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just like kids don't "learn" their native language. it just...is.


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There is also a subtle mention of when he was sitting about how his reflection wasn't seen in the reflective table. He also mentions to Bod, that if he were to "die" he wouldn't exist anymore. nothing.

I really liked how he didn't mention vampires or anything else for that matter, just clues so you get to figure it out. Very fun, and cleverly subtle.
 
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It was confirmed on the colbert report that he is indeed a vampire.
 
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It was confirmed on the colbert report that he is indeed a vampire.


That actually made me a big mad. I wasn't far enough into the book to know what Silas was yet when I saw that on the Colbert Report, and it was obvious who he was talking about. But even without it being a mystery, it was still an amazing book, and Silas was probably my favorite character, along with Bod of course.
 
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Silas is certainly a vampire. There are 3-4 references to Dracula. The fact that he lives in a chapel (as Dracula does when he moves to England), crawling down a wall, the coffin and dirt. Of course he is.
 
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Yeah, I love the fact that it is never explicit, but at the same time, it's not ambiguous at all either. Silas is indeed a member of the undead and spends his sleeping hours as a bat in a belfry. He transforms a couple of times and Bod hears the sound of leathery wings.

As "undead" he is neither alive nor dead and thus unable to join the "Dance Macabray" which requires partners from both sides.

By the way, it must've been mentioned on other threads, but I also enjoyed Gaiman including Death in the book in the form of the Lady of the Grey.
 
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Silas is certainly a vampire. There are 3-4 references to Dracula. The fact that he lives in a chapel (as Dracula does when he moves to England), crawling down a wall, the coffin and dirt. Of course he is.


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It made me feel like a fool for not realizing it earlier. But once the refection thing came up it was obvious.

Also Neil snuck in a scene with a mummy, vampire, and werewolf when they were heading down the caves. Which was pretty kewl if you picked up on it.

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It's evident Silas is a vampire.

Just mentioning, I know it's of no significance to what species Silas belongs to, but did anyone notice Neil's reference to Miss Lupescu's species in her name?

"Lupe" comes from the Latin "lupus", meaning wolf.
 
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So. I have to admit, I didn't really catch what Silas was. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I knew, because reading this whole thread I was like "Ooohhh yep ok yep I get it ok." I feel kind of dumb in retrospect. However, in my defense, I think that for the most part, it didn't really matter, other than what a couple of people mentioned about how one can be good no matter what you are or where you came from, as well as Silas being a good not alive/not dead mentor for Bod.

I just finished the book today actually, and it fits into my studies at school (but didn't know that when I started reading it!) so I'm pretty jazzed Smile


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However, in my defense, I think that for the most part, it didn't really matter, other than what a couple of people mentioned about how one can be good no matter what you are or where you came from, as well as Silas being a good not alive/not dead mentor for Bod.



And by this I mean that I got all of that from the book without really thinking about what Silas was too hard.


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Originally posted by Chlisher:
's funny how Bod gets learn about all sorts of neat crittures, but never about the werewolves or vampires.


Actually, he does learn about werewolves, although not under that name...


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I always thought of him as a Grim.


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A vampire grim that is.

Sorry, my rabbit decided to type just then.


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by the way, am I alone in really really wanting to read about Silas, Kandar and Miss Lupescus battles against the Jacks of All Trades in Krakow, Vancouver, Melbourne and San Francisco?
I want to see Silas cut loose and who could help loving an Assyrian winged mummy!


I would totally love to read about their adventures! I actually really liked miss lupescu and thought she was a really good character in the development of Bod's learning <3
PS: Silas = Vampire! If you have the paperback copy of the book with the pictures in you can see that Silas is a Vamp. xx


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That's funny, I never realised it until you guys said it here, that he's a vampire, that is. I guess I didn't feel the need to know, and so didn't think about it too much. It definitely makes sense... though, I think in my mind he will always remain someone who is everything and nothing at the same time, someone without a species, stuck between life and death. I don't know, I just can't stop thinking that way.
 
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I began thinking Silas was a vampire and then thought he was death since he was neither living or dead. The parts about the bat were unclear to me.

I didn't realize the significance of the dance of the Macrabre and didn't know who the Lady of the Grey referred to. I thought she was more an escort to death, rather than death itself.

At the end of the story, when Silas said that he had done many bad things and had changed... well, that confused me.

Interesting how he looked on at the dance in a way that could be seen as jealousy. I wonder where his homeland is that he referred to? Maybe another dimension where only vampires live? Maybe I'll start a new thread.
 
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Originally posted by Chlisher: 's funny how Bod gets learn about all sorts of neat crittures, but never about the werewolves or vampires.
Maybe the 2 in question did not want Nobody getting a bad impression, as one probably would from reading arcane lore (as he might have done at school).


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's funny how Bod gets learn about all sorts of neat crittures, but never about the werewolves or vampires.


He does study werewolves, only they are primarily referred to as "The Hounds of God". See the end of Chapter 3.
 
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I've got to wonder, if Silas is a vampire, where he gets his blood food. We don't hear rumors of exsanguinations.


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