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October 13, 2006, 03:13 AM
We can get them for you wholesale
So, Snaoim started reading Smoke and Mirrors on the plane this past weekend, and after reading WCGTFYW, he was confused and wanted to know what I thought. I hadn't read it in a long time and frankly, I didn't really get it either. How do other people take this story? What does the end mean for you? Especially Gaiman's insistence on the "But we had to be asked" part.


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October 13, 2006, 04:02 AM
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Traditionally, demons have only had power over humans when we've allowed them to have that power, as a way for the Divine to keep the demons from taking over the world. So, when it comes to mass murder, they've only had to have someone ask them to kill everyone to have the right to do so.

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October 13, 2006, 07:19 AM
When I first read this story, it reminded me of a superstition that vampires can only cross your threshold if you invite them into the house. Also, the title is very reminiscent of P K Dick.


October 13, 2006, 12:56 PM
While Dweller and Waspfearer make good points, the answer is even easier than those.

In Revelations, before the four horsemen come, they are called upon.

someone has to ask them to kill off the entire world.

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June 23, 2010, 08:30 PM
Rob! is dead-on, I think. Especially if you consider the line midway or so through the story that describes the sign no longer looking like a "dirty donkey" but a "pale horse."