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Parasha: Oct. 1 reading



Not too much to say here. I do enjoy the polite "may I see your teeth?" exchange in the intro.

I forget... Do we ever find out what Snuff was before being summoned? A hellhound maybe? Although he seems awfully good-natured...

And of course Jack. Hrm, a Victorian named Jack... You know, that name is totally ruined for that time period. Anyhow, I won't go into any future details, confirmations/denials or anything, since some I know are reading this for the first time (or will be). It's just interesting to me that reading pretty much anything set around this time period that has the name "Jack" come up brings to mind one thing.



Aside from this, I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and post the thoughts on the day's reading on the same day. Of course that'll lead to sometimes it being up late at night or something and might stagger the conversation for those reading at different paces, but now that I'm actually doing it, it seems like on my end it'd be simpler to write down thoughts while they're more fresh.

Thoughts?

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pokeypenguin
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
As a new reader: agreed on both basic points. That is, Jack does bring a certain singular character to mind, and that thought meshes well with me already considering of Snuff was a hellhound, related to Cerberus, or something of the sort. I guess I should ought to read October 2 now!
stormfeather
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
It's especially odd in a way, since Jack almost definitely wasn't his real name, even. (The historical figure, I mean.) :p

And yes, yes you should! (If people want me to start posting same-day, I'm not sure when I'll start it, probably when I get enough for a consensus and then go read if necessary, since these aren't exactly staggeringly long sections. :p )
annewashere
Oct. 2nd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I failed to dig up the book this morning and bring it with me to work. But you're right about the Victorian Jack.
stormfeather
Oct. 2nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Enh, s'okay, this particular book I imagine there won't be a lot to discuss on various days.
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stormfeather
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
So first, a question: Since there's at least one new reader, what is the policy on spoilers?

Hrm, I guess just try not to mention stuff from further ahead in the books (or series or whatever, for possible future books) without maybe a warning and a space, or maybe even a ROT-13 or something for really heavy stuff.

For myself, every time I read that first chapter, I want to know exactly what Snuff has over the various Things.

I guess what he has over them is sharp pointy teeth, although you'd think that anything that qualifies as a "Thing" (capital T) would be dangerous enough in its own right.
larabeaton
Oct. 8th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I am a first time reader, so I would appreciate not being spoiled too much. Maybe post it as white text on a white background? ROT-13?

Or, if it's not too much trouble for stormfeather, there could be a separate post for spoileriffic discourse and one for the general public?

Having said that, Jack was spoiled for me while I was trying to track down the book, which is annoying. Now I can't say if I would have made the connection myself or not.
stormfeather
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well, the white text though won't work if other people have their friends lists set to something else. I went with ROT-13 in today's post, for the beyond-what-we've-read-so-far spoily bits, so would the two posts be necessary if we go with that? (Maybe branching off into a second post if it's apparent there's a lot of spoily discussion brewing, or if requested for a particular entry?)

Just trying to hash out the best way to handle everything. And sorry about the Jack spoilage!
larabeaton
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
It's hard to avoid being spoiled by Jack if you just google for the title, and it shows up right under the link to the wikipedia entry. Kinda ruined whatever surprise was brewing.
stormfeather
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Doh! Yeah, I've gotten hardcore spoiled for a few things (like Anansi Boys) by things like Amazon reviews. Grrr. Hate that!
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