Sunday, May 6, 2012

Red Seas Under Red Skies read-along, w2

Being in a hurry, I'll quickly answer this week's questions brought to us by Little Red Reviewer:

1.Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.

Well, he knew it half-way through and still wanted to go through with it. He really is incredibly crazy and unafraid of failure. :)

2. Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing? If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?

Amazing! I have no idea what I'd take. Possibly a machine that creates perfumes if it exists?

3. What did you think of Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?

Oh definitely crueler. And very reminiscent of all the excuses today's politicians make when confronted with their nations' problems, I'm afraid.

4. The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them. What do you think he’s so afraid of?

Hmm, it never occured to me he might be afraid. But if I were to guess, he seems like the type of misguided liberator-tyrant-dictator who wants the best but has a misguided way of getting there. Bondsmagi are the ones I would say he's afraid of because he cannot gain any protection from there (nor control over them).

5. And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days? they just almost got poisoned (again!)!

Beats me! :) I'm guessing whoever it is hasn't yet appeared, or possibly has but there was no way for us to connect the dots.

6. Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?
Of course! It's Locke we're talking about!. :) I'm just wondering what he'll do about sea sickness....


  1. I think the worst thing about Salon Corbeau is the way that it is so very similar to what rich people (especially politicians) say about poor people today rather than doing anything productive to help improve their situations.

    1. Exactly! I seem to notice more and more hints in Mr. Lynch's writing as to what is wrong with today's world as well.

  2. "And very reminiscent of all the excuses today's politicians make when confronted with their nations' problems, I'm afraid."

    too true. and that's really sad.

    Luckily, I'd have your perfume making machine to make me smile. That sounds really cool!

    1. It is very sad and I notice it seems to be prevailing among educated people as well.
      I'm off now to see what other people wrote - I'm interested to read the selections from Artificers Crescent. :)

  3. I also connected the Salon to the-way-we-live-now. The whole episode was especially creepy because we see some of those sentiments expressed today.

    1. I couldn't agree more! It scares me how people are becoming more and more cold and brutal.

  4. Locke is definitely crazy :). Didn't he pick Requin as a target _because_ the game would be so challenging? I don't think he has it in him to give up before the end.

    Also, I'm no fan of the Archon, but I'd be happy to see him take down the Bondsmagi a notch. I guess fearing them is a pretty reasonable reaction (one that Locke seemed to miss!)

    1. I don't think Locke can give up either. :) Or that he is reasonable. ;)
      I do hope we see Bondsmagi taken down a notch - that would make me feel so much better.