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Predictions for upcoming novels -- Magnus Chase, Cormoran Strike - The Phantom Librarian
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Predictions for upcoming novels -- Magnus Chase, Cormoran Strike
I really am working on the last two challenge pieces. I'm just kind of burned out, so they're taking a while.

Meanwhile, there are two books coming out in October that I'm looking forward to, so why not make predictions that are sure to be wrong? It always makes it a little more fun. I'll probably actually be predicting series-wise, not just the individual books.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer
For the individual book, I don't know anything other than the first chapter, which involves a homeless boy in Boston, who's being sought by his cousin Annabeth and her father. And of course, that he's a Norse demigod. So, predictions in general:
  • Magnus will deal with Ragnorak at some point.
  • Magnus will fight Fenrir.
  • Apollo, last seen being exiled in The Blood of Olympus, will appear as a mortal during the course of the series, and will aid Magnus in some way as he tries to get back to Olympus. He won't get those grumpy Norse gods, but they'll like to have him play the lyre for them.
  • And, he will be Reyna's love interest. No, I don't think all characters need a love interest -- or that all the PJ characters should return -- but the angle of just what Aphrodite meant by telling Reyna that she would never find happiness with a demigod never went anywhere, and I feel like Riordan has something in mind there. A mortal-ized Apollo would not, technically, be a demigod, and her situation and his punishment were mentioned in fairly close proximity.
  • There will be a long string of jokes about Thor and Loki in the Avengers-verse. Loki will be pleased at the fangirls. (Riordan's books are published by Disney, and the MCU is owned by Disney, so they can get away with it, and I can't see him not opting to snark on that.)
  • Norse demigods are rarer than Greek and Roman ones.
  • Magnus and Annabeth will work together at some point in the series, and he will eventually go to live with her and her father's family.
  • I'll take a wild random guess on Baldr as Magnus's father.
  • Loki won't be the main villain of the first book.
  • We will visit Hel. And Valhalla.
  • The Norse gods haven't moved like the classical gods did, changing power centers, but are now spread around the north country.

Cormoran Strike: Career of Evil
Specific to this book:
  • Robin will end her engagement, with some fairly significant rancor on Matthew's part. This will lead to money troubles for her, since she's, as she put it, not pulling her weight on the rent.
  • Charlotte will tell Cormoran that she had the child and put it out for adoption. He will have no idea whether or not she's telling the truth, and it will eat at him, possibly throughout the series.
  • I mentioned this one before, but Al Rokeby will be the new secretary, as Robin trains for more of a partner role. Robin will be the one pushing for it, and they will be platonic best buds.
  • With her wedding money freed up, she will buy into the business, putting them on equal footing.
  • We'll find out why Robin dropped out of university, and it will be horrible... and it will turn out that Matthew wasn't as heroic as she thought when he stood by her.

  • We will eventually get to the mystery of Leda Strike's death... which wasn't an accident, but turns out to not be what Strike thinks, either.
  • Johnny Rokeby will appear, turn out to be different than the man Strike has built up in his mind, and, at some point in the series, die, leaving Cormoran enough to keep his business going without constant worry about money.
  • We will meet the other half-siblings, and a lot of them will be just as irritating as Corm expects.
  • Passing characters in earlier novels will start returning, as they did in HP.
  • Cormoran will continue to develop what he started to learn in The Silkworm... ie, that it's not a really good idea to use women for information or comfort, then dump them. At least I bloody well hope so.
  • Robin and Cormoran won't wait for the end of the series to get together, but will wait until they are on a fully equal level in regard to the business. The question of the business is actually a major issue in their relationship, because... well, what if it goes wrong?
  • Lucy's son Jack will be instrumental in one of the stories.

Anything else?
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: September 9th, 2015 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of wondering what's up with the stalker guy who sent all the threatening letters in the first book -- did he just get bored in the interim or is he going to return?

Having now read both Strike books, I find myself both really enjoying the buildup and really, really hating the Dumbledore Explains It All aspect with the impossibly convoluted big revelations at the end. Because honestly, a good defense lawyer could destroy those prosecution cases without even having to draw breath. I wish Rowling would go the Sayers route and have the identity of the murderer be fairly obvious from about halfway through but have her detective need to find a way to effectively prove it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 10th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I forgot about him.

If there's a technique in them that bothers me, it's the "Strike told Robin what she'd have to do, then made a few phone calls..." followed in the next chapter by the actions. The mention of things the POV character knows, but randomly opts not to tell us... that, for me, is worse than DD explains it all, but yes, as a mode of revelation, it does get a little overbearing.

I think she's still settling into a new genre. I'm happy enough with the characters that I'll forgive a couple of structural flaws. It's not as easy as it used to be to write private eye fics, since the police wouldn't exactly leave a private dick alone to solve a murder anymore.

Plus, I've noticed that I don't like a lot of written mysteries. It's a form I tend to enjoy more on episodic television, just because you don't run into the POV knowledge issues. So often, it's just the fact that the characters don't engage me that I'm glad to have a series where they do.

In the case of Cuckoo's Calling... uh, yeah. While the perp would have ended up in jail for his attempted murder of Strike at the end, during which he's caught red-handed, the case against him for the Landry murder is pretty weak; I don't blame the police for not caring. In The Silkworm, there actually is pretty solid physical evidence in the freezer; it would be hard to get around that (being vague to avoid spoiling).
sonetka From: sonetka Date: September 10th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the old Conan Doyle "Holmes casually put a few small articles into his pocket" narrative technique where of course the exact nature of the small articles becomes very important later. And I agree that murder mysteries are much harder to write in the present day with the way the system is structured; I'm guessing that's behind a lot of the "Detective in ancient Rome/ ancient Egypt / Elizabethan England" books; you don't have to deal with pesky stuff like forensics etc. I do find the characters interesting and have the third book on hold, but am expecting to enjoy the characters a lot more than the mystery. (No doubt JKR is weeping into her piles of gold :)).

Freezer evidence is pretty incontrovertible; it's the chain of logic he used to get there that bothers. As for Lula Landry ... drops of water on the floor? On a night which has been repeatedly described as very snowy? Dude, come ON.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Out of curiosity ... I know you don't really write HP anymore, but if someone asked for some sort of Strike/HP crossover in one of your challenge calls, would you be up for trying it?

(I've read the second one and will probably read the first book soon, and I couldn't help imagining Strike running into an Auror during one of his investigations.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 11th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
That's occurred to me, but honestly, I burned out so fast on this bunch (and they didn't exactly seem to be among my more, um, read things) that I'm not sure I'll be doing it again any time soon.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2015 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

They didn't exactly seem to be among my more read things

Please don't think that because your latest challenge-call ficlets didn't get a lot of comments, this means that they weren't read and enjoyed.

I didn't comment on a ficlet if that comment would have been "Yep, that is exactly how it would have happened."

-- Tom
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: They didn't exactly seem to be among my more read things

This is one thing that's neat about AO3. As not-quite-satisfying as it is sometimes to just get "kudos" on a fic, it's better than not hearing anything, and sometimes all a reader wants to say is that they liked it (and a lot of readers don't feel like that's enough to say to leave a comment). What we readers need to remember is that reviews are pretty much the only reward fanfic writers get (aside from their own personal enjoyment), and I think they're especially important for challenge/request fics, since the author is writing from a prompt and not because they've got a story inside them that's burning to get out.
Ronald Garcia From: Ronald Garcia Date: September 29th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno fi i will read SoS. The last book from Rr dissapointed me. I was expecting more but i liked what eh did. It0s just that it felt rushed.
One of the predictions i have is that Leo, Calypso and Festus will end up in Asgard at soem point. I really hope it0s early and not the last books and make the journey to earth while helping Magnus.
And it might sound childshidsh but i willr ead those books when I'm sure Leo and Calypso will appear lol.
Another one i'm excited about it's Stad Off by Andrew Smith. it's tehs econd and last book from Winger it's about a 14 eyars old kid trying to live his life. It sounds like nothing knew but it's a fun book
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 29th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I was disappointed with the last two books as well -- he had too many voices juggling, too much going on, and, especially after The Last Olympian, I expected a much better conclusion.

But Magnus Chase seems to be back to the single POV, which means more focus to the stories.

I wouldn't doubt in the least that Leo and Calypso could show up, but he'll probably try and make it a surprise.
Ronald Garcia From: Ronald Garcia Date: October 3rd, 2015 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
After all the s··"! that happened their ending was left open and now Festus is able to travel through worlds. I expect them to appear.
You knwo what. I liked the different POV. In RR i think it's better to have different POV. To tell you the truth the first five books felt kinda boring because it was all Percy or at least it felt that way for me.
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