The “First Book You’ve Ever Read” Challenge

It’s called a “challenge” for a reason. Trying to think of the first book I’ve read really is a challenge, especially if you’re not sure what kind of “book” we’re referring to here. If it was my actual first book ever, we’d be talking Curious George or one of those Little Golden Books or “Hey Al,” but then no one would be reading this post. So I just went with what Marrok McIntyre did in his first post of the challenge and picked the first novel I read

By the way, Marrok is the one who tagged me and is the founder of this challenge. He is a fantasy writer and an all around awesome person, and you should definitely check out his blog!

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World War II Controversies: Stalin was “Worse” than Hitler?

A couple of weeks ago I started a series of posts on World War II and its controversies discussed in the book World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today by Richard Maybury. In this post I’m picking up where I left off: Both sides, the Allies and the Axis, were pretty bad, and no side was completely wicked or totally righteous. This goes against propaganda in the U.S. We like to think that we were on the right side, fighting for what’s right.

We had to choose a side to be part of the war. So we chose the Allies. But this could have been just as bad a choice as joining the Axis.

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World War II Controversies: The Other Side of the Story

FDR tried to get us into the war by literally inviting Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor.

Stalin is worse than Hitler.

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History Helps You Write: Weapon Inspiration for Fantasy Fiction

“Ugh. Trying to break the stereotype … but the only weapon I can picture my character using is just a sword. My other character uses a bow and arrow, but everyone’s going to start picturing a guy with long perfect hair and elf ears. How do I create unique  weapons instead of giving my characters just some plain old dagger or pistol?”

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History Helps You Write: Religion and Government in Fantasy Fiction

Last semester I took a history class that covered all of history up to 1500 A. D. The textbook was hard to get through and I never really had much of an interest in history, ancient world history in particular. However, besides having an excellent professor and the best college learning experience yet, I learned something in this history class that I knew would take me far in my own writing, thus causing me to appreciate the subject more than I have before.

How?

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