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Wow, I just realized that this is the second-to-last bit. Time flies, eh? o_O (And we've really gotta figure out a new book!)


I like how Fezzik comes across in the writing: he's obviously not great for the thinking and memorizing bits, but at the same time, he has his own straightforward sort of wisdom, sharp perception, and so on. If he's just speak up a bit more and work more closely with others like Inigo, they'd be more formidable, but he just seems to want to step back and keep his mouth shut because he knows he's not as bright... even when he's the one to notice little details like the door not even having a place for a lock.

The Zoo of Death section is a bit odd for a movie-watcher, because suddenly it's this pretty big actiony, nailbitingy section smack dab in the middle of a section that was, well, not there in the movie! Which is a bit weird, and throws off the pacing that I at least was used to/expecting coming into the book the first time. But it's more Inigo and Fezzik, so yay!

I do find it a bit amusing that with all the dangerous stuff that Goldman made up for other things, the poisoners on the remainder of level three are just... there. Real ones, unadulterated as far as I can see. (And then of course we get down into the lower levels...)

The Max and Valerie section is also nice to see fleshed out, with a bit more of the why's and background bits, even if we don't have the lovely actors to bring it to life. We also get a *little* bit of things like how Fezzik ended up with a Holocaust Cloak, even if it was just in the "edited" bits.

And then we round things out for the end of the chapter, and things are set up very nicely for the climax of the story, which we'll get to next time!


Just one more reading, so no need for the schedule!

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stormfeather
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
On the one hand, more Fezzik and Inigo would be nice, but on the other it'd stretch out the build-up to the climax more, and might throw off the pacing a bit much.

And it might be telling that Max and Valerie are also a couple that aren't trying to exemplify the whole "youth + True Passionate Love" ideal, and are companions and workmates it seems just as much as husband and wife.
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