Discussion: Chapters 8-15 of The Subtle Knife #HDMreadalong
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Hi, everyone! Welcome to the discussion of Chapters 8-15 of The Subtle Knife. Just a few notes before we begin:
- This is a discussion for The Subtle Knife, focusing on Chapters 8-15. If you haven’t read this far in the series yet, please be warned, as there will be spoilers. If you have already read The Amber Spyglass, please do not leave any spoilers, as many of our participants haven’t read past the end of this book.
- You can simply answer these questions in the comments below, or you can write your responses on your own blog. If you choose the second option, you can use that post as an entry in our giveaway. Go here for more information about the giveaway.
2. At first I kind of thought that Pullman just made Will the bearer because Lyra already had a large role in this whole thing, and it was fair to give Will something kind of magical. But as I read on, I began to think that maybe he had planned that whole thing all along. Maybe it has to do with who his father was but I think maybe it has more to do with Lyra’s “true name” than anything else…
3. When I first read that part where you find out that Grumman is really John Parry, I was like, “But he has a dæmon! Is that not really a dæmon?” But then he said that it was a dæmon and it just appeared when he went into Lyra’s world. So then I thought to myself, “Did it come out of him or was it just chilling in Lyra’s world, waiting for him to show up?” And I really wondered why his dæmon was able to get so far from him when other dæmons couldn’t get so far from their humans without immense pain on both sides. Lee Scoresby questioned it, but it never was cleared up (at least not so far). So I just wonder if it’s something as simple as the fact that humans have dæmons in Lyra’s world even if they don’t in another world, and that maybe the fact that his could get so far from him was that he was a shaman and he had certain powers just like witches. Or maybe it’s something more than that, and we’ll find out in the next book… I guess I don’t really have an answer to this one myself, but I wanted to know what other people thought of it!
So there are my answers for this discussion. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments, or if you write your answers on your own blog, leave me the link in the comments and I’ll add your post to our master list! And be sure to stop by The Daily Bookmark next Friday for Jessie’s discussion of Chapters 1-12 of The Amber Spyglass!