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  1. The thing about the Miss Greythorne is that Will jumps back exactly 100 years for the sign of wood, and she is a pretty young. Where are you getting the 500 years? Also I am sad to day is the last day of the reread : (
  2. Twilight is pretty awesome. You know what else sounds awesome and British? Having a Yule log. Every time I read today's chapter I desperately want a real Yule log to burn in the fire place, especially because of the way the Yule log and the making of the Third Sign in the fireplace echo each other. Want. The Christmas Eve chapter also has another very evocative and beautiful scene, with the children singing in Miss Greythorne's hall. Speaking of which, I do get a little confused about the aging of the Old Ones. Like, they live and age but can jump around through time. So are they technically not immortal then? Also, watching Merriman interact with Hawkin all cutesy, as if everything is okay, when Merriman knows full well what is about to happen to Hawkin really really pisses me off.
  3. Hmm, and of course Stonehenge is a circle, so we could speculate that it was first set up as part of the Light's early efforts. The 4,000 year thing is going to plague me.Maybe I'll tweet at the The Dark is Rising Reread account and see if they have any ideas. In today's chapter, Merriman says the Old Ones have been walking the Ways for 3,000 years. The history of the battle between Light and Dark is so interesting; now that I think on it, it's rather unusual for a Light/Dark conflict NOT to be eternal, or long-lasting. But in this case, it really is finite. And Ser Scot, I love that we got introduced to the Ways officially in this chapter. It's something that I remember so strongly from my childhood readings of the book. Poor Will, he's a kid and is so excited about the undisturbed snowy track, but danger is hidden behind this pleasant, innocuous image (just like the snow Will so desperately wanted). The poor Walker. What the Old Ones make him do is one of the great injustices in this book.
  4. @Ser Scot A Ellison Somehow I never noticed the birth imagery until you mentioned it, but I immediately found some more in Midwinter Day. Cool! Lots more sun/light imagery as well. Some of it is pretty obvious, like the clouds blowing away when Will hears the sound of John Smith's hammer, to the suns and stars sparkling in the white mare's mane. Speaking of the white mare, is she a reference to Shadowfax, or the Uffington White Horse, or some other white horse from British myth? Love the Midwinter Day chapter, with the silent snowy timeless morning. In The Sign-Seeker chapter, Merriman says the circle has been growing for 4000 years. What do you think happened in 2000 BCE?
  5. My mom lived in a HOA neighborhood north of Atlanta, Chats, and was on the board for years. It was a nightmare, especially because the neighborhood had kinda gone down hill because the houses were being bought up and rented out (and at least one slum lord was operating there). My mom was constantly mailing out violations but no one else on the board would do their parts of the neighborhood, which meant that certain houses were getting slammed with violations but not other people. It was a lawsuit waiting to happen. Once she became responsible for violations, her experience in the neighborhood became not great (angry people, harassment, dealing with perpetual violators, etc). Plus, at a certain level of fine, judges in the ATL area won't actually enforce them. So if a house gets like $20,000 in fines, and the HOA takes them to court, the judge won't enforce it because it's just too extreme at that point; the fine gets thrown out. So that slum lord I mentioned wouldn't pay the fines or solve the problems because he knew that ultimately nothing would happen to him, as long as he just let the problem ride. Anyways, she moved this summer (up to my town in OH), and apparently her stress and anxiety level dropped dramatically. She says she's amazed at what it's like to have peace of mind again. Not, um, to discourage you?
  6. Okay, I might be doing this by myself, @lady narcissa @Ser Scot A Ellison @Peadar @MinDonner etc etc where you all at? Reading chapter 1, Midwinter's Eve. So many classic lines in here that are so evocative of the series and just bring it rushing back every time I read: "The Walker is abroad," he said again. "And this night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining." "Keep it safe, Will...you will need it after the snow comes." It was then, without warning, that the fear came. It was impossible, in a howling snowstorm, for anything living to have made that soft unmistakable thud against the glass that he had heard just before the skylight fell. But buried in the heap of snow, he had found the fresh black wing feather of a rook. I like the water imagery, given what's to come at the end of the book: the rooks cawing in an "ominous murmur, like the swollen Thames in spring" the memories "running out of James' mind like water." When Will is afraid in his room that night, I always thought it was because the rooks and the Rider and the Dark were bearing down on him. But it's also interesting that he seems to sense that he's turning into an Old One, or am I interpreting that wrong? He thinks that something is "trying to make him into someone else." Is that the Dark trying to "turn him into something he didn't want to be" or is this his transformation happening at the same time?
  7. Welp, guys. It's been ten years since we had our first 'official' Dark is Rising reread. Let's do it again! Chapter reading schedule: 20th Dec - Midwinter's Eve 21st Dec - Midwinter Day, The Sign-Seeker 23rd Dec - The Walker on the Old Way 24th Dec - Christmas Eve, The Book of Gramarye, Betrayal 25th Dec - Christmas Day [sometime in between - The Coming of the Cold] 5th Jan (Twelfth Night Eve) - The King of Fire and Water, The Hunt Rides 6th Jan (Twelfth Night) - The Joining of the Signs
  8. Hi Jade. Yeah, the Russian doll is a big question. I go back and forth because depending on how you read it, Have you read The Sunken Mall and the Scenes from Quarantine? That might help tide you over. If you don't have the link they are available on the TTS wiki.
  9. So, I have not seen much discussion about KD Edward's Tarot Sequence, so I am rectifying that with a thread. For those of you haven't read it, it's a queer fantasy/urban fantasy that combines tarot with Atlantis. The most powerful 'god-like' people in the world are the twenty-two Arcana, whose powers and purviews fit with the tarot archetypes. The MC is Rune (the Sun arcana heir), the setting is New Atlantis, a city on Nantucket that was founded as a refugee colony after old Atlantis was destroyed in the human-Atlantean world war in the 1960s. For those into tarot, you'll find lots of overt and also more subtle references to the symbolism, as well as character personality traits and actions that fit with both upright cards and 'reversed' cards. I know nothing about tarot, but find the worldbuilding and characters quite interesting regardless. On of the great things about the series is the queer rep. The main romance is m/m. Most Atlanteans are bi, and as a society group marriage is common. But as you go farther into the series, you find major characters who are demisexual, asexual, pansexual, genderfluid, etc. It's done very naturally. The author is gay, so this is an own voices series. For those who read The Last Sun and The Hanged Man, but don't follow the author's twitter, be aware that he has self-published two FREE additional stories for fans. The first is a novella called The Sunken Mall (set between TLS and THM), the other is a short story thingy set after THM (set during covid lockdown), and which Edwards released as connected mini-fics on his twitter. Okay, so for those who have read the books, I totally want to hear your theories and reactions!
  10. Looks like I will be going to this if anyone wants to meet up.
  11. Oh, and George Martin's Wild Cards is eligible for Best Series due to Low Chicago, etc.
  12. For those who still have some spots on their nomination ballot, here's an open spreadsheet where people put their recs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pWyD-eQP_O6grT6aEUFJxm_qLcn7MCnTKQdFA4ajCu0/edit#gid=0
  13. I just finished Spinning Silver. I thought it was much better than Uprooted. I really enjoyed it (though I wouldn't call it groundbreaking). I wouldn't really characterize it as YA and think it is better nominated for the Hugo, not to mention the publisher lists it as adult lit (arbitrary, I know). I do agree that both it and Binti do blur the line, though, Binti especially, since it was much more a 'coming of age' story than Silver. Edit: I also suggest KD Edwards' The Last Sun (Novel and for the Campbell), for a solid urban fantasy.
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