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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Today at 11:50:27 AM »
  No, she is not, we haven't heard much about her paranet role since Ghost Story.
That is because we did not hear that much about the paranet period. There is no reason to believe she is not involved anymore, that we probably would have heard.

Similarly she must have some sort of job or source of income, we did not hear about that either. We will probably hear something about it in the next two books.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Today at 07:47:41 AM »
People get older and they adapt, they change. Sometimes illness or other health problems accelerate that but it is there for all of us. I want to read how she adapts because she is not just an action doll you first tear a leg off and then throw into the garbage bin. She is also, as we have seen in Ghost Story, a leading figure in the paranet which is going to play some role in the next two books.


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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Today at 05:20:30 AM »
Yes, it's so much better for her to die than change.  Truly, you have Murphy's best interests at heart when you push over and over for her to die.
We don’t need character development, we need battle scenes and when Harry at last finds some love we need to have her killed as soon as possible with much blood and loud fireworks. Especially when she is so bloody minded to have her own opinion about things and worst of all about Harry.

Won’t happen. It is clear that Karen is here to stay. Mirror Mirror is not about parallel worlds, it is all about the wedding dress. They want to marry but Harry’s knighthood is complicating things and Harry wants Uriel to officiate the marriage. Molly and Mab have their own ideas about the whole affair and it gets terribly complicated.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Supernatural Historical Wars.
« on: Yesterday at 06:50:18 PM »
I'm pretty sure Jim Butcher's "Merlin" & "Arthur" will be based more on faerie-tale & myth, with additional Dresdenverse spin, and less on current best historical understanding...
Be sure that Geoffrey of Monmouth is not our current best historical understanding  ;D

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DF Spoilers / Re: WAG McCoy [SPOILERS PT Ch4 + mf "Journal"]
« on: Yesterday at 06:47:58 PM »
When you write a book in first person from one character point of view people are going to sympathise more with the narrator than with other characters in the book. All characters have their own point of view.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Yesterday at 03:01:51 PM »
  He cannot see them at Michael's place, nor if Mab is blocking him, I imagine he cannot see them on Demonreach either.
That is what Kringle said in Skin Game but he can see it being moved between those places so I think Nicodemus suspect or knows it is on the island.



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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Yesterday at 06:17:33 AM »
To keep the shroud safe it is better to keep it on the island at least until Harry knows more about the artifacts. They are big and dangerous.

Marcone most likely does not know what Harry brought from Hades and Harry would like to keep it that way.

Bringing it out and let it work for three days might attract enemies. Anduriel might be watching for just such an occasion and powerful entities may be able to sense something. The whole thing is not without danger.

Harry is busy at the moment. Maggie is more important.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: Yesterday at 12:16:20 AM »
Since SG I am wondering why Harry did not lend Marcone the true Shroud to do the same than he did with the fake one.
They are not friends. They use each other.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:09:29 PM »
No, it was the real Shroud.  Harry allowed Marcone to try and heal the young woman with it, but it didn't.  Harry gave him three days to try because three days after He died, Christ was resurrected, that is when Harry also said that he didn't "think it worked like that." Then he instructed him to send it to St Mary's in care of Father Forthill, which apparently Marcone did.
According to Harry in Skin Game the one in death masks was false but still had power because so many people believing in it.

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“Hey, is that the Shroud?”
“This one looks older and shabbier than the one you stole from the Church,” I said, rolling up the old cloth and stuffing it into my duster’s pocket. It was thin stuff, terribly thin, and made a smaller bundle than you’d think. “Hell, maybe that investigative panel was right. Maybe the Church does have a knockoff.”
“But I thought that one had power?” she asked.
“It did, but not like this.” My fingers still tingled from touching the cloth. “Besides, we’re talking about the power of faith, here,” I said.
“Enough people believe that the fake is really the Shroud, maybe that’s enough to make it powerful all by itself.”
“Seems like a cheat.”
“Don’t knock it,” I said.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:47:26 PM »
Nah, at the end of Skin Game Michael asks him if he ever considered turning the artifacts over to the church, and Harry's response is "All things considered?  Nope", I looked back and apparently he's got them in the deep tunnels of demonsreach.
And Michael agreed so now Amorachius is there too now.

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DF Spoilers / Re: WAG McCoy [SPOILERS PT Ch4 + mf "Journal"]
« on: July 03, 2020, 07:13:06 AM »
Another thing to keep into consideration is that the Susan in Grave Peril and before is not exactly the same Susan as the one we see in Changes. They both learned a lot and they both got older. Their perceptions and priorities changed and they had true love, technically broken by Harry with Lucio but I do not think that made that much of a difference emotionally when they met again. That love must have colored everything they felt about each other.

So to understand Susan in Changes we must not look too much at the Susan before Grave Peril, that was very long ago for her, but look at the Susan in Changes. What that Susan drove was the same as what Harry drove, an all consuming wish to protect their daughter. She wanted to defend her actions, most of us do, but she mostly wanted that past out of the way as soon as possible to start what was really important.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Chapter 5 Drop
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:41:29 AM »
The reds had a whole lot of saliva addicted and recently infected and other hangers on. They also had dealings with the Fomor, they were allies at the end of changes. They probably just took over. Rudolph is working for the fomor now.

You can set up a similar logic for the black council. They only had to know who the corrupt agents were to take over.

Alternatively Rudolph was always a black council tool and they just assisted the red court as they did on several occasions. Or the Fomor.

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DF Spoilers / Re: WAG McCoy [SPOILERS PT Ch4 + mf "Journal"]
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:38:30 PM »
Harry had the habit of keeping people safe by keeping people ignorant and telling them to stay out of it. That can backfire.

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DF Spoilers / Re: Supernatural Historical Wars.
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:50:35 PM »
This highly depends on which version of Arthurian lore is true in the Dresdenverse.

The oldest sources make Arthur a commander of the Britons/Romano-British fighting against the Saxons, yes. But the early Celtic Arthur is a quite different figure from the more familiar king of Camelot. (Arthur was a general or war leader, not a king, in the earliest sources.)
Of course we use as source the highly reliable historian Geoffrey of Monmouth:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_Regum_Britanniae

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DF Spoilers / Re: Supernatural Historical Wars.
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:29:21 PM »
I guess it all ended in failure then.  ;)
The British held out until after 1136:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwGxkj79Xkw

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