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November 11, 2010 / Leslie

Booking Through Thursday ~ War Stories

Booking Through ThursdayA weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. It is November 11th, known here in the U.S. as Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day to remember the end of WWI but expanded to honor all veterans who have fought for their country, so this week’s question is:

Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories?

War stories and military history are not the type of books I usually read. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t read one, I just don’t seek them out. Recently I bought a copy of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, a book about those who served in the Vietnam War. It was highly recommended so I will give it a chance.

While I don’t go looking for war as a genre, I don’t mind it as part of a story. Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite novels and the Civil War is an ever present backdrop in the book. I read a lot of science fiction and war and battles are frequently at the center of the plot. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is an all-time favorite of mine as is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Those are just the first few that came to mind.

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  1. mary Ann Langan / Nov 11 2010 1:03 pm

    I only read fictional ones. The White Queen, The Red Queen, and some Civil War books.

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  2. Suko / Nov 11 2010 1:30 pm

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Things They Carried, should you choose to review it. I’ve read and reviewed a few books about war, mostly WWII and the Vietnam War. Anna from Diary of an Eccentric hosts reading challenges pertaining to these wars. The books I’ve read have been primarily historical fiction, and have given me a better understanding of history.

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