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Steel Blues -- Alma

In Steel Blues Alma led the team -- and the Lodge. What did you guys think of Alma? What do you hope for her future? What do you think of her past? Talk to me about Alma!

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just_ann_now
Aug. 8th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Alma is one of my favorite characters, and the one for whom I created the "Strong Women" tag in my Goodreads collection. I liked the way (in Steel Blues, particularly) Alma is recognized as the leader of the team, and also how she was responsible for calculating the fuel requirements, and making the scary and difficult decisions. She always kept her cool!
jo_graham
Aug. 8th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
She does keep her cool! Alma is so level headed. And so smart. The guys follow her without reservation. And she's loyal. She didn't leave Mitch and let Henry look for him, even if it was going to cost her the race.

I'm so glad you like her. She's terribly strong. What did you think of the way the necklace went after her?
just_ann_now
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
The way the necklace knew just how to go after each person was brilliant and creepy!
jo_graham
Aug. 9th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
That was a really fun part to write. I wrote Mitch and Alma, and Melissa wrote Jerry and Lewis. Scary stuff!
azarias
Aug. 8th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've told you before, but it's still true: my absolute favorite scene in the series so far is at the end of Lost Things, where Alma has to walk away. Just turn her head and walk and let Lewis live or die on his own, because she's the Magister and that's what her duty requires her to do.

I love her as a leader.
jo_graham
Aug. 8th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
I love that scene too. That's one of Melissa's. She has to let Lewis do this, and pay the price if she needs to. So strong. That's what makes her Magister.
selki
Aug. 9th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
That was a great scene.
jo_graham
Aug. 9th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I love that scene too. It's one of Melissa's.
mkatlantis_13
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Alma is a great character. From the first moment in Lost Things where she projected the Aegis to shield Jerry, come on, did anyone think she wasn't right where she needed to be? And while I agree with everything that the above posters say, I also remember the scene where she and Lewis find Mitch and Stasi in the graveyard. And she tells Mitch something to the effect of burning the marrow from his bones? So while she might be able to make the hard choices, she isn't this perfect paragon of leadership. She can still lose it like a regular Jane (or Joe) on the street.

And I also like that she is usually unflappable in front of the reporters as well. Being the leader isn't only about life and death choices. It can be as simple as showing a good front to the public. And she was smooth and cool.
jo_graham
Aug. 9th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh yes! Alma is absolutely furious with Mitch! He's lost their first place lead, she's been hunting him all over town for ten hours afraid he's dead, and instead he's drunk and cuddled up with Stasi! She's ready to kill him! (though she does apologize after she has the whole story.)

And I also like that she is usually unflappable in front of the reporters as well. Being the leader isn't only about life and death choices. It can be as simple as showing a good front to the public.

Very, very true. And Alma is unflappable.
angelsallfire
Aug. 12th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Just finished Steel Blues....omg. Loved it. LOVED IT MITCH HOW I ADORE YOU.
I really think Stasi is going to be good for them, Mitch and Jerry in particular. I can't wait to find out more about her, and I want more Jerry, too.
Eagerly awaiting book 3!!
jo_graham
Aug. 12th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased! :) I was wondering if you'd gotten to the end yet.

And I'm so glad you love Mitch. I love him to pieces myself. But yeah, I kind of did break him. What did you think of that? And of Stasi's reaction?
angelsallfire
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I thought that was handled very well. It was indeed a big, bad problem. But broken bones must be set to heal properly, right? I think now maybe he'll be alright. Actually alright, instead of saying it and not really meaning it.
Stasi...the more I think about her, the more I love her. I guess being a medium has given her a lot of practice with taking things in stride, but she really did step up for the family. I think she's a stronger, better person than she wants to let on.
jo_graham
Aug. 13th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Well, as Mitch says, some wounds can't heal. There are limits to what he can have, even more so with the medical technology of the day than today, when it's still a horrible and common scenario. But today there's hormone replacement therapy, which doesn't even begin until the late 40s. But there are things that can be better. Especially if he were with someone who understood his limits and valued him for himself.

Stasi is definitely strong. And I think you're right -- she's better than she pretends to be.

"Dance with me, darling. Dance with me until the music stops."
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