Oct. 16th Week 2: Chpts. 11-22 (Hosted by Tethyan Books)
Oct. 23rd Week 3: Chpts. 23-35 (Hosted by Emma Wolf)
Oct. 30th Week 4: Chpts. 36-49 (Hosted by Emma Wolf)
Nov. 6th Week 5: Chpts. 50-62 (Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog)
Nov. 13th Week 6: Chpts. 63-75 (Hosted by Tethyan Books)
Nov. 20th Week 7: Chpts. 76-END (Hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow)
Today is the final week of our readalong of Late Eclipses (October Daye #4) ) by Seanan McGuire) arranged by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. This week is being hosted by hosted by Hisham El-far. What a great conclusion to the book – so many revelations, so much yet left unsaid, so many reasons to continue reading – not least that I’m loving this series!
The details are over here on Goodreads – the schedule is below. If you want to join in or jump in with the comments then please do so. Also, a readalong of book No.5 will undoubtedly follow so watch out for further information on that. Without further ado here are the questions and answers with a customary word of warning that spoilers will be lurking below:
Today is the final week of our readalong of Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. The schedule is below and a link to the Goodread’s page here. Please be aware of spoilers below and also look out for notification of a readalong for No.2 if you want to jump on board.
Part 1 – Monday 9th May: Chapters 1-9, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Part 2 – Monday 16th May: Chapters 10-18, hosted by On Starships and Dragonwings
Part 3 – Monday 23rd May: Chapters 19-25, hosted by x + 1
Part 4 – Monday 30th May: Chapters 26-End, hosted by Lynn’s Books
Well, book No.1 has reached it’s conclusion and I find myself with plenty of questions! Even though this first book in series was a reread for me I’d forgotten a lot of the story and this reread has reminded me of how much this book leaves up in the air! Not a bad thing to be honest but it definitely feels like a first in series type of book! So, to the questions.
1. We seem to have a number of separate threads even by the end of the book – what do you make of it all so far. Were you surprised by any of the final revelations?
I think the biggest surprise for me by the end of the story was the conclusion that Max reached in his investigation of the death/murders at the Chapterhouse. I also think that the Sorcerer is a very odd sort of character and I can’t really put my finger on what’s going on with him yet but I’m definitely keen to find out. My thoughts are definitely a bit of a jumble with all that took place although at the back of my mind I feel like everything will lead back to one thing, not sure yet what that will be – unless perhaps one of the fae!
2. What are your impressions of the world that Emma Newman has created here?
I like the originality of the idea. The fae world and the mundane with the nether in-between acting as both protectors and servants for both sides. I found it easier to focus on it during this readalong because I think when I picked up the book originally I was too determined to find out what was going on and raced a little to the end. I also really enjoy the different periods. Newman has created an excellent opportunity to bring us a regency type period drama with all its own dilemmas whilst at the same time giving us the modern world which allows her to address all sorts of issues – in particular relating to sexism and the class structure. I was a bit horrified during the final revelations and the punishments being dished out about this ‘agency’ that would swoop in and place people elsewhere – such as brothels (like the one Will visited whilst on his tour!!)
3. Do you have any favourite characters so far? Any characters that you’re still not sure of and who do you positively dislike?
Well, Will is a person who makes me conflicted. Every time he does something right he then follows up with an immediate gaff. I like that he and Cathy finally tried to work together in the last few chapters. I don’t like it that he was a glory stealing hound but I can kind of see his reasoning for that – after all if Cathy had been at the centre of everything uncovering all sorts of nefarious plots everyone would have focused more on HER than on the PLOTS. But, okay, whilst I can get over that issue I don’t like that in the next breath he’s saving the Rose girl (sorry, can’t recall her name) who was plotting along with her brother and the rest of the families. He’s too fickle when it comes to outside appearance. He’s made disparaging remarks about Cathy and how plain she is and is then prepared to help a woman, purely based on the fact that she’s beautiful, and yet she was trying to make him into a bit of a fool – presumably he wouldn’t have been so anxious to help a woman in similar circumstances if she was a little less easy on the eye! I don’t know, he’s a product of his upbringing I suppose which leaves him as scared to step out of the bounds of society as everyone else and which in turn gives him a bit of a wishy washy lack of backbone type of feel.
Cathy. Conflicted again. I like her but sometimes just want to shake her somehow – she doesn’t always think on her feet although she definitely improved as the book went along.
Max and the gargoyle – you have to take them as a double act. Max can seem a little lacking somehow some times – but that’s because he does lack a soul – which is currently housed inside the gargoyle. Taken as a double act they’re a good team that I enjoy reading.
Sam, interestingly, and although from a different era, Sam can come across as rather sexist. I still hold out hope for him and his wife (although I do wonder if she’s already given up with the marriage – time will tell). He’s not a bad guy but comes across very much as a bit like the rabbit in the headlights but hopefully he will gain a bit more charisma in the next book.
Lord Poppy – I like him – he’s odd, rude and dangerous but as far as fae go I like his strange eccentricity and I picture him with a knowing glint in his eye. I have the impression that nothing is how you suspect with him and it’s going to be interesting to see how he’s involved in the next book.
4. What are your predictions for moving into the next story?
Well, I have no idea – hopefully we’ll find out a little more about the Chapterhouse murders and what exactly is taking place in the nether world. It seems to me that there’s some sort of take over bid going on between Bath and London – and just how much of this is being engineered by the fae will be interesting to see.
Today is the final week of our readalong of An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) ) by Seanan McGuire) arranged by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. This week Lisa is hosting the Q&A. This book has, without doubt, been my favourite of the series so far. It’s dark, twisted and not a little bit disturbingly nasty – but it’s what I was expecting from this series. Spoilers are lurking below.
1. Things pick up right where we left them, with Tybalt and Toby. What do you make of the not-quite-nine-lives thing? And do you have any fresh insight into what, if anything, is going on between him and Toby?
I thought that was a great play on the saying about cats and the extra lives they seem to have and I loved that McGuire used it. I guess it’s a bit cheeky in that there’s no real explanation – other than Tybalt is a King – but I liked the twist on the whole ‘cat’ myth. As to what’s going on with Toby and Tybalt – it’s anyone’s guess I suppose. They definitely have chemistry, or at least I think they do, but I’m really pleased that SMcG is taking her time with this and not rushing into anything. At the end of the day, no matter how much Toby and Tybalt end up liking each other a relationship between the two would never be easy and would more than likely cause trouble for both of them – so it’s not something to just rush at. I think Tybalt definitely has feelings for Toby and I think she’s very aware of it – for example when Connor and Tybalt are both helping her and scowling at each other over the top of her head! Jealousy much.
2. As predicted, Toby is far from finished with Blind Michael and returns to his realm, trading herself for Karen’s freedom. Things get pretty dark from there, but all isn’t lost… What’s your take on the Luidaeg’s rescue effort?
It was kind of like a family intervention wasn’t it. Like, I’ve brought everybody here that loves Toby and the force of that love will be so overwhelming that it will keep her in this realm. At first, when Toby turned round and went right back I was a bit disappointed with the effort and just thought what was the point in all that – but then I realised it was to break her out from Michael’s ‘spell’. The Luidaeg and Sylvester didn’t seem to be suffering under any delusions that Toby would stay – so, in terms of the Luidaeg I’m guessing that was her best attempt at freeing Toby from Michael’s glamour so that she would have a fighting chance at least.
3. After all that, Toby still isn’t done. Do you think she did the right thing, going after Blind Michael to end things once and for all? And after all’s said and done, what do you think of Blind Michael himself?
Absolutely she did the right thing! It overwhelms me with sadness and anger that nobody had really attempted to stop him before and puts into perspective certain things – about some people being lofty and aloof whilst Toby is very down to earth and caring. I don’t really understood what turned Michael down this route and perhaps we’ll find out more about that. He displayed a certain kind of fragility and vulnerability towards the end that made me think that his stealing of all these children and transforming them was almost like he treated them as play things, almost like he didn’t really understand how bad what he was doing, really was. I don’t know, I guess it made me a little sad for him too wondering what had made him like that but then I’m glad that Toby ended it all. I’m thinking that it might put her in the bad books though. She has, after all, killed one of the first bloods – I can’t help thinking that will have ramifications.
4. Quentin has a hard choice of his own to make in the aftermath, as the Luidaeg explains… Do you agree with her choice of consequence, or was she too hard on him?
I don’t think she was too hard on Quentin. The choice was tough but I think fair. It made him make a decision about how strong his feelings really were. It’s all very well dabbling in relationships with humans and it seems to be a theme in books with fae that the fae have a fascination with our lives, but, at the end of the day the two are difficult to mix and it’s usually more difficult for the human side of the relationship – at least I think so.
5. We get one more scene with the Luidaeg, and it’s quite a turnaround, character-wise. What do you think of where she and Toby seem to stand, at this point?
The Luidaeg is one of my favourite characters. She’s badass but at the same time vulnerable. I think the relationship with her and Toby is something that will have to be treated carefully however, I don’t think that her threats to kill Toby were ever anything more than a nod at showing how scary she was, but, she clearly has strong feelings for Toby and that makes her more emotionally vulnerable and in turn a bit more temperamental perhaps. I kind of love that she’s so protective of Toby and also I really like that she has somebody who she now cares about – she felt sort of lonely as if she’s built up a large wall around herself to stop anyone getting in.
The details are over here on Goodreads – the schedule is below. If you want to join in or jump in with the comments then please do so. Without further ado here are the questions and answers with a customary word of warning that spoilers will be lurking below:
Week 1: Saturday 9th April, Chapters 1-7, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 16th April, Chapters 8-17, hosted by Books By Proxy
Week 3: Saturday 23rd April, Chapters 18-24, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Saturday 30th April, Chapters 25-End, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
We will be picking up book No.4 for a readalong and I’ll post details of that shortly so if you’ve read up to this point and want to jump on board then please do so.