Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Post by Gravy » 13 Oct 2018, 22:51

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If we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

We've all got light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.

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Post by hsimone » 14 Oct 2018, 08:07

I've actually never heard of this series, but it does sound like a good one!

Is there a specific way that you'd like to discuss the book? By certain number of chapters/pages? Just come here when we'd like to share a thought? Check in every couple of days or so to see where we are at? A combination?

I'm excited to start! :)
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Post by hsimone » 14 Oct 2018, 14:12

Also, you've read this book already, right, so I wouldn't be spoiling anything?

I read the Prologue and I'm hooked! The concept of children not returning home due the boarding school they arrive is very intriguing. Also, Eleanor West sounds like a fascinating character.
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Post by Gravy » 15 Oct 2018, 04:16

I missed this earlier! I guess I forgot to subscribe to it. :doh:


I'm fine with however you want to do it. :tiphat:
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Post by hsimone » 15 Oct 2018, 12:33

No worries. :)

Can we do by chapters? Maybe we touch base every 2-3 chapters? I'm on chapter 3 now. What do you think?
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Post by Gravy » 15 Oct 2018, 23:06

That sounds good. I haven't quite started it yet, but there's no worry about spoilers so post whatever you want.


I'm going to start it in a little bit!
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Post by hsimone » 16 Oct 2018, 09:31

Nice! :)

Prologue-(including) Chapter 2:
So, I felt a little confused with some of the names of places used (Nonsense and Logic especially). I almost felt like I was reading the second book and not the first, but then Nancy expresses her confusion, too, and it was sort of explained in the last pages of chapter 2, so I felt better.

I found the conversation of asexuality, having sex (with Kade), masturbating, and transgender interesting and kind of new to me. I've read books with same-sex relationships, but they were more of couples who were stable in their relationships. It's refreshing to have characters speaking so freely about topics that are very real, but sometimes aren't spoken about. I do hope the author explores Kade and his background more.

The other aspect I enjoyed was getting a bit more information about Nancy and where she was before entering the boarding school. Being with the Lord of the Dead? Then, her hair mostly white, and only five black streaks left because of being touched? I love this background and I'm itching to find out more!
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Post by Gravy » 16 Oct 2018, 22:52

hsimone wrote:
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Nice! :)

Prologue-(including) Chapter 2:
So, I felt a little confused with some of the names of places used (Nonsense and Logic especially). I almost felt like I was reading the second book and not the first, but then Nancy expresses her confusion, too, and it was sort of explained in the last pages of chapter 2, so I felt better.

I found the conversation of asexuality, having sex (with Kade), masturbating, and transgender interesting and kind of new to me. I've read books with same-sex relationships, but they were more of couples who were stable in their relationships. It's refreshing to have characters speaking so freely about topics that are very real, but sometimes aren't spoken about. I do hope the author explores Kade and his background more.

The other aspect I enjoyed was getting a bit more information about Nancy and where she was before entering the boarding school. Being with the Lord of the Dead? Then, her hair mostly white, and only five black streaks left because of being touched? I love this background and I'm itching to find out more!

I love the idea of the compass; Nonsense and Logic, Wickedness and Virtue, all being further divided by worlds; Fairylands, Mirror Worlds, Underworlds...

I would honestly love for an artist to create a rendering of it. It would make a brilliant tattoo, or just a lovely poster. :D


I love how wonderfully inclusive this whole series is.
Seanan has promised that we will get a book for Kade, but that it's likely to wait until last (for several reasons). This has me torn in half between wanting it now, and not wanting the series to end. :lol:


I have been missing these characters! I didn't even realize how much.


I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the book! And I'm so looking forward to the the next two. :happy-partydance:
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Post by hsimone » 17 Oct 2018, 18:16

Yes, as I'm continuing to read, I'm understanding a bit more of their world and the compass. I like the idea of an artist creating a rendering of the compass! I bet it would be epic!

It's great to know that the whole series is inclusive! Kade does seem like a great character. I didn't know the author will give a book focusing on Kade, but I can see this both being good and not so much as the series will end. :?

I'm looking forward in getting to know these characters more and more of their backgrounds with the rest of this book and the next two, as well! :D

So, I finished the next couple of chapters.

Chapters 3 and 4:

Okay, the biggest thing? Sumi is dead?! What? How? Why? Who? I don't even understand who would just cut off the wrists of someone. What purpose does that serve? Honestly, I can't even make a logical guess on who would do that.

Anyway, I found Lundy to be an interesting character. Her aging in reverse makes me question how young will she get. Like until she's baby or does it stop at some point? :lol:

I felt so bad for Nancy. This whole new world and information must be very challenging and harsh to accept, especially with the idea that she might never be able to go back home.

Also, how terrible is it that Jack and Jill's parents just decided which of the twins will be more feminine and which of the two will be more masculine without even getting to know them first? I wonder how Jill feels about this.

I'm getting the sense that the theme of identity is a biggie here, and I'm loving the way it's been represented!
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Post by Gravy » Yesterday, 22:13

Oh yes, identity is a major theme in the entire series, and the author is so overjoyed that she's getting to be so inclusive with the characters.

I know! Sumi just about killed me!
Lundy is one of my favorites.

I may have binged myself ahead of you, so I will wait to say anything more. :lol:
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