Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday Sept 3 – 6

It’s Friday! Time to discover new blogs to follow!   Blog Hop is a meme held every weekend and it is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books.  It’s a great way to find book blogs that you might now know about.

Parajunkee is hosting Follow Friday, which is another fun way to meet new bloggers.  Check out Parajunkee’s blog here.

If you are visiting from the Blog Hop, please leave a comment so I can stop by your blog to say hi!

 

Question of the week:

Sarah @ SarahReadsTooMuch

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Oh, no! The sad truth is revealed, yet again, about my shallow book buying habits. Yes, yes, yes! Darn it, yes!  I will judge a book based on the cover! Paranormalcy – beautiful cover!  I pre-ordered it! I hardly ever pre-order main stream books, though I pre-order all of my manga.  Hush Hush?  Yeah, cover sold me on that one, too.  There is just something so appealing about a book with a gorgeous cover that I can’t resist!

Review: Genghis Khan by Demi

 

Title: Genghis Khan

Author: Demi

Publisher:  Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 978-0761455479

 

May Contain Spoilers

I was not sure what to expect when I checked this out from the library.  I love biographies, especially ones about warriors.  Alexander the Great, Crazy Horse, Hannibal – I’m interested in learning more about of them, and have read many, many pages about their exploits.  I have always been intrigued by Genghis Khan and his horde of Mongols, mainly for one reason; they were consummate equestrians.

I tripped across this book on Amazon, and put in a request at the library.  The combination of full-color artwork and spare, yet compelling text made this an interesting read.  Demi’s illustrations are more whimsical in nature, even during battle scenes.  The visual component of the story was very effective, with one minor quibble.  Gold foil is used without restraint throughout the book, and I thought it obscured the art.  All of that shiny metallic paper got obnoxious after about 3 pages.

Genghis Khan is a very short read, but the stunning visuals give the story an added kick.  Based on both historical fact and folklore, the life of Temujin, the boy who would grow up to become one of the most skilled leaders in history, is rich with action and political intrigue. 

Grade:  B-

Review copy obtained from the library