Friday, April 19, 2013
Quail, Quibbler, and Quinn
But MAN, could you imagine HAVING one of those bobbles? I'd constantly be jerking my head because I'd think I saw something out of the corner of my eye... yet no. It's the bobble. Still, they are darned cute.
I wish I knew how to make a bunch of sappy hearts here. The Quibbler represents so many things I love...
* Belief in the absurd in spite of lack of evidence
* Doing what's right even in the face of danger
* Starry-eyed, delusional open mindedness...
* LUNA (she is one of my VERY favorite characters)
* My HPANA days. I was actually a part of a thread that was SO prolific that once a month we'd publish a 'Quibbler' to summarize our theories (both the real and the delusional). MAN, it was fun to be that immersed in a Fandom...
For a plot reminder, Lirium is a 'debt collector'. In a rather ugly future, when the years of life a person has left fall below the monetary value of what they 'owe' then they're, for want of a better word, 'exchanged'--the life is sucked out of them and their debts canceled... Nice and elegant. But what happens to the life collected? That life force is then given to some vastly productive person—a brilliant or talented person who will undoubtedly do society better than the people forced into collection.
This future world is cold and cruel... but Lirium doesn't seem to quite grasp that, initially. He is smart, but he is also doing something dark and miserable, so it is better to keep the blinders on. The author does a great job painting it--the necessary coping mechanisms for the job he has to do, the way nobody will look at him. The hints without ever saying it about the vast disparity being created in the world between people who are gifted in some way, and those who are not--a disparity that literally sucks life from one sort and gives it to the other. It's excellently crafted. This was my first test of an 'episodic' story, too, and I think it does well with giving an arc of the story that leaves me wanting to know what else is going to happen. I am definitely eagerly awaiting more.
And I promise to get back to getting around today... I had hella work stuffs mid week, so had a couple days I was awful, but back to it!!!