So fuck it. I'll talk about my orientation, my gender, and my "coming out."
I literally cannot remember a time when I was not attracted to both men and women. The first crushes I can remember having were on Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Dr. Beverly Crusher. I was maybe five years old. Did I understand it as a nascent sexual attraction? No, I didn't have the concepts for that to even occur to me then. I knew I wanted to be Han or Luke because they got Princess Leia (in my defense, the whole sibling thing didn't register for some time, even if Return of the Jedi was my favorite of the three). Of course, Leia had her pick of those two as well as both rocking that bikini and kicking butt.
Seanan McGuire has become a go-to author for me, writing smart, fun, and compulsively readable books. Once Broken Faith is the latest October Daye novel. Part of me just wishes that Toby could have a nice, relaxing vacation... but let's be honest, its when things go wrong that they get all sorts of interesting. Toby is due for that break, and she almost gets it, the story opening to an amazing scene of domestic "normalcy" (or as normal as one can get with fae teenagers running around) that rarely shows up in her life.
But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished, and returning with a cure for elf-shot certainly counts.
Now her brief interlude of peace at home with her built family is interrupted as she's pulled into the dangerous world of pure-blood faerie politics as the only changeling at the conclave... and then the first dead body shows up.
As part of the release of Once Broken Faith, and with the help of Penguin RandomHouse, I was able to snag some of Seanan …
Some of our party rides out to meet battle, but not all. Merry, and others still healing, are left behind in Gondor. This journey is neither quick nor subtle, and that Sauron prepares a trap in wait is no surprise. Their presence is a clear and deliberate provocation of Sauron, and one that is nearly countered by the brief capture of Frodo. I think that if it were not for Gandalf the armies would have quailed, recognition by items that the Mouth of Sauron is referring to one of the hobbits. Of course, the key piece not mentioned in all of this is the Ring... and the fact that if Sauron had the Ring already the parlay would not even be necessary.
This chapter is definitely one that was ripe for translation to the screen. Cinematically it is both an apex and a cliffhanger, on top of the whole launching into likely doomed battle. Jackson made some pretty good decisions here to visually ramp up the tension. I can't really argue with the decision to have all of the Fellowship p…