I'm not sure when Pankera was written-- Number of the Beast came out in 1980.
I'm hoping for a better answer about who the Black Hats were, but don't tell me.
My plan is to post notes about what I notice as I read, and I'm starting at the beginning.
I'm not sure how much I liked Zeb and Deety's aggressive style of flirting when I first read the book. Did I like it or just tolerate it? In any case, I find it somewhat wearing now.
On the other hand, I find the descriptions of dancing a lot more interesting than I used to-- I've gotten deeper into tai chi and qi gung.
There's a mention of transexual operations being common. I would count that as pretty good speculation.
Zeb's rapid takeoff and evasive maneuvers remind me of John Lyle's piloting in If This Goes On--.
The John Carter/Denah Thoris bit still works for me emotionally though I'm not especially an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan. The geek background is still strong stuff. But not so strong that I left off the Edgar Rice, since I don't want people be caught short by thinking it might be William Burroughs.
Minor failure of prognostication. Long distance phone calls are still expensive. Pay phones are still common.
Prognostication win: Personal news filtering.
NotB and Pankera could possibly be paired with Friday and Job and possibly others as being about searching for a home.
Current plan is to comment on about 5% of the book at a time, rounded to the end of a chapter.
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