So this is a bit of an update about how I'm planning to proceed with this blog, as well as some further details about where this whole project came from. Right now I'm trying to get myself into a schedule where I'm publishing a section of the Uprising Deconstruction every Monday morning. In addition to … Continue reading Short Term Plans & More Details
One of the first things that happens as the raid goes down is the arrival of an MP (Military Policeman) carrying out a routine patrol. Luckily, the oddly-named Steve Christmas is on the ball! “A hiss from Christmas’s radio broke the silence. “Headlights approaching,” whispered Villeneuve. “How many…what speed?” “Looks like a single, a … Continue reading 4-How bad can you be?
So now we know that Capt Alex Gabriel is a full-blooded (?) Algonquin and rising star in the CF who got the mystical blessings from ‘The Elders’ telling him that he would one day lead an Indigenous rebellion. This didn’t lead him to immediately quit the army and start training this as yet unseen Native … Continue reading 3-Meet Alexander Gabriel pt 2
Part of the problem with Douglas Bland’s writing is that he’ll break up the action to dump a ton of information onto the reader. These moments, typically referred to in writing as ‘an exposition dump’ are possibly a holdover from Bland’s time in the military, where a great deal of his work likely would have … Continue reading 2-Meet Alexander Gabriel pt 1
I want to begin this deconstruction with a fairly simple and straightforward example from the start of the book. As I mentioned before, part of this novel’s appeal is that its ugly conclusions can be excused by the expertise of its author. It’s not racist! This guy’s a professional! He’s just telling it like it … Continue reading 1-Tonight, we raid Petawawa!
‘Uprising’ by Douglas Bland is a Canadian novel about a race war between Indigenous people and the rest of Canada in which a combination of gratuitously evil rebels and cartoonishly incompetent government results in the destruction of the country itself. The author Douglas Bland is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Canadian Armed Forces who … Continue reading So what’s going on here?