Welcome everyone to the read along of Seanan McGuire’s A Local Habitation, Book 2 in the October Daye series. Anyone is welcome to join us over at our GoodReads Group! Check out the info at the end of the post.
This week’s host is Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. We’re covering chapters 1-8 below, so beware of spoilers if you have not read that far. I’m doing the audiobook version (which is awesome) but I apologize now for any misspellings of names and such.
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?
She’s definitely at the center of the mystery, isn’t she? I think she’s in trouble but doesn’t know who to trust. After all, her messages aren’t getting through to her uncle and she’s in this political hotzone. At this point, she’s probably not sure if she can trust her uncle let alone Toby.
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?
We just barely met April, so I haven’t formed too much of an opinion. We hear from others how she seems happy hiding away in her virtual reality but I want to hear her story from her before I totally buy into that. Something fishy is definitely going on here and April seems to think Toby should get to the bottom of it.
3. Do any of the rest of the new faces stand out to you here? If so, who and why?
Alex stands out mostly because Toby is interested in him. There’s some chemistry there but with everything else going on, I have to wonder if Alex has ulterior motives. He came on pretty fast and strong there. But maybe the fae don’t have to worry too much about STDs. I think reproduction isn’t that common of an occurrence, if I understand correctly.
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?
As we know from Toby, the body isn’t really dead but no one’s home either. So I have to wonder if we have a technomancer in the house who can force or trap a soul in a virtual reality. If that’s so, that can tie in nicely with April and her odd technology based existence. At this point I don’t trust Alex or his sister, tho the sister could have been fishing for info on January’s orders. I tend to think January is not an evil entity in this simply because she seems rather troubled that she hasn’t been able to get through to her uncle.
Toby is still in the dark about Tybalt’s affections, just like I was for Book 1 until some savvier readers pointed it out.
Breakfast date complete with coffee breath!
Info on the Read Along
Here’s the schedule:
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
You can catch the weekly questions and links to folks’ weekly posts over at our GoodReads group SF/F Read Alongs. Have a look around and you’ll see we have other upcoming SFF read alongs planned. As always, you’re welcome to be lurker, a commenter, or do your post.