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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
Discuss the final chapters of WFE here.

message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
When you read the prologue, who did you think died and who did you think killed him? How did that affect the way you read the book?


I thought Marlena killed Uncle Al. After August got his new costume, I thought Marlena would kill August. I didn't realize it was who it was until it happened (I'm not posting the name in case anyone is cheating and reading this thread before they've finished the book! *ahem*Meghan*ahem*)

message 3: by Sarah (last edited Jan 24, 2008 06:15PM) (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
? said:

I also thought Marlena killed Uncle Al.

Moderator's note: I deleted this from the other thread to move it here and then promptly forgot who wrote it. Mea culpa. Was it Sera?

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
Arctic said:

up to chapter 3.

not really sure who Uncle Al is (other than someone who calls people Rubes), but I assumed Marlena was killing the ringmaster, just based on the description of the guy.

message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
Robbie said:

To avoid any spoilers, I'll just say I got it *right*

message 6: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore | 141 comments Mod
Okay, to clarify, when I first read it, I figured out immediately who the killer was. I think it was because I had read in a review somewhere something about a surprise ending or something. (Could I be more vague?) I can't say that I knew who was killed--just don't remember it that well. I read the book during a camping trip this summer.

message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
I should have seen it coming, what with the pink sequined headpiece and her taking out the spike to steal the lemonade. But it totally surprised me and was a HUGE part of why I loved the book so much.

message 8: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore | 141 comments Mod
Yeah, I was actually disappointed that I heard about a surprise ending and figured it out. I loved the book, but it would have been even better if I had been fooled in the Prologue.

message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
That's why I'm so worried about spoilers here. The ending's just too delicious.

message 10: by Sera (last edited Jan 26, 2008 11:17AM) (new)

Sera | 195 comments *****POSSIBLE SPOILER*****

To me, the biggest twist at the end involved Jacob himself.

message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
Charlie? Charlie... I don't remember a Charlie. Do you mean Jacob? If not remind me who Charlie is... I haven't had my coffee yet today...

message 12: by Sera (new)

Sera | 195 comments Oh my gosh, Sarah - I'm such a dolt sometimes. I wrote this while just starting to drink my morning coffee so please forgive me. Charlie is the circus man to whom Jacob tells his story. I meant Jacob. I'm going to go back and edit my post now.

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) | 284 comments Mod
OH. See, I can't function without coffee either! LOL

message 14: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Did anyone else despise August as much as I did? Whilst reading this book I'd wake up angry and mad and all because of this man - a book has never affected me this way before and I put that down to brilliant writing so that I had a very clear picture of what was going on. Even thinking about him now makes me mad.

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