Reading Thoughts, and the Chronologising of Short Stories


‘Wolf of the Plains’ by Conn Iggulden (Book 1 of the ‘Khan’ series)


Very enjoyable read.  It is hard to treat the protagonist as the good guy, since very few people have not heard of Genghis Khan, and fewer still consider him a ‘good guy’.  The story gives him the ‘shade of grey’ required to treat him as more of an anti-hero, a person hard done by in their early years who triumphs through will and determination.  Luckily, the antagonists of the story are easily considered as such with their condescending attitude and questionable actions.


‘Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves’ by Matthew Reilly


Why I love Matthew’s writing:  You can read 50 pages in a sitting, and be thoroughly entertained the whole time.  And how I missed the exclamation marks showing even he is enjoying the story he’s spinning.  I found it annoying originally, as it pulled you out of the story by force of the narrator’s excitement.  After getting used to it, I find it somewhat cute =)

Just checked my book list, and SatAoT is my twelfth book read so far this year.  The record of 26 books read back in 2009 looks to be in serious jeopardy =)

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Looking at the list of eighteen short story folders on my thumb drive, I have found a curious pattern that may be worth pursuing.  The historical fiction and fantasy stories each draw their inspirations from true history, or the myths built from the stories of the past.

‘Mune and Mura’ was primarily based in the late 1500’s AD, tipping into the 1600’s for the final chapter.  My current story is drawing its inspiration from the Egypt and Persia of 400 AD, as alluded to by the split Roman Empire and the revolving door of Praetorian Prefects in the Eastern Empire.

My forthcoming historical fictions are inspired by 1100’s AD, 900’s AD, 100’s BC and 400’s BC respectively.

The fantasy inspirations are from 1800’s AD, 700’s AD, 1000’s AD, 800’s AD and 1200’s AD.

My list may need to be arranged by the century it is inspired by, to help guide my future writings.  But, having 15 stories waiting in the wings before the ‘Big Project’ is even mentioned, maybe it is getting too far ahead…

The science fiction stories speak for themselves, though one particular story is based in an increasingly popular subgenre of Victorian era fiction.  Science Fiction seems to function better when a set date is not placed, since the date always seems to mock you when it finally arrives.  Two years from now, there should be hover boards, but it looks highly unlikely =(

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Post #141.  Nine left…  It does not look like OVCC#9 and S&Z will conclude in time.

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2 thoughts on “Reading Thoughts, and the Chronologising of Short Stories

  1. Yes, it is probably best not to have a date for science fiction. We are never as advanced as we should be when those dates arrive, and then it just seems silly. Or you should just go really far into the future.

    There should indeed be hover boards. And robots. But, there probably won’t be. And if there are robots, they’ll probably take over, like in “The Terminator”. Maybe I don’t want robots in the future. Okay, regardless of the consequences, I still want to see robots someday. That would be awesome.

    • Non-killer robots would be awesome. But I am sure humanity would not be able to resist making killer robots, either for army deployments or UFC-style entertainment =\

      Maybe human empathy goes too far sometimes, once sentience is achieved…

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