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Discovery of Witches Chapter 1: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ a Witch
Spoilers: Don’t read unless you are past chapter 1 in DoW
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Setting: Bodleian Library in Oxford
EC: A Discovery of Witches starts with a mystery, a mystery about a REALLY old book. Not a girl randomly meeting a dark and dangerous boy in a schoolyard, bar or some other random location. We see this a lot in stories, both adult and YA. Instead we start in a place of learning with a heroine who has something special about her. Not just her smell. (I’m talking to you Vamp Di, Twilight and True…nope Sookie’s a special one too)
This magical book is about Alchemy and history. I might be feeling a wee bit smart by reading this story. It also makes our heroine skittish, because…
Character: Diana Bishop; witch in denial of being a witch
EC: Yep, Diana has not yet come to terms with her inner bitc…just kidding, witch. There are great tidbits about being a witch and raised by her aunt. (Aunt Sarah is going to be fun, I picture her looking like Susan Sarandon. Yes, we will be casting this thing!) Also, I did like Diana’s acting past. Making herself and costars almost become the characters. Good thing they didn’t do The Sound of Music. Diana would have become a nun, live in the nunnery and no more story. But maybe some rousing Rogers and Hammerstein sing-a-long.
About Diana: She’s got her phD studying alchemy and is teaching at Yale. She used to attend Oxford and is researching a manuscript for some reason. She’s speaking at an upcoming conference.
EC: Whoo hoo Yale! Do you think she would have taught James Franco, you know if she was real. Then he would try to seduce her and…oops started to write a new story in my head. Darn you Fanfiction!
SWD: My mind wandered a bit during the begining of this book, I was reading a Black Dagger Brotherhood book at the same time. So I did have to switch gears from vamps turning into beasts and raging battles on slayers… to woman reading an alchemy book in a library. I’m scatterbrained, it was a challenge, but I managed. Once I got into, “Discovery of Witches” I was really sucked in!
EC: That’s the best part of ADoW, you have to use your noggin! Deborah Harkness has history and science as main characters of the story which makes it more enriching. It still has epic romance and some light moments, but has a way of description and explaining what is going on. I love guilty pleasures, but sometimes you just need more.
SWD: So Diana calls up this book and it goes all psychedelic when she opens it… like True Blood’s LaFayette and Jesus on a V trip. Oooh, it’s a magic book.
EC: Magic books do fun things! Confusing images, text appearing and shimmering and don’t forget the weird smell. But don’t all old books smell weird? Like dust and old creepy houses.
SWD: C’mon, blond girl in denial of her “powers”, dealing with a magic book? It’s the Fever series. Where’s the dark haired mystery man who also wants the book? Oh, right, that’s chapter 2.
EC: We are going to have a good time with Chapter two, yes indeed. Matthew…
SWD:The manuscript is called Ashmole 782. I don’t like this name, it’s too close to “a$$h0le” and “mole”. I don’t like moles. I immediately flash to the disturbing image of the hairless mole rat. So, I just call the book Sinsar Dubh Dos (II). EC: That picture creeped me out. Ugh, hairless moles!
Can we talk about Gillian Chamberlain? That bitc…witch is going to be trouble. (Picturing Nikki Reed. Rosalie style)
SWD: Yes!! That is a goood depiction of Gillian…maybe it’s the name… like Geillis, the witch-bitch from Outlander. Anyway, Diana gets freaked by the magic book, and sends it back to the stacks. Geesh, Diana, get some cojones. Whose afraid of a book? Oh, I am. But it’s this one:
EC: Me too! Darn clowns with their creepy balloons!
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Well kids, Talk Supe has some important announcements. Okay maybe not IMPORTANT, like saving dolphins or building houses in Africa important. Just some FYI, for ya’ all. Like to keep nice and neat in these parts like Edward Cullen likes his Volvo.
First things first…Talk Supe Book Club!
Get to your local library, bookstore or however you load up the Kindle and start reading this book! We will be discussing it and enjoying the Yoga stylings of Matthew. (He is somewhat Edward Cullen like. He like to umm…sniff too. Which is kind of creepy, but it supposed to be scary. Soo…) If you like Twilight, you’ll like this one. (Hopefully) It is also not YA, so it for the big girls and boys.
You might be wondering why we aren’t reading the next Outlander yet. Never fear! One of us (EC), still needs to head to the library to pick it up. But, for our Outlander friends, there are visits to SCOTLAND in DoW! Also, a terrific character called Hamish. (Who I imagine should be played by Alan Cummings, when they make the movie. Which you know they will!)
So let’s start reading!
I blame you for this JLO and Stephen Tyler…not to mention Ryan Seacrest. I REALLY blame Seacrest! Sniff, sniff… But until then we are going to attempt to talk more about this…
Being Human…The British Edition and a little of this…
Of course, more adventures (completely made up nonsense) about our imaginary buddy…
More Celebrity Email/Texting/Twitter/Pictorals Theater!
You know you love them.
So here is your super duper update. Of course, we always have more surprises to come! So pickup Discovery of Witches and get ready to chat!
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