I'll get ebook length verified if it gets approved here)


message 24: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4093 comments I'm reading The Silver Crown which has genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Science Fiction Fantasy all listed.


message 25: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Fandury wrote: "Will this two work?

A: Control Point having both Fanatsy and Science Fiction seperately.

C: Little Gods with the word little being in this delightful opening sentanc..."


looks good!


message 26: by Ty (last edited Nov 18, 2013 06:14PM) (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Susan A wrote: "Before I start looking, I want to make sure I understand. Option B is the only book that must have a paperback version. Is that statement correct?

and can you approve..."


Politician Won approved for A.

For option B, usually for any task requiring page numbers, there must be a regular print version available to verify those numbers. So, pb and hardbacks are viable.


message 27: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Bea wrote: "I'm reading The Silver Crown which has genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Science Fiction Fantasy all listed."

that works!


message 29: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Deborah wrote: "How about:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks"


I'm assuming for option A? yep, it works.


message 30: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 1388 comments Yes, option A. Thanks:)


message 31: by Andy (new)

Andy Plonka (plonkaac) | 3531 comments So Red Planet or Between Planets wiil work, no?


message 32: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Andy wrote: "So Red Planet or Between Planets wiil work, no?"

Between Planets would work, but Red Planet, which normally would work, has that finicky childrens genre.... I think it has to be 300 pages or something? then again, maybe it'll drop off in a couple weeks and then you could use it!


message 33: by Andy (new)

Andy Plonka (plonkaac) | 3531 comments Ty wrote: "Andy wrote: "So Red Planet or Between Planets will work, no?"

Between Planets would work, but Red Planet, which normally would work, has that fi..."

That's fine, I only need one.


message 34: by Susan A (new)

Susan A Ty --

please take Politician Won off the approved list. It was not approved for length. GR, amazon, and publisher had very different counts.
Thanks


message 35: by Diane Whitney (last edited Nov 18, 2013 06:19PM) (new)

Diane Whitney | 570 comments Will Leviathan work for option A? Fantasy, Science-Fiction and Science Fiction Fantasy all appear on main page but, nested sub-genres also appear (Science Fiction>Steampunk and Science Fiction>Alternate History).


message 36: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Diane Whitney wrote: "Will Leviathan work for option A? Fantasy, Science-Fiction and Science Fiction Fantasy all appear on main page but, nested sub-genres also appear."

yep


message 37: by Lacy (new)

Lacy (lacy_stewart) | 161 comments For A: Insurgent lists both...


message 38: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Lacy wrote: "For A: Insurgent lists both..."

Hi Lacyyyy :D

yep. that works. the other 2 in the trilogy have already been approved also.


message 39: by bamaace83 (new)

bamaace83  | 264 comments May I get the following book approved for option A before it vanishes of the top shelf?

Secrets

Thanks!


message 40: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments bamaace83 wrote: "May I get the following book approved for option A before it vanishes of the top shelf?

Secrets

Thanks!"


approved :)


Katherine (DirectorKat) (directorkat) | 64 comments I am hoping that for Option B I can useThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott.

Also for option 3 using the word thief I would like to use The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.


message 42: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments both books look good


message 43: by Prajakta (new)

Prajakta | 150 comments Can I Use :

Option A :Iron Council by China Miéville

Option B: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson


message 44: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Prajakta wrote: "Can I Use :

Option A :Iron Council by China Miéville

Option B: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson"


yes for A, yes for B using C


message 45: by Valorie (last edited Nov 25, 2013 11:25PM) (new)

Valorie  | 824 comments For option C, I wanted to make sure I could read Until There Was You using the word "there" from the winning entry.


message 46: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 563 comments Valorie wrote: "For option C, I wanted to make sure I could read Until There Was You using the word "there" from the winning entry."

yep!


message 47: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 824 comments Great! Thanks Ty ~ Fun task!


Katherine (DirectorKat) (directorkat) | 64 comments Ty wrote: "both books look good"


Thank you.


message 49: by Susan A (last edited Nov 30, 2013 08:35PM) (new)

Susan A For option A approval:

When I Fall - will submit ebook approval as well

Thanks


message 50: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7696 comments for C - Love's Little Instruction Book (pending ebook approval)

still nto sure on other one yet


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