Discussion Questions for Chapters 6 — 10
1. In Chapter 6, Atticus goes hunting with Oberon and Flidais. What was supposed to be a fun hunting trip turned rather disastrous. Were you expecting something like this to happen or did it catch you by surprise? Have you ever had something that should have been fun turn disastrous or nearly disastrous?
In all honesty, I definitely wasn't expecting it, but I was very glad to see his necklace provide him some semblance of protection. As for me, more often than naught, something I've been terribly excited for and planned to the hilt turns disastrous. Most of my birthdays turn out that way which is why I have grown to hate them. Also, most of my trips turn out that way. Like when I moved to Albania to be with my husband for the 6 months it took immigration to approve his waiver application...thought it would be good thing....let me just say WORST THING EVER! Me and Albania...we are NOT friends.
Although, admittedly, none of my disasters have never ended in canine mauling. OMG, but I just remembered!!!!! There was this one time I had to cross the border into Greece when I lived in Albania. I was probably 4 or 5 months pregnant and I had to cross with my daughter who was only 1.5 years old and I had to walk over the border. So, I push her in the stroller - pregnant and still sick with morning sickness - from the Albanian side all the way down to the Greek side which is literally down this hill and about a 1/2 mile walk (maybe a tad longer). When I get to the other side and get my passport (and my daughters) stamped (I don't speak Greek either) there are a ton of WILD DOGS! My daughter sees them and gets all excited and when she starts making noise, they come at us. LIKE EFFING COME AT US snarling and racing and...and...!! I really don't know if I've ever been so scared. The Greek border police come running with their batons and help to chase them away, but those dogs were awfully close and OMG, so freaky...lots of sharp teeth and foaming mouths. Thinking about them right now makes my heart pound.
2. We are only briefly introduced to the witches (or, a witch) in chapter 7. What are your first impressions? How much would you trust the witches? Why?
If I was Atticus (and I may be cheating) I would totally NOT trust them. Mostly because the man is 2100 years old, he's had experience with witches in the past and it hasn't turned out pleasant. It kind of sounds like everyone is playing a game and Atticus has to play his part as well.
3. Oberon says, “With dogs you just go up and smell their asses and you know where you stand. It’s so much easier. Why can’t humans do that?” Do you ever wish there was an easier way to find out where you stand with someone (besides Oberon’s suggestion, of course)? In what cases would it be easier or better to hide your true feelings?
HAHAHA! I don't know, ass smelling could be interesting. I definitely wish there was a better way to get to know people so we know where we stand. I hate all the stupid *insert a couple swear words here* games we have to play and I would imagine Atticus does to. I'm 28 and annoyed. I cannot begin to understand how much they would suck at age 2100.
4. Chapter 9 makes Atticus’ life much more difficult: the witches are in some way working with Aeghus Og, Bres comes after Atticus, and more trouble appears at the end of the chapter. Have you made sense of what has happened thus far? Any predictions for what might happen?
I don't think I can answer this one in good conscious, but I'm going to anyway because my conscious has never been the best guide. ;) I think that Atticus is going to try his best to get out of this sticky situation, but Bres was an ass and totally got what he deserved. Plus, I find it hilarious that he wore that armor, so Atticus needed to kill him for that sake. As for what will happen after. There are always ramifications for killing a god. As to what they will be in this instance...I digress....
5. Atticus has had plenty of time to cultivate attitudes and ethics that would allow him to live a very long time. What do you think it is about Atticus that has allowed him to live for as long as he has?
I think that (a) he has a long memory. By that I mean remembering what to stay away from and what he can use to help him through certain times and wars is huge, (b) living humbly. As in he doesn't flaunt and live flamboyantly therefore fading to the background in a nice normal way. And (c) power. His strength and earth powers and how he is always trying to improve them and find ways to strengthen his power have given him a head above others.
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Hounded Discussion Schedule:March 02nd: Chapters 1-5 hosted by Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
March 09th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by On a Book Bender
March 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Smash Attack Reads!
March 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by In the Closet With a Bibliophile
March 30th: Chapters 21-25 + epilogue hosted by The Unread Reader
April 06th: Special interview with Kevin Hearne & announcement of winners!
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