Bout of Books 12: Day 7 Finale

Hi guys. Sorry this post is a bit later than normal, but life, eh?

Today had two challenges. First was to create a (dysfunctional) Book Family hosted by: AuggieTalk and #insixwords hosted by: FallingDownTheBookHole.

(Dysfunctional) Book Family Challenge:

I’m to choose characters from all the books I’ve ever known or read and give them a family title, say why, and then tell why it would be a dysfunctional family.

I’ve always wanted Bean from Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card as a sibling, probably an older brother. My mom would be Phedre from the Kushiel Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey. For my father, I’m choosing (off the top of my head) the dad from Carbide Tipped Pens the Hard Sci-Fi anthology edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi. The story the dad is from would be the first story in the anthology titled: The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever by Daniel H. Wilson.

Julian (Bean) Delphiki

Bean is this super intelligent little kid who eventually grows exponentially due to some genetic happenstance. He is inherently logical and often fears that he’s missing something within him that separates him from being human.


Phedre is an anguisette and has been touched by one of her gods who has chosen her to bear a special burden. She is a prostitute in a land whose motto is Love as Thou Wilt. She has saved her country many times by being who she is: a spy.

father daughter gif

The father from The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever is similar to Bean in that he also sees everything through the rigid form of logic. He is able to love, though, and holds a great love for his daughter, who he runs to when he and only a few others know that the end of the world is imminent.

I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why this family would be dysfunctional. Throw a trouble-making self-important youngest child into the mix, and you’ve got a family who probably has an odd time living together.


#insixwords Challenge:

I am to choose two to three books and summarize/share thoughts or feelings about the book in six words.

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women Edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane #insixwords Women doing it like the classics.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner #insixwords Run. Burn. Here we go again.

Bout of Books 12 is at an end and my participation has continued in it’s downward trend. I am determined to make it a lucky number 13 and blow any other failures out with the next round.

I am no further in The Scorch Trials and only a few more stories into The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women. Ah, but it is what it is. I have participated in half the challenges and feel inordinately proud to have completed them by blogging.

Since Bout of Books, we have nearly doubled in followers so I wanted to remind everyone that we are doing a book giveaway with the two series that Cheri and I have reviewed so far (seen HERE).

How did your bout of books go? What kinds of book/writing-a-thons do you wish there were? Let us know in the comments and keep on keeping on!


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