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Words of Wisdom: Ken Follett

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Before we get to today’s topic, I just wanted to make sure you were all made aware that non other than Nathan Fillion will be making an appearance at Ottawa Comiccon. From Captain of Serenity to Novel Writer/FBI consultant, Mr. Fillion has made quite a name for himself, and his addition to the guest list is a wonderful gift. Also, keep in mind that there may still be more people added to the guest list, so be sure to check on the official Ottawa Comiccon website at least once a day.

That being said, today’s segment will comprise of a quote from historical fiction author Ken Follett, who has written countless novels and series spanning from the Middle Ages, all the way to World War II.


(Ken Follett, 1949 ~ present)

“I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn’t happen, but it might have.

This is exactly what comes to mind for me whenever I pick up one of his books. The characters have so much depth to them, and even if they only make a brief appearance in the storyline, you still can’t help but wonder whether they’ll come back into the story later on. The historical details, from what I can tell, are very accurate, although you would probably need to consult an actual historian to be certain. Even if they were slightly altered, though, they are written in so much detail, and incorporate this kind of undeniable logic that it could have dragons and magic in it and you would still believe it. This is the mark of a truly talented writer.

That’s all for today. As always, I encourage you to leave your thoughts and any questions you may have in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!



History Coming to Life

“World Without End” by Ken Follett

I have been working on this book for quite some time, but between University and work, I don’t have a whole heck of a lot of time for leisurely reading. Therefore, I still have not finished reading this book, but I think I’ve read enough of it to say that it’s different from what I’m used to reading, but I would definitely recommend it. I read Pillars of the Earth, the prequel to World Without End, and although they both follow a similar storyline, they are very unique reads that give an interesting perspective on different aspects of the time period. If memory serves, the first one takes place mostly in the 1100’s, while the second one is in the 1300’s. I won’t give too much away, but I will give this warning; if you have not read anything by Ken Follett, then you should use a bit of ‘readers discretion’, because he is very descriptive. The Pillars of the Earth mini-series should give you a pretty good idea of how vivid it can get …

Follow this link for a synopsis of the book: World Without End


It’s over a thousand pages long, so you might want to clear your calendar, but trust me, it will be worth it 🙂