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Sad Puppies Bite Back: Based on a true story, and then completely twisted. Paperback – September 27, 2016
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You knew I'd review it if you read this blog. This comedy tome was originally a series of blogposts, but the material within has been brushed off and tightened up a bit, plus there's some new material here. If you want to see the lighter side of the Puppy campaigns, the Hugos, and SWATing, take the time to breathe between the incidents contained herein. Major crime: It's funny, and the puppies are the heroes. Do I need more? 7 of 10 fell deeds
'Controversy' is defined, in this case, as mean-spirited things done by adults who have no lives but should know better.
For those with no interest or involvement, the Hugo Award is given at an annual convention known as 'WorldCon.' Anyone who has registered to vote, whether they attend the convention itself or not, are eligible to nominate and vote for works. At one point in the past, the award was widely regarded as a Nice Thing To Have, although it carried no cash award, A few years back, a writer with enormous popular appeal was nominated, and then realized that the left-of-center/liberation politics of the Regular Crowd meant he had no chance of winning, and set out to prove that was the case.
He was right, of course, as the organization had been around long enough to be taken over by the sort of people who like to take over organizations. They proceeded to chastise him; he remained, nonetheless, remarkably unchastised.
Throw in another social phenomena: swatting, the practice of alerting police that a dangerous criminal, or at least a man with a gun, was at a certain location, in order to be amused as the innocent resident was then disturbed by the invasion of a SWAT team.
Add the fact that many of the writers in the 'out' group write military science fiction and/or are people who like to accumulate firearms as well as sharp and pointy things, and hilarity ensues. The typical format is that a SWAT team arrives at the home of an author, and finds itself out-gunned, sometimes by the author, other times by the author's teenage daughter. Variations include authors who are bodacious cooks, and who subvert the SWAT team by delicious aromas.
There are other themes throughout.
This book will primarily be of interest to those who have followed the muddy bubble as it wafted its' way around the extremely small pool; the simple truth is that nobody cares about the award, and especially nobody cares about gasp behind the curtain machinations. However, there have been some exceedingly good and/or popular writers who have weighed in on the matter, and they may have brought the matter to attention of a few fans. That is, unfortunately, literally true; despite being MY preferred reading material for more than a half-century, science fiction simply doesn't have enough of an audience to create a LARGE hippopotamus poot.
I enjoyed reading the many familiar names who were swatted, because, errm, I HAVE read their books. And reviewed them. So: nice fun for me! And if it wasn't for you, I have reading list!
It's a parody. A dark one at times. It is madcap and zanzy- I mean, who really NEEDS a flamethrower? Except, of course, that Finn comes up with GOOD reasons to have one.
And also, the Best Tank Ever.