Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Day in the Lonesome October-fest, October 7

The continuing account of reading A Night in the Lonesome October with an nine-year-old, out loud and during the day.

October 7

We were fine, right up until this exchange, about halfway through the chapter.
"And what may I call you?" "Bubo," he replied.

Lily: *hysterical giggles*
Me: Yes?
Lily: *giggles* Bubo.
Me: *eyebrow*
Lily:*giggles* It sounds like “boobies”.

And no matter how smart and inquisitive she is, she’s still nine years old.

I got some flak for occasionally dropping my rat voice. I tried to make Bubo sound like Templeton from Charlotte’s Web, but I don’t think I quite pulled it off. I don’t think that’s quite right for the character anyway. I think I’ll try for a Steve Buscemi voice next time.

Me, reading as Snuff talking to Bubo:"Then you must know that entering another player's home without invitation lays you open to immediate reprisal."

“Oh, so the game has rules to it. I like that.”

She also really dug the part about Snuff being able to talk to Jack at midnight. I don’t know what it was, but she really liked the concept. I think it works for the story that companions can talk to each other at any time, but to humans only during one specific hour, but it didn’t find it otherwise remarkable.

When I read It was time to visit Growler, for a workshop in advanced stalking. Soon the world went away. She wanted to know what that was about, so I told her about Growler. She didn’t believe me at first, though I can’t say I blame her. (“When Snuff goes to sleep, he visits an mythical Ur-Dog named Growler, who gives him lessons on how to be a dog.”)


  1. The thing I'm finding interesting (and that I'm a little embarrassed to admit) is that even though this is the sixth time I've read the book, I'm still finding stuff I didn't notice/realize before.

    Today's example was the Count's place: I'd never asked myself *why* the ruins of the church and the cemetery were buried so deep. Maybe it's explicitly explained later on, but I don't recall that being the case.

    Anyway, this is just a long way of saying that I'm dense.

    1. I can't remember specifically if there is an explanation or not. I guess we'll find out in the coming days. In my headcanon, it was buried by an earthquake like the one that swallowed the mission in Buffy.

    2. Well, this may end up being refuted by something in a future chapter, but my current theory about the Count's church and cemetery is this: that's not just any dirt covering his home. It's soil from his native land.