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 …
Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories?
I tend to find myself dealing with fictional wars. Epic fantasy tends to concern itself with wars, and recently, the fantastical wars I’ve encountered have been about the human cost of war–it’s dealt with in The Lord of the Rings, The Way of Kings, and The Sundering. In fact, I can’t remember any fantasy that glamorizes war off the top of my head, although I’m sure I’ve encountered it.
When it comes to historical fiction, I tend, when reading about wars, to find myself reading about wars pre-1900–the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Crusades. I just haven’t found myself drawn to books about modern warfare, although I’ve read Atonement, which is partially set during World War II, and I’m sure there’s a few on my list. But perhaps this is my fantasy rearing popping up–I’m more familiar with pre-1900 warfare.