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Six Degrees of Kool Books

six degrees of kool books

So yesterday I talked about the upcoming nightstand book series which will be happening monthly and today I’ve got another new series or meme or column or whatever you’d like to call it. This one will be a weekly affair. And, in case you missed the big gigantic title at the top of this post or that big gigantic image, the series will be called, “Six Degrees of Kool Books”.

kevin bacon six degreesHow does it go? Glad you asked. Basically it’s based (very loosely and obtusely) off the board game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (which itself is based off the concept of “six degrees of separation“). If you don’t know how that game works, basically you have six steps to link Kevin Bacon to some other actor by naming another actor he or she has worked with who worked in some other film. In the new film you can pick a new actor and jump to another film until you get to a film featuring Kevin Bacon.

Now instead of movies and actors, we (and by we, I mean my authorial partner in crime Jenelle Schmidt and any other authors who’d like to hop on board) will be using books and characters. So for books, it doesn’t work exactly the same way as the Kevin Bacon game. You see I’m pretty sure Aragorn never made an appearance in anything beyond Lord of the Rings, though Viggo Mortensen has popped up in quite a few flicks over the years. So instead of picking the same character, you get to pick a characters in two different books who remind you of each other. So for Aragorn, we might link him to say King Arthur from Le Morte d’Arthur. Both were kings, great leaders, etc.

aragorn and king arthur

Each time you pick a new character from a new book you also talk about the rest of the book and the other characters in the story. Then the next person in the chain picks one of those other characters (not the one you picked, otherwise we’d just end up with all characters who remind us of Aragorn) and talk about a character from another book that reminds you of them. So I could pick Merlin and talk about Allanon from The Elfstones of Shannara. Capisce?

All the fun starts next Tuesday when I’ll kick off the series with a book whose name is shrouded in mystery in the great vagaries of obfuscation. If you’d like to be included in the chain, be sure to let us know in the comments or via social media.

I’m almost certain this trail will take those who follow it to some very unexpected books. And we’ll be able to look back and see this strange, serendipitous “six-degree” chain of “Kool Books” that we’ve created into our own virtual online library.

Sound like fun? If so, write a post and then share the link below to join in the literary shenanigans!

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Comments (33)

  1. […] if you’re still confused… DJ POSTED today about this whole idea as well, and I think he did a better job explaining it than I just did. […]

  2. Abbey says:

    I’ll take part. =)

  3. […] are wondering just what this whole “six degrees” thing means, please see my original post about how it all […]

  4. […] Books”? If you’re not familiar with how this blogging game works, check out my original post on this series. Now let’s jump right […]

  5. Julius says:

    Love it!

  6. […] you find it “smooth sailing” if you decide to post your own entry next week in the Kool Books […]

  7. […] twist (if you’re new to this whole Six Degrees business, you can fill yourself in by reading this post). Last week, Jenelle Schmidt introduced us to Gurgi and the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd […]

  8. […] So, not a lot of characters to choose from, but hopefully if you decide to take up the banner of Six Degrees and connect to a character of your own from another novel you’ll find something to spark your interest. Even if you’d just like to post once and give it a try, I’d love to hear what you think about it. You can find out more about the Six Degrees series/game by following this link. […]

  9. […] You can participate, too! Just head on over to the LAST Six Degrees post HERE and pick a character that I mentioned who reminds you of a different character in a different book and post about that character. (For more information on how this all works, see THIS POST). […]

  10. […] like all the details, as well as links to all of the other posts in this series, go to the Six Degrees main page and read all about […]

  11. […] head on over to THIS POST and sign up with the title of the book you’re discussing and the URL to your blog […]

  12. […] back to another round of Six Degrees of Kool Books! If you want to play, please reference THIS POST for […]

  13. […] hullo there wanderer, and welcome to another edition of Six Degrees of Kool Books. In this playful little literary trail we hop from one book to the next looking for characters that […]

  14. […] you of from another book. If you do, just send me the link and I’ll post it on our massive, Six Degrees list. We’re up to 35 books now! I can hardly believe it. Which one will be next? Tune in next week […]

  15. […] And you can just participate whenever you want to, no commitment required! Just be sure to go to THIS post on DJ’s site to read the “rules” as they were, and enter the name of the […]

  16. […] not always easy, but its a great mental exercise and one of the benefits of traveling through the Six Degrees universe. Going from one tale to the next, you never know quite where this journey will take you […]

  17. […] and tell us who they remind you of in your own blog post! The link-up and more details can be found HERE. The rules are simple: Have fun! Give Credit! Share your blog post URL so we can read it! Have […]

  18. I can’t believe we’re up to 40 books on this list already!

  19. […] from this post, either, you can find the complete list (and instructions on how to participate) HERE and pick any character from any of the posts that strikes your […]

  20. […] If any of the characters in this, one of Tolkien’s lesser known works, sparked your imagination and made recall a character from some other book, we’d love to hear what you come up with. For details about the Six Degrees series and how to join in on the fun, as well as a list of all the fabulous books we’ve featured thus far, be sure to visit the Six Degrees home page. […]

  21. […] a post about that book and its characters! More details and the list of previous posts can be found HERE. (You can always go back and springboard off one of those older posts, if you’d like! […]

  22. […] is make a connection between one of the characters in this post (or any of the posts listed on the SIX DEGREES HOME PAGE) and a character in a different book! Just make sure you let us know if you decide to play so we […]

  23. […] into quite a nice list of very interesting book recommendations. You can see the complete list HERE, as well as get more info on how to play along if you feel so […]

  24. […] fantasy and sci-fi to historical fiction and drama and philosophical and so much more! And what do all these books have in common? They are linked by their characters. I don’t know about you, but one of the […]

  25. […] I apologize for my tardiness. I hope you weren’t all too disappointed not to get your regularly scheduled Six Degrees post yesterday… we were on vacation last week with my husband’s family (extended family, grandparents, aunt/uncle, cousins… it was a blast!) and I got a cold and was still recuperating into the beginning of this week. I’m feeling a bit better, now, and ready to play Six Degrees of Kool Books once again! (More information about the Six Degrees meme and how you can join in can be found HERE) […]

  26. […] Good afternoon and welcome back to Six Degrees of Kool Books once again. This is the book-hopping, character-relating, genre-defying game that DJ and I play every week – and you are welcome to join in any time you like! It’s also a fun way to recommend (or not recommend, as the case may be) books that you have read in a somewhat original way. If you are curious about how it works and how you can join in the fun, please see the Six Degrees Home Page. […]

  27. […] are curious about what Six Degrees of Kool Books is or how you can participate, you can visit the Six Degrees Home Page for more information, as well as see the compilation of books we’ve accrued through the game […]

  28. […] this week’s Six Degrees offering we take a look at what it takes to be a leader. Sometimes a leader seems born into his […]

  29. […] This is one of my all-time favorite books. And I can’t think of a better one to get to end Six Degrees on for the time being. As always, you are more than welcome to play along, and can find the rules of the game HERE. […]

  30. […] of which, if you are new to this whole Six Degrees thing, here’s an overview of how this cool little meme works. We’d love to have you participate so we can link back to […]

  31. […] a little blog question and answer game. And since you know how much I love literary games, I couldn’t resist taking […]

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