Monday, October 12, 2009

The Golden Compass, chapter 3


Jewish date:  24 Tishri 5770.

Today’s holidays:  Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism), Crowleymas (Thelema).

Worthy cause of the day:  “Upgrade Aid” and “People with Diabetes Need Health Care Reform”.  Also:  I plan on donating platelets today.  Please consider donating platelets yourself and saving human lives.

Today’s topic:  My reading of The Golden Compass has proceeded to chapter 3.  Most of it is dedicated to character and plot development.  (This is a novel.)  There is a Chaplain character who get token mentions; he seems to be clueless and fairly harmless.  The central character, Lyra, also tampers with the remains of dead Scholars and afterwards gets haunted in nightmares until she puts everything back where she originally found it; it is not clear at this point whether anything supernatural is happening or just guilt.

That’s all for now.  I am trying to get back into normal life after the now-over Tishri holidays, and that is going to get in the way of me writing material on a few subjects.  E.g., I need to write about the Septuagint, the first few chapters of Matthew (in the original Koine Greek), and maybe a bit on the King James Version of the Christian Bible.