All right, first things first. You probably haven't heard of 'The Kingdom of Rain' before. I hadn't, either, before just recently. It's the first part in a four-part cycle of books written by Chesterfield on FictionPress.com. They're quite lengthy, too, having around 150,000 words. Note that this reading is like 99% blind. I'm inspired by Mark Does Stuff. This reading will likely have no pictures though. I can't be bothered, really. I am a fantastic person, as you can tell. Also, this is sort of important: you can read the book here: http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2809985/1/The_Kingdom_of_Rain.
As I can see by scrolling down the chapter list, each chapter title begins with "In Which..." I don't mind this that much, but that always feels restrictive to me when I'm writing. To each writer their own, I suppose.
Wait, she has a car? And she's in school? Is it college? Late high-school? Is it different where she lives? Gah, I need answers, like, right now. Exposit me up, book!
I didn't know the presidents had their theme songs. I'm tempted to search it, but some small part of me holds me back. I don't want to risk looking like an idiot if it isn't true. Or stumble upon some website and get the wrong information... Anyway, presidents are American, right? At least, the presidents used in the context of the book. So that would make the book set in America. There's no kingdoms in America, other than Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and... I think that's it. God, I hate those two kingdoms. And MGM or whatever it is now. Epcot is the only theme park I like, because it was interesting and didn't have the goddamn Carousel of Progress. I liked the Ear Worm, but it always brings back bad memories because the circle-shaped ridey-thing stopped going around the thing, installing a fear of closed-in spaces that you can't escape from that will last for the rest of my life. It's the kind of installation you wish never had happened. Sort of like Windows 8.
But I digress.
...Excuse me while I hurl. I can't stand the mere mention of guts, at least not in the context where the innards become... outards. And I'm the one who mocked the kids in health class for ew-ing at the videos about digestion. I made sarcastic and over exaggerated "ew"s and "gross"es all throughout the video. And at the end there was a non-graded quiz about it. The information sort of... slipped through me. I have a fairly poor memory, which is a shame because if I had a better memory, I'd be able to use my smarts much more effectively. Anyway, I learned a very important lesson: don't be sarcastic towards the other students during a video you'll be quizzed on later. Save it for other, less useful classes. Like Social Studies!
Writer's Block: Now with 85% more dead parents.
Things have gotten very interesting, very suddenly. Anyway: speculation - this is the Kingdom of Rain.
...and Elena clearly has a thing for castles.
I suck at climbing ropes, so I suspect that at this point I would wave my fists at the sky and curse my ineptitude at Physical Education. And then I'd go to the cloud mist stuff and stuff some in my shoe, and hope it would allow me to float to the castle. If it works for a castle, then it would surely work for a rather skinny guy like me.
Friend or foe, friend or foe... this early in the story, I'm going to guess... friend? Either way, this guy is clearly a Badass. Why else would he own a freaking floating castle?
Anyway, in just the first chapter, I am intrigued. The narrative style is sort of odd, but it's nice. Different. However, I feel that it would work better if it was first person. But that's just me.
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