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1st To Die notes; Chapters 24 to 30

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 24

Maybe Lindsay had a feeling but her old partner goes ahead and calls it

“… Maybe we’ll just have to wait and take a shot at couple number two.”

They discuss any progress Warren Jacobi might have made with following up on the jacket and the wine but also have a brief pause where the partners edge around being reassigned. It’s a little terse but gets the point over that Warren doesn’t mince words or like the idea of not being Lindsay’s main partner on the case. I also get the feeling it’s more to do with their camaraderie than Warren looking for a promotion.
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The Gates notes; chapters 23 to 24

The Gates
(Finally typed up!)

Chapter 23; In Which We Learn That One Should Be Careful About Accepting Anything That Is Offered for Nothing
Meet Gath & Shan, two lesser demons who may be related a to a Minotaur, judging from their descriptions.
Meet Melody Prossett, who is human and dressed up as a lovely & somewhat “leggy” fairy complete with a cardboard wand. Not a very appropriate costume for Halloween, but then she is currently employed to dish out free vouchers for the latest brew of alcoholic grog to be tried out on an unsuspecting public. She’s described as very lovely, very sweet, far too helpful for anyone’s good and not too bright at all.

…she was by no means the brightest bulb in the box. In fact, even a box of very dark bulbs buried in a windowless coal shed might have given Melody some competition in the brightness stakes.

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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 24

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 24
Jaz explores the space beneath Club Undead’s wine cellar, only to find a gathering of vampiric acolytes (aka Deganites) and “shades” of the demon Tor-al-Degan.

Must be tough, existing in a couple of different planes at once

The author does a hell of a job describing/introducing the Kyron in so few words and does so with a sense of awe & revulsion from Jaz’s point of view. For Jaz, it must be a terrible sight as she sees the entity with the equivalent of psychic vision, instead of physical eyes. It’s little wonder she eventually flees the room back to Vayl & her friends. Although she has some difficulty reaching her destination. The threads that link her spiritual body to her physical body, Continue reading

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapters 23 & 24

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish

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

So Glinda’s castle may not be made of rubies but her throne is. Her dress though, is the white of a powerful sorceress which is to be expected.

Dorothy puts her case to the kindly Glinda, even being concerned that her family would be terribly worse off should they arrange a mourning for her. She still remembers that her family is poor even through her great adventures.

Well it seems it is Glinda and not Dorothy who will free the Winged Monkeys, after having used her three wishes to return the companions to the new kingdoms of course. I agree with Dorothy, Glinda really is good. She could have used the Golden Cap for her own purposes but she chooses not to.

Ah, so the Silver Shoes (or Slippers depending on which chapter I’m reading) can get Dorothy home and Glinda helpfully informs her how. Good job the Good Witch of the North didn’t tell her or there’d be no story.

And so with three clicks of her heels, Dorothy & Toto are home again.

Glinda only mentioned this one power of the Silver Shoes, she doesn’t mention what it’s other powers might be. Dorothy loses the Silver Shoes during the journey home so I may never know what else they could do, unless they are found during one of the other books in the series.

When she arrives home, Aunt Em & Uncle Henry are performing their daily tasks. Does this mean that Dorothy wasn’t away for very long, or was her disappearance just treated as terrible tragedy and that life goes on.

Chapter 24. Home Again

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

Whatever my thoughts at the end of chapter 23, it’s obvious that Dorothy is welcomed with sincerity and love and that’s the kind of homecoming that everyone deserves.

I will now consider this one of favourite books, a long list already.
I’ll give Oz a rest but I will be visiting the next book in the series. Maybe I’ll be able to read the next book a little faster than this, although most of my total reading time is also writing time as I have made all my notes while reading the book.