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  • Commented on Book day!
    Whoops, "safety catch", not "switch". Also, I messed up the tenses in the last bit, didn't I? (Non-native speaker here, and I wrote my posts late at night......
  • Commented on Book day!
    Oh yeah, good point. I forgot about that. (I neeeeeeeeed to reread but half of my books are on loan to various friends and acquaintances, arrrrgh.)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    And yeah, I do get that at this point in the Laundry universe, things are already kinda-sorta low-key on fire wherever you look, and thus neither Mo nor Bob can have Spare Time (tm) anymore. But. Man. Still seems like,...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Oh man, work has been eating me alive, and I have neither time nor energy to react to everything I'd like to react to here, now. But, on the subject of Mo being Bob's reality check: I think it's worth...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I'm pretty sure the superpower thing only started in TAS. Also, Bob keeps telling us she's essentially on par with his powers (at least before his latest round of leveling up), that she could kill him, and he has been...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Noooooooooooooooooooo. Please no. Well, okay, I admit that could be interesting, though. But man, I don't need another thing to come between my favourite couple of sort-of-monsters(?). Anyway, though - I was thinking more along the lines of something about...
  • Commented on Book day!
    A thought on Mo: while it makes dramatic sense to end the book where it ends, it's very interesting that once again, the specifics of Mo's abilities and, now, ontological status, remain *unnarrated*. In terms of the book's structure it...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Sudden thought re: Bob's precipitous leveling-up. That's Case Nightmare Green in action, for the most part, isn't it? (With the additional help of some strong motivation in the form of Mo's being in danger.) Everything magical is becoming more powerful,...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I suspect it's mostly a matter of only using ritual magic very occasionally, and very carefully. The damage accrued is cumulative, you can do a certain amount of ritual magic in your life, and after that amount has been "used...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I'm super late to this thread, I know, and I only have a fairly trivial question... Here it is: Are we to assume that Bob went on TV as "Bob" - or under his real name? If the former, then...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    What sticks out the most in my memory about The Annihilation Score is the problem of the violin's depiction, specifically, its voice. It felt far too human to me, too much like just a creepy guy, not a terrifying, incomprehensible,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    He does mention in passing (in The Rhesus Chart, I think? Or possibly in The Apocalypse Codex already? Possibly even in The Fuller Memorandum?) that he is going to a dojo. Although I remember that seemingly being a fairly new...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    A data point regarding the similarities and differences between the Mo/violin and Bob/Eater relationships: I just got to the part of the book where Mo has her first extensive conversation with the SA in his office, and he says: "And...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    A spy with an interest in protecting Mo from Lecter dreams, though... because I'm pretty sure what the curling-around-Mo's-head-when-she's-sleeping is all about....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Calling it now: Spooky is a familiar of the SA, tasked with keeping an eye on Mo and Bob, and protecting them, to some degree....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    (I may find a minute or two to reply to stuff later today)...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    (correction: "quite" = "quick")...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Spare time has dematerialised again, so just a quite remark re: Spooky. I also noticed on rereading that Mo reports a reduction/cessation of Lecter dreams just a paragraph or two above or below where she notes that Spooky has taken...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    That's what TEAPOT wants you to think... ;-)...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    And, a last one for tonight: I wonder what the future of the superhero paradigm is, in the Laundry universe. Will this continue to be a thing - will the public continue to view certain types of magic users through...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Here's another thing that really jumped at me when I reread that sex-followed-by-possession(?) scene yesterday: When Mo sees Bob with the glowy eyes, she jumps out of bed and grabs the crowbar to defend herself. Then, she blinks and the...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Yeah, I remember those more... dissociated moments, from TAC. I really noticed in TRC (even pre-Angleton-"death"), though, that all the soul-eating stuff somehow felt a lot more active and integrated than in TAC. Now, whether that is because Bob is...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    I just noticed some hilarious and blatant, err, tea imagery in TAS, in an *interesting* place. See latest post in the spoiler thread... (Leaving a note here because the thread has been dying down a bit, yet I still kinda...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Sex and tea(pot) imagery: "... and I can feel his fingers tangling in my hair and he begins to make a noise like a stovetop kettle's whistle." (Mo describing Bob during a blowjob) "And I'm awake in bed with Bob...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Reread still going slowly due to work... Some remarks: 1.) On page 126 (Orbit hardcover edition) it seems like Mo has returned home - she showers, is doing the dishes and so on; yet twenty pages later she arrives there...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    (Also with regards to the rancour expressed towards Ramona and Mhari, in the first chapter. That also doesn't really make sense to me.)...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Okay, now that I'm awake again: Mo stuff. I'm not that far into my reread yet due to work shit, so I don't actually have a lot of new insight, but on rereading - knowing how the book ends -...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I'd agree that the first instance is probably a case of Bob being... not quite Bob, for a moment, and being somewhat aware of this as well. It's framed as something that is happening *to him*, almost an outside force...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    (sorry if that was too off topic for this thread; didn't know where best to put it.)...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    Just dropping by from my continuing (ugh) Work Marathon to post these two rather Laundry-like things I saw elsewhere: Roundabout made of roundabouts in Swindon - or something far more sinister? A neural network designing Magic the Gathering cards... comes...
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