Uncle: The cast members of The League of Superheroes have been called in to discuss Sue Dent's Never Ceese. For the record, though it doesn't matter currently, this is set during Genie At Large, the follow-up to LoS.
Rod/Titan: These discussions always are. It's amazing how many books we can read in about a week.
Genie: While I could have read it easily in a few minutes even without much time compression, there was no need: since Steve has read it, we effectively have done so as well. Likewise, we can have an infinite number of discussions like this because we are operating outside of our own timeline.
Rod/Titan: Too metaphysical for me.
Genie: Nonsense. The concept is similar to some thought experiments in quantum physics, such as those involving parallel universes.
Rod/Titan: They aren't the same thing.
Genie: I never said they were. "Similar" and "identical" are only similar, not identical.
Uncle: Returning to Never Ceese, I found the story engaging, but I can't vouch for its religious content.
Rod/Titan: I thought it was okay, but there was some weird stuff, like the ending, where SPOILER CENSORED.
Hey! No fair censoring that!
Uncle: We're trying to avoid spoilers.
Rod/Titan: Well, if you're going to censor me anyway, why should I bother?
Allen/Tachyon: Wow! If Rod shuts up, the rest of us get twice as many lines! It's almost like being in a state of grace!
Clarice/Goodcheer: I'll tell Mom you said that.
Allen/Tachyon: She'd agree. But she'd also yell at me. Anyway, the tall, silent type has a point: for me the ending was the weakest part. The story builds okay, and it really shifts into high gear when Ceese and Richard come to America, but the ending bugged me.
Uncle: Why? I admit a little disquiet there, but I'm trying to leave this to you.
Allen/Tachyon: And I'll leave it to Tom. He's the one with the lit major dad.
Tom/Darklight: I think Dad only let me read this as a prelude to a theological discussion. He does that.
Rod/Titan: And we get caught in the fallout too.
Allen/Tachyon: I thought you were shutting up.
Rod/Titan: And I thought you were just a hallucination of mine, so we're both disappointed.
Tom/Darklight: Anyway, for me the problem was that the epilog is out of sequence: it includes at least one scene that should have come a chapter or two earlier. Then there's the point Rod tried to mention, the one where two people who shouldn't even be around have a discussion, but I'm not going to get bleeped by going further.
Uncle: What about you, Micromegas?
Charlie/Micromegas: I thought it was sad. We do tend to take the long way around, and they could've solved their problems far more easily just by taking them to God. He's stronger than any curse. But it was realistic that they blew off the easy way.
Clarice/Goodcheer: Mom and Dad said it was a bit old for me, so I didn't read it. But Genie did.
Genie: I have no known parents, and Uncle didn't forbid me to read it. On the other hand, fantasy is not my preferred genre. I like things that are self-consistent.
Tom/Darklight: You like the Chronicles of Narnia.
Genie: That's different. They're beautiful.
Charlie/Micromegas: It's because of Aslan, Genie. You can meet the One he's based on, you know, and he is even better than the Lion.
Genie: It is my nature to believe only in verifiable data. Perhaps that's my curse.
Charlie/Micromegas: It's a common curse to claim. I just hope you don't take the long way around like Ceese and Richard.
Uncle: The matter of the curse is important, and it leads me to an observation: there is something missing in Never Ceese, but none of you mentioned it. So tomorrow we shall call in some experts from outside our series and see what they think.
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