Hello everyone! Welcome to the Three Parts Dead read along! You can catch the schedule over HERE. Feel free to join us int he comments if you like!
This week, I am your host, so make sure to check out everyone’s posts to see what everyone else thinks. My apologies for posting late. It’s been a crazy weekend with the greater half out of town and me trying to make a deadline while also being on farm duty.
This week we covered Chapters 8-14. There be spoilers for up through Chapter 14 in the Q&A below!
1)Throughout this section, we learn little tidbits about our main characters: Tara & her time at the Secret Universities, Kevarian and her past works, Abelard & his childhood. What fascinated you the most?
Tara’s time in the Secret Universities was the most interesting, though I suspect Ms. Kevarian has some stories to top Tara’s. It seems Prof Donovo is pretty corrupt and that the school is OK with turning a blind eye. No wonder Tara set his lab on fire!
And did I understand that correctly? Did Kevarian create Justice like 40 years ago after Kos’s love, Cyril (spelling?), died? Wow! So I bet there would be plenty of awkward silences over tea between Kat & Kevarian, should they ever sit down for a break.
And who knew Abelard had a thing for boilers from such a young age? Perhaps he would have been an engineer had there been any schools around.
2) So many conspiracies! Someone tried to burn out some of Raz’s memories, there were super secret contracts between the dead Cabot and Kos and some unknown third party, and Abelard found a hidden altar in the heart of Kos’s church! Do you think they are connected?
Right now, yes, I think we will find all these things connected by the end of the book. Though I don’t really know how that will all tie together. I am not too sure what Raz was carrying and how it ties to this case. Perhaps that chest had a copy of the super secret contracts, but a copy that wasn’t missing the co-signer’s name.
The hidden altar took time, money, and plenty of folks being hush hush in order to set up. I think Abelard might be in for huge, nasty shock to find many members of his beloved church in on the conspiracy. He might cry over it, poor dude.
And, of course, I really want the evil Donovo to be tangled up in it all so that he falls and breaks several bones, along with having his reputation destroyed, by the end of the book. But that might just be wishful thinking.
3) This question is just for fun & came about from discussion over at Violin in the Void last week. Abelard is a chain smoker and his worship of Kos keeps him safe from any ill effects of said smoking. If there were multiple deities who could protect you from ill effects of different vices (alcohol, illicit drugs, gluttony, etc.), which vice, if any, would you pick?
I have been pondering this question for a week. I really have 2 vices – sex and food. Luckily, I have a very accommodating man in my life, so sex is not an issue. But what if I didn’t have him? Well, then I would need protection from STDs and unintended pregnancies (because no birth control is 100%). Oh, and also the gift to choose partners wisely. So, would I choose food to sex, if I was to worship a deity? Hmmm….well, I am a pretty good cook. So I will go with sex.
4) Stonemen! Will Tara be able to win over Shale and gain his assistance? Will Justice’s Black Suits face off against them, potentially destroying the city? Discuss!
Wow! OK, if Tara is to win over Shale she either has to protect him from something bigger and nastier or offer him something he desperately wants and can’t get elsewhere. After all, she did practically kill him, take his face off, interrogate him on a mannequin’s head, and then carry him around for a few days folded up in a book in her handbag. That won’t be easy to forget, even if she did save him from the Black Suits.
The Stonemen seem fascinating, especially now that we have a bit more of their past. But they also seem very married to that past and unable to let go and redefine themselves. With that said, the Black Suits are very married to their purpose and don’t appear to be very flexible. I think that if Tara can’t clear things up in a hurry then these two parties will clash and the city could be left in ruin.
5) The Courthouse of Crafts is a strange place. Feel free to comment on it. Ms. Kevarian tells Tara, last minute, that she will be the one to face Donovo. Calculated way to boost Tara’s confidence? Or a cruel way to test her?
Yes, that is an odd building. Since the building somehow knows your purpose there, and will only let you walk to the area you need, I wonder if it also shows you the exterior you need to see? Also, this kind of craftwork probably keeps people from getting up to mischief..or at least, makes them work really hard to accomplish it.
The face off between Donovo and Tara was very interesting. The imagery of the dead Kos mixed with the legalese speak was fascinating! I think Tara did well, considering the hold Donovo had on her mind in the past. As for Ms. Kevarian’s intentions…..well, I am not sure yet. We don’t know all the much about her, and she keeps a lot close to her chest. However, I do get the feeling that she has a great dislike for Donovo, so whatever her reasoning for putting Tara in the ring, I doubt it was to benefit Donovo in any way.
When Abelard asked Kevarian her age, and we learned a bit more about what Crafting does to the user’s body, ugh! But also, hooray! They can live as a long as they are creative enough to find a way to do so. But it seems they have to give up plenty as they age. Care to inhabit a stone statue for a few decades?
There have been a few references to Tara using starfire, and one reference to her sitting naked at night in order to absorb starlight for her Crafting. I wonder how long one night’s worth of starlight lasts? Does it kind of fade a bit each day, even with out use? Fascinating!
Such a cliff hanger! Tara is about to face off with Shale. Kat is messing around with the sleeping Raz, getting her next fix. Meanwhile, Abelard is running for his life from some horrible shadow monster. It was really hard for me to stop at this point.
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