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Warbreaker Groupread, Part I

Welcome to Part 1 of the “Warbreaker” groupread!  I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while because I am a bit of a Brandon Sanderson fangirl.  When Naithin announced the readalong, I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate in the discussions, even though it’s going to be a very busy couple weeks leading up to and including my trip to Book Expo America.

Before I get started discussing the content of the book, I just wanted to say how much I love the cover illustration.  It’s not in line with the kind of cover art that I usually like, but it fits so well with the story.

Many thanks go to Amanda and Naithin for hosting the discussions!

“Warbreaker” is a standalone novel that features a color-based magic system.  The rest of this post will contain spoilers from the first section of the book.  I’ll post a spoiler-free review once I’m done reading it for anyone who isn’t following along.

1. All right, let’s start easy – how are you liking the book so far? We’ve been introduced to a lot of characters and started several stories now. Any in particular catch your attention? Anything intrigue you?

Of the Sanderson novels that I’ve read thus far, this one seems to be the least polished, which I especially noticed while reading the prologue.  At the same time, the idea behind the story is original and I’m getting caught up enough in the story to overlook the fact that the writing doesn’t quite measure up to what we see in Mistborn: The Final Empire or The Way of Kings.

My favorite character thus far is Lightsong.  His tendencies to pretend at drunkenness and headaches even as one of the Returned are rather endearing.

I also love Nightblood, even though I don’t think it (He?  She?  Do swords even have genders?) counts as a character so much as a sarcastic sentient object.

At first I thought of Vivenna as a bit of a boring character, but I gained a new respect for her when she ran away to save Siri and accidentally fell in with some mercenaries and acquired Breath.  She’s an unlikely heroine, and I can’t wait to see her learn to use her magic.  One of the things that I love about Sanderson’s novels is the way that he crafts magical systems that work as natural processes and obey certain rules.

2. The Returned are all treated as Gods, but at least one of those Gods doesn’t believe in his own divinity, despite seeing potential visions. Do you think the Returned will prove to be divine? How do you feel about the religion built up around them?

Lightsong is going to prove to be an important character when he remembers whatever it is he’s supposed to do.  I don’t think that the Returned are divine, but rather, they’re more like the Elantrians.  They’re not immortal, as they can give up their lives to save others.  Their more like zombies than angels, and even though I don’t like a religion that involves sacrificing the souls of children, I do think that it is based around some sort of truth/wisdom/insight.  The dreams are most likely prophetic, but I don’t think the Returned can do much to stop the events they foresee from occurring.

3. The God King didn’t turn out to be the way he’s presented and thought of in this world. Any ideas on what his role will be in this story?

At first I thought that he might turn out to be a powerless figurehead, but someone of the Tenth Heightening is far from powerless.  He’s quite mysterious, and I am curious as to his personality and function.  He reminds me a bit of the Lord Ruler from Mistborn, but at the same time he doesn’t seem quite as sinister (yet).

4. The title – Warbreaker – what do you think it might refer to?

Perhaps each of the characters that we’ve met will be a part of the events that stops the war from occurring.

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Neverwhere Readalong, Part II

Happy Memorial Day, and welcome to part two of the Neverwhere readalong.  This week’s discussion covers chapters 6 thru 12 of the novel.  I’m loving the book thus far; it’s got a perfect balance of darkness, magic, and humor.

I’m probably going to be a bit behind on visiting people’s blogs.  I’ll try to get to all of them today, but I’ve got a lot of catching up to do because I’ve been away from internet/cell phone service/etc. for the weekend.  I went camping with my family in Pennsylvania, which was both relaxing and exhausting.  I read a couple books while I was there, and I’ll be posting reviews of them over the next few days.

The following discussion will contain spoilers.  I’ll post a spoiler-free review of “Neverwhere” once I’ve finished reading it for anyone who isn’t following along.  For those of you who are, be sure to pop over to Carl’s blog to see the rest of the discussions.

Dear Diary, he began.  On Friday I had a job, a fiancee, a home, and a life that made sense.  (Well, as much as any life makes sense.)  Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement, and I tried to be a good Samaritan.  Now I’ve got no fiancee, no home, no job, and I’m walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly.

1.  Chapter 6 begins with Richard chanting the mantra, “I want to go home”.  How do you feel about Richard and his reactions at this point to the unexpected adventure he finds himself on?

I like seeing the way that begins to come into his own during this week’s chapters.  At first he’s not willing to believe that what’s  going on is real and keeps asking questions based on what he knows above.  He acts very sensibly and has no imagination.  As the story progresses, he begins to lose his inhibitions and begin to accept the nonsensical and wonderful world below that he’s slowly becoming a part of.  Seeing him pass the Ordeal of the Key seemed like a rite-of-passage that marked his full acceptance of London Below, and the Ordeal physically marks Richard’s realization that life isn’t as black-and-white as he thought it was.

2.  The Marquis de Carabas was even more mysterious and cagey during the first part of this week’s reading.  What were your reactions to him/thoughts about him as you followed his activities?

At first I thought that he might actually be the mystery employer.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw him talk to Croup and Vandemar and realized that he was on Door’s side.  Pity about the crucifixion.  He seemed like an honorable chap, if nothing else.

3.  How did you feel about the Ordeal of the Key?

I touched on this a bit in my answer to the first question because I think that the Ordeal marks Richard’s acceptance of the topsy-turvy underworld.  If he’d have given in to the voices in his head that told him he was insane, it would have been a rejection of London Below.  Instead he affirms the potential to see the world in a different way, which is a potential that I think he’s had all along.

The ordeal itself was nightmarish, but Gaiman’s details here made it even more absurd.  I loved the part about the cup of tea.

4.  This section of the book is filled with moments.  Small, sometimes quite significant, moments that pass within a few pages but stick with you.  What are one or two of these that you haven’t discussed yet that stood out to you, or that you particularly enjoyed.

It’s things like seeing Old Bailey telling bad jokes to birds, or seeing Door and Richard awkwardly drunk off their asses on wine from Atlantis, or even Lady Serpentine’s breakfast that make “Neverwhere” so special.  Gaiman uses silly nonsensical details to create a world of wonder and intrigue.

5.  Any other things/ideas that you want to talk about from this section of the book?

Croup and Vandemar are such fantastic villains.  I still can’t hate them and find myself laughing at them every time I see them.  It’s hard to hate someone who chomps on Tang dynasty statues or tries to talk with a mouth full of frogs.  Croup and Vandemar are both dangerous and delightful, and I look forward to seeing more of their shenanigans.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part III

Hey all!  Welcome to week three of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong, which is hosted by Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer.

The adorable picture at the left is “Locke Lamora goes cat-shopping” by missqueenmob.  I wonder if Locke’s luck would have been any different if he wouldn’t have forgotten them.

This week’s discussion questions are written by @ohthatashley.

From this point onward, beware of spoilers.

1. Locke and Jean’s ability to find themselves at the center of a serious mess seems unparalleled. At this point, do you think that Stragos will get the return he expects on his investment in them?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they won’t betray the pirates, who are actually some pretty cool people.  I’m hoping that Locke and Jean find a way to screw Stragos over while still getting the antidote for the poison.  I don’t think Stragos is going to be too happy to see them though after what Merrain did.

2. Merrain’s activities after our boys leave Windward Rock are interesting. What do you think her plans are?

I’m standing by my theory that Merrain is working for the Bondsmagi.  She’s definitely a double agent for someone who’s out to get Locke and Jean.

3. Does anyone know why having cats aboard the ship is so important?

Because they’re adorable and eat pesky little vermin that would proliferate on the ship while at sea.  Mostly though I think they’re good luck because if something goes wrong you feel so much better about life when a cute little kitty curls up on your lap and purrs.

4. The word “mutiny” creates a lot of mental pictures. Were you surprised? Why or why not?

Something had to go wrong, and once Locke and Jean were left on their own without anyone with sailing experience, they were doomed to fail.  I’m a bit surprised that they survived the mutiny so easily though.

5. Ah, the Poison Orchid. So many surprises there, not the least of which were the captain’s children. Did you find the young children a natural part of the story?

They’re my favorite part of the Poison Orchid story.  The captain can be a pirate, sail a ship, and still have a family.  I love the way that Lynch handles women in his stories; they’re treated just like any other character with no extra fanfare or attention because they’re female.  Why wouldn’t the captain of a pirate ship be a mother with young kids?  Why wouldn’t she be teaching the little ones how to sail (and plunder)?

6. Jean is developing more and more as a character as we get further in to the book. Ezri makes the comment to him that “Out here, the past is a currency, Jerome. Sometimes it’s the only one we have.” I think several interesting possibilities are coming into play regarding Jean and Ezri. What about you?

I hope he realizes that she’s gonna die.  Let’s face it… we haven’t had any other minor characters that we can really get attached to, and Scott Lynch loves killing off characters.  Since there’s more to the series after this one, I’m assuming that Locke and Jean will survive, but I can’t see Erzi making it to the end of this book.  Poor Jean.

7. As we close down this week’s reading, the Thorn of Camorr is back! I love it, even with all the conflict.  Several things from their Camorri background have come back up. Do you think we will see more Camorri characters?

I was so pleased that Locke managed to ake a name for himself in that fight while using his thief skills and trickery.  He even did it all without Jean having to come rescue him!  I loved the banter in that scene as well.  I wonder if our good friend the Spider(s) pay any attention to going on outside of Camorr?

That’s all for this week!  Be sure to pop over to everyone else’s posts to see more RSURS discussions!

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part II

Welcome to the second week of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong hosted by The Little Red Reviewer.

The RSURS fan art to the left is Locke Lamora – colour by tenleftthumbs.  It seemed particularly fitting for this week’s section of the book.

It might take me a couple days to get around to visiting everyone’s posts; it’s finals time and I still have some work to finish up before the weekend’s over.

From this point onward there will be spoilers.

“And I meant it.  I’m not going to kill you, you cabbage-brained twit; I’m just going to kick you until it stops feeling good!”

Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.

Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with sheer number of ways that he can come up with to torture people.  Poor Selendri… My guess is that even though Selendri got her arm burned off she’s still working for the Archon.  I don’t think you can just stop being an Eye.  There’s a reason why she doesn’t like Locke, and I think she knows that Requin is being played.  If so, then why isn’t she telling on him?

What did you think of  Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?

To reiterate from the last question:  Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with the sheer number of ways he can come up with to torture people.  Please oh please let Locke give them all a dose of their own medicine.  Lady Saljesca gets Falconer treatment though.  It’s very rare that I wish characters to die slowly and painfully, but torturing poor people for your own perverse amusement is WRONG.

The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them.  What do you think he’s so afraid of?

The Bondsmagi are some pretty scary dudes.  I could see the Archon fearing their power, especially if it interferes with his own.  Honestly though I think he’s just afraid of losing his funding/navy.

And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days?  they just almost got poisoned (again!)!

I’m thinking Selendri.  She’s close enough to the Archon to know that Locke and Jean are up to something, but she’s not stupid and wants to clean things up herself.  Of course, I’m probably wrong, and it’s probably someone we haven’t even met yet.

Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?

Of course, and I can’t wait to see him try!

A couple random things bothered me in this section.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the book so far, but… the tipping scene seemed a bit anachronistic.  Tipping’s a pretty modern American concept, and it felt out of place.  Also, what’s up with the whole “larboard” thing?

I love how we’re seeing so much clockwork in RSURS so far.  It gives the book kind of a steampunk aesthetic, which is quite different from Camorr.

See everyone next week for chapters 7-10!

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Edit as of 5/6/12:  I was wrong about the larboard and the tipping.  I’m learning a lot this week!

Also, I skipped a question because I wrote this up in a sleep-deprived haze at 2am after finishing up several papers.  Time to write down the answer!

Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing?  If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?

I want a cute fluffy clockwork pet that I’m not allergic to!  I’m tired of being allergic to everything that’s adorable and fuzzy, and I think the Artificer’s could help me with that.

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Mistborn Groupread, Part I

Welcome to the first week of the “Mistborn:  The Final Empire” groupread.  I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time!  Last summer we tackled “The Way of Kings,” and I’ve been wanting to read more of Sanderson’s writing ever since.

This week’s reading covers the prologue through chapter six.  Next week we’ll cover chapters seven through fifteen.

Discussion questions for this week were written by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  His blog will also have link-ups to other participants’ discussions.

This post will contain spoilers.  I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review at the end of the readalong for anyone who isn’t following along.

1.  This first hundred or so pages was packed!  What things are standing out for you in the story thus far?

I’m loving the story thus far.  Part of it might be that I’m always intrigued by a good revolution (part of what made me such a big Russian history nerd).  I’m curious to see how Kelsier’s plot will play out and whether or not he will succeed, especially since the Lord Ruler is portrayed as being very difficult to harm.  The plan seems ingenious, but at the same time there wouldn’t be much of a story if everything worked out perfectly.  I’m wondering how good a job Vin will do at faking nobility, considering that she’s spent most of her life on the streets.  There’s bound to be some trouble there.

2.  What are your thoughts on the magic system that Sanderson is unveiling in this novel?

It’s very scientific, and I like that.  Magic doesn’t make someone invincible, but rather operates through very specific formulas and rules.  I would like to learn more about how Allomancy became the exclusive domain of the nobility and whether the skaa possess any unique abilities of their own.

3.  Kelsier and Vin have held most of the spotlight in these first 6 chapters.  As you compare/contrast the two characters, how do you feel about them? Likes? Dislikes?

Vin is a pretty cool character, but Kelsier is my favorite.  I like the way that he is able to remain cheerful under pressure and treats laughter as something that cannot be taken away by those in power.  I’m hoping he doesn’t get too cocky, even though he’s obviously a skilled fighter.

4.  Finally, how would you assess Sanderson’s storytelling abilities to this point?

Well, I’m having a very difficult time putting the book down.  I also apparently can’t shut up about it.  If it’s any indication, I had a dream a few nights ago that my boyfriend got mad at me because I wouldn’t stop talking about Mistborn.  Luckily it was only a dream and he’s a fan of Sanderson too!

Overall, Sanderson does an excellent job telling a story.  I like the fact that so far we only have two point-of-view characters, and I’m invested in each of their stories.  One of the problems that I encounter a lot in fantasy is that some people can come up with wonderful stories but the writing itself is weak.  Sanderson doesn’t fall into that trap.

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Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part IV

This week’s reading was intense!

To the left is another excellent piece of Locke Lamora fan art–“Falselight” by Shoughad.

Many thanks to Andrea and company for hosting this.  A list of other participating blogs and discussions can be found at The Little Red Reviewer.

The following questions/discussion will contain spoilers.

1.      In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we
learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so
much fantastical as realistic – how about you?

I went through this chapter pretty fast, mostly because Locke was still floating in a barrel of horse piss and unconscious by now at the very least.  The tea was interesting, as was learning more about the Spider.

2.      When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for
the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people
feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?

I like it.  The Wicked Sisters suit Jean, and he’d be rather naked without them.  However, I was more impressed with the description of the razor-sharp rose garden that feeds on blood.  I want a garden like that.
3.      Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you
find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find
yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little
less descriptive?

I probably could have used a little less description, mostly because the detail of the fight made me feel like Locke would probably drown before they got him out.

4.      This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a
place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the
House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it
coming?

I did.  I saw it coming since Nazca died, actually, and was wondering when exactly it would happen.  Of course, my three favorite characters (Nazca, Bug, and Chains) are all dead now.  I really need to stop getting attached to characters that are going to be killed off.

5.      Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled
at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a
life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why
or why not?

Chains knew that eventually his little fledgelings would have to leave the nest, and that they’d have to have the tools to fend for themselves.  That was the point of the apprenticeships; Jean can be a death priest if he so chooses, and Locke can be a farmer.  I think it’s a good thing that the Bastards are able to step outside their norm in order to blend in when they have to.

6.      As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s
remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy
and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern
continue?

Violent will be an understatement when Locke gets his hands on Capa Raza.  That being said, the Thorn wasn’t violent to start with, but instead he was pushed there by people killing off his friends.

7.      Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s
Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?

I don’t see a difference between the two.  Locke has been the Thorn since he began breaking the Secret Peace to rob the nobility.  When Locke announced his intention to go back to the Salvara game, I started getting worried.  I had thought that the whole Grey King deal had convinced him that it was time to drop it, but now he’s got the Spider laying an ambush for him as soon as he comes back.  I hope he comes out okay and manages to outsmart them.

Next week’s reading will cover the final segment of the book.  I can’t wait to see how it all concludes!  I’m also curious as to whether Lynch is one of those authors who ends his books, or whether it’s going to cut off abruptly at a moment of suspense.

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Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part III

I’m posting this week’s Locke Lamora answers a bit late, which is sad because this section is so good!  I’ve been sick for the past few days and have been trying to play catch-up on schoolwork.

Continuing with the Locke Lamora fanart, to the left we see “Lukas Fehrwight” by TolmanCotton.

***Spoilers to follow***

1. This section is where we finally get to sneak a peek at the magic in The Gentleman Bastards books. From what we read, what are your initial impressions of the magic Lynch is using? Is there any way that Locke and Company would be able to get around the Bondsmage’s powers?

I’m interested in the magic, but I’m curious to see what rules it will follow and whether there’s any sort of limit to a Bondsmage’s powers.  We already know that specificity is required, but aside from that I’d like to see more about them.

2. Not a question, but an area for rampant speculation: If you want to take a stab at who you think the Grey King might be, feel free to do it here.

I’m expecting a “Locke, I am your father!” moment at some point in the future.

2.5 (since 2 wasn’t really a question) Anyone see the Nazca thing coming? Anyone? Do you think there are more crazy turns like this in store for the book? Would you like to speculate about them here? (yes, yes you would)

I didn’t see it coming at all.  I liked Nazca, dammit!  She was such a great character, and I was surprised that she got killed off so quickly.  I’m a bit more worried for Locke’s safety now that I’ve seen that Lynch won’t hesitate to kill or maim his characters.

3. When Locke says “Nice bird, arsehole,” I lose it. EVERY TIME. And not just because I have the UK version of the book and the word arsehole is funnier than asshole. Have there been any other places in the books so far where you found yourself laughing out loud, or giggling like a crazy person on the subway?

I find the cursing to be amusing, and it’s part of what makes this book so much fun.  Mostly though I’m just at the edge of my set in suspense while I’m reading.  If I’d been at home and not on the Metro, I’d probably have started cursing at the Grey King when the meeting with Barsavi went down.

4. By the end of this reading section, have your opinions changed about how clever the Bastards are? Do you still feel like they’re “cleverer than all the rest?” Or have they been decidedly outplayed by the Grey King and his Bondsmage?

Well, I think that the Grey King probably had this in mind all along.  Locke and his crew are quite clever, but they’re also arrogant bastards.  They think everything’s too easy and aren’t nearly cautious enough.

5. I imagine that you’ve probably read ahead, since this was a huge cliffhanger of an ending for the “present” storyline, but I’ll ask this anyway: Where do you see the story going from here, now that the Grey King is thought to be dead?

Locke had better not be dead.  I haven’t gotten far enough into the next section to know for sure yet, but I’m assuming that since there’s a second book that he’s not.

6. What do you think of the characters Scott Lynch has given us so far? Are they believable? Real? Fleshed out? If not, what are they lacking?

I’m liking the characters thus far.  I don’t mind if they’re a bit archetypal because it’s a good story that’s full of twists and turns.

7. Now that you’ve seen how clever Chains is about his “apprenticeships,” why do you think he’s doing all of this? Does he have an endgame in sight? Is there a goal he wants them to achieve, or is it something more emotional like revenge?

I think it’s more that he’s giving them the upbringing that he never had.  When we find out about the three surviving soldiers and their fates, it makes me think that he learned from his own experience that people have potential outside of the social class that they’re born into.  I do think that there’s some subtle revenge for the fact that he and the other villagers were forced into fighting somebody else’s war.

***End Spoilers***

Ok, that’s all for now!  I’ll be around to visit the other blogs when I get a chance.  I hope everyone’s enjoying the story thus far!

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Fragile Things Groupread, Part 8

This week concludes the groupread of Neil Gaiman’s collection of short stories entitled “Fragile Things,” hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge.

The image to the left is the cover from the Hungarian version of the book.  I thought it was interesting to see the various international covers from the book, as they each provided different ways of interpreting the atmosphere of the collection.

Today’s post will involve spoilers from the last four stories/poems in the book.  Later in the week, I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review of the book as a whole for anyone who hasn’t been following along.

The Day the Saucers Came

That day, the saucers landed.  Hundreds of them, golden,

Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes

I loved the opening lines of the poem.  I’m sure part of it has to do with the first snow flurries of the season that fell in DC yesterday.  Poor narrator’s a wee bit narcissistic, isn’t he?  I liked this one.  The imagery was nice, and who doesn’t love the zombie apocalypse?

Sunbird

In the introduction, Gaiman writes that this story was a birthday present for his daughter.  The story describes the cyclical nature of time and legend, featuring the Epicurean society as they quest to sample everything edible on the planet, culminating in the Egyptian Sunbird.  I found it both cute and horrifying at the same time, but then again, those who decide to chow down on legendary creatures deserve their fate.  Then again, part of my thoughts on the story might stem from a mild resentment at being allergic to nuts and shellfish…

Inventing Aladdin

As I’ve said many times before, I love Neil Gaiman’s poems.  He did such a good job setting the tone of this one… imagining Scheherazade trying to come up with stories and finding inspiration from ordinary events in her day-to-day life.  Unlike the rest of us, she really couldn’t afford to get the occasional writer’s block when telling new stories.  I liked the contrast that Gaiman draws between the very ordinary routine and her extraordinary circumstances.  This poem was quite well done.

The Monarch of the Glen

Earlier in the book, we were introduced to Smith and Mr. Alice, and most of us tended to agree that the duo deserved to die (or worse) for their actions.  In this book, they weren’t so dark, and in fact almost seemed likeable.  Of all the characters in the story, I thought that Jennie was the most interesting.  I felt bad that she and Shadow couldn’t be together in the end.  They’d have made a rather cute couple.  I also enjoyed the fact that Shadow seemed to have only a vague understanding of his past, revealed to us only through nightmares and bits of legend.  He didn’t seem to understand his place within legend until it was too late to turn back.

Concluding Thoughts

“Sunbird” and “The Monarch of the Glen” both interested me in part because they told stories that were very cyclical; the same events happened throughout the centuries, but our characters didn’t understand until after the fact that they were becoming a part of the very same pattern.  I loved the poems this week.  Overall, these selections were a great way to conclude the readalong.  It seems to have gone by so quickly, even though we’ve been doing this for eight weeks now!

 

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