TMCL Group Read Part III, Chaps 1 & 2
- TMCL Group Read Part III, Chaps 1 & 2
Well, I've finally managed to participate in the Group Read of `The
Many Coloured Land' again I hope you enjoy the following
In these chapters Claude, Richard, Amerie & Felice are now `guests'
of Madame Guderian and the `Lowlives' (the free humans who escaped
Tanu domination) in a huge hollow tree. However, this is probably the
best place for them, especially Felice, since the surrounding forest
is full of Tanu (including their deadly Hunt) searching for the
killer of Epone.
Madame Guderian and Group Green share information and we learn that
Madame's goal is to free all of the Pliocene humans from the Tanu;
her way of atoning for having unwittingly sent people into the hands
of the Tanu. She had also brought about a tentative alliance between
the Lowlives and the Tanu.
Madame and her chief fighter, an ex-judge called Peopeo are intrigued
as to how Group Green killed Epone since the Tanu are invulnerable to
glass and bronze weapons. However, Felice shows her steel knife and
it is revealed that iron is fatal to the Tanu.
Felice eyes Madame's golden torc (and no doubt tries to be
indifferent when Madame says that the torc cannot be removed). Not
surprisingly Madame can see right through Felice and tells her that
the Firvulag are both impressed by and fearful of her when they
secretly aided Group Green in their escape from the Tanu caravan.
Madame also points out that as a result of Epone's death life has now
become more dangerous for them all because of the vengeful Tanu and
that Group Green with their skills would be better off allying with
Madame and her people.
A Firvulag called Fitharn Pegleg, one of Madame's first allies,
arrives and eventually relays the story of how the Tanu and the
Firvulag came to Earth on a huge, living spaceship, escaping from the
spaceship when it became clear it was about to die and crash.
Afterwards at the Ships Grave a battle was fought between the Tanu &
Firvulag champions who used the special weapons the Sword and the
Spear. The Tanu champion won and had the `honour' of being killed by
his Spear and was left in state at the Ships Grave to be the `final
captain' for the Ship.
The Sword is currently in the hands of the Tanu (and given as a
trophy to the victor of the annual Grand Combat religious war) and
Madame and her allies have been keen to get their hands on the Spear
but have searched in vain for the location of the Ships Grave.
However, Claude with his geographic knowledge points out that the
likely place must be the Ries, a crater north of the Danube River.
Delight follows his remark and an expedition is planned to retrieve
the Spear (and possibly some of the flying machines left at the
site). Then it would be possible to attack the city Finiah but this
could only be done before the start of the upcoming Grand Combat
Fitharn announces that the expedition would have to first receive
official sanction from the Firvulag monarch, Yeochee IV. Before the
people leave the tree Madame secretly orders a Lowlife metalsmith to
take a group of people led by Claude to a site where iron ore can be
found and to take it to Madame's home of Hidden Springs without the
Firvulag knowing. After all, the alliance isn't that strong
Amerie is to go to Madame's home and be a priest to the outlaw humans
since they have been without one for years.
When the expedition meets the Firvulag monarch he is sceptical about
the success of their mission since they would no doubt encounter
Howlers Firvulag who are mutated and only barely recognise his
authority. However, he presents Madame with a royal order to command
assistance from Sugoll, who is said to rule the Howlers in the area
where the expedition are heading to
* * * * *
Well, life has certainly become more dangerous as well as exciting
for Group Green. There is genuine hope for the first time because of
Claude with his possible knowledge of where the Ships Grave is, the
Spear and possibly flying machines also can be retrieved and used
against the Tanu. With the knowledge that the Tanu are vulnerable to
iron plans can also be made to secretly forge iron weapons.
Not surprisingly Felice's chief reason for going with the expedition
is to get another chance to find a golden torc and at this stage of
the book I remembered hoping that Felice *wouldn't* find a torc.
I found myself liking the idea of Amerie given the role of giving
spiritual guidance to the outlaw humans I'm not a devout churchgoer
myself but I think societies can suffer if there isn't somewhere to
go if you're going through spiritual angst.
The number of deadly foes have increased (and not for the last time
either!) with the mention of the mutant Howlers that even the
Firvulag are wary of
I believe that the Ries crater is a real place if so then I thought
it was a nifty idea on JM's part to incorporate it into the story.
Any views and comments are welcome
- Nicolette :-)
- --- In Julian-Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org, "Nicolette Lewer"
> TMCL Group Read Part III, Chaps 1 & 2Yes, although the Ries is not so dramatic as perhaps it might have been
> I believe that the Ries crater is a real place if so then I thought
> it was a nifty idea on JM's part to incorporate it into the story.
6 million years ago.
However, the town of Nordlingen there is a great place and still has
it's medieaval walls and lots of character.
Definitely worth a visit if you are driving down the 'Romantic Strasse'
- --- In Julian-Mayemail@example.com, "edkinsr" <edkinsr@y...>
> --- In Julian-Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org, "Nicolette Lewer"thought
> <nicolel@i...> wrote:
> > TMCL Group Read Part III, Chaps 1 & 2
> > I believe that the Ries crater is a real place if so then I
> > it was a nifty idea on JM's part to incorporate it into the story.been
> Yes, although the Ries is not so dramatic as perhaps it might have
> 6 million years ago.has
> However, the town of Nordlingen there is a great place and still
> it's medieaval walls and lots of character.Strasse'
> Definitely worth a visit if you are driving down the 'Romantic
> through Bavaria.It sounds lovely - I will have to keep it in mind as a travel
destination if I ever win Lotto (grin).
- Nicolette :-)