Day 29 of countdown continues: Meet Aiden Hale

Happy Monday morning! Let’s start the week off right by talking about Aiden.  Of all my characters, I have received the most questions about him.  Take a look at his updated page here for new information about him, including his strong pet peeves, and even his reading speed.  Do you think the new trivia about him makes sense? Why? What is your favorite Aiden trait?  xo, Ani

Aiden Small for website

9 thoughts on “Day 29 of countdown continues: Meet Aiden Hale

  1. ChoFuSa says:

    I just pre-ordered. So excited for you and so looking forward to it! I loved this story when it was the Master’s Muse and have thought about the characters often. So glad it’s almost here!

    • Ani Keating says:

      YAY! THANK YOU so much!! I hope you like it with all the new scenes between them and all the work that’s gone into it. It will always mean a lot to me that you’ve stuck with it from the beginning. xo

  2. sillie says:

    Hi Ani – I like that misty mountains and hide-out thing. Sleeping on the ground I like too. However, I think the reading speed is a bit much. Well 650 words/second, that’d make it about 2 pages a second, so everything that’s open at once at one glance. I understand that with his memory he’d certainly have 100% retention of that, but would he have time to process what he read at all? Or maybe that understanding and feeling the details isn’t part of that kind of reading necessarily? He’d anyway have a library in his head and just pick a book at will 😀

    • Ani Keating says:

      Hey there, thank for thinking about this and reflecting! 🙂 Yes, when I was calculating his speed, I was doing research on this and previous records. The Guinness standard, which is what I used as a measurement, focuses only on reading speed and retention (not comprehension), which makes sense for Aiden with his eidetic memory. So you’re right, he would not comprehend right there and then, but because later — when needed — he can recall the information he saw with 100% clarity, he can reflect and ponder it then, and he would comprehend it. In other words, I view his brain as a massive library with flawless organization. The experiences he has had–his life, friends, family, Elisa, etc– are at the full front of that library: total recall, plus comprehension. He needs no “index” for them. But then, in the back “aisles,” there is all the mass of data of things he has seen/heard/smelled/tasted without much attention–just perception– and those, he can recall (and then comprehend) at will. Does that make sense?

      The rest I think made sense for him, too. After living in the desert for that long, I couldn’t see him ever go back on any hot place.

  3. rsshmtt3 says:

    Gosh girl, you can not tease me with a picture like that…I nearly had a heart attack. Gosh, I need a Aiden. I am so glad you are doing this count down with so much enthusiasm. I’m getting gitty inside, I need to calm myself. I’m so happy for you. Thank you for the count down.

    • Ani Keating says:

      Yay! That’s two of us being giddy. I know, that picture is a health hazard. You should have seen me when I finally found it. He is coming soon, babe! 28 more days. 🙂 xo

  4. Karen says:

    OOOHH and I still find more to love about my favourite person Aiden. I can completely understand him not liking the heat and sleeping on the ground – ergo him liking the mountains and the misty weather is also understandable. One of the things I love most about Aiden is his self sacrifice, righteous morality and his somewhat innocence when it comes to matters of the heart. I was so upset when people thought the worst of him – he would do absolutely anything for those he loves, including giving up his own happiness and even his own life. I love “my” Aiden 🙂 x

  5. Lulu says:

    When Aiden is in his most vulnerable moments, I do picture him with a slight beard. I’m glad to hear that he hates shaving. But I’m sure his military training would not allow him to ever go a day without being clean shaven. Aiden is my favorite character; nothing is more interesting that a character you have to disscet, to learn who they are and then ultimately, their motives.

  6. Kate says:

    I think I just I died a little with that picture, good lord! I miss Aiden so much, and I am so glad to hear that he hates shaving – I imagine him with quite the beard after Isa left. I can’t wait to read the new scenes and rediscover the characters again! I’m so obsessed I may or may not (I definitely did!) have forced three of my friends listen to me rave about Thirty Nights and then sent them an email with strict instructions to read Aiden’s letters. I’m going crazy with these teasers but I wouldn’t want this countdown any other way!

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