Friday, January 13, 2017

Follow Friday - Lodge 288 of the Freemasons Covers the Ashburn-Sterling, Virginia Area

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 a single Follow Friday Featured Blogger 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 Featured Blogger of the week - One Reader's Thougts.
  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: Best and worst reads for 2016. Which would you recommend, which would you not?

Best: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. There are many good dystopian novels. There are many good post-apocalyptic novels. This is the only novel I can think of in which a dystopian nightmare of a civilization descends into an even worse post-apocalyptic nightmare. Relentlessly harsh and jarring, this novel is not for the faint of heart, but for those who make the effort, there is a gem of a story contained within its pages.

Other Recommendations: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, Updraft by Fran Wilde, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

Worst: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I went into this in depth in my review, but the book is simply dull and overly windy. It is padded out with too much filler and too few characters worth caring about. There are a handful of interesting ideas in its pages, but they are swamped by the piles of boring and poorly presented crap that surround them.

Subsequent Follow Friday: Strip 289 of xkcd is titled "Alone"

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  1. Totally agree with Seveneves as worst. And probably Fifth Season as best because I read Uprooted in 2015.

    1. @Laura: I haven't read the sequel to Fifth Season yet, but I am hoping to get to it in the next week or so.