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Offline animal74

The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:55:05 AM »
To commemorate Susan Cooper’s Lifetime Achievement Award at World Fantasy Convention 2013 and the 40th anniversary of her classic fantasy book, The Dark is Rising, I am proposing a (hopefully) Worldwide Readathon of The Dark is Rising Sequence starting on December 7th, 2013 (in honor of the seventh son of a seventh son).  There is no timeline, finish deadline or day-by-day guide, just the awesome knowledge that you are enjoying these books, maybe for the first time, with fans around the world at the same time!  In starting on December 7th, my hope is that most people will be able to finish Over Sea, Under Stone, before Midwinter’s Eve (December 20th?), the day before Will Stanton’s birthday to add to the reading experience of The Dark is Rising.

Due to time constraints, the only way I have to keep track of who’s joining the Readathon is if readers fill out a quick Google form.  I’m not asking for any info you don’t want to give, just a first name and location for stats tracking.  I won’t publish any individual’s information that is collected in any way.

Just as a disclaimer, I am not affiliated with Susan Cooper or any of her past or present publishers or agents. I am just a fan of her books.

Here’s where you can find us:

Sign Up Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V6fLBVvTI_itZwP_Q6VebnGqjbu6MmcspF3tY4KAx-k/viewform
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1431144040446912/
Twitter: @TDiRReadathon https://twitter.com/TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR
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Offline DBASKLS

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 01:35:19 PM »
Lovely idea! I re-read them all last year though so probably wouldn't join in.
  • Currently reading : Dominion - C J Sansom
  • On hold : The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

Offline Overlord

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 08:07:03 PM »
"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone."

With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.
Susan Cooper, in her five-title Dark Is Rising Sequence, creates a world where the conflict between good and evil reaches epic proportions. She ranks with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in her ability to deliver a moral vision in the context of breathtaking adventure. No one can stop at just one of her thrilling fantasy novels. Among many other prestigious awards, The Dark Is Rising is a Newbery Honor Book and a Carnegie Medal Honor Book.

#1- Over Sea, Under Stone
#2- The Dark Is Rising
#3- Greenwitch
#4- The Grey King
#5- Silver on the Tree
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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 11:50:07 PM »
Lovely idea! I re-read them all last year though so probably wouldn't join in.

Well, if you change your mind and decide to read them again, feel free to join! 
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Offline Jeni

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2013, 08:24:08 AM »
I'm in. Love these books.  :)

Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 05:25:18 AM »
Update:  We're gaining steam!  With a couple of generous retweets by Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay, our twitter account, @TDiRReadathon, has gained 60 new followers in less than 24 hours!  We already have 5 different countries represented from those that have "officially" signed up.
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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 07:19:24 AM »
We now have a Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107563123879935273659/about!

Currently sitting at 72 Twitter followers, 20 Facebook Members, and at least 8 countries represented!

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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 09:34:16 PM »
There's a blog up, too, for easy access to info. Post #2 up right now.

http://tdirreadathon.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-experience-why-sign-up.html
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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 06:45:21 AM »
Only six days left!
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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 05:28:08 AM »
We've now surpassed:
50 official sign-ups, 30 Facebook members & 10 countries!

We're also getting close to 90 Twitter followers. If you're a fan of the Sequence and Susan Cooper, the Readathon starts on Saturday!

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Offline animal74

Re: The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 06:08:55 AM »
Last one: Susan Cooper has officially endorsed the Readathon and posted about it on her Facebook Fan Page.   ;D ;D ;D

https://www.facebook.com/SusanCooperFanPage
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