Friday, September 7, 2012

Follow Friday - At the Third Quarter Quell Katniss Everdeen Participated in the Hunger Games for a Second Time

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Fantasy Book Chick and Books With Bite.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What book(s) are you reading right now? What do you think of it?

I am currently reading The Hugo Winners, Volume 1, edited by Isaac Asimov (read review). It is a collection of nine Hugo Award winning short stories and novelettes from the years between 1955 and 1961. I've read some of the stories in the book before, such as The Big Front Yard by Clifford D. Simak, The Star by Arthur C. Clarke, and The Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch. I have also read the novel length version of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon, but I have never read the shorter original. The others are entirely new to me. So far all of the stories are excellent, which is not unexpected. All of the stories in the book did, after all, get selected as the best science fiction short story or novelette published that year.

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  1. I haven't read many of the early ones, but my favorite recent Hugo award winner (short story) is Bridesicle by Will McIntosh. Many of the older ones are on my "someday read" list.

  2. @Rory: I really liked Bridesicle as well. I've read a fair number of the older Hugo winners, and I'm making a concerted effort to fill in the gaps and read them all.

  3. Sounds like an awesome book! o.O I'm sooo going to put that on my TBR-list :D

    New GFC follower!

    Here is my FF:

  4. @Karen: I would recommend it, although I am only part of the way through it. I should have a review of it posted in the reasonably near future.

  5. @Cassi Haggard: It is quite good thus far. I also have the second volume as well, so I'll be tackling that as soon as I have finished with this one.

  6. I haven't heard about that. New follower :)Check out MY FF

  7. Hi,
    I'm a new follower, via Feature and Follow. My FF post can be found here: =)
    I really want to read Asimov's 'Foundation' series, sci fi = <3

  8. Hi! I'm doing this blog hop too. It is my first :-)

    I'm following you.


  9. @samaine18: There are several different collections that the various Hugo Award winners have been assembled into. Which is good, because the alternative would be to hunt down the original publications they appeared in. I have a fair number of older science fiction magazines, but they can be hard to find these days.

  10. @Rinn: The Foundation series is a good choice. I have reviewed most of the books in the series. I recommend reading them in publication order, and not in series chronological order. The original trilogy is different, and in many ways better, than Asimov's later return to the series.

  11. New follower here!

    Very awesome choices... of course I've not read them all, but what I have, I think you'll enjoy!

  12. @Heather: I have always had good luck with Hugo award winning stories. I think it is a testament to the good taste of science fiction fandom that the Hugo selections are so consistently good.