Friday, September 11, 2015

Follow Friday - An Earthquake Destroyed the Colossus of Rhodes in 226 B.C.

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 - Romance Dreamland Book Corner and My Random Book Thoughts.
  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: Undiscovered talent – tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let’s spread the love.

I'm going to pick the books of John Bellairs, none of which seem to get much love these days. Bellairs, who died in 1991, wrote multiple series of young adult mysteries laced with some fantasy and science fiction. His most prominent set of stories featured the young Johnny Dixon paired up with his eccentric neighbor Professor Childermass, but Bellairs also wrote several other excellent series one featuring the protagonist Lewis Barnaveldt, another centered around Rose Rita, and a third focused on Anthony Monday. In most of his book series, a preteen protagonist is paired with an adult mentor who is usually quirky and kind, and the duo is presented with some sort of strange happening that must be investigated. The stories are not quite scary enough to rise to the level of "horror", but probably could best be described as "gothic fantasy", although in some cases evil robots or time traveling trolley cars have been known to show up. I have read almost all of Bellairs' books, and I love all of them, but particular standouts include The House With a Clock in Its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, The Trolley to Yesterday, and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring. The books are all great fun, but no one but me seems to even know about them any more, let alone read them.

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  1. John Bellairs' books seem like ones that Stanley Kubrick could have made into films.

    I'm a new GFC follower, old bloglovin follower. Zi

    1. @Liezl Ruiz: Kubrick would have been an interesting choice for someone to make Bellairs' books into movies. Bellairs did write one moderately prominent book that wasn't aimed at the young adult market titled The Face in the Frost, which was an interestingly creepy story full of magic and terror.