LLF Book Club: Dies The Fire Wrap Up
S.M. Stirling's Dies The Fire was a blast for me. It is a fantasy book, but there isn't anything fantastical about it. Not really. No one is flying on dragons or fighting vampires. The only fantasy is the flash of light that changes the world, all that follows is regular people forced to live extraordinary lives. I think that was the appeal for me.
I know this book has many flaws. Some say the religious aspect of Christianity, LDS, Wicca, and other faiths is too much. Others say it is ridiculously feminists to the point of unrealistic. Others think it takes too much from movies, or Tolkien. Others say the plot is just too predictable and so are the characters. I understand these criticisms, agree with some, but I ignore them. I adore this book and not for any reasons of literary critique. I am in it for the joyride, the adventure, the story! As a lover of all things Celtic, Pagan, Medieval, Archery, Equine, and Tolkien this was like a mash up of fantastical things being thrown into the everyday lives of very, very normal people (well, most of them). What transpires is a year of survival, battle, faith, friendship and a world going from one of history and statistics to one of legends and myths. It is pure escapism for me.
Okay, let's kick this off and start talking about it! What did you think?
P.S. Tonight at 8PM EST I will host a public Google Hangout to talk about Dies The Fire, look for me there. To find me just go to this link and click on the Dies The Fire option of on-air public events. I wish I could link to a live feed here, but I'm not sure how to do that yet. If this is a flop and it's just me on there and no one else joins for ten minutes then I'll log out and chalk it up as a loss. I'll figure it out for the next book!