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Lady Friday by Garth Nix
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Oct 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

It's encouraging to see Arthur start to take responsibility for the role he was thrust into.

Nix handles vice of "lust" very tastefully for a children's book. The vice isn't named explicitly. As denizens, Lady Friday (and those in the Middle House) lack many of the rich experiences of mortal life--joy, happiness, regret, melancholy, and the like. Desiring to share in these experiences, Friday gathers old mortals (mainly humans from earth) and sucks their experiences from them, leaving them a living but somewhat empty shell. The experiences that dribble down Friday's chin get fixed to bits of parchment and sent back to the Middle House, where denizens can vicariously experience by sticking the papers to their foreheads--yielding a reverie that can last weeks or months. Like Tuesday's thirst for material wealth and Wednesday's hunger for food, Friday is never satisfied with the experiences she drinks, always wanting to gather more.
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