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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 21 to 22

The Gates

Chapter 21; In Which the Verger Is Assaulted, and a Very Unpleasant Person Comes Back to Life
In which the church built by Bishop Bernard the Bad slowly comes back to life-ish.
I’ve no doubt the vicar and verger are disconcerted, but if gargoyles started hopping off the church with the aim of learning to fly – let me just say that I’d be off, running at breakneck speed away from the building. I might even break a world record or two in my earnest bid to get away. Now if the aforementioned gargoyles then went and tried to chew on my foot, I really don’t think I’d just stand there and let it. If I hadn’t already vacated the area, there would be much stomping & kicking, also known in local parts in the U.K. as “getting the boot in”. Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 22

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 22
The end is nigh! Well, a few chapters away at least and I feel like the author is pulling out all the stops now.
Jaz (& Vayl) willingly walk into a trap. The main purpose being to save Cole from a fate worse than. It’s just a pity it’s in vain.

The only other contents of the room were an empty trash can and a full ashtray. There was, however, another door. I eased it open, expecting a sound, a click maybe, that would signal the closing of a trap. I need not have bothered. The trap Aidyn and Assan had set for me was too big for a click. A gong, maybe, but not a click.

Is that too much for a quote? Anyway, it was never intended that Cole should die, rough him up enough to make him look as if he’s in mortal peril, but not to do anything permanent, like death. Continue reading

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 22

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 22. The Country of the Quadlings

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

Lion will return to the forest once Dorothy & Toto are home and so the journey continues in chapter 22.
They barely leave the forest when an obstacle rears its head. Literally.
The short Hammer-head’s refuse passage over the their hill but unfortunately it is the only path South.
Using their jack-in-the-box heads they bully Scarecrow and Lion, who can’t get near enough to the Hammer-heads to attack. Their manner is also that of bullies and won’t be reasoned with or coerced, and like so many bullies in the world they prefer to hang around in groups. In this case hundreds, a whole race of bullies.

Using the final of the wish the Golden Cap, the friends circumvent the problem by just flying over them, safely out of reach. Nothing bugs a bully more than being denied their victim.

The Quadlings, like so many other folk of this country, are polite & hospitable. The Hammer-heads and the Wicked Witches seem to the exceptions in Oz.
Food is freely given without any need for persuasion, as is friendship. Is it any wonder Dorothy and party and so easily admitted to meet Glinda at the end of the journey.

I was mistaken, the Land of South is colour-coded red.
When I think about it, it does make sense.
Blue & yellow are both primary colours so why not use red. Carry on the link between gems & riches, why not associate Glinda with rubies. The Munchkins may not have had much in the way riches but certainly the Winkies had much gold (and some silver) providing a link to yellow.
So the the three major lands I’ve visited are all associated with primary colours, with the Great Oz’s Emerald City being a secondary colour. And why not, the Great Oz was not a native of the country and had his city built after he arrived.
Makes me wonder what the Land of the North’s colour would be red too as I seem to remember the princess/sorceress, who exacted punished on the Winged Monkeys, had a palace from blocks ruby. A Ruby City perhaps.