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Down Among the Sticks and Bones Analysis, Chapter 2: Practically Perfect in Virtually No Ways

In Chapter 2, the Wolcotts outsource their parenting and find moulds to fit their children.

By the standards of anyone save for her ruthlessly regimented son, Louise was a disciplined, orderly woman. She liked the world to make sense and follow the rules. By the standards of her son, she was a hopeless dreamer. She thought the world was capable of kindness; she thought people were essentially good and only waiting for an opportunity to show it.

Louise, Chester’s mother, makes both her entrance and her exit in this chapter. She is here to offer another perspective, both for us and for the twins. She provides a way for us to contrast what is happening to what could be. We can see this from her first introduction that the way Chester sees her (soppy and impractical) doesn’t match the way the rest of the world sees her (disciplined and orderly). The contrast is also shown in the stories Chester and Serena tell others about Louise. It is interesting that Serena is aware that she’s not telling the truth. This isn’t just a competing narrative that holds sway because the Wolcotts are in a position of power. This is a narrative they are forcing on the world so they can look better.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Analysis, Chapter 1: The Dangerous Allure of Other People’s Children

Introduction: Downsides of a Prequel

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the second instalment of the Wayward Children series. It follows the adventures of Jack and Jill Wolcott, from inception to childhood to the Moors, a world which could serve the setting for pretty much any Gothic horror.

Every Heart A Doorway Analysis, Epilogue: And They All Lived

Warning: spoilers.
In the epilogue, Nancy finds her way home.

One of the main reasons I started this entire chapter-by-chapter analysis was so I could justify this epilogue. Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure I can do that.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 11: You Can Never Go Home

Warning: contains spoilers.
In Chapter 11, the truth is explained, and the team deal with Jill before she can do anymore harm.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapters 9 & 10: The Broken Birds of Avalon & Be Still As Stone, and You May Live

Warning: contains spoilers.
In Chapter 9, we find and fight over yet another corpse. In Chapter 10, it’s the big reveal! We finally learn who the murderer is.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapters 7 & 8: Cocoa & Her Skeleton, in Rainbows Clad

Warning: contains spoilers.

In Chapter 7, the team deals with stress by drinking cocoa. In Chapter 8, Jack and Christopher lead Loriel’s bones to her final resting place. These are both short chapters so I’m dealing with both of them at once.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 6: The Bodies We Have Buried

Warning: Contains spoilers

In Chapter 6, the group has formed! On Eleanor’s request, Jack, Kade, Nancy and Christopher help to dispose of Loriel’s body and bond over their creepy experiences. Once they have Loriel sitting in acid, they search for Jill.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 5: Survivors, For a Time

Warning: Here be spoilers
In Chapter 5, students turn on Jack, suspecting her of the murder. In group therapy, they discuss the likelihood of returning to their worlds, and the present situation. We close the chapter on a new corpse.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 4: Lightning to Kiss the Sky

Warning: Here be spoilers
In Chapter 4, Nancy goes through her first day of school, and wakes up on her second to find her roommate murdered. After learning more of Jack and Jill’s travels, Nancy helps Kade and Jack clean up Sumi’s things.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie: Second Person Narration

The Raven Tower is a story of gods and people. It tells of what happens when the Lease’s Heir and his aide, Eolo, return to the palace to find that the Raven’s Lease, ruler of the kingdom and appointed sacrifice to the kingdom’s god, has disappeared. What follows is a whole bunch of intrigue, politics, and religious history.

It’s also told from the point of view of a god.

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