FF: Pugs, Princesses, and War

Bubonicon starts this weekend, so on top of everything else, I’m preparing for my panels.

Battlecat Meets Battlepug

For those of you just discovering this feature, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

How Much For Just the Planet? by John M. Ford.  A completely insane Star Trek novel about a planet that doesn’t want to join either the Federation or the Klingon Empire.  I’ve laughed out loud so many times that Jim has put dibs on this for when I’m done.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale.  Audiobook.  Pretty good, but really didn’t hold up without the illustrations.

Battlepug, volume 1-5, by Mike Norton, Allen Passalaqua, and Chris Crank.  Graphic novel.  I came for the quirky concept of a classic Conanesque hero riding a giant pug and stayed for the story.  Really liked!

In Progress:

A Dangerous Place by Jaqueline Winspear.  Audiobook.  Masie Dobbs and the Spanish Civil War.

Fairytale by Hiro Mashima.  Manga.  Volumes 1-2.  During a recent visit to Texas, my nephews mentioned this.  As it’s the only one of the “big four” (as they called them) that I hadn’t read at least some, I decided to give it a shot.

Also:

I’m writing every spare moment I can find, which isn’t giving much time for “also”!

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4 Responses to “FF: Pugs, Princesses, and War”

  1. James M. Six Says:

    “Masie Dobbs and the Spanish Civil War.”

    Speaking of fiction set during historical events, how accurate do you really need the history to be? Someone in a writing group I attend is obsessing so much over getting all of the historical maps and battles and timing and details correct that she’s completely stalled on actually writing the story. (Instead of being an author writing a fictional story set during the U.S. Civil War, she’s turning into a historian writing fan fiction about the Civil War but the historical accuracy comes first.)

    • janelindskold Says:

      Oh, I wish you could be at Bubonicon because tonight we’re dealing with exactly that question on the panel I’m moderating. Short answer is what is your goal, who is your audience. The Civil War has some very dedicated “fans,” and their tolerance for error is minimal. But if it’s an alternate history? Is there more wiggle room?

      I suppose it depends on the reader. I get thrown out of “wolf” where the wolves are just dogs. I doubt others get as bothered.

  2. Paul Says:

    Have fun at Bubonicon.

  3. henrietta abeyta Says:

    It depends on the reader or watcher for sure, I’ve started to help admin with users who start arguments of who a character really is in animated movies and a few TV shows. Mainly so mockery and violence don’t go too far too quick. Plus how wikis are ruled.

    Some of the young users say things that can break many hearts or annoy the top fans awfully quick if not erased or blocked. This issue repeats a lot on Disney Wiki.

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