I, DOGBOT Tag || Dog Days of Summer Challenge 2018

The Dog Days of Summer Reading challenge 2018 is HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND jo’s book blog.  Read as many books about dogs as you want in August. There also two Dog Tags, one for fantasy and one for science fiction.  Here I’m doing the sci-fi one:


1. Have you ever watched a movie, television show, or read a book with a robot dog character?

Hmm… not sure I have, does the dog in Reboot count? I think there was also a Scooby Doo episode with a fake metal Scooby too!

2. If you could only afford one canine robot would you chose a small and smart companion, or a large loyal machine that could help you with heavy work and guard your home? Why?

Small and smart, stealthy, light weight— perfect for intergalactic space missions. Besides small things are often underestimated and therefore useful in surprising enemies.

3. If you were going to order a companion doggo-droid what are three things you would want to make sure it was programmed to do? For example: converse, play soccer, do tricks, fetch, warm your feet, make coffee…

It must know ALL the Tricks — from fetching, cleaning to charging small devices and minor hacking would be the minimum requirement, it should also preferably self- repairing of course – you don’t want to be stuck looking for a repair center in the middle of your sci-fi adventure.

4. Would you prefer your K9 bot look like a machine, or be padded and covered in fake fur to look like the real thing?

Either is fine, but it should not be made of any noisy or allergic materials like nickel etc, it should be comfortable enough to hold on to but sturdy enough to withstand villainous attacks.

5. Would you order your dogbot to look like any specific breed?

Looking like a dogbot is fine but one of those pretty-hair breeds without the shedding problem would be great.

 Maltese on a box (source)

On second thought, wouldn’t it be cool if dogbot had the ability to take on the appearance of ANY breed? Including the ability to copy other small species to fit in different environments, like a camouflage.

6. What would you name your droid friend? Why?

Something from a book I think… how about Pongo. You know, like Pongo in 101 Dalmatians, I even have an illustrated golden book buried somewhere in my hoard.

It’s this 1994 cover that I remember.

7. If you wrote a Science Fiction story with a doggo-droid main character what would the premise be and what title would you have in mind?

Dogbot Sirius X1009 joins a human investigator to solve the mystery of missing planetary artefacts from the Mars Museum. Along the way Sirius has to deal with annoying AI thieves, powerful space dragons, odd alien hackers, inconvenient pirate princes, and an annoying Catbot.


Sirius On Mars

Book #1 of Dogbot in Space series




If you, in reality, could own a canine robot would you? Why or why not?

If it were inexpensive in the first place, who wouldn’t want their very own dogbot? Especially if it could do all the tricks. I have several stuffed ones from when I was younger so a dogbot would simply be a level ahead. Also it’s not like I can keep a real dog without moving to a different place! So a dogbot would be much more convenient.





15 Favourite Bookish Magazines

Here is a list of fifteen of my favourite bookish websites and magazines. The ones that publish original short-stories which I sometimes like to read are marked with an asterisk. Continue reading “15 Favourite Bookish Magazines”

Remixing Books

Occasionally when my mom sings to herself she often forgets the song lyrics and adds her own lines. She calls it a remix. When I’m telling a story to someone I often forget the details and may add my own details. Another kind of remix. Today I bring you book-remixes, where I combine the plots of two different books to make a new story.

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Memories Within Books

This week’s topic  for Top Ten Tuesday is “Books with Sensory Reading Memories.” But what are sensory memories?

When information is brought in and retained by the senses, this is what is known as sensory memory. The effects are extremely short term with this information forgotten within a few seconds.1

Sensory memories are short-lived however books can help us retain our sensory memories. Reading is a complex process and engages all of our focus/senses for a prolonged experience. So the information brought in by our senses during this time gets better retained in our memory when it becomes associated/connected to our reading experience. This can also work in reverse with a sensory experience reminding us of certain books or stories.

To me, the books with sensory reading memories are older books such that when you take them out of your bookshelf and open them you are filled with a strong feeling of nostalgia for the all the times you read it before.

All the scents, sounds, temperatures, feelings you experienced earlier come rushing back to you at once and you get this strange feeling in your heart. Continue reading “Memories Within Books”

The Smell of Old Books

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

― Arthur Conan Doyle,  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

I love the smell of old paper: sweet, dry and nostalgic.1

Some people, of course, dismiss it as the smell of must, mould or decomposing wood.

But to me, it is also walking through a copse of trees in summer, climbing into a wooden treehouse, browsing the shelves of an old library, sitting down on old furniture, searching through the storeroom in your old house, a secondhand bookshops’ cosy atmosphere, and smelling chocolate or coffee beans.2

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10 Favourite Diverse SFF Short-stories (online)

Hello fellow readers, bloggers and book dragons!

I’ve read a lot of short stories these past nine months and I have been thinking of sharing a few of my favourites. So when I saw this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, Favourite Novellas/Short Stories, I decided to participate at once. Continue reading “10 Favourite Diverse SFF Short-stories (online)”

Writing Inspiration: Learning to Fly Airships from a Spider

“The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You’ll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man”

– Cheryl Hayashi

In fantasy and steampunk books we often come across some sort of flying ships, these usually require some piece of magic rock or magnetic field to operate. Now spiders don’t need to fly airships if they ever want to take over the world, but the way in which they manage to fly to different and far off places sounds just as magical or science-fictional as these fictional means of transport, except with actual science behind it. So this is how they work Continue reading “Writing Inspiration: Learning to Fly Airships from a Spider”