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Steel Blues reaction post

So anybody reading Steel Blues? Any thoughts? Questions? Comments?

Air race? New Orleans? Mitch?

There may be spoilers in comments.

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geonncannon
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Not so much a question about Steel Blues, but... when should I start bugging you for a review copy of Book 3? ;D
jo_graham
Feb. 27th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hee! Right now Silver Bullet is in first edits! So it will be a few weeks before we even turn it in! But soon! I'm so glad you're looking forward to it!
sockich
Feb. 28th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I only just got it (checking Amazon three times a day finally paid off because the ebook is here yay) and I probably won't get the chance to read it till the weekend, but I am bookmarking this post to come back and squee when I'm done. :)
jo_graham
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy it! I'd love to hear what you think as you go or when you finish.
sockich
Mar. 3rd, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Done! I have been excited for this book since the moment I finished Lost Things and I am left completely satisfied.

I love the team. I loved the team in the first book and here they are even better and I love them even more. I really love how solid they are, how comfortable with each other. Alma and Lewis remain my favourite, both individually and as a couple (their relationship is just fantastic, I love how they're clearly two mature adults and how much trust and respect is between them), Jerry is wonderful (and I do so hope we get more focus on him, soon) and Mitch...oh, Mitch.

I figured he couldn't be the killer, but that didn't make the parts from his pov any less distressing to read, the way he didn't know and couldn't be sure and, really, the entire New Orleans part was fantastic and then even in the end it still wasn't a victory and and. Oh, Mitch. I'm just really glad he got...idk if closure is the right word here, but I get the feeling it was like sucking the poison out of a wound, a little bit and it will be better from here on.

And speaking of better from here on, both for Mitch and the team, Stasi! I love Stasi. It would have been so easy to go overboard with a character like her, to make her too flippant and overbearing, but she was absolutely wonderful. I loved both her mask and the glimpses we got of what's behind it and I can't wait to see more of her.

Also, every single flying scene makes me want to go out and learn how to fly a plane...or at least read a lot more books with pilots. ;)

...I honestly don't know how much sense any of that makes. I just really loved this book and I can't wait for the next one. :D

(oh, I do have a question! I think you said somewhere before that there is a sort of connection between the books and the Numinous World ones, so...Beatrice Patton and her husband, people we've met before or just my inability to see Isis mentioned and not think of Charmian etc.?)
jo_graham
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh! You have made me so happy! (And Melissa too, since I sent her this comment!)

This is really a team series, with different ones getting different amounts of space in each, but the bottom line has to be the team. In Lost Things, Mitch didn't get much development. In Steel Blues it's Mitch in the central role. Jerry has a much bigger role in Silver Bullet.

Oh Mitch, yes. I'm glad it was distressing and that New Orleans worked. (That's mostly my section, except for Jerry at the hotel, which is Melissa.) I love the New Orleans section! It is like sucking poison out of a wound. He can stop hiding from it. He can at least face this in his own mind.

Question for you -- how much of what Jeff said about Mitch do you believe? Do you think what he said about Mitch's wound is true? And if so, how does that work for you?

I'm so glad you like Stasi. She's tough to write, because as you say it's a tightrope. Her franticness is a mask, but she's also worn to the bone. She's been running so long, living on a string. But she's genuinely kind at the core.

Your question about Bea just makes me smile so much! :D Yes, you've definitely nailed it. That's our Gull/Charmian/Lydias/Elza! Oh yes, we've met both of them before! And they'll be back with bigger roles in Wind Raker, the fourth book, though something important tied to him comes up in Silver Bullet though the Lodge can't put that together yet....
sockich
Mar. 5th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Jerry has a much bigger role in Silver Bullet.

Yay!

The New Orleans section absolutely worked for me, it was fantastic.

Question for you -- how much of what Jeff said about Mitch do you believe? Do you think what he said about Mitch's wound is true? And if so, how does that work for you?

Not much? Or, at least, I don't believe the way Jeff presented it. I mean, yes, obviously Mitch is injured and I don't know if it's that his balls got shot off exactly, but it's clearly something in that region. ;) And how he's dealing with that worked really well for me, because he may be convinced he can never have (which is wrong wrong wrong, but realistic), but he still notices and it's painful and I just thought that was really well done. And I could believe something happened with Milly (although I don't particularly, nothing physical anyway), but I definitely don't believe any of it played out the way Jeff said it did.

Yeah, I'm glad Stasi met the team and has the chance to stop running.

That's our Gull/Charmian/Lydias/Elza! Oh yes, we've met both of them before! And they'll be back with bigger roles in Wind Raker

And another yay! :D
jo_graham
Mar. 6th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Do you remember in Lost Things Alma's flashback to when Mitch was wounded? Al has a different perspective than Jeff.

I'm glad you thought that was well done. Mitch is -- messed up. And he's pretty sure that he can't have anything he wants except flying. As he said in Lost Things, he's afraid that someday that won't be enough.
sockich
Mar. 6th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I totally forgot that. Thanks for reminding me, I will definitely need to go reread that section. :)
jo_graham
Mar. 8th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
So what did you think when you went back and looked? :)
sockich
Mar. 9th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Mostly? Oh, Mitch, baby, let me hug you forever. I think I know now why I forgot about that section - it's traumatic (having said that, I really like how it's written, sort of quiet but devastating). And it definitely makes me think I made myself believe Mitch's injury was lesser than it really is. ...have I said Mitch, baby, let me hug you forever, yet? Because seriously.
jo_graham
Mar. 10th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh! That's a very good reaction! :)

It is traumatic, and I think the reader downplays it in Lost Things because this scene as told by Alma is about her and Gil as much as it's about Mitch. We'll come back to this scene in Silver Bullet.
sockich
Mar. 11th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
We'll come back to this scene in Silver Bullet.

Well, I just had an interesting moment of half-excitement, half-dread. Either way, can't wait (I feel like I say this in every second comment I make on your posts, but it's always true).
whatthefaith
Mar. 1st, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
I was just able to start it yesterday - Alma's currently enjoying California. The group feels very comfortable and cohesive. I thought I picked up a bit of prevarication from Mitch when Jerry asked him when Mitch had been in New Orleans...

And Stasi's introduction already has me wanting to know more about her!
jo_graham
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I'm glad they seem comfortable and like they've worked things out. You are absolutely right that Mitch was dodging the question of when he'd been in New Orleans -- yep! And that's important, as you've figured out.

Stasi is -- well, she's Stasi. I think if you crossed Vala Mal Doran, Gull and Elza....
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