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Okay, folks, here's the next batch of questions, chapters 40-48:

40

Why do you think the captain of the Furious was so worried about going into the "nebula" at the beginning of the chapter?

What did you think of the planet inside the mist, and the Marines' pursuit of the Kreelans onto - and into - the planet?

Were you surprised by Shera-Khan's appearance - his gender, his appearance, his very existence?

Any thoughts on what the significance might be of Tesh Dar being the one to safeguard Shera Khan?

41

If we were in the universe and time of the book, what would your thoughts be on weapons such as the kryolon torpedoes?

How would you feel if you discovered that the civilization you were locked in mortal combat with was a hundred thousand years old?

42

Were you surprised to learn that Thorella is really Strom Borge's son? It's hard to imagine someone more diabolicol than Thorella, but with what you know now of Borge, who do you think is worse, Thorella or Borge? Why?

43

Do you think that Admiral Zhukovski ever slept? ;D

What do you think about the relationship of the two senior admirals - Zhukovski and L'Houillier?

44

How did you feel when President Nathan was murdered?

Any comments on the revelations Tanya Buchet makes to Jodi?

Who was happy to see Dr. Rabat get her just desserts? <raise your hand!> And what did you think of her demise??

45

What did you think of the Golden Pearl? Wouldn't it be nice to be that rich?? ;D

46

How did you feel as Shera-Khan explained to Eustus what was happening in the Empire, and to the new Empress?

47

Eustus has to make a choice about the orders he is given: to kill Reza and Jodi. Did you agree with his rationale for not following orders?

48

How did you feel at Reza's first meeting with his son, Shera-Khan, after he and Jodi made their way to the trap set for them at Erlang?

What did you think when Tesh-Dar told Reza what had happened during the ascension, and the mass suicide of those on the Empress Moon attempting to save the Empress?

And what of the refusal by Jodi and Eustus to help Reza reach the Empress and save her?
 

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gertiekindle said:
Jiminy Cricket, Mike, you need to change the title of this thread from 3/8 to 3/15. Had a problem finding it.
Gack! I always mess up on something on these things. Grr. I tried to cross-post the link to the most active threads (what few remain!).

I'm holding off on answering. I've got a miserable cold and I can barely stop coughing. Besides, I'll let Theresa answer first so I can say "ditto." :D
Sorry you're not feeling good! Hope ya get better soon!!
 

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Anju said:
Gertie - so sorry you are puny! I am trying to be good and not put "ditto" but I am having problems just keeping up right now! I keep thinking I am going to drop out, but just can't do it! This book is even better the second time ::)
The second time??? :eek:
 

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Anju - No. 469 said:
I read straight through - I was one of the 2 - 2:30 am readers, couldn't put the durn thing down, luckily I started on a day where I had nothing planned the next morning, but still woke up at 6:30 am ::) But in order to do the book klub want to be sure I remembered and didn't do any spoilers!
LOL! Book addiction. It's a terrible thing... ;D

Want ANOTHER book!!! PLEASE :-*
Well, the next one out is probably going to be a vampire book. But probably not much like most of the other vampire books out there... 8)
 

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Betsy the Quilter AKA Agent 72 said:
I was looking for a picture of someone sneezing into a tissue, I was going to offer some tissue, but I found that pic and couldn't resist...

Seriously, hope Gertie is feeling better soon, we miss her!!!!

Betsy
I'll offer up the Kool Atomic Hat if it'll make her feel better... :)
 

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gertiekindle said:
Thanks for all the good wishes, folks. I decided to add on a stomach virus on top of the cold. Nine and a half hours sleep last night and I'm feeling a little more human.
Good heavens! Talk about "over-achieving"! :(

Mike, your offer of the Kool Atomic Hat is touching. I reread the chapters last night and you definitely deserve the hat.
;D

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Why do you think the captain of the Furious was so worried about going into the "nebula" at the beginning of the chapter?


These are very experienced space travelers, and they knew there was something off about that nebula.
Yes, I wonder how the Kreelans did that! ;D

What did you think of the planet inside the mist, and the Marines' pursuit of the Kreelans onto - and into - the planet?

Nerve-wracking. By the family trees carved into the walls, I'm assuming it's a very ancient, very sacred place.
It's one of the nursery worlds, the one where Shera-Khan was born. The trees show the lineage of every female Kreelan born - all the way back to Keel-Tath...

Were you surprised by Shera-Khan's appearance - his gender, his appearance, his very existence?

Didn't Esah-Zhurah hint at that after she thought she had killed Reza? No, I wasn't surprised. I knew after the final scenes in the temple of the Desh-Ka that Esah-Zhurah was pregnant. Had to be.
Well, not *everything* can be a surprise! ;D

How would you feel if you discovered that the civilization you were locked in mortal combat with was a hundred thousand years old?

Just because a civilization is ancient doesn't make it better; just stronger. It would make me wonder if we had any chance at all of survival against them.
Technically, the humans never would have had a chance if the Empire simply wanted to destroy them. While it wasn't ever stated in any detail, the Confederation is made up of maybe a few hundred worlds altogether (most of which are smaller colonies, like Erlang). The Empire, on the other hand, spanned "ten thousand suns..."

42

Were you surprised to learn that Thorella is really Strom Borge's son? It's hard to imagine someone more diabolicol than Thorella, but with what you know now of Borge, who do you think is worse, Thorella or Borge? Why?


Big surprise. Borge is worse. In the midst of death and destruction, he switches his son's identity with the real Marcus. Then he subjects him to brainwashing, through his good buddy, Dr. Rabat, and uses him as a killing machine. The bonus is he gets his hands on the Thorella fortune.
Yes, as bad as Thorella is, he's really only a product of his father's evil. Scumball.

44

How did you feel when President Nathan was murdered?


Surprised and appalled.
:(

Who was happy to see Dr. Rabat get her just desserts? <raise your hand!> And what did you think of her demise??

Suitably biblical.
You and your pictures! LOL! ;D

45

What did you think of the Golden Pearl? Wouldn't it be nice to be that rich?? ;D


Gorgeous. Did riches bring Tanya happiness?
"All that glitters, is not gold..." I wouldn't mind having a ship like that. Heck, I wouldn't mind being the steward on a ship like that! LOL!

46

How did you feel as Shera-Khan explained to Eustus what was happening in the Empire, and to the new Empress?


We know that the prophecy was close to being fulfilled with the discovery of Keel Tath's tomb. Now it appears that it's too late to save the Empire.
Yeah, I sort of wish we had the entire prophecy - how much would it really say about what was to happen? And even if something's in the prophecy, does that guarantee that it'll happen?

47

Eustus has to make a choice about the orders he is given: to kill Reza and Jodi. Did you agree with his rationale for not following orders?


Yes, I agree. Someone, somewhere has to make a stand against a government and military out of control.
Well, the government was certainly out of control, all right! D'oh!

48

How did you feel at Reza's first meeting with his son, Shera-Khan, after he and Jodi made their way to the trap set for them at Erlang?


:'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Awwww...

What did you think when Tesh-Dar told Reza what had happened during the ascension, and the mass suicide of those on the Empress Moon attempting to save the Empress?

I think it showed the Kreelans' complete devotion to the Empress and the Way.
I think it was also a very physical, a very visceral experience for them - having the Empress's "voice" silenced would have been like having their hearts torn out... :(

And what of the refusal by Jodi and Eustus to help Reza reach the Empress and save her?

Reza is not the enemy but the Empire is. No matter how much sympathy we may feel for the Kreela, they have been involved in the mass extermination of humans for a century.
Yeah, that sort of put a big damper on the reunion, such as it was...!
 

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gertiekindle said:
I think I'm back among the living, but life seems to have passed me by. I've got a lot of catching up to do, so I still won't be around much for a few days.
Glad to hear it! Being really sick sucks... :(

Forewarned is forearmed? Sometimes. I think there's a difference between a prediction and a prophecy. The seer predicts that I will be in a car accident tomorrow, so I stay home. If I had gone out, would I have been in a car accident? Maybe in an alternate reality ... We'll never know.

The prophecy was really part of the curse, wasn't it? The prophecy was more "this has to happen before this can happen." Reza has to fight "what's his name" but that's no guarantee he's going to win or that he can reach Esah Zhurah in time, or even that he will fight. Free will always comes in to play.
Good points! Yes, there has to be free will, because - as in Reza's case - nothing is forcing him to do what he needs to do other than his own motivations. As when he was growing up in the kazha, he had no knowledge of the prophecy to influence his actions (nor did Esah-Zhurah, for that matter).

Reza certainly knew what that was like.
Indeed! Ow!

Did you say that your next book is going to be vampires? Too bad. I don't do vampires.
Oh, Gertie! No disrespect at all to the folks who enjoy the current sort of "Southern vampire" type stories, Twilight, etc., but this is completely different. If you didn't enjoy it, it probably would have nothing to do with the fact that vampires were involved. Keep in mind who's fingers are writing it! ;D
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gertiekindle said:
Sorry, anything that sucks blood turns me off, whether it's Angel or Angelus. I don't read thrillers or horror or anything like that. Even some Nora Roberts' book have upset me ... total wimp that I am.

Of course, I don't read sci-fi, either, but In Her Name doesn't have impossible names, weird worlds or outlandish scenarios. The Kreela just happen to be blue with no eyebrows. ::)

Your fingers do just fine. I like your style.
Okay, okay - I'll try to get to the next Kreelan novel as soon as possible! ;D

If I may make another of my totally unsolicited suggestions? Hah, you know me. Whether I may or not I'm going to. Keep a timeline beside you at all times as you write. That's the only real criticism I've seen, and it can be like fingernails on a blackboard to some people. As much as I love Outlander, that time discrepancy always bothers me. She should never have allowed the UK version to be changed.
Suggestions are ALWAYS appreciated - I'll never improve, otherwise! And that's an excellent suggestion, and in fact is what I'm doing with the current project. I'm also going to go back and fix what I hope are the remaining timeline bloopers in IHN (mainly involving Erlang).

What happened with Outlander?
 

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PraiseGod13 said:
I have now joined the ranks of the "I was only going to read a chapter or two and could not put my Kindle down until I finished In Her Name" group. What an incredibly excellent read!! I can't wait to read it again.... and there aren't many books that fall into that category for me. I'll try to carve out some time tomorrow to address this week's questions. I'm behind on my other book klubs, behind on my housework, behind on my sleep, behind on everything since I did very little yesterday (after work) other than read In Her Name until the wee hours of the night. Was it worth every single minute of reading...... oh yeah!!! And then some.......
Oh, no! Another one! I think I need to make up a T-shirt design on Zazzle for all of you wee-hour readers! ;D

And please do stay with us on the discussions - remember, you don't have to answer the questions if you don't want, just say what ya feel!
 

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gertiekindle said:
Yeah, my plan to say "ditto" failed miserably. Just can't keep my mouth shut. ::) Oooooh, wait. I can say "ditto" to what you just said, Mike.
Yeah, ditto! LOL! ;D

<sigh> It just struck me that there are soooo many things I'd like to do and soooo little time to do it all. Dang. I could have three books written this year if I could retire early. Ahhhh...
 

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Gertie Kindle "Turn to Page 390" said:
Can't be EZ. Can't even be a real Kreelan. The Kreelans have no eyebrows, just a jutting shelf of bone, they wear their hair in very long braids, have fangs and talons. I don't think that would be very attractive on a book cover.

Mike, who designed that cover and who posed for it?
LOL! You guys kill me. When I told you that the book was self-published, I really meant "self-published" - I did the cover art, using my meager Photoshop skills (with some help from Jan). It's made from two stock royalty-free images: one of the alien planet-looking background, the other from a photo of a woman holding a sword that sort of struck me as being, I dunno, in tune with the novel somehow. So I figured out how to change her skin blue and fiddled a few other effects.

But yeah, she's meant to be Esah-Zhurah (before the change, obviously), but that's as close as I could get on a shoestring budget (a total of about $2.50 for the images) and no artistic talent! LOL!

Actually, when I release Book 1 as the first of a trilogy set (hopefully by next month), the cover will be much simpler, but not sure what it'll be yet... ;D
 

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Neekeebee said:
Yes, please do! "Ditto" what Gertie said about vampire and blood for me! I can't handle any hint of the supernatural! :eek:
D'oh! You guys just don't trust my fingers! ;D

I must confess that I finally gave in and read ahead this week and finished the book too! I have to head out now, so will finish posting comments later, but just have to compliment you on what an excellent read this was...one I will be reading again and one that I never would have found/read without KB!
D'oh! Another member of the IHN Late Club? Glad you enjoyed it (and please consider doing a review)!! 8)

One question: Is the woman on the cover E-Z? Somehow I thought she would look different.
Ah, just answered that in the last post... ;D
 

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Gertie Kindle "Turn to Page 390" said:
Okay, as long as there's no throat biting and absolutely no blood sucking, I'll trust you.
Well, I can't promise you that, but I'll warn you which sections have any of that sort of thing going on! ;D

Seriously, though, the vampirism part is really a secondary aspect of the story, sort of like the traditional sci-fi aspects were secondary in IHN. And yes, this will also be - bottom line - a love story...
 

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Neekeebee @ LyBerry Branch 1520 said:
A lot happened in this week's reading! :eek: (I know that I've been saying that each week for several weeks now, but it seems to be more true every time, so I have to keep saying it!) This week, it was impossible to put the book down, so I just kept reading and reading&#8230;
It did confuse me that Eustus thought Shera-Khan was a girl&#8230;was it something about his appearance or was it just that humans have only ever known female Kreelans?
Well, he thought she was a girl because it simply didn't occur to him that it might be a boy. The only male Kreelans anyone had seen but Reza were the mummies of the Imperial Guard that Eustus and Enya found. But the "female-ness" of the Kreelans was just so ingrained in him (and everybody else). And since Shera-Khan's armor was so badly beaten up, there probably wasn't much to go by there, either...

As weapons, it would only make sense for a civilization to have kryolon torpedoes as a deterrent, b/c an enemy like the Kreelans would possess something equally destructive they would use. It would be like Mutually Assured Destruction: if you launch yours, we'll launch ours&#8230;.
I think the only two reasons the Confederation didn't collapse into civil war over possession of these weapons was that 1) they were kept extremely secret, and 2) the humans were totally preoccupied - and united - by the threat from the Kreelans. But I suspect that in a peacetime period the Confederation likely would have erupted into civil war over possession of the weapons if word of their existence became anything more than rumor...

The Thorella-Borge connection was a really unexpected twist! :eek: Until then, I thought Thorella was just being used by Borge. It seemed sad that the real Markus Thorella's name was so besmirched by the Borges, esp after Tanya described him. Father Borge is definitely the worse of the two; he is like the evil mastermind that created his monster of a son, not that Son Borge is all that innocent.
Yeah, talk about the ultimate megalomaniac. Had he achieved his ultimate aims, he would've put Hitler and Stalin to shame...

I felt like the events were happening so fast in the last part of the book (this week and next week's chapters) that I could barely keep up...kind of like I was chasing after the protagonists to see what was happening to them. All the while, I kept thinking, I have to know what happens next but I don't want to finish the book yet!
LOL!! ;D

Re vampire books: I'd be willing to overcome my wimpiness if the vampires are Kreelan! ;D
Well, they've already got fangs, but no taste for human blood... ;)

Like I told Gertie: I'll post a special warning section for places to skip over! LOL!
 

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Gertie Kindle "Turn to Page 390" said:
Okay, admittedly there were some pretty gory parts in IHN, so I guess I can take a bit of vampirism as a background. I have ... what ... another four years to get used to the idea? ;D
Yeah, that's true - IHN isn't exactly a teen slice & dice story, but there was still plenty of violent hooplah! ;D

And four years? NO. These are my main goals this year:

1. Release IHN as a trilogy (will keep the original as an omnibus)
2. Do P90X
3. Run the 1/2 marathon in San Antonio in November
4. Finish the rough draft of the vampire novel by the end of the year.

I don't expect this novel to be as long as IHN. I hope (and if it is, I'll break it down into smaller books). But that all depends on my fingers!! I just need a name for it. Was thinking about "Hell's Gate," which would actually be extremely appropriate, but there are already a bazillion books with that title. Hmph...
 

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PraiseGod13 said:
Okay..... I am totally NOT a vampire novel reader.... but I had never read a sci-fi novel either. So, after totally trusting Mike, I cautiously started reading In Her Name..... and could not have enjoyed it more. So, along with Gertie, I will trust Mike again on his next novel and use any "cautions" he gives us to help us over the dicey spots. I can't imagine anyone who has read In Her Name not anxiously awaiting Mike's next book. I too will be re-reading IHN again before the next novel debuts.
Well, blood-sucking aside, if it makes any difference the vampires in this novel aren't based on spiritual evil in the traditional sense: they're intentionally created to serve the purposes of human evil. Just as a hint, the story begins in early 1945...

Gertie..... it can't be any harder to get through than the scene with Jamie and Randall down in Wentworth's secreted room. That one about does me in every time I read it.
Yeah, there was some "vampirism" going on there! If you can make it through that (multiple times?), my next story should be a breeze... ;D

And here's just a thought: since we're having a sort of "read with the author" book club thing, maybe a "write with the author" thread? I dunno, just thinking out loud - it might be nice to have some ongoing feedback on what my fingers are coming up with (and make sure there's someone who can add!). Whatcha think?
 

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Anju No. 469 said:
OK Mike - pick a few of us (blue people preferably) to "edit", read your new novel and suggest a title. Prize being a part in your movie of IHN ::)
Well, hey, you all have a spot in the movie, anyway! ;D

But that would be kinda cool. Maybe we can set up a sub-forum with limited members/access?

It took a little convincing of y'all to get me to read this book, afraid of monsters and dreams, and I have already finished it the second time, and got so much more out of it. BUT I have to read something else LOL
TWICE? Good heavens, Anju! ;D

May not post any answers here, but then again might your questions are getting more difficult ;)
Awww, come on! You don't even have to answer the questions, just ad-lib! ;)
 

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Gertie Kindle 'Turn to Page 390' said:
Pathway to Hell
Gateway to the Inferno
Down to Perdition
To the Pits of Hell

Just off the top of my head.
Good ones! And that's even without the Kool Atomic hat!!

No, it's just the blood-sucking that gets me.
We'll try to get kinder, gentler vampires... ;D

Early 1945 ... Hitler didn't commit suicide until April some time. Stalin was about ready to get started with his iron curtain after the fall of Germany. Those are the two big baddies of the time.
No spoilers! ;D

Yes, I've probably read the Outlander 15 or so times. Yes, I cry and cringe every time.
Yikes! Well, that's about as many times - maybe - as I've read The Mote In God's Eye.

Sure. Sanctioned buttinsky. Love it.
LOL!!
 
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