Friday Blog Hops #16

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Q. In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite solider and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.

You don’t like to make this easy do you? I don’t tend to read militaristic books and I don’t know anybody who has ever been to war.. So I don’t have one. How about, because I’m British and it is Remembrance Day here, I talk about something related but not entirely answering the question because then I will actually have something to say and it gives me a chance to talk about it.

As mentioned, I have absolutely no relation to war, the military, anything, so come Remembrance Day I don’t tend to have a lot to ‘remember’. I always remember in school how we were taught to just take a couple of minutes to think of those who were lost to us in the wars, who bravely fought for us, and I would take this quite literally and think about the images of war I had seen.. I didn’t entirely get the point.

Now I’m a little bit older, I get the point. I’ve visited Etaples and I understand respect. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month today I turned on the BBC news and sat quietly just watching the images of the veterans and various other people who have been affected by war in some way. And do you know what? I cried a little. I did. It’s horrendous that we need days like this.. but if I was to be patriotic, it would be looking at all of those brave people stoicly standing together. Remembering.

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Q.Love-Hate Relationship:
Which characters from a book do you love to hate?

Initially I considered not answering this because it’s like.. if I hate a character there’s no love in it but I take it back. Prince Regal from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, and I know, half of you will come back with “I haven’t heard of them,” and I know, that’s because it’s epic fantasy, but trust me, he is such a well written character you sit there absolutely loathing him and at the end it’s like *rage* and then you realise how fantastically written he is to make you hate him so much.

This week I had the amazing Belle Whittington on the blog with a fantastic guest post and an international giveaway for an e-copy of her book, Cicada. And next week I shall be featuring the lovely K.C. Neal and her book, Pyxis: The Discovery.

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