Sunday, 13 August 2017
"Where they struck men and horses splashed, and the metal globes went bounding and tumbling along the ground for scores of yards, breaking legs like matchsticks." (p. 187)
We appreciate Stirling's descriptive skills if not also the kind of event described here. Another example:
"Close up [the napalm] would be clinging fire spattering in all directions, horses with their manes on fire, burning gobbets taking off a man's face or running down under his armor while he rolled and screamed and beat at himself with blackened hands." (p. 189)
Poul Anderson made clear that war was horrific but spared us this kind of intense detail, I think. See Experience Of War and Real War.
Two points of linguistic interest in this chapter:
a new coinage, "...bossmandoms...," (p. 191);
"...switch-hitters..." (p. 193) apparently means bisexuals.