(urth) general update and some evil guest stuff

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 08:48:19 PST 2019

Haven't seen anyone post in a while - I wanted to send out a test here and
update everyone on some progress on one of my last two writeups, Anyone who
hasn't should join the Gene Wolfe Appreciation society on Facebook as
discussion is far more lively there than here should consider it. So ...

an Evil Guest. Thanks to a ton of emails back and forth to Robert Pirkola,
it really clicked into place for me. I am currently writing it but super
happy. It's called "here's a coconut" and relies heavily upon the Perseus
myth. Gideon means the destroyer and so does Perseus, but the embedded
motifs indicate that enemies become friends - Reis first intends to destroy
Cassie with the gold then falls in love with her, and his second gift is of
diamonds. (Also, Abaddon in the bible, the destroyer, is called king of the
abyss and an angel of destruction - Reis is called an angel for the play,
and he has a white car to Gideon's black - lots of those color motifs going
on). Great Cthulu is actually the main character and shows up way earlier
than we think in another G.C., Gideon Chase, but he is like Hanga walking
small after he eats the King (Reis means King), though he still eats the
woman from Perth (perth- is the root word for Perseus). Klauser is a
reformed "dragon" and the first and last chapters are mirror images set in
a white house, in which the future and past ambassadors of Woldercan are
shown pictures of Reis, one when he leaves his ambassadorship and one when
he arrives (backwards, as the theme of the book is also that the future is
the past). Thanks to Pirkola also for two of the thematic strains: love
conquers all, and break open the dark coconut and it is white inside.
Perseus was conceived in a  shower of gold and Chthulu will be freed from
R'lyeh and evil when Reis sneaks the gold into his city - the resurrected
Pat Gomez releases the chains of Diana Diamond and they go off together in
the storm. The love Reis had for earth, his blue island, and for cassie,
will be assimilated into Cthulu, who becomes the hero even as he denies
that good and evil are real. the sea god Poseidon made Cassiopeia into a
constellation and the reformed sea god Gideon (blow the man down, he sings)
makes our Cassiopeia into a star, but Wolfe has found a way to make
Poseidon and Perseus the same figure. When Gideon disappears from the text
halfway through, the Storm King shows up - he is always the central
character even though he keeps being confined in boxes and in R''lyeh and
luggage compartment and the 1X1 space behind Cassie's couch etc, - walking
small. Even the bat creatures are redeemed through love in this book. Now
that the barrier to understanding is gone ... I will finish this writeup
shortly and on to the final one ... which is half written but is still
missing something, Land Across. I permitted myself one failure on this, so
in my mind now the project is an unqualified success. Thanks to all who
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