Friday, October 24, 2014

Follow Friday - The Destroyer Escort in The Enemy Below Is the U.S.S. Hayes DE-181

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - The Little Book Pixie and Shooting Stars Reviews.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you’d get to choose, who would you bring back?

I would bring back Coll from Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain. First introduced in The Book of Three as Dallben's pig-keeper, it is revealed later in the story that Coll is an aging hero who, in his youth, had braved the depths of Annuvin to rescue the oracular pig Hen Wen. Through all five books of the series he is a voice of wisdom and paternal advice for Taran. And then in The High King he makes the ultimate sacrifice while helping Taran's small force slow the advance of the implacable and undying cauldron born. Because of this, Coll doesn't live to see Arawn defeated, the Sons of Don leave Prydain, or Taran find his ultimate destiny.

Coll's death was probably the first one of a substantial and likable character that I encountered in fantasy fiction. In retrospect, it was almost inevitable that Coll would die - he is the sort of character that authors kill off so that the reader can get a sense of how high the stakes truly are - but if I could, I'd still save him.

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