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Marcus | 623 comments Very excited for this challenge. Lots of great options!


message 2: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18168 comments I love the title of your challenge Marcus.


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Marcus | 623 comments Sarah wrote: "I love the title of your challenge Marcus."

Thanks! I'm pretty excited about this challenge. I'm lining up books on my TBR already. Should be a great chance to read some good new stuff I wouldn't have found otherwise.


message 4: by Marcus (last edited Dec 11, 2016 10:57AM) (new)

Marcus | 623 comments The CommodoreAround the World (site list)
completed=*
books to completion= 15

North America (0):
Yellowstone-*
Book 1 (set in MT/WY/ID): Bucking the Sun *
Book 2 (vacation in the mountains): Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West *
Book 3 (wildlife cover):The Fell Sword *

Dinosaur provincial park (dinosaurs)- Dead Beat *
Glacier Bay (sea life)- Ship of Magic *
Old Quebec (immigrants)- A Plague of Swords *
Red Bay Basque (musical instrument)- The Commodore *
Grand Canyon (river)- The River of Souls *
Hawaii (volcano)- The Wine-Dark Sea *
Carlsbad (caves)- The Hangman's Daughter *
Maya City (mexico/mayans)- Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West *
Agave Landscape (alcohol)- The Bartender's Tale *
Monarch Butterfly (butterfly)- The Butterfly Garden *
Belize (carribean)- Captain Blood *

South America (3):
Cuba:
Book 1 (Cuba): Caliente *
Book 2 (dictator): Bones of the Hills *
Book 3 (smoking): The Straw Men *

Iguacu (Brazil)- The Boys from Brazil
Rio (statue)- Augustus
Qhapaq Nan (on the road)- Dark Advent *
Cuevadelas Manos (hand on cover)- Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind *
Rapa Nui (engineering)- Consider Phlebas *
Humberstone (water on cover)- End of Watch *
Machu Pichu (knife on cover)-The Providence Rider *
Lines and Geoglyphs (space)- Citadel *
Chan Chan (peru OR pottery)-Temple
-Galapagos (cook)- The Ill-Made Knight *
Quapac nan (working animals)- John Dies at the End *

Europe (4):
Germany-
Book 1 (set in Germany): The Dark Monk *
Book 2 (Roman invasion of Europe): Under the Eagle *
Book 3 (spears): The Eagle's Conquest *

France (black cover)- Bad Dog *
Austria (set in Austria)- Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna
Belgium (rose)- War of the Roses: Stormbird *
Denmark (Denmark)- We, the Drowned *
Greece (greece)- Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Iceland (volcano)- King of Thorns *
Italy (italy)- The Name of the Rose
Netherlands (wind mill OR flowers)-Wars of the Roses: Trinity
Poland (devout character)- 'Salem's Lot *
Spain (pilgrimage)- The Long Sword *
Tower of London (crown)- Emperor of Thorns *
Giants Causeway (Ireland)- The Red Knight *


Africa (5):
Egypt-
Book 1 (set in Egypt): River God *
Book 2 (about pharoah): The Seventh Scroll*
Book 3 (scarab): The Cobra and Scarab: A Novel of Ancient Egypt *

Botswana (prehistory OR Q title)-Q OR Stonehenge
Congo (elephants)- The Fifth Elephant
Ethiopia (wood)- Norwegian Wood
Gambia (fort living)- The Night of the Triffids *
Kenya (lake)- The Devil of Echo Lake
Madagascar (forest)- English Creek *
Mali (book about books)- A Burnable Book
Nigeria (mask on cover)- Freedom of the Mask *
Senegal (in series)- The Hot Gate *
South Africa (space)- The Border *
Morocco (food OR drink on cover)- Every Thing on It *


Asia (1):

Mongolia-*
Book 1 (in mongoilia): Genghis: Birth of an Empire *
Book 2 (about nomadic people): Genghis: Lords of the Bow *
Book 3 (music theme): Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain *

Afghanistan (blue book)- The Romanovs: 1613-1918 *
China Imperial Palace (dragons)- The Dread Wyrm *
Great Wall (army/chunkster)- The Fireman *
Sichuan (china)- Tai-Pan *
Taj Mahal (india)- Sharpe's Trafalgar
Mountain Railways (india)- Sharpe's Fortress *
Iran (multi-colored cover): At the Sign of Triumph*
Hiroshima (wartime)- Khan: Empire of Silver *
Tomioka Silk Mill (japan)- Gai-Jin *
Nepal (flag on cover)- Warriors of the Storm *
Thailand (king)-Fool's Quest *

Aus (3):

New Zealand-*
Book 1 (set in New Zealand): The Castaway *
Book 2 (fantasy novel): The Bands of Mourning *
Book 3 (ice/snow): Fool's Assassin *

Great Barrier Reef (ocean)- The Truelove *
Kakadu (aus)- The Nutmeg of Consolation *
Lord Howe (bird)- The Store *
Tasmania (paranormal fantasy)- Grunge *
Shark Bay (aus OR sharks)- Tongues of Serpents OR Jaws
Ulura-Kuta (red cover)-The Great and Secret Show
Sydney ( harbor city)- Children of Earth and Sky *
Maquarie (exploration)- The Walking Dead, Omnibus 1 *
Papua New Guinea (death)- The Resort *
Phillipines (Rice/author)- Interview with the Vampire
Singapore (setting)- King Rat *


message 5: by Marcus (last edited May 09, 2016 09:03AM) (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Challenge 2 (5/6 regions):

Egypt:
Book 1 (set in Egypt): River God
Book 2 (about pharoah): The Seventh Scroll
Book 3 (scarab): The Cobra and Scarab: A Novel of Ancient Egypt *


message 6: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18168 comments It's definitely more of a challenge as we get to read around the genres a bit more and as you say, consider books you might not normally have gone for. This year I mainly stuck to what I know.


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Marcus | 623 comments I'm hoping to make 2016 a year heavy on historical fiction :-) Can't wait to discover new books


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19729 comments Hey, we have the same book picked for Yellowstone. It was the first one I thought of!

I am compiling my list of non-Australia locations off-line as I go through the books I own. I am still trying to use series books where I can.

I have my Australia tasks filled in, but it remains to be seen if I can get the majority of them from my library. Some I know for sure, but others, lesser known, I am taking a gamble on.


message 12: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Cherie wrote: "Hey, we have the same book picked for Yellowstone. It was the first one I thought of!

I am compiling my list of non-Australia locations off-line as I go through the books I own..."


Yeah I've heard a lot of great things about ARRTi since moving to Montana :-)

This challenge is going to be a big change of pace for me from my usual fantasy/scifi heavy stuff. I'm going to have to do a lot of research to find some new books from new places


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Marcus | 623 comments This year I mainly stuck to what I know."

Ditto...i have so many series that I read all the time, it was just more of the same this year...which is great but it'll be fun to branch out


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19729 comments Oh, the Aubry/Maturin book for Australia is good news. I did not know they were going to Australia again. I think I have #13 up next.

I am still gophering for books to fill spots from those that I own but trying to finish my last series level too. I'm glad Janice did not put an order to the tasks. It will be nice to jump around. I found two other Montana books.


message 22: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments I agree! I'm definitely going to be jumping around a lot. I do find myself very sidetracked from the serial challenge but I'm just going to take the next two weeks to catch up on other tasks and I'll be ready to dive into some new books New Year's Day. My next A/M book is "Nutmeg" which sounds like it could work for Australia location, penal colony, or island


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Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments Ick Anna K and Dr Z. Good luck



You watch the Expanse. I was impressed. Really good for syfy channel. Good effects. The only thing is I've always pictured Holden being older. Otherwise O thoight the cast really fit


message 28: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16831 comments Marcus wrote: "Alt Location: Taj Mahal

Book 1 (india): Sharpe's Trafalgar
Book 2 (great love):Anna Karenina
Book 3 (white cover):Doctor Zhivago"


Wow. Good luck, sir.


message 29: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18168 comments Taj Mahal looks like a VERY long visit. I echo Rusalka's sentiments.


message 30: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19729 comments I liked King Rat. Read it years ago. I added the Sharpe's series to my TBR list. Half as long as A/M so far. :0)


message 31: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Cherie wrote: "I liked King Rat. Read it years ago. I added the Sharpe's series to my TBR list. Half as long as A/M so far. :0)"

Yeah King Rat sounds really interesting and I've enjoyed the Sharpe books (2) so far


message 32: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments honoring my challenge's title by reading Genghis: Birth of an Empire and Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West. Love them


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message 35: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments I can't rememver if you have read it but I'm about 1/3 through Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae and I think it would be right up your alley. From what I've read so far my best comoarison to the writing would be to say it similar to Bernard Cornwell Agincourt


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Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments Question is did Spartans really say things like I'll stick my dick in your right ear straight out your left ear and piss in your shield myself. The vulgarity is definitely on par with Cornwell


message 37: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Ha...yeah that's on my up and coming list. You know how those Spartans loved pissing on people. Sounds entertaining. Agincourt was great. I have a lot of HF on deck for this year. You should check out the Genghis series if you haven't already.


message 38: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments I don't know, Gates of Fire is really hot and cold for me. Today I wasnt feeling the love for it This challenge has a lot of historical fiction lined up for me and I think I have to tackle that differently. Have a few books on the go so I can float around. Just seems with hf if I tackle it like I woukd a fantasy or sci fi book my mind wanders and I lose interest in them sometimes. Thinking I need to pace differently and take a longer time with less time per day on them to make this challebge a success. I like hf but I must be in the right mood for it


message 39: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Yeah I hear ya...I def get to a saturation point during a day if I read to much so I often have a few going at once to change it up...btw you should really check out the audio version of desperate passage about the donner party. It's great


message 40: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47793 comments I think travelling around the world like this lends itself to HF.

I've been wanting to read something on the Donner Party. I have a couple of books on my wishlist. One, Impatient with Desire, is and imagining of Tamsen Donner's diary. It was known that she kept one but it was lost in the voyage.


message 41: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Janice wrote: "I've been wanting to read something on the Donner Party. I have a couple of books on my wishlist. One, [book:Impatient with Desire..."

Well this one has been great and will probably sate my appetite for cannibalism ;-)


message 42: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47793 comments Oh yuck! That sounds disgusting. But I've read other books that have dealt with the subject matter - Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors was one. Another was a true life story about a small plane crash in the Arctic, but I don't recall the name of the book. It was a matter of survival and not choice.


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Marcus | 623 comments Janice wrote: "Oh yuck! That sounds disgusting. But I've read other books that have dealt with the subject matter...i>

Yeah I remember reading "Alive" back when that came out. I enjoyed that one two. It's interesting to read about what people do when placed in extreme circumstances to survive. It's certainly horrible but at least some people were able to survive those ordeals.



message 44: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments I just started red dragon of the hannibal lecter series . maybe I'll hold off on the donner oarty for a while


message 45: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47793 comments Travis of NNY wrote: "I just started red dragon of the hannibal lecter series . maybe I'll hold off on the donner oarty for a while"

LOL! Same theme, though. I read Red Dragon years ago and just picked up The Silence of the Lambs. It will be a while before I read it though.


message 46: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19729 comments Way to go on your four sites done, Marcus!


message 47: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19729 comments I seem to be wandering all over the planet reading books here and there. All of the grand planning and I seem only to want to pick up random books. Amazingly, I have been able to place many of them into my challenge. Who knew?


message 48: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Ha thanks. I have had kinda the same problem...every time I find a new book I want to read, I plug it into a new location somehow and then have to find two other books for that location...now that I have the main challenge done, I'm going to continue to go where my mood takes me...and through the rest of the book pile on my shelf


message 49: by Marcus (new)

Marcus | 623 comments Well, I've almost picked out one book for each challenge...whew. Only 57 more books to go to completion...yikes!! Oh well, I'll dig in and do my best and have a great time trying.


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