As some of you know, I’m doing a mad-dash read through of the entire series, taking notes for the world book and generally brushing up on the Hollows before I start the next one later this year. Yesterday I read through FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE, finding myself not quite able to bring myself to read the ending. At about eleven at night, I got to the part where Rachel had gotten the focus out of her, and everything was happy. I closed the book, not wanting to go to bed with her misery on me. Maybe I should have ended it there. (grin)
But no . . . the last few pages were what made the rest work, and I don’t regret them at all. So today I got up early and finished. Sigh. . . Favorite parts? I had almost forgotten that this was where Ivy kissed Rachel, and Rachel’s reaction. Dudes. And David’s personal power when he held both Mr. Ray’s and Mrs. Sarong’s thugs at bay when there were 18 other guns in that room? I miss David. He’s a cool guy. And it pissed me off all over again when I found out that Trent was responsible for Brett’s death. Son of a wicket, he is slime. And Ceri meeting him and Quen? That surprised me when I wrote it, and I still like that aspect of her.
I laughed at the wedding, and the bus of people waiting outside to see if she could do it. And I nodded my head at the foreshadowing of Pierce, both with the phone and Rex watching her. I cried when Rachel thought Ivy and Jenks were both dead, feeling her dispar.
And I cried at the end. My favorite image in those last pages is the pool table, stitched just like Rachel, smelling of a thousand vamps, beer, cigarette smoke–there in her front room as a testament to Kisten’s love for both of them and the sacrifice he made. He was just a guy, doing the best he could. And it was more than enough, though he lost his life doing it.
I’m going to try to read THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS today. Wish me luck. This pace is just about killing me! 😉
Don’t forget, tomorrow at 2:oo pm EST, I’ll be doing a live-internet radio show with the authors of the UNBOUND anthology, all of us answering your questions and fielding your comments. You don’t have to stick to the anthology. You can call in and talk to us live, or you can join the live chat and ask by posting at the show. If you’ve not been to one of these before, they are a lot of fun, but you might want to pop over sometime today and register so that you’re sure your machine and the show’s machine are talking before the big rush at the last five minutes.