A Local Habitation Read-Along Week No.1

local_readalong.pngWe take a trip back to October Daye’s world of mystery and magic in the second book of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. If you’re interested in joining this Read-Along, visit the SF/F Read-Along group for more information and to join the discussion.

A Local Habitation

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Week 1: Saturday 5th March, Chapters 1-8 hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 12th March, Chapters 9-16 – hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 3: Saturday 19th March, Chapters 17-25 – hosted by Books By Proxy
Week 4: Saturday 26th March, Chapters 26-end – hosted by The Bibliosanctum


1. Some familiar faces are back for book 2 (hi Tybalt!), but we don’t waste much time getting to meet some new people, most notably Sylvester Torquill’s niece, January, who is … less than upfront with Toby at first meeting. What do you think of January so far?

Tybalt… be still my beating heart.

Hm. Good question. We know she’s being evasive and that’s frustrating for Toby, but I think in her own way her evasiveness is how she’s drawing in Toby more to help her with whatever situation she has going on right now. I think she can’t just outright say it (obviously), but she can act in ways that she knows will have Toby, and by extension her uncle, wanting to help her.

2. Another new face is April, who’s got a rather unique back story according to Alex. What do you make of her so far, and what do you think of the merging of magic and technology that seems set to be the underlying theme in this book?

Mixing magic and technology is something I really love in fiction because I happen to be a big fan of both, and I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the story. Right now, April reminds me a little of my favorite AI from Mass Effect 2 and 3. Very straightforward and to the point despite her origins, likes to stay on task, and is a bit out of touch with the intricacies of feelings. This could have a lot to do with how she came to be part of Jan’s court or maybe it could be just because they treat her like a freaking computer. (So, what else is she going to do besides act like a computer? She’s young and her “habitat” has been altered to be something completely different.)

3. Do any of the rest of the new faces stand out to you here? If so, who and why?

Alex and Terry stand out in a huge way because as Toby says there’s just enough mystery about Alex and his background, which also extends to his sister, to make them interesting. I’m really curious to see what their story is, especially since they obviously have some affect on the opposite sex. April stands out as well just because she is some amalgam of magic and technology. I wouldn’t say this person exactly stands out, but I really liked her. That would be Gordan. I always like the prickly ones, if you haven’t figured that one out. It could be the feeling of camaraderie even if they are book characters. 😉

4. We get some explanation of the political situation where Tamed Lightning is concerned, and by the end of this section we’ve got a body on the ground at ALH Computing… Got any initial thoughts/suspicions/things you still want to know?

I’m not sure what to make of it yet. I think, once Toby gets a little further into her investigation I may have more thoughts. Or this may end up like the last book and end in another scenario where there are no clear leads, so I spit in the wind with my most logical choice and my least logical choice being the likely candidates.

Additional Thoughts

Quentin is adorable. It’s like reading about a puppy whenever he’s in a scene. A bloo bloo bloo…

Quentin Puppy


Favorite Quote

“The skirt passes muster,” said Tybalt, finishing his survey. “I might have called it a ‘belt’ rather than a ‘skirt,’ but I suppose you have the right to name your own clothing. While we’re on the subject of apparel, tell me, were you intending to walk all the way home in those shoes?”

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You are truly endearing when you sleep. I attribute this to the exotic nature of seeing you in a state of silence. —Tybalt

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14 Comments on “A Local Habitation Read-Along Week No.1”

    • I’m really enjoying it, and I’m sorry it took me so long to actually get around to reading these books. They have been a ton of fun so far. 🙂

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  1. Haha I loved being thrown back in with Tybalt – and those feisty little pixies!

    I’m currently suspicious of everyone, loving the bath-spirit and very happy to see the rose goblin settling in with Toby – Want! – but no real idea what the motives are or what’s really going on. Good points about January though, makes me a little less suspicious of her!


    • ❤ the Rose Goblin.

      I could be so totally wrong about January, and she could be doing everything in her power to thwart Toby. But in the even that she's not, acting like she doesn't need her help is a great way of making Toby meddle. We'll see what happens, though.

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  2. Look at the puppy trying to hypnotise the cakes into it’s mouth!! LOLOLOLOL
    I think I’m a tiny bit in love with Tybalt right now – in fact I have a big crush on him. Picking Toby up and whisking her off home. Of course if it was me I’d be all ‘put me down’! ‘RICHT NOW’! but that scene was so good!
    I like your thoughts about January – I suppose she could be being a little bit coy in order to draw them in to help her. A cunning plan – if I had a pointy beard I would be doing that thoughtful thing of tugging on my beard whilst trying to look smart right now! It’s not quite as effective without the facial hair so I’m going with the superior raised eyebrow instead (the arch look).
    It’s going to be interesting to see how the fae magic and IT mix – I like that this has been thrown into the book as IT is normally avoided like the plague around the supes. I can’t help thinking that the IT might be mixed up in Sylvester and January being unable to contact each other – which could throw suspicion on April but I’m not sure yet, maybe somebody is manipulating her! Or fiddling with her ports!!
    Alex and Terry – don’t trust them at all. Of course they could just be having harmless fun and pulling some sort of mind bending thing to make Toby and Quentin fall for them – but it’s a bit of a coincidence that they’ve honed in on those two isn’t it. I’m usually wrong though. I like to pick up the red herrings and run with them ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE BOOK!
    Lynn 😀

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    • LMAO. I am crying at ” hypnotise the cakes into it’s mouth.” I might’ve actually spit out my tea here in my office at that. 😉 I’m just going to start using all the puppy and kitty pictures for Tybalt and Quentin. So adorable. Omg. Especially Tybalt. Most certainly Tybalt.

      I’m probably way off the mark with January, but that is the first thing that came to mind with her. She probably really is trying to get Toby off her case for whatever reason. And I totally didn’t think about April might be the cause that January and Sylvester can’t get in contact with one another. That would make a ton of sense, too. If that comes to be, I wonder if that will be April’s doing or if she could possibly be manipulated by say Alex and Terry. Now, I’m doing the eyebrow raising here.

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  5. I didn’t really pay that much attention to Quentin in Book 1 so it’s interesting to see him in the Side Kick role in this book. He is kind of like a polite, if a little formal, puppy.

    Tybalt has all the best lines. I like that he grants Toby the right to name her own clothing.

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    • I didn’t pay much attention to Quentin either in the first book, but it’s cute to see him as the trusty sidekick. I should have known with him having some face time in the last book he’d pop back up.

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