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Parasha: Oct. 3 reading

Since no one has as of yet said "don't do that," I'm going to go ahead and catch up the reading with the day. If anyone does prefer the other way, again, lemme know. (Likewise if you prefer it this way.)

Not really a whole lot here. We have darker mentions of Jack "hunting," the first mention of the Openers/Closers thing, and the introduction of Needle and his as-of-yet seen on-page master, the Count. Hmmm, a bat named Needle, tied to a mysterious Count. Wonder where we could be going with this. At least Zelazny doesn't beat you over the head with the obvious.

In a similar vein, I like how he takes effective short-cuts to show us what some of these people are, rather than telling us. Such as "They had already been out. The broom beside the rear entrance was still warm."


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Oct. 4th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
That's something that confuses me a bit as well. Some of the participants it's clear he's not all that familiar with, but some of the others (the ones we've mostly already met), he is.

The only thing I can figure is that it's only in this one month that the openers/closers thing becomes really relevant, but they've been slowly gathering in on this spot (and getting to know one another slightly) throughout the year leading up to this. Or something.

Or maybe in previous years Jack and Snuff have had to drop out of the running, so to speak, before the big showdown and they thus haven't actually seen which side the others fell out on. Although I'm leaning more toward the first reason.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Bah. Just saying "author oversight" is no fun!
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
...Or the players shift roles between Opener and Closer in each iteration, but IMS Jack and Snuff mention always being on the same side.
Oct. 4th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
"Shift roles at random" I should have said - you won't know if someone who was on your side last time still is.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hrm, plus from later events (which I'm trying to keep in mind not to spoil, thus not to talk too much about), it feels more like a personal belief thing, which wouldn't lend to being shifted around randomly like that.
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