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What surprised you the most?

Post by Katherine on Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:13 pm

For me, the biggest surprise was how much SnowDancer has come to care about Sienna. The second biggest surprise is that Riley is older than Hawke.

What about y'all?
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Erika on Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:09 am

I was surprised by how many relatives Mercy has that we haven't heard about before. And the fact that Nakita bought Sasha such an expensive and thoughtful book.

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by lili on Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:32 pm

I think the biggest surprise for me was that idea that the Ghost seems to be at the core of the PsyNet. The Ghost has always been a rebel that has been trying to get rid of silence. But here, we are able to see a conflicted Ghost who has to decide if breaking silence is the right path. Also, the NetMind portrays the Ghost as the figure that can make or break the PsyNet. I guess it just never registered to me that he could be such a central character for the PsyNet and I always saw him as someone of influence but not totally vital to the existence of the Net itself. It really makes me want to see him more.

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Katherine on Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:55 pm

I wonder what the Ghost's primary ability is? Could he be an X-Psy like Sienna?
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by CyndeB on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:04 am

I vote for the book for Sasha, and Nikita trying to convince herself she only did it for power. I do wonder what the other side of the empathic abilities are. I hope that breaks soon. bounce

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Rageane on Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:22 pm

The most surprising thing I found was the Tatianna Ryker situation. She has put forth an enormous amount of planning and manipulation, not to mention that she came out from no-where in terms of a threat.
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by droplet on Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:14 am

I'd agree with Rageane that the most surprising part of the book for me was Tatiana's emergence as a force to be reckoned with in not only the PsyNet but in the rest of the world, as well. She's also been the most mysterious Councilor so far, and I was pleasantly surprised that we got to see more of her in this book.

Personally, I didn't find Nikita's giving of the book to Sascha that surprising, for a number of reasons. First, we know that Sascha's empathetic ablilities come from the maternal side of her family, and therefore it's entirely possible that Nikita has a low Gradient empathetic ability as well as her main ones. If Nikita was truly enmeshed in Silence or had no empathetic abilities, then despite the fact that she knows the PsyNet needs E-Psy to function, I think she may have either forsaken Sascha or at least created another child to be the 'real' successor and to carry on the genetics. In a sense, that course of action would've made her seem more efficient and not as weak to the rest of the Council - and yet, she didn't do it.

Also, we've heard much about how Sascha's abilities are developing and changing, but no one knows into what. That, combined with the fact that now Toby needs some training as well means that Sascha needs answers from somewhere in order to further the plot. And because of the imposition of Silence and the subsequent 'erasing' of the E designation, as well as the fact that the Forgotten have interbred so much that none of their descendents would be much help, the only place she could have gotten those answers would be from the past.
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Rageane on Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:34 am

I like the way you think droplet, I agree with the addition of this observation. Nikita went to great lengths to protect her child by making sure she could hide herself from the rest of the psy, until such a time that Sascha could stand on her own and survive. I also think that the only reason Nikita disowned her was to again, protect her from the others. If Sascha is no longer connected to the Duncan clan, then she is seen as no threat and left alone.
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Re: What surprise me the most

Post by Celebes on Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:11 am

Katherine wrote:I wonder what the Ghost's primary ability is? Could he be an X-Psy like Sienna?

I was surprised by Kit-Sienna situation. I totally wasn't expecting that they
would hit it right off. (we'll maybe a little bit) But if it will develop into a love triangle, we shall
soon see. (can't wait!)

Yes, Katherine, I was wondering about the same thing. I wonder what does "X" means in the Psy designations? Any ideas? Question
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by droplet on Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:54 pm

Celebes wrote:
Katherine wrote:I wonder what the Ghost's primary ability is? Could he be an X-Psy like Sienna?

Yes, Katherine, I was wondering about the same thing. I wonder what does "X" means in the Psy designations? Any ideas? Question

My first instinct was that no, the Ghost isn't an X-Psy. He mentioned in BbF that his abilities 'could be' incredibly destructive, but when seen from Sienna and Sascha's views, with her ability it's a miracle that she's even lived this long. Also, the 'feel' of what the Ghost can do and what Sienna can do is different in the writing. And X-Psy are so rare I'd be surprised if we met more than one. My guess is that the Ghost is, like Kaleb, a strong Tk - I think that he must have some influence on the Net or be connected to it in a way that most Psy aren't if it will break apart if he loses control. But since we don't know what an X-Psy can do, it's all a mystery...

As to what the "X" means...I have two guesses. The first is that "X" simply stands for the unknown or unspecified (like in algebra), and the ability was labelled that because it is not truly understood by the Psy and doesn't fit their parameters of 'normal'.

My second guess is this: in a dictionary, I found that "X" was a verb, and it meant "to remove or invalidate by wiping clean; to annul, delete, erase, obliterate, undo". I got to thinking, maybe that's what Sienna can do? Perhaps she can do something like manipulate molecules or molecular cohesion and literally make things - like people, or part of that stone wall with the paintings - disintegrate. If she can manipulate molecules, another possible aspect to her ability would be to speed them up and in doing so, make things blow up. Or, on the flip side, slow them down so much that time 'stops' in a particular area or around an object. But who knows?

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by droplet on Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:27 pm

Gah. I just realized that my second guess would probably be a Tk sub-designation. Ah well. Perhaps the erasing part still exists, but in a different way?
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Celebes on Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:24 am

hehehe. I thought maybe "X" as in X-plosive... Very Happy maybe your guess is nearer, droplet. It bears much thought.
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by CiLi on Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:30 am

I was also (positive) surprised about the development in the Hawke/Sienna relationship. I can't believe, that Nalini Singh give such hints and then switch to a Kit/Sienna relationship.
And I'm also sooo curious about the X-Psy abilitys. Maybe Siennas ability is to detonate something (she say to Sascha on page 200:"One slip and boom, I take out the entire den."
I was also surprised, that Sienna is stronger than Ming (she was 16 when he found out, now she would be even much stronger!). It semms, that it don't exist another cardinal X-psy because Sienna said, that there is no one like her who can help her with her abilitys.

I can't wait for Bom and I hope we will find out more about the X-Psys in this book bounce !
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Daniela on Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:49 am

I have been curious for Siennas abilities since CbI. Actually,even in StS it is hinted at her "special abilities", when she and Judd are creating a disturbance in the Psy-Net to help Sascha. And the Lauren -Net was also her idea.
What I ponder about ist the comment, that she is stronger than Ming. He is supposed to be a master in mental combat- so I wonder if the X-designation has both physical and mental effects?
AND: Who, apart from Judd and now Sascha, knows about her powers?

I also hope Nalini gives us more info in the next books, or we are left to speculate until Siennas book comes out.

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Rageane on Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:04 am

Has anyone remembered the contact that the apprentice historian talked to about the researcher who wrote the book...she was looking at the X-designation as her next piece of research, and that all of her notes on it wasn't with her effects or on her person when she "died". How much do you want to bet it still exists?
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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Daniela on Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:53 am

I am sure the manuscript will be found... My guess: a councillor has it, maybe Ming ???
And I wonder, if there is a special connection between the E- and X- designation, since the researcher ( Eldrigde or so ??) chose to write on the x- ability after researching the empaths.

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Re: What surprised you the most?

Post by Mundie on Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:36 am

I think the most surprising to me was how Nalini gave us more insight into Hawke and Sienna's relationship but then darn that monkey wrench at the end with Kit though. So I'm hoping she eventually finally writes the story behind Hawke and whether Sienna will actually be his mate.

Second surprise is Tatiana and my curiousity has always been about the Ghost as well.

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