Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday Memes and 'Age of Iron' by Angus Watson

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowLast Friday before university starts again!! I can't believe it's my last year already, which is just waay too scary to think about because I don't want it to end. But let's get to the memes rather than lose ourselves in university nostalgia!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question was submitted by Take Me Away...:

Blogger pet peeves? (Like when I've drafted an entire post, ready to publish it, and I see somewhere I've left out a html code... When I didn't even do my post in html)

I'm quite bad when it comes to html so sometimes I forget to remove the white background when I copy a blurb from Goodreads and I just hate seeing it on my blog because it clashes with the background! But my major pet peeve is actually something that is probably more my fault than anyone elses: how does one schedule a post? I still don't know!! Whenever I try to schedule a post, it simply doesn't get published and I come back after a day of work without anything having been posted!


Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question was suggested by Stephanie over at Books Are Cool:

How important is a book's cover to your overall impression of it?

That's a very good question! There is the famous saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover' and although it does make sense it doesn't ring quite true. I think a cover is an incredibly important part of the book because it often shows you which aspects of a book are considered important by its publisher. For example, in romance novels you always know what to expect because of the fainting women and the brooding, strong men on the cover. Also, if I don't like a cover I'm less likely to want to read it if it doesn't draw me in.

Age of IronThis week I'm using Age of Iron by Angus Watson for Book Beginning (Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (Freda's Voice). I am today's blog tour stop for this book, so drop by my review here!
Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the biggest epic fantasy debut release of 2014.
LEGENDS AREN'T BORN. THEY'RE FORGED.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. 
First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. 
Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed . . .
It's a glorious day to die
BB:
'"Mind your spears, coming through!"Dug Sealskinner shouldered his way back through the ranks. Front rank was for young people who hadn't learned to fear battle and old men who thought they could compete with the young.' p.1
I really liked this beginning because it shows Dug's dry wit quite well, while also showing his sense of realism. The beginning did take me some time to get into the book, but after the first chapter or two, I was pretty much sold.

F56:
'Even in Maidun's army wanton murder was frowned upon. Unless it was Zadar's idea.' p.56
I just thought this was another great example of the humour in the book. It's almost morbid at times but it is also something that will make you laugh. And these two sentences already tell you quite a lot about the bad guys!


So, that was my Friday! Have you got any pet peeves? And do you care about covers?

22 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of "Age of Iron" before, it's definitely intriguing!
    My Friday memes

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  2. Hahaha! I've had some issues with posts scheduling correctly too, but normally it works. You just select "schedule date & time" on the right and then pick the date and time. Make sure you hit "save"! Old follower.

    Here's my F&F!

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  3. I like some humor with my murder. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ My Friday Memes

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  4. Glad you got some fantasy reading in before the reality of university sets back in.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/09/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

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  5. I haven't heard of this book but I do like the humor mixed in with the heavier topics. I definitely agree that a cover is important. While it doesn't generally influence my overall opinion it does influence whether I'll pick the book up in the first place!

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  6. Ha! Good one. Murders okay if he approves. This looks epic.
    Here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/19/the-friday-56-37-eating-sarah-by-jaret-martens/

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  7. I agree with you a 100%! I had to copy the blurb from GR and paste it in notepad to remove all the formatting, and then pasting it again in my blog so it wouldn't clashes with my blog's background. And the same thing happened to me with the scheduling, that's why I stopped using them.

    Happy Friday!

    New follower on GFC and BL :)

    Natasha @ My #FF

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  8. Sounds interesting. Good choice for the 56.

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  9. The cover of a book is %50 of the decision making process for me.

    New GFC and BL follower.

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic Here is my #FF

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  10. Hah, I like the cover!

    The white text is annoying but easy to fix - highlight the passage then click on the Tx in the post dashboard. That strips the formatting and lets you put yours in.

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  11. Ah, yes, this one does pique my interest....as for scheduling posts, I tried once, with an epic fail...not worth the hassle! LOL

    Although some people do it successfully....

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your weekend.

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  12. I've had mixed results with scheduling posts too, which means I have to double-check to make sure the post happened. That defeats the purpose! *sigh*
    This sounds like a fascinating book. I like the main character's name. This isn't my usual genre, but it sounds like a story I'd enjoy.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my post. I look forward to reading your thoughtful comments.
    Sandy @Texas Twang

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  13. I totally agree. I always look at the cover. If I like the cover, then I check out the "insides" of the book. :)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I like your beginning.

    My blog hop link is below...have a great reading weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  14. Both snippets show how exciting the book is. Sounds like one I might like. That cover is brooding but pulling me in.

    Happy weekend, and enjoy this last year of uni. Don't fear, another door will be open giving you your next adventure. :-)

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  15. I like your thought about the cover showing which aspects of the book are important.

    My blog hop answer

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  16. I agree with with your pet peeves! HTML is kind of a blank for me and I don't know how posting works either! Happy reading!(

    New BL follower:) hope you can stop bY my post!

    Aditi@ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/2014/09/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

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  17. I don't know ow to schedule a post either! :D Thanks for stopping by earlier! :)

    Book Maniac Reviews

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  18. Though it's not a genre I enjoy, those are great quotes.
    Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads

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  20. (Pff, let's try this again) Well, your pet peeves must be everyone's peeve ;) I can show you how to sked a post if you really, really want to know. Whether it will work -- for you -- is another issue ;)

    PS I have a Blogger template giveaway happening right now. Wanna join? It's open worldwide, and there are lots of choices! Here's the link: http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2014/09/bloggiesta-blogger-template-giveaway.html

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  21. Definitely not my typical read, but those teasers are intriguing. Good luck in your final year of college.

    Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily on Friday. I appreciate it.

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