Group Read Begins with Freedom FlightLOAF is leading a close-read and inquisitive conversation about each novel in the Wing Commander series, starting with Freedom Flight. The books are jam packed with fun facts and interesting interludes, and this group read will help all Wingnuts refine their Wing Commander expertise. This is also a great learning experience for more casual fans and an amazing way for new readers to get into the novels. The first week begins with just a single chapter, so there's plenty of time to order a copy without falling behind. Head over to Crius.net to participate in the discussion! Here's a brief snippet of LOAF's intro.
GOOD MORNING, GHORAH KHAR!Keep reading here!
Welcome to the first-ever Wing Commander Combat Information Center Wing Commander novel read-along (try saying that three times fast)! We will be conducting a ‘group read’ of the entire Wing Commander series of books, starting with Freedom Flight. Anyone is welcome to join in, and there’s no requirement that you all read every book. Join in when you can and have fun!
I will provide an introduction, a reading assignment and some materials each week and will then join in the discussion myself. We’re going to start very slow in order to get the hang of the process—with a single chapter or two. As we get into the swing of things, we can choose to do longer portions of the books depending on how we feel it’s going.
This isn’t just fun and games, though! We’re also hoping to use the experience to ‘finish’ the portions of the Wingkipedia which relate to the novels as we move along.
- Find any references to time. When does this chapter take place? What other events are mentioned? Even without a chapter heading specifying the date, we can construct a timeline using internal references to the amount of time that passes.
- Where does the chapter take place and what does the text tell us about a particular ‘set’? For example, the first chapter of Freedom Flight includes a conversation between Ralgha and Kirha as they travel from the bridge to the flight deck of a Fralthi. What do we learn about the layout of the cruiser, as a result?
- Can you find any references to real historical events? Is the story an allusion to something that actually happened in military history (this is common in Dr. Forstchen’s books)?
- Are there any references to the events of Wing Commander games? Are there any ‘in jokes’, references to Origin or Baen?
- Did you enjoy this chapter? Why or why not? Be honest!
- When did you first read this book? Why was it important to you? Lets learn your ‘personal history’ in addition to that of the Wing Commander universe!
- Can you find any portions of the book which are setting up for future stories, either in game or book form?
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