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Old 12-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #601
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I'd like to read this again now that I'm an adult and see if it was as good as I remember. Any ideas?
I don't know what it is, but it sounds like something I would like to read.

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Old 12-14-2012, 06:03 PM   #602
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I don't know what it is, but it sounds like something I would like to read.

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Sounds good to me also.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:41 PM   #603
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I'd like to read this again now that I'm an adult and see if it was as good as I remember. Any ideas?
Your description is tickling my memory. I can't decide if I have read it, or if it elements of other books are combining into this one. Any idea of when it was written?

Two books did come to mind. The first is "Tunnel in the Sky" by Robert Heinlein. From memory, it is a good match except that I don't think it had the virtual environments. The other book I thought of is "Rite of Passage" by Alexei Panshin. That isn't it, but the training and testing kids brought it to mind.

And I'm with the others. I hope someone identifies it as I it sounds interesting.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:11 PM   #604
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From the description definitely not Tunnel in the Sky.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:11 AM   #605
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Sounds Asimov to me :-)

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Old 12-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #606
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Here's one I read as a teenager... I'm guessing it's in the Young Adult genre, probably SF?

Set in a future earth, characters in the books are assigned different jobs after high school. The protagonist gets a job which she? (I think?) thought would be disappointing. What ends up happening is that this character ends up working with a group of maybe a dozen others exploring virtual worlds. They are hooked into a variety of equipment and have to face different challenges in the virtual worlds. They may live in the virtual world for a long time, days perhaps? However, when someone makes a (fatal) mistake, they all wake up. Some examples of such mistakes are eating poisonous berries (they saw birds eating them, so should be alright, right?), falling off a cliff, etc.

In the end they find out that they were part of a secret training project to colonize a distant planet. There were many such groups involved in training and they are all blasted off to a new planet, which has similar environments to their training worlds, but is significantly harsher. The various groups must learn to survive and cooperate with one another. I seem to remember some fighting, eventual peace and propagation of the human race through children.

I'd like to read this again now that I'm an adult and see if it was as good as I remember. Any ideas?
Sounds like Invitation to the Game written by Monica Hughes.

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What begins as a chilling glimpse into the not-too-distant future evolves into an exultant, life-affirming balm for mankind. Ten graduates of the class of 2154 are assigned (condemned, actually) by the government to a routine of unemployment and ostracism in this overcrowded future of robotized services and thought police. The 10 stumble upon
a secretive and elite contest that promises to raise their status should they win. But by the time they discover that "The Game" is really a government plot to colonize other planets with the youth of their world, it's too late.

This bold and incisive parable for the future will by turns terrify and enchant both science fiction enthusiasts and readers concerned about the earth's fate. A moving epilogue chronicles the way that the group pools its diverse skills to create a better civilization in a pristine land. Hughes engenders an aura of optimism and hope that will both comfort and inspire. Ages 12-up.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:53 PM   #607
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Sounds like Invitation to the Game written by Monica Hughes.
Thank you! (not my request)

I've found that this was recently republished as "The Game" available in the Kindle store for $.50 less than the paperback.

Bought!

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Old 12-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #608
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Sounds like Invitation to the Game written by Monica Hughes.
THANK YOU, that sounds like it!

Strangely enough, I had this vague suspicion that "Game" was in the title but it was so generic I wasn't sure if it was correct.

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Thank you! (not my request)

I've found that this was recently republished as "The Game" available in the Kindle store for $.50 less than the paperback.

Bought!

BOb
Hope you enjoy it. Not sure if I remembered it correctly, or if it was even all that good, but I guess you'll find out!

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #609
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It sounds interesting. Doesn't seem to be available as an eBook in the UK, unfortunately.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:17 PM   #610
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I have some fond memories of Monica Hughes myself - Crisis on Conshelf 10 and its later sequel Earthdark were important early SF experiences for me.
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A pre-order:
"This title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on December 31, 2030."
Er . . . 2030?
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:12 PM   #612
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A pre-order:
"This title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on December 31, 2030."
Er . . . 2030?
Oh... NO! I just got a package from Amazon... guess what, I mistakenly ordered the paper back version. The ebook version is pre-order as stated above.

So, not sure if I should return the paper book, read it, or just donate it to the school and order the kindle version. Yea, I really don't like reading paper books any more.

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yes, that's it - thank you!
I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you are done reading it.
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I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you are done reading it.
it's a gift for my husband - we'll see if he likes it.
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This is probably a silly request, but it's been annoying me lately that I can't remember what the title of this book is.

It was a romance novel about a woman who has an affair with a Swedish king (I think) sometime between the 16th-18th centuries. I want to say the woman's name was Kristen/Christina or something similar and she was a redhead. I read it when I was around 12 so it had to be published before 1997, but the paperback copy I had was old, so I would think it was probably originally published in the 70s-80s.

Sound familiar to anyone?
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