A Local Habitation Read-Along Week No.1
We 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.
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.
Quentin is adorable. It’s like reading about a puppy whenever he’s in a scene. A bloo bloo bloo…
“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?”
You are truly endearing when you sleep. I attribute this to the exotic nature of seeing you in a state of silence. —Tybalt
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #1)