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text 2019-03-18 06:38
SNAKES & LADDERS 2019 TRACKING POST - COMPLETE!

 

 

 

SQUARE 1:  Author is a woman

- Read Underbug:  An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli [Finished 22 February 2019]

 

SQAURE 7: Author's last name begins with the letters A,B, C, or D.

- Read Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron [Finished 23 February 2019]

 

SQUARE 14:  Author is dead.

- Read The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchet (1948-2015).  [Finished 25 February 2019]

 

SQUARE 20:  Set in a country that is not your country of residence.

- Read The War That Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander [Finished 28 February 2019] - this book takes place in Anatolia, so not in my country of residence.

 

SQUARE 70:  Something related to fall/autumn on the cover.

-Read A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley [Finished 1 March 2019] - the novel takes place in autumn and has autumn scenery on the cover. 

 

SQUARE 78:  Set in a small town (fictional or real)

-Read Death in Dark Blue by Julia Buckley, which is set in a small town. [Finished: 2 March 2019]

 

SQUARE 83:  Genre:  Cozy Mystery.

- Read A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley, which is a warm, fluffy and definately cozy mystery.  [Finished 3 March 2019].

 

SQUARE 86:  Author's debut book.

- Read:  All That Remains:  A Life in Death by Sue Black, which does not meet the requirements of Square 86. [Finished 5 March 2019].

 

SQUARE 92:  Reread of a childhood favorite.

- Read Sorcerer's Legacy by Janny Wurtz, which is something I read as a teenager.  [Finished 7 March 2019]

 

SQUARE 96:  From your favorite genre.

-Read:  Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Marcus Wohlsen. 

[Finished 9 March 2019]

Science is my favourite genre so this book meets the criteria. 

 

SQUARE 100:  Let BL pick it for you:  post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes.

-Read The Deluge by Mark Morris [Finished 16 March 2019]

 

 

SNAKES & LADDERS 2019 COMPLETED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-03-18 02:56
My Game Card for Snakes and Ladders

Update for 3/17  

My Official Post for Snakes and Ladders

 

My Marker is the Palm Tree W/Coconuts

 



⇝1. Author is a woman~ 

 

Read:  The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (finished 2/22/19) Which is not by a woman so I rolled only one dice or die...

 

You rolled 1 die:
5
Timestamp: 2019-02-22 22:42:39 UTC
 

this takes me to Number #6

 
 
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
⇝6. Title has a color word in it~ 
 

Read:  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (finished 2/24/19) Which has Silver in the title so I can go up the ladder to  #27


7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.
9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K
10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O
11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S
12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
13. Author is a man
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy 
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence
21. Set in Europe
22. Set in Asia
23. Set in Australia/Oceania
24. Set in Africa
25. Snake - go back to 5
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long
⇝27. Set during WWI or WWII
 

Read:  Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman  --I thought this was a book leading up to WWII, but it turns out its about 8 yrs. before it...so I'm only rolling one Die.

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 1 die:

4

 

Timestamp: 2019-03-01 20:50:43 UTC

 

Which takes me to #31


28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
⇝31. Road trip
 

 

Read:  Beartown by Fredrik Backman  --A road trip occurs when the Hockey Team travels to an away game (Finished 0304/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

4 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-05 00:11:31 UTC

 

Which takes me to #41 


32. Genre: thriller
33. Set in North America
34. Snake - go back to 1
35. Has been adapted as a movie
36. Set in Central or South America
37. Has won an award
38. Newest release by a favorite author
39. A reread
40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry
⇝41. Characters involved in politics
 

Read: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which has all sorts of political intrigue (Finished 03/08/19) This takes me to #45

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
1 3
Timestamp: 2019-03-08 14:59:35 UTC

 

This takes me to #45

 


42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry
43. Characters involved in the law
44. Characters involved in cooking/baking
43. Characters involved in medicine
44. Characters involved in science/technology
⇝45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year
 

Reading:  If You Dare by Deanna Madden --This whole series has been on my TBR for more than a year (Finished 03/11/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 2

Timestamp: 2019-03-12 21:18:13 UTC

 

Which takes me to #52.

 

 


46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years
47. Snake - go back to 19
48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.
49. Recommended by a friend
50. Has a domestic animal on the cover
51. Has a wild animal on the cover
⇝52. Has a tree or flower on the cover~
 

Read The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch because it has a tree on the cover. (Finished 03/16/18) 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-17 01:26:01 UTC

 

Which takes me to #63


53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover
54. Is more than 400 pages long
55. Is more than 500 pages long
56. Was published more than 100 years ago
57. Was published more than 50 years ago
58. Was published more than 25 years ago
59. Was published more than 10 years ago
60. Was published last year/
61. Cover is more than 50% red
62. Cover is more than 50% green
⇝63. Cover is more than 50% blue

 

Reading The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman for the blue cover.

 


64. Cover is more than 50% yellow
65. Snake - go back to 52
66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long
67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)
68. Something related to weddings on the cover
69. Something related to travel on the cover
70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover
71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake
72. Involves the mountains/forests
73. Categorized as YA
74. Categorized as Middle Grade
75. Set in a fantasy world
76. Set in a world with magic
77. Has a "food" word in the title
78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)
79. Main character is a woman
80. Main character is a man
81. Ghost story
82. Genre: urban fantasy
83. Genre: cozy mystery
84. Genre: police procedural
85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books
86. Author's debut book
87. Snake - go back to 57
88. Comic/graphic novel
89. Published between 2000 and 2017
90. A new-to-you author
91. Snake - go back to 61
92. Reread of a childhood favorite
93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)
94. Non-fiction
95. Memoir
96. From your favorite genre
97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE
98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS
99. Snake - go back to 69
100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

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text 2019-03-14 05:32
SNAKES & LADDERS 2019: SQUARE 100

SNAKES & LADDERS 2019

 

SQUARE 100:  Let BL pick it for you:  post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes.

 

 

These are my 4 choices:

 

(1) The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard

(2) The Deluge by Mark Morris

(3) Earth-Shattering by Bob Berman

(4) Ill Wind by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason

 

The Universe In Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond - Christophe Galfard  The Deluge - Mark Morris  Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe - Bob Berman   

 

VOTE HERE

 

RESULTS HERE

_______________________________

EDIT:  14 March 2019

 

The book with the most votes is The Deluge by Mark Morris.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-09 08:51
Biopunk by Marcus Wohlsen
Biopunk: Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life - Marcus Wohlsen

TITLE:  Biopunk: Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life

 

AUTHOR:  Marcus Wohlsen

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2011

 

FORMAT:  Hardcover

 

ISBN-13:  9781617230028

 

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DESCRIPTION:

"The most disruptive force on the planet resides in DNA. Biotech companies and academic researchers are just beginning to unlock the potential of piecing together life from scratch. Champions of synthetic biology believe that turning genetic code into Lego-like blocks to build never-before-seen organisms could solve the thorniest challenges in medicine, energy, and environmental protection. But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved, the most revolutionary discoveries often emerge from out-of-the-way places, forged by brilliant outsiders with few resources besides boundless energy and great ideas.

In Biopunk, Marcus Wohlsen chronicles a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information. The "biohacking" movement, now in its early, heady days, aims to unleash an outbreak of genetically modified innovation by making the tools and techniques of biotechnology accessible to everyone. Borrowing their idealism from the worlds of open-source software, artisinal food, Internet startups, and the Peace Corps, biopunks are devoted advocates for open-sourcing the basic code of life. They believe in the power of individuals with access to DNA to solve the world's biggest problems.

You'll meet a new breed of hackers who aren't afraid to get their hands wet, from entrepreneurs who aim to bring DNA-based medical tools to the poorest of the poor to a curious tinkerer who believes a tub of yogurt and a jellyfish gene could protect the world's food supply. These biohackers include:

-A duo who started a cancer drug company in their kitchen
-A team who built an open-source DNA copy machine
-A woman who developed a genetic test in her apartment for a deadly disease that had stricken her family

Along with the potential of citizen science to bring about disruptive change, Wohlsen explores the risks of DIY bioterrorism, the possibility of genetic engineering experiments gone awry, and whether the ability to design life from scratch on a laptop might come sooner than we think. "

 

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REVIEW:

 

Biopunk provides an engaging look at what a variety of scientists are doing in their garages or kitchens without backing from universities or wealthy corporations.  Of course, some of the contents of the book (published 2011) will be outdated by now, but it still makes for interesting reading.  Wohlsen examines how and why these DIY scientists are doing what they are doing - this usually involves working beyond the restrictings involved in the extremely expensive specialized equioment, as well as the politics and rigid  environment of universities and biotech corporations.  This book also briefly deals with the potential consequences and challenges that are part and parcel of this type of citizen science.  The organisation is a bit erratic and the topics covered lacked depth - the science is explained in rather simplistic terms.  Each chapter of the book comes across as a separate essay or article about a specific DIY hacker, along with the obligatory interview.  The book is written by a journalist, which means you get more human interest stories than a detailed look at exactly what is going on in the kitchen/garage.  

I did find the chapter on Indian farmers "hacking" Monsantos GMO seed stock the old fashioned way rather interesting and amusing.  The farmers saved the seeds produced by the GMO plants, crossed them with seeds native to India, saved and then traded the resulting native seeds which in the end produced plants that could cope better in the local conditions than the expensive GMO seeds.  And they did all this without paying a licensing fee.  Of course, Monsanto wasn't happy about this, but due to lack of regulation and motivation by the Indian government to do anything about this "theft" and hacking of GMO seeds, Monsanto couldn't do anything about it.

If you are looking for inspirational stories of citizen scienctists experimenting with DNA in the garage, this book may interest you.  In terms of in-depth science this book is rather lacking.

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text 2019-03-08 01:55
Snakes and Ladders: 5th roll, in which I am unlucky

Finished books reserved for later:

 

Books read for the game:

1. Square 1: Neanderthal Seeks Human - Penny Reid  [dice: 1+2]

2. Square 4: The Midnight Club - Christopher Pike doesn't fit square requirements [dice: 3]

3. Square 7: Suddenly Royal - Nichole Chase  [dice: 1+5]

4. Square 13: Patient Zero - Ray Porter,Jonathan Maberry  [dice: 5+5]

 

5. On Square 23: Salvation of a Saint - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith  

 

I decided not to save this book for later, although it doesn't fit the requirements for the square. I get to roll one die and do a pathetic job of it.

 

 

A really pathetic job, because, crap, that's Square 25. I landed on a SNAKE. It's back to Square 5 for me.

 

The requirement for that one is "Published in 2018." I have a bunch of things that fit. The problem will be deciding which one I should go with.

 

RULES OF THE GAME:

 

Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.

 

1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.

 

2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org.  This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.

 

All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages. 

 

You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.

 

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

ADDITIONS TO THE RULES

See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions

 

When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.

 

With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.

 

For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.

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