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Comments for the week ending August 30, 2020

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And not everyone might have a copy of "Rain of the Ghosts" handy (I do, but others might not).
Todd Jensen

I had been hoping that covering the chapters each week might provoke discussion and I was honestly a little disheartened when that didn't happen. But as Masterdramon has pointed out not everyone has an overabundance of time on their hands because of the pandemic.
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And even those of us with more leisure time may not have anything to say. I've been waiting for other people to start the discussion, most of the time. Apart from Matthew's commentary on "Rain of the Ghosts", the comment room's been almost entirely a countdown - just the number and nothing else - which doesn't inspire much talk.
Todd Jensen

Wan Shi Tong - He Who Knows Ten Thousand Things!

Arlo: As I said last week, you can't make assumptions that everyone else's circumstances during these unique times match yours.

While I can't speak for anyone else in this CR, being a healthcare worker, COVID-19 has resulted in a lot less discretionary time on my end, not more. And I'm sure I'm not alone.

Masterdramon - [kmc12009 at mymail dot pomona dot edu]
"And that means I'm...I'm on the path to doom!" - Katarina Claes


Kind of expected this to be more active, what with COVID and all. I'm seeing a rise in other online communities that were previously dead, as more and more people return to them, having fewer options for in-person gatherings.

Gargoyles need not apply.

Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]
Deplorable and loving it!

7th ( I think :))

Thanks for the latest review update, Matthew. I wound up reading ahead - I was at Chapter Seventeen when I noticed that you were still in the early chapters, and so called a halt until you reached that point. I'll clearly have to read Chapter Eighteen for next week, judging from your making it three chapters per week.

I don't have anything else to say at the moment, unfortunately; maybe next week.

Todd Jensen

Covering chapters 13, 14 and 15 today, we're at the climax and the action has picked up. So illustrations aren't uncommon for chapter books and official artwork for characters is often provided to give the reader a visual image for when they read. Still, I imagine that every reader creates their own portrait of what they think the character looks like in their mind.
I bring this up because throughout the story I've always pictured Callahan as someone who looks similar to Young Justice's Vandal Savage, except with blond hair and fewer scars. Tall, big and broad-shouldered and also faster and more agile than a man his size has any right to be.
But the big event is the discovery of the Island Belle (I can't help but think it got it's name from the Memphis Belle, another famous aircraft from WWII) and Charlie actually seeing the magic take place, and being freaked out at seeing skeletons start up an airplane. One thing of note; despite the tension of Rain and Charlie sneaking around on Callahan's boat, the image of Bastian being dragged around and not obeying the laws of physics is kinda funny. Reminds me of those old flash animation cartoons where the character models can't actually move properly.

Two lines I like from chapter 15.
Charlie: Can't believe I'm a third wheel in a crowd of two.

Rain: Maybe that's how you become part of something larger than yourself-by doing something...unselfish.

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5th in line
Demona May - [realdemona at yahoo dot com]
Real Living Insane Gargoyle....

Todd Jensen



"The suspense is terrible, I hope it lasts" -- Willy Wonka