Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CCSF Blog Tour Day Three: Beyond The Reflections Edge - Of Names and Doppelgängers.

So here we are on the third and final day of the Beyond the Reflection's Edge edition of the CSFF Blog Tour.

And part two of my thoughts (which again, may contain spoilers, proceed with caution):

My thoughts on names:

Kelly: While my interview with Mr. Davis on day one of the tour seems to indicate that Kelly's name was chosen for other reasons, I find it strangely ironic that the name means “brave”, given that Kelly really is the most courageous character in the book as far as I see it, the name fits her perfectly. It can also mean “warrior woman”, which also fits quite well.

Mictar and Patar: Interesting names for interesting characters. I can't help but think of Mictar and Pactar as being doppelgänger characters. One of them gives insight to the other and vice-versa. The other is the shadow-character of the one. Patar seems as good as Mictar is evil, They have a great deal in apparent common. Reading about Patar gives us a small look into Mictar, where as Mictar gives us insight into Patar. In regards to their names. I am reminded of malevolence with Mictar, and peace with Patar. I think it's the use of the “M” and the “P” as their starting letter, still it fits their respective personalities. I do not know why Mr. Davis chose their names but that's my thoughts on them.

Nathan: Again, my interview with Mr. Davis on day one indicates that Nathan was named after Nathan the prophet who spoke to King David, however, he is a person who lives up to his name's meaning: Giver. He does have a sacrificial tendency, and I couldn't help notice this nature whenever he threw himself between danger and Kelly or whoever else he was with at the time. Again, it's still a fitting name.

Mictar and Patar are not the only shadow characters, many of the characters have another set of themselves that show up at some point or other in the book. Often times I see another aspect to the character that the other version of the character wouldn't have revealed to me.

Speaking of names, I love the use of proper names for places such as “Wal-Mart” it's unbelievable how such a small little touch as that gives it a much more believable feel. I was surprised at how much more believable that little touch made the book.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, with any luck, I'm hoping to receive Eternity's Edge, which is the second book in the trilogy, sometime within the next few days.

You can learn more about Bryan Davis and Beyond the Reflection's Edge at the following websites, or you can purchase the book from Amazon.com or from Bryan Davis's website. Check it out!

Beyond the Reflection's Edge on Amazon.com

Bryan Davis's Website

Bryan Davis’s Blog


Bryan Davis said...


Thank you for the names analysis. I think I remember learning that Kelly means brave, but I'm not sure. That wasn't the reason I chose it, but it definitely fits.

I forgot to tell you about Mictar and Patar. These are transliterated from Hebrew words. Check out what they mean. That's why I chose them.

I agree that household names help with realism. That's why I did so much research. I actually visited the Wal-mart in Newton, Iowa, so the details of the roads are accurate. Just about every physical scene is described as I saw it when I visited.

S. J. Deal said...

Thanks Bryan! I see why you chose Mictar and Patar.


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Shane, all three of your posts are excellent. Thanks so much for putting the time and effort into the tour. Great job!


S. J. Deal said...

You're welcome Becky, I enjoyed it!