We’re continuing our binge of the October Daye books with book two, A Local Habitation! There’s still time to join us :D. This week we’re discussing chapters 1-8 so there will be spoilers up to that point!
1. Some familiar faces are back for book 2 (hi Tybalt!), but we don’t waste much time getting to meet some new people, most notably Sylvester Torquill’s niece, January, who is … less than upfront with Toby at first meeting. What do you think of January so far?
Hi Tybalt! I like January; it’s obvious she might be in over her head, but I think she’s trying to do the right thing and do it well. It’s understandable that she would be cautious about things until she could be sure that Toby was a good guy, especially given her inability to contact Sylvester, what is up with that??
2. Another new face is April, who’s got a rather unique back story according to Alex. What do you make of her so far, and what do you think of the merging of magic and technology that seems set to be the underlying theme in this book?
Oo April is an interesting one! It’s funny since I’m reading Revisionary by Jim C. Hines right now and one of the characters is a dryad haha. I love how they moved her to an information tree, since that totally is a data structure heavily used in computer science. As long as they stay realistic about the technology side of things, I love this combination!
3. Do any of the rest of the new faces stand out to you here? If so, who and why?
Ahem, Alex? I’m very suspicious of this brother and sister pair that seem to be able to put anyone attracted to their gender into a blubbering mess, and yet heavily annoy anyone not attracted to them. I hope that Toby still likes the guy or at least isn’t too pissed when she realizes that something suspicious is going on….
4. We get some explanation of the political situation where Tamed Lightning is concerned, and by the end of this section we’ve got a body on the ground at ALH Computing… Got any initial thoughts/suspicions/things you still want to know?
Can we take a minute to appreciate the names of these territories please? Tamed Lightning, really??? I can’t stop laughing ;-). I think something is haunting the technology because January fiddled too much with combining magic and tech! At least, that’s my first gut idea haha, probably wrong!
How are you liking book two so far??
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