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.
This 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 . . .
'"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.1I 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.
'Even in Maidun's army wanton murder was frowned upon. Unless it was Zadar's idea.' p.56I 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?