Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Hounded Read-along Wk 5

Posted March 30, 2012 in Event / 23 Comments


“Druid’s log, October 11: ‘Never make Laksha mad.'”

This is week 5 of the Hounded Read-along and our last week (*sign*).  Thank you everyone for letting me play along!  This has been a blast and I’ve really enjoyed getting around and reading everyone’s answers. 

Discussion Schedule:
March 02nd: Chapters 1-5 hosted by Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog
March 09th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by On a Book Bender
March 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Smash Attack Reads!
March 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by In the Closet With a Bibliophile
March 30th: Chapters 21-25 + epilogue hosted by The Unread Reader
April 06th: Special interview with Kevin Hearne & announcement of winners!


Questions for Chapters 21-25 + epilogue

1. In a moment of anger, Atticus reveals something about himself that he usually keeps very secret, for his own benefit. Has something similar ever happened to you? Have you ever spilled a closely guarded secret in a moment of excitement or anger or absent-mindedness?
Unfortunately nothing dramatically stands out but I suffer from foot-in-mouth disease so I’m sure I’ve done it loads of times and not even known it!  

2. Atticus tells Mrs. MacDonagh, “the universe is exactly the size that your soul can encompass. Some people live in extremely small worlds, and some live in a world of infinite possibility.” Then he asks her what she is going to do with the new information she has discovered. What would you do if you found out that other beings were among us? Would you deny it or embrace it?
I would immediately run to my mom, have her draw some blood (she fancies herself a phlebotomist even though she’s a hospital lab technician) and have her run all sorts of tests to find out what I am!!  I want to be one, too!!!  Embrace it, baby!!  “I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him…” ~ sorry, Bugs Bunny moments come out of nowhere often for me…

3. So far, Atticus has revealed a few of his powers and has even shared some power by putting bindings on Granuaile. What do you think has been his coolest or most helpful power so far?
Definitely pulling power from the earth.  It’s all encompassing!  He uses it for basic power, to regenerate and to call elementals to help him clean up “messes”.   ‘Nuff said.

4. Atticus gets pretty pissed when he finds out that Aenghus Óg is drawing power from the Earth and, in turn, killing it. That’s when Atticus decides he must fight the old Fae for committing such a heinous offense. What is something you would fight for, even if it meant you might die trying?
Duh, my son.  Next question… 

5. What did you think of the final showdown between Atticus and Aenghus Óg? Did it go down the way you expected? Was there anything about their battle that surprised you?
The epic nerve-wrecking moments when Atticus was collapsed in exhaustion on the desert floor after using the cold fire were truly surprising!! I had no clue how Atticus was going to get out that mess.  I knew Kevin Hearne was a good writer from what I’d read and enjoyed so far but dang!  If he can write a fight scene that I, as the reader, had no clue which way it was going, that’s talent!!!

6. What was your favorite/least favorite part of Hounded? Who was your favorite/least favorite character?
I only had favorite parts.  I’m going to use quotes from the book to answer my questions:

Favorite part of the book ~ “The first thing I thought was, ‘Oh no! I’ve been shot!’ in the immortal words of the golden protocol droid when he got lased with special effects in a mining colony.”Atticus getting shot and taking care of business at the same time.

Favorite character ~ “All right, but I think we should start recruiting a horde now and have them muster on the Mongolian steppes.  We can join them in the spring and then ride to glory.” “Where are we going to recruit a horde?” I asked him as we stepped inside….  “I don’t know.  You’re the bloody Druid here, not me…” Oberon (conversation with Atticus)

Least favorite character ~ “Quite right.  So after I killed him and stowed his body next to the doe, I sampled his smoothie concoction in the parking lot and found it to be quite delicious.” Flidais (I didn’t go with Emily b/c she was an awesome b*tch)

7. What do you think is coming up next for Atticus? Will you continue reading this series, and if so, what do you hope to see happen in the next book?
I’m going to weasel out this question because I’ve already read Hexed, Hammered and A Test of Mettle so the question is moo.  I will suggest that once you get to Hammered, you MUST read A Test of Mettle which is a short story told from Granuaile’s point of view.  You can find it free on Kevin’s website, along with Clanrathskeller, a prequel short story that occurs before Hounded. 

And if you really want to get your geek on, Kevin has a Google map with all the book’s locations marked on it.  It’s on his goodies page (that just doesn’t sound right, does it?).

Read-alongers: If you have CAPTCHA on your blog, please consider turning it off (even for the day). With the new CAPTCHA system on Blogger, it is even more difficult and annoying to comment, and many commentors now skip over blogs with CAPTCHA. And just a reminder: CAPTCHA is turned on by default. If you’re on Blogger, double check to make sure CAPTCHA is turned off.  I turned mine off a long time ago but it turned itself back on at some point and I’ve had it on for some time now 🙁

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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23 responses to “Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Hounded Read-along Wk 5

  1. Kristin, You are a lifesaver. I didn’t know about A Test of Mettle, so thanks for the FYI.

    And, “I suffer from foot-in-mouth disease” haha! Good way to put it. Now I know what to call my disease. 🙂

    Thanks for the Bugs Bunny moment too.

  2. I love that not only would you entirely embrace it but also hope to be a paranormal creature too. That’s awesome!

  3. Oh I thought Emily was kick ass in an evil type of way too. Plus, she served a big purpose!

    I didn’t know about those extra novellas—heading over there now 🙂 I will totally check that out 🙂

    I have foot in mouth disease which is why I try not to talk about any controversial subjects—-however I also suffer from opinionated PIA syndrome so it is hard LOL

  4. Your number 2 reminded me of Finding Nemo. “I will name him Squishy and he will be mine.” LOL! I luuuurve it!

    That scene with Flidais never ceases to make me laugh. She’s just talking about the dead guy like it’s no big deal and chooses to focus on the smoothie. And the funny thing is that after I read that part I really wanted a Jamba Juice. I think that may mean I’m slightly desensitized and a bit sordid. LOL!

    I’m going to head on over to his “goodies page” LMAO! Oh the things that amuse me. 😀

    • Can you go get me a Jamba Juice and have it sent to Detroit?! When I lived in San Diego, that was lunch sometimes on Saturdays after surfing… Dang I miss those awesome smoothies!!!

  5. Glad I’m not the only geeky author stalker around;) I read Clan Rathskeller week or so ago to ease my Hounded cravings, I wanted to read ahead *so* badly! I’m waiting until I’ve read Hexed to read the other one though.

    Love the Oberon quote too.

  6. Oh, I forgot about Flidais – she was pretty nasty! I definitely have a bit of ‘foot and mouth’ but not about giving away secrets – usually saying the wrong thing quite by accident, e.g. oh, hi, how’s your husband, ‘he had an affair and we got a divorce,’, or how’s work – ‘got laid off’, you get the picture I’m sure, the type of scenario where you’re both squirming with discomfort and trying to think of a reason to get the hell out of there (oh, I think I left the oven on!) EEk
    Love the quotes – particularly Oberon – makes me laugh all over again.
    Lynn 😀

    • My husband had a great story like your affliction!! He used to work in a gas station. A girl came in wearing one of the baby doll tops and he asked her when was the baby due. She wasn’t pregnant.

  7. There are some days where I think I’m another creature. LOL! I think that’s when I’ve been reading too much PRNs or stuff with superheroes.

    UGH, I hate not knowing what happens next. I’m still waiting patiently (yeah, right) for Hammered so I can be ready when Tricked comes out next month.

  8. OMG! I love that bugs bunny moment. I know exactly what you are talking about. I named a mouse that I couldn’t catch (humane trap) George. He wasn’t too afraid of me and was cute. Don’t judge. LOL

    Oh and I loved Oberon. How could I not???

    • Thank you for getting the bugs bunny reference! I just can’t get that episode out of my head whenever someone talks about hugging… and squeezing… I hear the voice in my head, too. Uh oh…

  9. Thanks for the bugs bunny moment. Especially a big thanks for all the Kevin info, so going to check it out. Loved your quotes. Emily was a nasty byotch who got what she deserved for sure. I can’t wait to read more of this series. So nice meeting you. Hopefully you are coming along on some of the upcoming read alongs. Hope you will keep in touch, I always return comments 🙂

    • That was an actual old time Bugs Bunny reference! It was from Abominable snowman circa 1961 ~ um, I have to admit I was too old for Animaniacs! AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

  10. Boo on Flidais. What a bitch and your quote totally captured her entire, annoying personality.

    And I’m with you–I want to be one of the Other folk, too! Test me!

  11. This is so bad. Only just been able to check out peoples answers to the last week of the read-along. Had very bad week! I only had favourite parts too! Had nothing bad to say about Hounded or any of the Iron Druid Chronicles.

    It was great meeting you 🙂