Challenge: Avengers vs. X-Men

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The Avengers vs. X-Men Challenge is a challenge I’m taking part in, and hosted by Mpauli, a member of my Goodreads book group. Each participant chooses a team, either Avengers or X-Men, and earns points for their heroes, or to ‘defeat’ villains. Each team has twelve characters, and each character has three ‘traits’, which describe the kind of book the participants should read for a point.

If you are interested in taking part, please take a look at Mpauli’s original thread for more information.

I am part of Team X-Men! *wears Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters t-shirt with pride*

Heroes recruited: 10/12 | Villains beaten: 4/12 | Total points: 94

Cyclops – RECRUITED

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  1. Leadership Skills: Read a book with a commander/general on the cover or with a team/squad leader as main protagonist (Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, read 31/07/14)
  2. Optical Blast: Read a book with a character wearing glasses/eye enhancing devices on the cover or with a one-eyed main/side character (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, read 09/03/2014)
  3. Daddy/Son Issues: Read a book with a father and his son on the cover or which involves a conflict between a father and a son (Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, read 10/04/14)

 

Jean Grey

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  1. Mind Reader: Read a book with a book on the cover or where a character is able to read minds
  2. Phoenix: Read a book with a phoenix or another fire based creature on the cover or where a character gets ressurrected (Sabriel by Garth Nix, read 27/05/14)
  3. Scott, Jean and Wolverine: Read a book with two male and one female character on the cover or which involves a love triangle (Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read 08/04/14)

 

Wolverine – RECRUITED

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  1. Weapon X Project: Read a book with a secret facility on the cover or with a canadian main or side character (The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez, read 16/12/14)
  2. Snikt: Read a book with claws on the cover or with a character/monster with claws (Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, read 17/04/14)
  3. Healing Factor: Read a book with a doctor/healer on the cover or with a doctor/healer as main protagonist (Doctor’s Notes by Dr. Rosemary Leonard, read 20/03/14)

 

Storm – RECRUITED

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  1. Lightning Goddess: Read a book with lightning on the cover or with a god as a main protagonist or theme (The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris, read 02/02/14)
  2. Queen of Wakanda: Read a book with a black character on the cover or with an African setting/culture (The Three by Sarah Lotz, read 27/06/14)
  3. Ororo, the Thief: Read a book with a hooded character on the cover or with a thief as main protagonist (Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, read 02/03/2014)

 

Nightcrawler – RECRUITED

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  1. Mein Freund: Read a book by a German author or with a German main/side character (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, read 08/03/2014)
  2. Circus Acrobatics: Read a book with a circus theme (tent, clowns etc.) on the cover or where a circus is one of the settings (Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene, read 24/07/14)
  3. Bamf: Read a book with a smoke cloud on the cover or where a character has the ability to teleport (The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, read 28/07/14)

 

Kitty Pryde – RECRUITED

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  1. Shadowcat: Read a book with a cat on the cover, or where one of the main/side characters is able to phase shift (Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, read 18/09/2014)
  2. Lockheed: Read a book with a dragon on the cover or with a dragon as one of the main protagonists (Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, read 18/12/14)
  3. Professor Kitty: Read a book with a teacher/instructor on the cover or where a teacher/instructor is one of the main protagonists (Lexicon by Max Barry, read 20/05/14)

 

Angel – RECRUITED

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  1. Archangel: 1. Read a book with an angel/flying creature on the cover or with an angel/flying creature as a main/side character (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, read 13/01/14)
  2. Warren Worthington III: Read a book with expensively clothed people on the cover or where the main protagonist is part of the nobility (Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, read 28/01/14)
  3. Herald of the Apocalypse: Read a book with a priest/spiritual leader on the cover or where the Apocalypse is a main theme/setting (The Kill Order by James Dashner, read 28/04/14)

 

Emma Frost – RECRUITED

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  1. Diamond Skin: Read a book with gems on the cover or where a gem/jewelery plays a significant role (The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, read 29/09/14)
  2. Frosty Demeanor: Read a book with snow/ice on the cover or which has a snow/ice setting (Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, read 22/12/14)
  3. The White Queen: Read a book with a predominantly white cover or with an older main protagonist, whose hair is already white (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, read 17/03/14)

 

Colossus – RECRUITED

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  1. Steel Skin: Read a book with a robot on the cover or where a robot is a main/side character (Retribution Falls, read 19/05/14)
  2. Pjotr Rasputin: Read a book with a russian/U.S.S.R. flag on the cover or where Russia is one of the settings (Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, read 26/04/14)
  3. Iron Curtain: Read a book with a fence on the cover or which is set during the Cold War era (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, read 11/11/14)

 

Psylocke

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  1. Psychic Katana: Read a book with a samurai/ninja on the cover or which has a far Eastern setting
  2. Betsy Braddock: Read a book by a British author or which plays in Great Britain (The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, read 04/01/2014)
  3. Psychic Knives: Read a book with knives on the cover or with an assassin as main/side character (Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, read 22/09/14)

 

Cable – RECRUITED

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  1. Time Traveler: Read a book with a suitcase/backpack on the cover or where time travel plays some significant role (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, read 25/10/14)
  2. Weaponmaster: Read a book with a gun/rifle on the cover or where the main character uses a gun frequently (The Gunslinger by Stephen King, read 28/12/14)
  3. Virus Victim: Read a book with a sick/infected person on the cover or where a virus plays a significant role (Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, read 16/3/2014)

 

Beast – RECRUITED

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  1. Animal Mine: Read a book with an animal on the cover or where an animal plays a significant role (Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, read 17/02/2014)
  2. Blue Pelt: Read a book with a predominantly blue cover or which plays at sea (Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, read 06/01/2014)
  3. Dr. Hank McCoy: Read a book with a laboratory on the cover or where a laboratory is one of the main settings (TimeBomb by Scott Andrews, read 14/10/14)

 

That’s it for the heroes… as for the villains, they will be added as time goes by, and each one is only available to ‘beat’ for a month.

 

Sandman – active from January 1st-31st

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  1. Desert Sands: Read a book with a desert on the cover or which has a desert setting as one of its settings
  2. The Sands of Time: Read a book with ruins on the cover or which has ruins as one of its settings
  3. Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream: Read a book with a sleeping character on the cover or where dreams/nightmares play a significant role (The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, read 24/1/14)

 

Crimson Dynamo – active from February 1st-28th – BEATEN

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  1. Heavy Metal: Read a book with something metallic on the cover or where metals play an important role (The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, read 11/02/14)
  2. Comrade Vanko: Read a book by a eastern European author (as in former Warsaw Pact countries) or with an eastern European main/side character (Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, read 25/02/14)
  3. Dynamically Powered: Read a book with a machine on the cover or where a machine plays an important role within the book (Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, read 27/02/14)

 

Juggernaut – active from March 1st-31st – BEATEN

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  1. Gem of Cyttorak: Read a book with a gem on the cover or in the title, or where a gem plays a significant role in the story. Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks (read 29/03/14)
  2. Invincible: Read a book with a helmet on the cover, or where a character is invincible. (The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  3. X-Tended Family:Read a book with two male protagonists on the cover, or where a step-brother is a main/side character. (The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, read 23/03/14)

Kingpin – active from April 1st-30th

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  1. Bold to be bald: Read a book with a bald character on the cover, or where a bald character is the protagonist.
  2. Crime Lord: Read a book with thugs/thieves on the cover, or where a character is involved in a crime syndicate.
  3. Drug Dealer: Read a book with an intoxicated character on the cover (drunk counts), or where a character has a drug problem. (A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick, read 21/04/14)

Bullseye – active from May 1st-31st

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  1. Target Practice: Read a book with a Bullseye cover, or where any sort of target practice (gun/bow/knife etc.) happens. (The Violent Century, read 25/5/14)
  2. Dark Hawkeye: Read a book with 2 similar/identically looking characters on the cover (mirror images count), or where a character impersonates someone else. (Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, read 29/05/14)
  3. Nemesis of the Daredevil: Read a book with flames on the cover, or where the hell plays a role as a setting or theme.

Loki – active from June 1st-30th – BEATEN

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  1. Son of Jotunheim: Read a book with a devastated landscape on the cover, or with a dystopian society. (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, read 30/06/14)
  2. Trickster God: Read a book with a humorous cover (could be a funny scene or cartoonish drawings), or with a jester/joker/funny person as main or side character. (Boy21 by Matthew Quick, read 29/06/14)
  3. Thor’s Half-Brother: Read a book with siblings on the cover, or with siblings as main or side characters. (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, read 02/06/2014)

Dr. Doom – active from July 1st-31st – BEATEN

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  1. Latveria: Read a book by a European author or which plays mainly in one or more European countries. (Earth Girl by Janet Edwards, read 11/07/14)
  2. Mask of Doom: Read a book with a masked character on the cover, or with a protagonists who disguises him-/herself as someone else. (Physical disguises count, as well as bodies being taken over or assuming the identity of someone else. Pretending to be someone else or acting under false pretense also counts) (Ironskin by Tina Connolly, read 07/07/14)
  3. Castle Doom: Read a book with a castle on the cover, or with a castle as one of the major settings within the book. (Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose, read 13/07/14)

Galactus – active from August 1st-31st

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  1. Insatiable Hunger: Read a book with food on the cover or where a cook/chef is a main/side character.
  2. World Eater: Read a book with a planet on the cover or which includes space travel and other planets than Earth. (fantasy worlds like Middle Earth won’t count)
  3. Gah Lak Tus: Read a book with hive creatures (ants, bees, even nanites) on the cover or where a hive mind plays a significant role.

Magneto – active from September 1st-30th

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  1. Master of Magnetism: Read a book with a magnet or a pole region (ice landscape) on the cover or where two characters are romantically attracted to each other.
  2. Protected Psyche: Read a book with a helm on the cover or where a protagonist protects someone else.
  3. Magneto, the X-Man: Read a book with a white haired character on the cover or where a character changes sides/allegiances within the story.

Green Goblin – active from October 1st-31st

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  1. Pumpkin Bomb: Read a book with Halloween themed cover a pumpkin/jack o’ lantern/ghosts/kids in costume etc or which is considered to be part of the horror genre. (The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, read 10/10/14)
  2. Goblin Glider: Read a book with a person flying on a device (broomstick, glider, space bike – but no creatures, or indoor flying like planes or space ships!) on the cover or where the characters are flying on a device during the novel.
  3. Norman Osborn, the business man: Read a book with a shop/bank/commercial building on the cover or where a shop owner/business woman/man is one of the main characters.

Apocalypse – active from November 1st-30th

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  1. The Four Horsemen: Read a book with a horse on the cover or where a messenger/herald is one of the main characters.
  2. En Sabah Nur: Read a book with something Egyptian on the cover (pyramid, mummy, pharaoh, Horus-statue etc) or where Egypt/Egyptian mythology plays an important role.
  3. Age of Apocalypse: Read a book with a door/portal on the cover or which plays in two different dimensions (portal fantasies or parallel universes etc).

Thanos – active from December 1st-31st

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  1. Mistress Death: Read a book with a skeleton on the cover or where a character sacrifices himself for love.
  2. Cosmic Cube: Read a book with a square or cube on the cover or where a character gets his powers from a non-human/alien artefact.
  3. Infinity Gauntlet: Read a book with a gauntlet on the cover (can be part of an armored character) or where an immortal character plays a significant role. (The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, read 14/12/14)

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