Eight planets

Alpolonio was right there are only eight planets in the solar system.  But it isn’t because Saturn left, but because Pluto was demoted in 2006.  Just a side note, in case you missed it being regaled to its dwarf planet status.

The force of Saturn, the unseen hand that propells events, good and bad within the story has been revealed, but it wasn’t all that suprising.  You can’t miss the multiple references to the force, or watching or some semblance of a presence – there is at least seven in the first twenty-five pages, give or take a few.  The reasoning behind the events, the evil omens, is also revealed, and again, it isn’t all that suprising.  It’s a woman.  The woman who broke Sal’s heart and leaves him dispondent and sprawled naked across his bed.  It’s the very same Liz of the dedication page.  Then comes what I found suprising, Liz’s request to Sal, for a story without her.  (Right after a short chapter in the first person who I am not sure who to attribute the narration to concerning Cami.)  But does he?  Is Saturn able to continue the story without the sadness and the need to unleash it on someone that had driven the action in the earlier parts of the story.  There are the few pages that list his name at the top of the left page column, but are followed by blank space for a span of time.  He continues the story, and after a brief respite, he is back in the mix, returning with “Napolenonic fevor” and the direction of the story, the punishment he seems to unleash on de la Fe does not seem the less.  It may be in fact all the more, with the weather systems working their ways around Morte, the irragation pipes being fixed to deprive the residents of water, and the lead poisoning from their attempts to shut Saturn out.  Perhaps further reading will disprove this idea, that the sadness is still there, that Liz is still in this novel regardless of a dedication page, but I am unconvinced.  She was there in the beginning when he started the story and I think she will be there in the end.