Two Serpents Rising by Max Gladstone, readalong week 1

Hi everyone, sorry I’m late with this one but life just conspires sometimes!

So, the first week of the Two Serpents Rising readalong is upon us.  Susan from Dab of Darkness is our lovely host (over here) and the details for the readalong are here.  You know you want to join us!

Without further ado, other than to add an obligatory spoiler alert, here are the Q&A for this week:

1) Poison in the Bright Mirror reservoir! What are your thoughts on the infestation? Then an explosion later on! Any ideas of who is the culprit yet? Are the two events related?

That was a bit mind blowing wasn’t it – I certainly didn’t see that coming at all – makes me have second thoughts about walking round reservoirs.  I can’t help thinking the reservoir and the explosion are linked – it’s just too much of a coincidence and it will be interesting to see if Mal is being used or is involved.  I hope that she’s not involved as it would be a bit obvious.

2) Let’s talk about Mal and the sport of cliff running. Care to compare this sport to one here in our real world? What do you think Mal gets out of the sport? 

I suppose she gets to be rebellious to a certain extent – she seems to come from a privileged home so it seems that this is her little break out.  Also, I suppose she gets a massive rush of adrenalin and a certain number of cool points as she does seem to be rather a daredevil. I’m not sure what sport it reminds me of – other than perhaps something I saw about people jumping roofs – but I could have just made that up or dreamt it or something.

3) Are you enjoying the deities and culture this book is infused with? Has any of the architecture wowed or frightened you? 

The first book was impressively creative so there was a lot to live up to and I think so far this one is definitely doing well to live up to it. And, in spite of the clue in the title  – snakes, really!!  Yes, between the serpents and reservoir monster – omg!  Both scary – and what was the whole thing with the slaughterhouse.  Talk about watch this space.

4) The Red King is a pretty serious guy. Will he make the deal with Alaxic concerning the powerhouses known as Achel & Aquel? 

I think it’s too soon for me to call at the moment.  There is definitely something big afoot but I’m really clueless to be honest.  The Red King though – what a description heh!  Wouldn’t really like to meet him alone in a dark alley – he just sounds creepy.

5) Finally, Caleb has a wealth of scars, linguistic skills, and a complex relationship with his father. Discuss!

This is very intriguing to me.  I wouldn’t say that Caleb seems unduly jumpy or scared when his dad is around so I’m kind of discounting certain things, I suppose.  And he doesn’t seem to hate his dad – they just clearly don’t agree with each other – which no surprise there given what his dad is up to – and certainly his dad’s got a terrible reputation which does rather get in the way of Caleb’s work.  It’s complicated to say the least.

A great start to the series – I feel like I’ve been very bad this week though – I’ve not really given this a detailed examination so looking forward to everyone elses’ comments.

Sorry for being absent.  Loving the book so far though.


6 Responses to “Two Serpents Rising by Max Gladstone, readalong week 1”

  1. nrlymrtl

    Where there are people and there are roofs, there will always be roof jumpers. Parkour is the sport I think you were thinking of, but it can also entails just about any physical obstacle in a city setting.

    OMG! The slaughter house freaked me out. Or rather, I was concerned over Caleb’s reaction to it. He grew up being trained as a high priest, and human sacrifice wasn’t taboo. So for the slaughter house to bother him that much means it must have been pretty bad.

    I agree with you about Caleb and his father. He doesn’t fear hi but does strongly disagree with him. So, I don’t think the scars are the result of an abusive relationship. I am guessing ritual scarring as part of being raised to become a high priest.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ahh, parkour – I’ve definitely seen something about that – thanks for the heads up.
      The slaughter house was definitely a freaky scene. Freaky.
      I think the relationship with Caleb and his father is going to be very interesting. I also feel totally intrigued about where that’s going and seeing how the chips fall.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    The scars oh man his scars! So cool and creepy to think about. I hope you are enjoying this one I really did.

    • lynnsbooks

      So good so far – I can’t believe the monster in the reservoir! I’m looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Anya

    I definitely agree that this one is living up to the unique precedence set by book one! Even though Tara doesn’t look like she’ll appear, I really like Caleb, haha, and serpent dragony things are awesome!!!!!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I really like Caleb too – anything a touch ‘dragony’ is definitely awesome in my book!
      Lynn 😀

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