In the fifth and final part of the sixth chapter of Lifeboats, Kit gets a visit from Mamvish that sheds light onâ€¦ some things. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to read Young Wizards.Â
Okay, weâ€™ve got three major things to discuss here, and THIS IS DEEPLY UNFAIR.
I donâ€™t know that I need a further explanation of the mystery of the Tevaralti at this point because this feels like Iâ€™ve been given just enough information to understand them. I can connect the dots from here! Iâ€™d not considered what was going on with the planetâ€™s kernel, but itâ€™s so fucking cool to me that I just read about evolution in The Science of Discworld right before I got to the bit in Lifeboats that utilizes evolutionary to explain how it is that the Tevaralti might have developed an innate attachment to their planet. Itâ€™s now possibleâ€”practically outright confirmed!â€”that the Tevaralti kernel contains an element of their culture within it. Which is super fascinating to me because Iâ€™d always assumed that a kernel only dealt with physical manifestations. But why wouldnâ€™t it cover cultural elements that make up a people or a world?
And in this case, the kernel of Tevaral contains an element of their â€œone mindâ€ cultural shift/experience that could very well explain why some of them donâ€™t want to leave. They feel deeply within themselves that this planet was made for them, that they have to care for it by themselves. Thus, they wouldnâ€™t exactly feel that welcoming to a group that comes in to help evacuate people from it, right? Why wouldnâ€™t they abandon a place they are certain is their only true place in the entire universe?
Which meansâ€¦ lord, theyâ€™re not going to save these people, are they? That opening scene is pretty much the ending, isnâ€™t it??? HELP.
Okay, I was so confused at first when Kit started laying out the ingredients to ketchup becauseâ€¦ did we really need that? Was that super necessary? DEAR READERS, IT ABSOLUTELY WAS. I love that Duane doesnâ€™t shy away from sex, puberty, or the uncomfortable realities of being a teenager, and this is just another example of that. Granted, she keeps us at an armâ€™s length from learning how sex works for Mamvish and her species, but thereâ€™s still an awkward exchange when Kit realizes that both tomatoes and sucralose may play an important part in the mating habits of Mamvishâ€™s species. Whichâ€¦ I love this? I love that we donâ€™t quite find out what she means by this, and I love that Duane still presents it as a natural part of this world. Itâ€™s awkward, but no one is shamed for it. YES. YES.
AHAHAHA I LITERALLY ASKED FOR THIS TO BE IMPORTANT AND GUESS WHAT I REGRET ALL MY CHOICES
Okay, sooooooooâ€¦. they exist outside our dimension??? The human mind literally cannot fathom their physical form so we just see them them as a shifting, shapeless group of shadows??? WHY THE FUCK DID THAT ONE WANT TO TALK TO MAMVISH?
I wholly expected that the Fourth would disappear when Djam showed up, but nope! No! Creepiness for everyone! Why did it say â€œPathfinderâ€ to Kit??? Whatâ€™s â€œhalf the wayâ€? WHO IS THE â€œOTHER HALFâ€?
What have yâ€™all done to me.
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