genie47 wrote:One thing I find very interesting is the "Devourer of Souls" entity.
The description of him is strange. His belly is big from eating all the souls. JAL didn't identify him to us. Any such character in Swedish or Scandinavian mythology that fits his description?
No, there's no resemblance that I can make out between this entity and any mythological figure in our myths. The only thing we have is the ancient mythology about the Asir, i.e. Odin, Thor and that lot, and their perpetual struggle against the giants. But this figure I believe is entirely a creation of JAL's own imagination. It's also interesting how he just as in LTROI leaves a lot of the background to the reader to figure out or imagine after his/her own fashion.
Also, how did Sture get involved in this? Why did Sture submit to this entity's control?
That puzzled me too, and there's no definite answer in the story. The only thing I can think about is that Sture somehow is convinced that there is something in the way they choose to deal with the reliving that will eventually gain the "greater good" of humanity. Remember that Sture from what we learn (partly indirectly) is a utilitarian, as is his daughter (Kalle's half sister) Rebecka. But I still find it really odd how the "visitor" has convinced the scientists to carry out the process that is described in the final scene of the book - electrocuting the reliving, cutting their spine and wait for the caterpillar to emerge. Perhaps somehow the caterpillar isn't visible to everyone, that could be a part of the explanation.
genie47 wrote:The love between Kalle and Flora is beautiful. Though Kalle didn't have Flora's abilities, he appreciated that she can accept him as he is. Flora though in a way can be a superior "mutant", she didn't force the mission upon Kalle.
In a way, it is like Oskar and Eli all over again. I would think in the new epilogue of LDRKI, Eli is going to ask Oskar the very same way as Flora did. And Oskar will come to a realization just the same way that Kalle come to a realization of how the perspective of life changes with love. Kalle is messy but he for Flora, he did the little things to make it better for her.
In one way you may be right, but it's also very different from Eli and Oskar. Flora is a normal human as well, and I picture her and Kalle having a beautiful life together with children etc.
PS - just as someone asked about another thread - would it be possible to rename it correctly, i.e "The Final Handling"?