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Kathi's comments from the Beyond Reality group.

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Oct 29, 2012 08:16AM

16548 There were lots of clues about the Game up to this point, but it was nice to have Bubo explain the whole thing. And I wonder if he may end up being some kind of wild card after all, since he knows an awful lot now.

So are the Great Detective and Larry both outside the game, but possibly influencing it? Or just Larry?
Oct 26, 2012 09:14PM

16548 I, too, am doing the group read with A Night in the Lonesome October, and am about 3/4 through Lord of Chaos, my first venture though the Wheel of Time series. I'm still about 2 books behind the Goodreads group that is reading that series, but I'm plugging away. And I discovered that I have The Demolished Man on my shelf, so that will be ready for November. And I want to get into Torch of Freedom before our group starts that discussion.

Shel, I'll be interested in your opinion of the Dresden Files. I have most of that series on my shelf but have yet to try them.
Oct 26, 2012 04:57PM

16548 Alazzar wrote: "Kathi: Bubo is with the Good Doctor, not Morris & MacCab. Morris & MacCab have Nightwind, the Owl."

Thanks, that's what I get for commenting without either the book or my notes at hand!
Oct 26, 2012 10:31AM

16548 So we have the dead:
The Count--was he an Opener or Closer? his ring is gone. Do we know where Needle went?
Rastov--he was an Closer considering becoming an Opener (?), his icon is missing, and Quicklime returns to a normal reptilian life.
Owen--he was an Opener, his sickle is missing, and Cheeter returns to a normal forest rodent life.
The constable--I don't think he's critical to this...

And the living:
Jill and Gray--Opener
Vicar and Tekela--Opener (he has the pentacle bowl, and I can't remember, does he also have the icon now?)
Morris & MacCab and Bubo--Openers
Good Doctor and assistant and creature--do we know what they are?
Jack and Snuff--closers (he has the Closing wand in addition to his other, non-tool-of-the-Game wand)

And the wild cards (are one or all of them Players?):
Great Detective and Watson
Larry Talbot

Just trying to keep things straight in my mind...
Oct 23, 2012 09:30AM

16548 Random thoughts:
Fetching a staff would be more meaningful that fetching a stick. A staff is sometimes used by a druid. Could it also mean a cane or walking stick? Who has one of those?

I don't see the Great Detective as a player but maybe as an influencer of some kind.

I think it's significant that Snuff has played the Game before. Do we know that Jack has, too?

I loved how Quicklime got Needle drunk!

I find the "partnership" between Snuff and Graymalk so interesting, given they are not on the same "side" in terms of the Game, and then we discover that Jack is trying to convince Jill to change sides (so we can have Jack & Jill go up the hill, the little, nondescript hill that Snuff now thinks might be the center of the pattern?)

I think Snuff has mentioned earlier in the story as well that no one can tell when he's smiling.
Oct 22, 2012 08:29AM

16548 I still think Jack is #10. And I don't know enough yet about who are openers and closers (although I know a couple at this point), but I'm not sure the grouping thing holds up. Maybe I'll learn more soon.
Oct 19, 2012 12:14PM

16548 Owen's sickle is prominently displayed in the center of the cover painting. Are any of the other "talismans" or objects of power in view?
Oct 19, 2012 12:07PM

16548 Could #7 be McCab?
Oct 19, 2012 12:06PM

16548 I thought #7 was the Vicar until I retread the part about the glasses. I realize the white raven is on #12's shoulder but some of the other familiars are not right next to their partners.
Oct 19, 2012 08:49AM

16548 One of the things I like about the Mars books was they made me think and read slowly. They were challenging that way and, sometimes, that helps make a book memorable.

I have not read Antarctica, although I own it. And I've read mixed things about The Years of Rice and Salt, but it's on my list to acquire someday...
Oct 19, 2012 08:45AM

16548 The cover shows all the players in a mansion... And while it doesn't look too abandoned, it could be a clue.
Oct 19, 2012 08:42AM

16548 I will have a hard time voting--there are a number of books that I have not read but already own...
Oct 18, 2012 01:28PM

16548 I was one of the few who liked Red Mars and its sequels, although there were tedious parts in them.

I finished The Fires of Heaven and since I still have time before the next book that I haven't read in the Honorverse comes up for discussion, I decided to move right into Lord of Chaos.

And I'm doing our day-by-day read of A Night in the Lonesome October and loving that!!
Oct 18, 2012 01:24PM

16548 I couldn't tell in all that if Jack traded any body parts. It didn't sound like it but I may have missed something.
Oct 17, 2012 07:50AM

16548 Jim wrote: "Quicklime is nursing the devil's own hangover from being in Rastov's stomach during his drinking binge"

I thought that was hysterical--and Snuff telling him to hydrate and then the rather uneven trail the Quicklime left. We don't really get to know the "human" characters all that well, at least not so far, but I'm loving all the insights into the familiars.
16548 Jon wrote: "I need to retire ... so I can read full-time. :) "

Hasn't quite worked out that way for me... I definitely read more than I did when I worked, but still not as much as I would like to. Darn real life keeps getting in the way!
16548 Read this a few months back before we decided to tuck these spin-offs into the main discussion. Will need to jog my memory but I remember liking it.
Oct 11, 2012 08:20PM

16548 On Oct. 6, Snuff found the center of the pattern he had drawn so far and it was an "unsuitable" place, in the center of a road.

The spot which I had so carefully derived by means of my mental mapmaking was situated, unfortunately, in the middle of the road. And it hadn't even the good grace to be a crossroad.

Nightwind was there and had drawn the same lines and pattern, incomplete at the time because they didn't know all the players. So while the shape of the pattern seems to be important, the center seems to be more important.

It must take place at the center of the pattern we form. and «That's true. All right. Why do the players always form themselves into a pattern around the center of things, anyway?”
«Beats me,” I said.

Oct 06, 2012 12:32PM

16548 Just want to say that I'm thoroughly enjoying both the book (first time reader) and the discussion. I'm so pleased that I've been able to figure out a number of things so far, and happy that you all are figuring out what I haven't.
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Oct 04, 2012 06:35AM

16548 I also have connected with friends from elsewhere (like Facebook) who are also on Goodreads.

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