Magic Kingdom for Sale - SOLD! Week 2

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Magic Kingdom for Sale - SOLD! Week 2

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1kgriffith
jun 15, 2009, 2:26 pm

I read mostly on the go and without note-taking, so my thoughts are a bit less organized for this section; I'll count up for the next section when I get home tonight and see where we should stop. I've been preparing for my upcoming vacation (Thurs-Mon), so I'm a bit scattered this week. My apologies. And now, let the discussion commence!

I think I read these the first time with a lot of skimming through descriptive passages; I really enjoyed the first glimpse of Elderew, and the passage into the Deep Fell was much more captivating this time around.

Willow: I don't know if it's deliberate or coincidental, but her actions and emotions seem at once less and more human than most of the others. Certainly she's very "feminine," in the stereotypical sense, in both how she relates to Ben and her family, and how her emotions are portrayed through her expressions.

Nightshade is such an amazing addition to this story. We get to know her much better in later books, but this introduction paints a very definite portrait in my mind, and lent itself to much speculation about how she'd figure into Ben's reign when I first read it.

For some reason, I never picture Questor as human. In my mind's eye, he always resembles Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia. Don't ask me why - I couldn't tell you!

I thought it took Ben a bit too long to realize that the mists were seizing upon his fear - it seemed like a big "duh" to me. But then, Ben isn't exactly the brightest bulb on the tree. Props to him for insisting on some schoolin', though, and for properly interpreting and acting on the fairies' advice when returning to Nightshade in the Deep Fell.

I can't wait to get to the bit about Strabo - I had to jot down my thoughts here before I read on, but if I recall correctly, he's a very fun character, IMO.

2biblioholic29
jun 16, 2009, 9:18 am

I've not read this weeks section yet, I had a crazy busy weekend. I'll catch up soon...

3foggidawn
jun 16, 2009, 10:36 am

I'm catching up, too . . . I just finished reading the first week's section, but I expect to make it through this week's in the next day or two.

4kgriffith
jun 17, 2009, 1:44 am

Next section ends after the chapter entitled "Edgewood Dirk," and before "Healer Sprite" (around page 102) in The Black Unicorn. The following section will go through "Discovery" and up to "Cat's Paw" in the same.

5foggidawn
jun 17, 2009, 8:33 pm

Haha! I have caught up! I am, in fact, ahead -- though, since I have some other things I need to finish before I start on The Black Unicorn, I'll probably be behind again next week.

I didn't write down any notes, so just a few random thoughts:

- Willow: I like Laia's observation that "her actions and emotions seem at once less and more human than most of the others" -- that hits it right on the head. Her acceptance of the prophecy cast at her birth, that Ben is the person she's meant to be with, is very fairy-tale-creature-ish, but the way she relates to Ben is indeed very human and feminine. She also gets to save them from the Crag Trolls, which saves her from being too damsel-in-distress-ish.

- Filip and Sot: though I think "G'home Gnomes" is a bit cheesy for a species name, I love the names Filip and Sot -- they're just so appropriate to the characters. In fact, Filip and Sot are probably the most memorable minor characters in this book, to me. I have a very clear mental image of these mole-like little guys: perpetually grimy, and obsequious, yet sly. They're an interesting mix of good and bad characteristics (mostly bad, but still).

- Nightshade is great. In fact, I would say that Brooks writes good, complex baddies throughout this series. Like Laia, I'm noticing more of the descriptive passages on this read-through, and the descriptions of some of the illusions in the Deep Fell are fantastically creepy -- particularly the clearing with the grasping human limbs.

Like Laia, I'm looking forward to next week's discussion, partly for the scenes with Strabo, and partly for the climax and denouement at the end.