Dr. Mary Malone is the best character in The Subtle Knife. She is a nun turned scientist, and that my friends, is what I call dedication. But are two choices that take a lot of work, and she nailed both of them. If she dies in the next book. If she dies, then I am going to find that fucking atheist that wrote the book and show him that God may not be real, but pain is very, very real.
Name: April Nickname: Various renditions of real name with omitted letters, or variations of “pallanoph” online. Zodiac sign: Taurus/Tiger (LAWL.) Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff? (We’ll never know.) Height: 5'5". 5′6″ if I stretch all the way out and it’s morning. Orientation: Some variant of asexual. Also possibly bi-romantic. *shrug* Ethnicity: Standard White Bread, Midwestern Edition: Irish/German/dash of mystery. Favourite fruit: blueberry/strawberry/black raspberry, a perfect peach, TDE triple cross citrus, apples. (Granny Smith/Pink Lady/Honeycrisp) Favourite season: AUTUMN. Runner up is spring, specifically that prime two weeks in the middle of May. Favourite book series: Oh boy. I need to read more? First thing that jumps to mind is “His Dark Materials” by Phillip Pullman. Second is various works by Charles de Lint. And I grew up with Harry Potter, so that too. I’m sure I’m forgetting something… *shame* Favourite fictional characters: Why are these questions so hard! Let’s try: Jilly Coppercorn (Charles de Lint “Newford” books), Dr. Mary Malone (Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”), Sherlock Holmes (original stories), and for TV, let’s thrown in Mulder and Scully from X Files because it’s the last tv series I watched all the way through. I’m sure I’m forgetting tons of others? (I like my friends’ characters!)
Favourite flower: Peony, Hoya, Lilac, Delphinium. Too many!
Favourite scents: Coniferous forest (pine/cedar/etc.) Red pine is a personal favorite. Also apple blossoms, lilac, faint vanilla scents, HOYA BLOSSOMS. Also camp fires/cooking fires. Petrichor. TEA, or fresh ground coffee beans. I experience life through my nose. Favourite colour: All the autumn colors: crisp blue skies, rusty reds/oranges/golds. Favorite animal: It used to be horses??? I still do like horses, but let’s add ALMOST EVERY BIRD, cuttlefish, and a million invertebrates to the mix. BEES/WASPS. SPIDERS. LEPIDOPTERA. And my precious fish children. I’m indecisive! Favourite artist/band: Boards of Canada. Average hours of sleep: anywhere between 5.5 and 9 hours, depending on the day and workload and whether or not I’m working the day job. Number of blankets I sleep with: 0-3, depending on season and location. Dream trip: Absolutely want to visit the Redwoods and Sequoias, so let’s go with that for now. Last thing I googled: sempervivums! Blog created: October 2013 How many blogs I follow: 41, over half of which seem to have faded into oblivion… Number of followers: Um… Somewhere upwards of 11,000. Roughly half of which I imagine are dead accounts or porn blogs. *shrug* Why are you here. What do I usually post: Art, work in progress, plant and fish shenanigans, WHINING. Mostly art, though. Do I get asks regularly: Every now and again. A lot less now than I used to, though I admit I don’t really get time to answer them as well as I’d like.
Lyra: Slytherin. She lies constantly to protect herself. She’s trying to survive, and worms her way out of several near death situations with her crafty way with words. She’s trying hard to get the job done.
Lord Asriel: Gryffindor. He blasts through everyone’s defenses with little care for rules, or for whatever anyone else thinks, leaving devastation in his wake.
Mrs. Coulter: Slytherin. Mrs. Coulter uses her charm to her advantage, to get within inner circles, climbing to the top quietly, though deadly.
Iorek Byrnison: Ravenclaw. On the outside he’s got gryffindor, with a sense of honor and bravery, and yet he’s also a smith. His armor is his soul.
Will Parry: Hufflepuff. He throws himself into this adventure for the sake of his mother, and his mission is to find his father.
Dr. Mary Malone: Ravenclaw. She’s looking for answers.
John Faa: Gryffindor, ready to defend all under his wing
Farder Coram: Hufflepuff, calm, steady, and wise.
Serafina Pekkala: Ravenclaw, full of witchlore of 300 years
Lee Scoresby: Gryffindor. This Texan is brave, and knows how to fight. He’s tired, and misses his home.
…But it gradually seemed to me that I’d made myself believe something that wasn’t true. I’d made myself believe that I was fine and happy and fulfilled on my own without the love of anyone else. Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I’d spend all my life without ever going to China, but it wouldn’t matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit… And I thought: am I really going to spend the rest of my life without feeling that again? I thought: I want to go to China. It’s full of treasures and strangeness and mysteries and joy.
Dr. Mary Malone in His Dark Materials: III. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman