Thursday, October 18, 2012

UF Book Chat (32) 1st Stop

We have come to the half-way point of Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.  Nice to see Andrea on her own here.

Alright, the chat is on!  We will talk about things in the first half of the book and what we thinks to come.

***WARNING:  There will be SPOILERS in the comments, and possibly in questions as well.

Robyn and I have a few quick questions to get us started.  If you have anything else, please comment and we'll chat about it.

Robyn's Questions:
1.)  How do you think is responsible for the deaths?  Could it be Anapa?
2.)  What about Raphael?  It's obvious they are meant to be together?  But how far will he go to make her his?  Will he ever have competition?  I thought it was interesting to see Roman flirt.  I wondered what what would happen if Raphael heard about that?
3.)  Do you like this new view of the magic world?

Melissa's Questions:
1.)  What is with the artifacts and the knife?  What do you think they are connected to?
2.)  Did Anapa sniff Andrea?  What do you make of him?
3.)  What is up with the prophecy with the Oracle that Roman is researching?  Will we learn more here or in the future with another novel?
4.)  Who do you think the backer was for the closed reclamation company?
5.)  What about Ascanio?  Andrea's new sidekick?
6.)  Will we learn about whatever was at Andrea's apartment, in the basement?  Is it related as well?

50 comments:

  1. Anapa, I know we can't trust him. I wonder though if he is responsible or just a bad guy, Andrea should look out for. I definitely know he's not going to be a nice guy to her. I wonder though if he is responsible for those deaths. Maybe she just made the wrong move and now he'll be after her?

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    1. I'm starting to think Anapa has something in this whole vault break-in thing. And that lady at the antique store! I think they are together.

      But Anapa is on the top of my do-not-trust list. lol. And I was quite curious as to him sniffing Andrea! Is he a shifter of some sort? Seems possible.

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    2. With him sniffing. What do you think he's doing? Learning her smell to track her? Or just curious to know about her?

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    3. I'm wondering if he'll try to track her down later. Know that he has her scent, I think she could be in trouble. And he will know if she's been somewhere.

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    4. Oh! What do you think's going to come with being in his office? He found them there, do you think he'll go after Andrea and Raphael now? Sounds like trouble to me.

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    5. Definitely Andrea, Raphael? I'm not sure. He should know who Raphael is to know not to mess with him.

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    6. I would think he'd know Raphael as they are both in the same business. But now that Raphael is, or was, helping Andrea, he could be in trouble as well. *shrug shoulders*

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    7. I don't know why but I want to say Andrea is more in danger compared to Raphael.

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  2. I'm liking Ascanio. I just hope he makes it. I like to think of him as the Derek version of this book, haha.

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    1. Ha ha, I thought the same of him = Derek version to Andrea. LOL! I kinda like him too. He's listening well to Andrea and he cracks me up with a few of his comments. Sounds like a great kid to have around.

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    2. From what I know, each book in the Kate Daniels world will be a separate character. I kinda hope we see Ascanio again. He's working with Andrea, maybe he'll be in a Kate book.

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    3. Oh, I'd not heard much about the Kate Daniels World series. That would be interesting. :) I still need to get the anthology with Julies short story in it. I do like her. :) And I am thinking Ascanio will be a permanent fixture in all the books for a while. :) That and Raphael seems to be a little jealous of the young kid. *giggle*

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    4. I want to say Jim's book is next. I think. I can't remember where I read that.

      I think Raphael will learn to grow to like Ascanio, especially if the kid is here to stay.

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    5. Oh! Some how I missed these announcements. dang. I've not been around that much lately with work picking up so much. Hmm. I could go for a Jim book. :)

      I wonder at times if Ascanio reminds Raphael of himself when he was younger. Being he's such a looker too.

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    6. If you go here, you'll see Jim's book is after Kate 6. :)

      http://www.ilona-andrews.com/news/publishing-news/tgif-2

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  3. I wonder about Roman. What are your thoughts on him?

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    1. I kinda like Roman here. Although, he's going to be a Saiman in this one. He's the one that will torment Raphael with flirting with Andrea.

      But I'm curious about the prophecy he mentioned. If the Oracle saw it, what does it mean? Will it be what comes to pass in this book or a set up for a Kate Daniels book? With the way Ilona and Gordon write, I'm thinking it's for this book. With what Andrea is getting deeper into.

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    2. Haha I thought about that too, him being a Saiman version.

      I do want to see Roman and Raphael scenes together. I want to see how Raphael reacts. That should show Andrea that he cares about her. Although, it might make her mad also, haha.

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    3. If it's true each book is a different character for this series. I'm hoping we find out the answer about the prophecy in this one. Otherwise we have to wait for a Kate book or maybe we'll see another Andrea book sometime in the future??? Unless we get a Raphael book, haha.

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    4. Oh! That would really show Raphael's feelings, but could be rather ugly too. I have a feeling we are going to see those two together as well. It will come as the ground work is laid out before us now. :)

      And yes! If that's whats going to happen. Maybe we'll get a Roman book! Ooo!

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    5. I want to like Roman but not with Andrea, haha. Maybe someone else will come along for him. :)

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  4. Oh Raphael and Andrea have to end up together! lol. They are both hot headed though, so that's going to bring troubles. They are both Alpha, like Kate and Curran. So they need to learn how to handle another Alpha.

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    1. I definitely would love to see them together by the end of this book.

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    2. Agreed. They have fire, but I like that with them. They could work past it. :)

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    3. I kinda figured that lady Raphael brought to Andrea's office was a fake. Every time they were together he mentioned their home and items there as a "our" sense. He still loved her. :)

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    4. And Andrea doesn't realize it, but she's acting like a bouda. Like pack with the mating. It's in her blood, and she just keeps fighting it.

      Oh! That reminds me! Andrea has to pick a group. She needs to visit with Curran to claim to join Pack. How do you think that will go?

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    5. I think that will be very entertaining when Andrea approaches Curran. I could see his face now as she comes to him, haha.

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    6. Well, Curran is expecting her now after her being in her beast form. So I'm curious to see that play out too.

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    7. I have a feeling it will be very stressful for Andrea or Curran will try to make it that way, haha.

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  5. Hmm, I'm noticing a trend here. Seems the characters are corresponding with other characters in Kate Daniels series. Like we are re-reading some of the themes but with different characters.

    How do you feel about that?

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    1. I'm finding it interesting to see the characters from another point of view. So for me, I like seeing the different views.

      In regards to themes? I think we'll see some of the same ones since this is a spin off and I guess this world takes place around the same time as the Kate Daniels world. Me personally, it doesn't bug me.

      I read that Magic Gifts takes place after Slay but around the same time as the Andrea story. So it will be interesting to see if we see the same theme in there.

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    2. I like reading from and seeing the world in different views.

      I'm not sure how I feel that the story idea seems to be the same as Kates. I would not have seen Roman as a Saiman and would not have seen Ascanio as a Derek before now. Yes Ascanio has the potential with being at the office, but to many things are similar to Kate. I like it, but not as much as from Kate's view. I was hoping for Andrea to be herself in her view. The story seems to be to similar to what Kate's already done. There are differences but to many similarities. Andrea is with guns and arrows where Kate's with her sword, but even the personalities are starting to be close to the same for me.

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    3. Maybe it's because Kate and Andre4a are best friends and that's why the two characters are very similar. Maybe?

      I'm assuming when we get other characters involved, they'll be a little different. ????

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  6. I do like we are getting to see different parts of the world, and places we've already been too. I'm good with this. And a deeper feel for the shifter ways with Andrea rather than Kate.

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    1. I like when authors explore other characters. Short stories are great, but when they get their own book? I love it.

      It was interesting to see Andrea's view of Curran and Julie.

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    2. Yes, I loved seeing Andrea's view of Curran and Julie, and even Kate as well! :D

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  7. I'm curious about the artifacts. What will they bring back? Or lead to? Are they even magic induced artifacts as they were from a time before magic, right?

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    1. Oh! I just answered that myself. They were in a building where magic has resided for so long. Like the train supplies. They don't know what magic has done to the supplies. Could that be the same thing with these artifacts? And that they are associated with some god or something?

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    2. I love reading about artifacts, especially since I believe this is supposed to be in the future. I always wonder if they'll come across something that we know of, haha.

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    3. Oh! Now that is a thought of something we know of as an artifact. That would be neat!

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  8. I had wondered if the backer for the reclamation company was the snake woman and owner of the artifact store. What do you think?

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    1. I believe the snake woman was part of it but you know she had to have a partner. The book would have been over, haha. Which makes me wonder, what is the snake's woman connection to Anapa?

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    2. I'm thinking Anapa as well. I'm curious to find out.

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    3. Andrea will need to watch her back. I know she is a strong woman but if Anapa is involved, this could get dangerous.

      Raphael needs to trust Ascanio more. Kinda like Curran and Derek. I know Curran would trust Derek with Kate, so Raphael could do the same thing.

      Raphael will need Ascanio's help also because you know Andrea will be stubborn and not listen to Raphael which could lead to trouble.

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    4. I was thinking with Ascanio being of the same pack and creature as Raphael, maybe he would become their number 1 guy when he grows up some more. :) Just a thought.

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  9. I wonder if those bugs in the basement at Andreas apartment building are related some how to the story here. They have to come back around at some point!

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    1. I think the bugs will be back.

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    2. I wonder if they will use the bugs to get to who ever is behind the vault killings, or if the bugs are part of the vault assassins plan.

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    3. I guess we'll find out soon. :)

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