Friday, 22 July 2016
Introductions Of Characters And Of A Scenario
(The visuals of Nantucket will keep us supplied with images for a very long time.)
"Doreen Rosenthal pecked at her computer..." (p. 10)
We are all familiar with that these days. I am doing it now. Doreen is the viewpoint character on pp. 10-11, to be replaced by Police Chief Jared Cofflin on p. 11. He is followed by Captain Marian Alston on pp. 12-15. We are being introduced to the characters of a novel.
Doreen is a student intern filling an astronomy post with the Margaret Milson Association which is a fictitious organization. I deduce that from the fact that, when I google it, the only reference that I can find to it is in a later novel by SM Stirling. Doreen practices kata.
These characters gradually disclose the nature of a problem:
Ian Arnstein merely detected "...the tantalizing smells..." of a seafood dinner (p. 10);
however, Doreen "...realized what was happening in the sky..." (p. 11);
Jared, jarred, stands staring upward and hears screams (ibid.);
Marian on a sailing ship...
...well, I haven't read that far yet - but the plot definitely thickens.