3rd Friday of July 2020: “It is time to check the snakes!”

Self hates snakes almost as much as she hates horror films involving dolls.

In Hard Target, Jean-Claude van Damme punches a snake and knocks it out. But she is not Jean-Claude van Damme.

Anyhoo, in this crucial crucial scene in The Snakes — a novel which self continues to love madly and beyond reason, despite a few questionable scenes (like the one in the barn) — we encounter ACTUAL SNAKES.

DEUS EX MACHINA, what?

Or Chekhov’s smoking gun?

Alex: “It’s time to check the snakes!”

(Self turns the page and begins Chapter 6)

Alex: “There are loads of snakes. But mostly they’re just grass snakes. They’re sort of company . . . They’ve got nice round eyes. It’s the vipers I don’t like. Asp vipers. Vipera aspis. They’re in the roof, and it pisses me off.”

Someone is going to be killed by a snake! Self is sure of it!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

 

America After George Floyd

As self told one young man on Twitter: This is your moment. Better not waste it.

I won’t, he said.

(In his very next tweet he called Joe Biden an “Andrew Jackson Democrat” and she was so confused but didn’t have time to figure out what he meant so she blocked him)

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3rd Thursday in July 2020: “Money Is the Root of All Evil”

Not a quote from The Snakes but since her progress is so slow, she may well be reading this novel for who knows how long. There are spoilers on goodreads but she has so far been successful in not reading them.

In the meantime, she has enormous sympathy for the couple because, well, they’re obviously trying to do right by each other. (But there’s that thread on goodreads discussing the ending, and self thinks if the ending is problematic, then she’ll feel really stupid for taking so long to get there)

In the meantime, HEY HO DIGRESSION! She’s watching Underworld and Kate Beckinsale has a sidekick who reminds her so much of Steven Strait in The Expanse iteration. But of course it’s not Steven Strait, it’s Theo James. Self really likes Kate Beckinsale as a vampire. The Underworld series was so under-rated.

Back to The Snakes and the potentially problematic ending (as well as self’s possible death from COVID, which could happen at any time, you never know). The ending can only be problematic if one of the main characters dies.

Does Bea die? No, she can’t die because hers is the only point of view. It would sort of be like the ending of Looking for Mr. Goodbar which was the WORST. Was that novel meant to be a cautionary tale about hooking up with complete strangers in bars? Or falling in love with a detective who looks like Mark Ruffalo? Do not bar hop, young people! And avoid Mark Ruffalo look-alikes. Oh wait, no one is bar hopping anymore. Because VIRUS!!!

Does Dan die? Possibly. He’s the husband and this early in the novel (p. 55) he’s already so stressed: “We’ve got less than three grand now.” He was upset and scared. “Altogether. In the world. That’s all we’ve got, Bea. When we get back to London, I need to find work. We can’t fall behind. We could lose the flat.”

Oh, Dan, don’t be such a worrywart. You’re the last person who self would choose to go on a grand adventure with. Haven’t you heard of declaring bankruptcy? All you have to do is fill out the paperwork.

She wonders if the difference is that the couple is English? So it’s harder to apply for bankruptcy in England?

But maybe Dan is too obvious a choice. Maybe he’s a RED HERRING.

Maybe it’s Alex, the brother, who dies. But self would be okay with that happening, since Alex is lazy and, not only that, he’s a recovering alcoholic, so maybe he falls off the wagon, becomes deeply depressed, and dies. He obviously doesn’t know how to run a hotel, so maybe he could have an accident. Like fall down a well. But it would not be a great loss if Alex died. So that would not be the problematic ending discussed on goodreads.

Got to keep reading.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

 

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