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Parasha: Good Omens, March 11th reading

Ah, and we finally get to see more of Them, which includes Him. And I always enjoy the footnote about Greasy Johnson, even at the same time it feels a bit twee to have the flighty Satanist nuns that care for the extraneous children and all. But twee in at least a somewhat good way. I think!

Anyhow, if I'm keeping it straight... Adam is of course the son of Satan, Greasy is (biologically) the son of the American diplomat and his wife, while the kid currently being brought up in America was originally the child of the Youngs. Yes?

I also find it a bit amusing that Pepper is a nickname of a nickname, since Pippin was originally a nickname for Peregrine. (If I had to choose, I'd take Peregrine as a name over Pippin, myself.)

Man, was I ever that bloodthirsty as a kid? I don't think I was!

And as a side question, can anyone read mention of the Spanish Inquisition without thinking of Monty Python?

I have no idea what "the Continong" is supposed to be, unless it's just Adam getting a word wrong in random ways, or is in fact a typo.

Hrm, I didn't realize iron was supposed to work against demons, just the Fair Folk. Maybe it was, or maybe this is poetic license. Except without so much of the poetry.

And... Adam begins to change the world. And there's a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy there, since Agnes's prophecies wouldn't have been fulfilled quite in the way they were if Adam hadn't been influenced by Anathema, who in turn wouldn't have been there without the prophecies... but that sorta makes your brain hurt after a while.

A reminder of the schedule.

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stormfeather
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I would guess it's the former, and not a typo. What's clearly *meant* is "the Continent" (i.e. Europe proper), I dunno why the weird pronunciation, though.

Yeah, I figured it was probably the Continent, I just wasn't sure why, well, Continong.

Heaven has the best choreographers.

Hah, except... Heaven wanted the whole Apocalypse too! Which doesn't seem very heavenly to me, but there you go.


I have to say, the Them are an obnoxious bunch of kids! (Although given that their leader *is* the Antichrist, I guess they're not so bad. )


Oof yeah. I mean, if I'd had someone trying to drag me into doing half the stuff they do, I'd have been curled up whimpering! (Then again I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes, so maybe not the best benchmark here...)
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stormfeather
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
*head asplodes*
annewashere
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's ineffable, and I also always got the sense that our dear authors were trying to point out the absurdity of the whole planned apocalypse thing - I mean, two superpowers that were that interested in a world being sort of forced to fight over it in a way that destroys it? Kind of a silly story when you think about it.
stormfeather
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
It is, isn't it? But at least the whole ineffable aspect gives the authors a lot of scope to play around with things, cause and effect, etc.
khedron
Mar. 12th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Man, was I ever that bloodthirsty as a kid? I don't think I was!

I think kids are pretty bloodthirsty. I mean, the little girl in this story is extreme, but my wife says that she & her siblings really loved the part of this museum where you could supposedly see the chair Colonel Davenport was sitting in when he was murdered by river pirates. I think the Them would fit right in there.
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