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Parasha: Oct. 6 reading

Since my Discworld doesn't get to me until tomorrow, guess I'll have to make do with this. *grump*


Excitement! Snuff gets to raise "holy hell" (hmmmm...) keeping the "slitherers" inside the mirror from getting out. Or more accurately, to keep them from totally escaping when they do get out. Despite not having had an actual description of the Things, we're getting enough fun adjectives like this to make me think that the lack of description is probably a Good Thing.

Also - "mundane wand"... now there's an interesting concept. If you're deep enough into magical things that you have a magical wand that is referenced as your "mundane" one... well.

I don't get the "Yellow Emperor" reference, though, I'll admit.

And I have to take back what I said about his omitting the Count in his little tit-for-tat the night before - he thinks of him quite well here, but also notes that he doesn't know where he lives, so just *can't* include him in his little mental diagram. (Which sounds like a bitch and a half to try to keep mentally straight, but may be easier for a dog or other creature?) And the bit about him being able to do things with the mental image that others cannot is... intriguing.

And we also get to see Nightwind again, and he happens to mention the Count and Needle as well, so NEITHER of them was exactly being honest in their little exchange, now were they? From the sound of it, these animals would all make some interesting Diplomacy players.

I also love the Thing in the Circle, I have to add. And I love the "gave me the paw" reference, although that does make me wonder - was the middle-finger gesture around in Those Days?

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pokeypenguin
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I note that they both assumed Greymalk was *also* aware of the Count and Needles.

I share your curiousity as to the Yellow Emperor, I guess we'll see? And the thing about the circle around the middle is weird. They don't know who all the players are, but they do know they always arrange themselves the same way. I wonder how many known locations would be required before Snuff could just extrapolate a circle to look for new residences along. (I guess it may not be a literal circle, but with enough known points, it gets easier and easier to get close enough, unless the geometry dogs use is not the same as mine.)
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stormfeather
Oct. 6th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh right, I knew about the V thing, but for some reason forgot briefly that this was Englandistan, duh. Americentrism FTW, I guess. Anyhow yeah, that would definitely have been around by then, then.

And oooh, thanks for the link.

krfsm
Oct. 6th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Funny, my first association with the Yellow Emperor was The King in Yellow, but said King doesn't have the mirror connection.
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stormfeather
Oct. 6th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Admin question
Ah, good idea. Or actually I might do both, Parasha, and a separate tag for the individual book. Because everyone needs more tags!

I might even go back and add a tag to the current ones, since it's not so far in.
stormfeather
Oct. 6th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Admin question
Aaand... tag added. And then renamed, since I figured book title would be better to go by then date, for ease of re-finding things in the future.
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