Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book Blogger Hop August 17th - August 23rd: Pope Dionysius Died in 268 A.D.

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: Do you follow other book blogs and if so, who are your top 3 bloggers?

I don't really follow a lot of dedicated book blogs, but I do pay attention to a number of "bookish" blogs. Three that come to mind are:

1. Camestros Felapton: The eponymous blog is written by Camestros Felapton. Felapton is, quite notably, a pseudonym, and recently a group of jerks angry that Camestros had spent so much time tweaking their noses claimed, incorrectly, that they had discovered his true identity and in the process made life miserable for what amounted to an innocent bystander. For his part, Camestros pointed out they were wrong and has kept right on tweaking their noses. While Camestros does include a fair number of book (and movie, and television) reviews in his posts, Felapton is also very interested in philosophy, keeping track of and making fun of the doings of the aforementioned group of radically conservative authors, and keeping an eye on some genre fiction awards. In addition, he has an ongoing back and forth with Timothy, his talking cat and Camestros has produced some of the most hilarious parodies I have ever seen. His blog is insightful, enjoyable, and often surreal.

2. Whatever: Written by John Scalzi, this blog is mostly whatever Scalzi feels like writing about, which seems kind a predictable given the name of the blog. Scalzi writes about politics, burritos, his wife and daughter, science fiction publishing and fandom, his lawn, sunsets, hotel room views, and all kinds of other subjects. One of the recurring features on his blog are the "Big Idea" posts, in which he turns his blog over to other authors to talk about and promote their books. Many of the Big Idea posts include reflections by the author on the inspirations for their book, their inspirations for their writing in general, their writing process, and their thoughts on the journey from empty page to publications. They are often thoughtful and go far beyond simply promoting the new work. This, coupled with Scalzi's wit and snark in the other posts on the blog make this a must read for me.

3. Pretty Terrible: Written by Natalie Luhrs, this blog is the best place to find links to the interesting, the insightful, and the adorable with a link to the science fiction and fantasy field. Luhrs also frequently writes reviews of science fiction books and short fiction, an effort that is frequently focused on the finalists for the Hugo Award. She also engages in some analysis of things like the Locus Recommended Reading List, and various other sundry topics. In a world full of snarky cynicism for the sake of snarky cynicism, Natalie's blog stands out as a bastion of cheerful happiness combined with a relentlessly uncompromising willingness to speak the truth.

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