34. Ever had a near death experience?
Sortta. When i was about 9 a friend and i were about to cross the street to get to the ice cream truck. i was just about to make a dash between traffic when my friend yanked me back by the neck of my shirt. As she did a car blew past us speeding and scrapped my hand all up. If she hadn’t grabbed me, i’d probably have been really fucked up if not dead.
40. Paid 1 mil to spend night in haunted house would i do it?
OF COURSE. However, preparations. I would take a big stick (I don’t believe in ghosts or supernatural but i do believe in human beings loving pranks and being assholes), a comfort blanket, and a sleep aid in case i can’t fall asleep.
46. If you could choose the future profession of my son or daughter would i?
I feel like the “good” thing to do would be to say no, absolutely not. but i would love to have the option to guarantee my future children a job that pays well and is rewarding. So yes. I would totally do it.
47. Best experience on drugs/ alcohol
On my 21st birthday my friends made me several cups of Creamsicles (whipped cream vodka and orange soda) and we played magic the gathering and Kinect games. Also, apparently when I’m really drunk i forget how to read.
48. Worst experience on drugs/ alcohol
Several years ago i had bronchitis so bad i couldn’t talk for like 4 days and could barely eat or drink because the pain was so bad. they put me on codine and i went on an emotional roller coaster between giddy and extremely depressed but had to keep taking it because it was the only way i could eat anything.
50. You find a suitcase of money sitting next to a parked car, do you take it?
Depends. I mean, i really like free money and i got no problem stealing from drug dealers or criminals but what if that money was left there so that someone could get a kidnapped loved one back or to pay off a blackmailer. I’d feel horrible for potentially ruining someones life. So maybe I’d stake out the place for several hours first and if no one shows up THEN take it.
It’s like, ok, overall, love the book, made me happy, so excited, return to the old form, etc.
BUT the stuff with Murphy REALLY BOTHERS ME and I’ve seen a lot of squeeing over the kiss and not a lot of discussion over how she was humiliated, beaten down, and told that her faith wasn’t strong enough/the right kind of faith and she was so emotional she broke a holy sword. (Because women, amirite? Women and their emotions fucking shit up.) AUUUUUUUGGGHHHHHH.
Butters is a coward. He readily admits this. Even as recently as this fucking book, he’s panicking during a battle and freezing up. He has no training in swords. He doesn’t seem to have much training in fights either. He’s a medic and runner, not a fighter. He wants to be Batman but he is NOT BATMAN, and just because you wanna be a superhero doesn’t always mean you should be. I love Butters, but him taking up the Knighthood and and restoring the sword with the power of his geekiness is 1) insulting to Murphy 2) makes me worry he’ll be dead in the next battle. He is a coward. Once the “cool, I have a lightsaber!” squeeing wears off he’s gonna remember that, and be right back to panicking.
Murphy has continually been beaten down, assaulted psychically, humiliated in her career and in her personal life. Her second husband left her for her younger sister, a fact they flaunt in her face. She lost her job, a job she had since she was at least 20 years old, a job that meant a lot to her, so much so that it was a part of who she was, intrinsically. She started working with Marcone of all people to defend Chicago when Harry was dead, she’s a former cop who started working with a mobster, after years of being a good cop she’s now dirty.
AND THEN. She takes up the sword to defend one of her closest friends, a man she has intense feelings for, a man she is probably in love with, from some seriously nasty pieces of work …
… and she breaks the sword. Because how dare she try to stop a bad guy. How dare she try to save her friend/lover. How dare she think she has enough faith in God to save people.
You know who’s worthy of the sword, though? That cowardly guy over there yelling Star Wars quotes. Yeah, good luck with that, God, see how well this guy lasts you as a Knight of the Cross.
I find this devastating and disgusting.
From a narrative standpoint, yes, she’s becoming outclassed by the cast of characters and rogue’s gallery. If there was nowhere left to go with Karrin Murphy: Police Officer, if there was now way to have her keep up with the characters leveling up to new magical heights, why not make her the Knight of the Cross? Let her level up too.
Don’t break her jaw and curbstomp her and break her to the point that she’ll “never recover completely” and her best chance is “90% of where she was at before” and tell her that she wasn’t worthy and her faith wasn’t strong enough and her silly women’s emotions broke a holy sword. Just … no.