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1st To Die notes; Chapters 18 to 23

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 18

Okay, despite what I may have said previously about her, I’m beginning to warm up to Cindy Thomas.
She appears to be genuinely interested in Lindsay, as a friend. I’m under the impression that Lindsay needs more people, more friends in her life.
Cindy has to ask about the case, it’s important to her career but she may have enough integrity not to damage her friendships and personal morals. I hope.
I honestly think that most modern day reporters have lost a large measure of their empathy, a by product of business practices wanting to sell the news. There are so few journalists today who have remained unaffected by today’s disturbing need for sensationalism. Continue reading

The Gates notes; chapters 18 to 20

The Gates

Chapter 18; In Which the Portal Opens Wide
Dr. Planck has been sent by the scientists at CERN to figure out how Samuel had come across such interesting information. The description of the rotten egg smell and the drawing of the portal seem to have especially peaked their interest. Hence Dr. Planck is now discussing Samuel and the occupants of No. 666 with a worried Mrs. Johnson.
Let’s hope this tea ‘n chat prompts Mrs. Johnson’s memory as well. Danger is fast approaching.

Looks like the demons are getting twitchy too, not-Mrs. Renfield in particular is looking to advance her position. Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 19

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 19
The last few chapters have acquired a uniform shortness. If this were a movie I’m sure the creepy bogeyman music would be in full swing, when you just know it’s all gonna hit the fan. It’s just a matter of who makes it out alive.

Bergman and Jaz are packed and ready by the time Vayl not-so neatly jumps down from his hiding/resting place.
She gives him the Reader’s Digest version of the days events, disturbed only by a phone call from Cole. Continue reading

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 19

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 19. Attacked by the Fighting Trees

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

The friends bid farewell to the Emerald City, the residents are sad to see Dorothy leave but have no doubt that Scarecrow is the right person to rule their city. Certainly no-one has been glad to be rid of him.
As they hardly know the man of straw they have excepted his right to rule without question, which is oddly accepting of them.

The journey to the South is so far, only minorly impeded by the trees and then only by the trees on the outskirts of the forest. But what of this white wall of porcelain.

A white wall at the edge of the forest, could this mean that Glinda’s lands are colour-coded white.
White is also the colour (if you can call white a colour) representing powerful witches.
Just guessing though.

I’ve been wondering about the trees. Guardians.
A person might draw comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Ents”, but of course The Wonderful Wizard of Oz pre-dates The Lord of the Rings so I can only wonder if my fellow Midlander Tolkien ever read the works of L. Frank Baum.
Funny how some thoughts can go round and round in my head.

And the drums never stop…