It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
- Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
- Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Kinx's Book Nook and Shelf Addiction.
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
- Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
- If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
- If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
- If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
When I step out of my usual genres of science fiction and fantasy, I usually turn to nonfiction, specifically science or history. I read history because, well, I like history, which would be the reason why one of my undergraduate majors is a B.A. in History. One notable advantage that reading a lot of history gives me is that I am usually able to spot when an author steals from actual history to fuel the plot of their story. I should note that I generally include reading about mythology in the ambit of "history", because having an understanding most mythology is intimately tied to being able to acquire an understanding of how people in historical eras thought, which is critical for understanding why they took certain actions and forewent others.
I read science books both because I like reading them, and because a working knowledge of science is incredibly helpful when reading science fiction, and often makes the stories much better. A lot of science fiction obviously involves bending the rules of science to make the story work, but having a basic grasp of the scientific concepts involved usually helps make a story more enjoyable. For example, knowing just a little bit about imaginary numbers, Klein bottles, and antimatter makes the explanations Catherine Asaro gives in her books about the Skolian Empire that much more interesting than they would be without that knowledge.
Go to previous Follow Friday: Phileas Fogg Went Around the World in Eighty Days
Go to subsequent Follow Friday: Alchemists Didn't Know That the Atomic Number of Lead Is 82
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