A Local Habitation Read-Along Week No.3
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. First things first, Toby braved the likelihood of being eaten alive by summoning the night-haunts! What are your impressions of this strange race of fae? And how do you think Toby’s relationship with the Luidaeg will change now that her final question has been asked?
Interesting lore, and it makes so much sense. Things like these can sometimes get muddied, but I like where this went with the night-haunts. I feel like this new knowledge Toby has about them will come again in the future. I don’t think that Toby’s relationship with the Luidaeg will actually change. I think pestering Toby to use her last question was just a way of keeping up pretense when she knew she was starting to like Toby. I’m not going to say that she won’t eventually attempt to kill Toby, but I think that, without this façade, the relationship will be seen for what it is, an honest friendship between two women who are an anomaly in the fae world.
2. The storyline has really kicked off with another death to add to the body count and yet another attempt on Toby’s life. How did you feel about this latest murder? Are you suspicious of anyone in particular or seeing any patterns regarding motivations?
I was actually not surprised. It seemed a little inevitable after harebrained theory, but it was sad, especially when thinking of April who doesn’t seem to understand death. This really just makes me dig in more to the fact that Jan, Gordan, and April were likely the guilty parties, especially since Jan was about to spill the beans with the comment she made about want October to come find her so she could explain a thing to her about what’s been going on. After this section, I think April’s part is more guilty by association and omission more than anything, and I am 99.9% certain that Gordan killed Jan, probably to cover up her part in all this, which means she may or may not need to do something about April, too. But I guess I can’t rule out the others also being involved.
3. Before her untimely demise, January was on the verge of revealing a secret regarding ALH and a mysterious project it was running. Do you have any suspicions on what this might be?
Again, I am 99.9% sure that she was going to tell October that she’d been attempting upload her own people to the servers, Gordan had to fabricate the systems making her an accessory, and April was doing whatever it is April does, which is probably just conveniently not knowing certain information to protect Jan. Then again, maybe all her programmers were aware of what was going on. That might’ve been a big undertaking for just three people. So much would need to be done. However, after the first death, I couldn’t see anyone being willing to continue to move forward, so maybe they were forced?
4. April is a fascinating and amusing character to read about, how do you think she’ll cope now she no longer has her adoptive mother? Can you see her becoming part of another court or as an addition to Toby’s life?
In the event she isn’t directly involved in what happened, ALH’s survivors are going to need someone to rally around and rebuild if that’s the route they decide to go. April would know enough about the operations to be that someone with Elliot’s help. She could hold on to Tamed Lightning, and I feel like she would, if she can, for her mother. I think that’s a big possibility especially since this section made such a big point of her being able to handle physical objects–both animate and inanimate–despite her state. That’s if they all don’t turn out to be guilty and aren’t sentenced to like eternity in whatever equates to Hell. I think she’ll mourn, but I think April is logical enough to do what needs to be done and not get caught in her own grief to honor her mother’s memory.
5. In this section of the novel a little more is revealed about one half of our suspicious siblings, Alex and Terrie. Whilst Alex gets very handsy and a bit hypnocreep with Toby, Terrie is almost non-existent! What are your thoughts on this pair? Was Toby’s reaction justified? And are you as suspicious of at least one half of this pairing as Toby?!
I was suspicious of them being the same person early in the story. I got doubly suspicious with Alex seeming to forget he had a “sibling” and then not even offering to call her or something when they have cellphones. Right. People are being murdered and you want me to sit here and believe he wouldn’t attempt to call his sister like immediately. This part pretty much only confirmed that with Elliot saying it was implausible and being on the cusp of the reveal. However, going on the fact that Alex was nowhere near one of the murders, it’s doubtful Alex/Terrie was involved. There might be one wrinkle in time where they’re two people like at dawn or something, but mostly… yeah… Alex seems like the sun and Terrie seems like the moon. I think Toby’s reaction to Alex was justified. I mean no means no. It does’t matter how scared you are. No.
6. Alex might not be able to turn off the seduction but in this section we see the return of both Connor and Tybalt. What do you think of Connor and his obviously complicated relationship with both Toby and Raysel? Do you think they have a future? Or is Tybalt too much of an infuriating temptation? Or more to the point, will either of them be of any use during the investigation? Thoughts please!
I started laughing the minute Connor showed up. I wasn’t really expecting him. Connor is such a manicorn. I need him to go fall out of chairs and bark like a seal somewhere else while my OTP works itself into being. Sheesh. I don’t see Toby and Connor really moving forward. I think there’s familiarity there, and whether they want to admit it or not, Selkie men do have a low-level charm over human women, which Toby is half-human. It may not be as intense as what Alex has going on, and I’m not going to say there whole relationship was probably a lie… but he presses in his own way and she allows it because she used to date him. They could end up together again at the risk of the wrath of Ray, but I kind of doubt it. If it does, it’ll probably go in the “I made a mistake” direction. Been there, done that. I don’t really want to rehash their relationship at this point. I want to see her move forward, but I’m only the reader.
I guess both of guys could be helpful in some way. Tybalt’s already trying to be helpful. He’s already made the cats feel better at least and been relegated to bloodhound. Connor is on babysitting and “Be Mean to Alex” duty, so there’s that.
All the best rituals include blood, amirite? I’ll admit I might got a little misty-eyed when the night-haunt who took Dare’s face said that Toby was her hero. She died still believing in Toby. My emotions.
A manicorn seal, a capricious kitty, and a Quentin puppy walk into a bar…
Repetition is sometimes the best way to deal with the Luidaeg: just keep saying the same thing over and over until she gets fed up and gives you what you want. All preschoolers have an instinctive grasp of this concept, but most don’t practice it on immortal water demons. That’s probably why there are so few disembowelments in your average preschool.
“Stop it!” I snapped, before I could stop myself. “That isn’t fair!”
“Since when has death been fair?” The innocence faded from her face, replaced by calm. “Death is how I know you. How we all do.”
“Quentin, get something nutritious to go with your soda. A Snickers bar or something.” Peanuts have protein, right? Topping off my coffee, I walked over to the pay phone.
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #2)
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #1)