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review 2014-03-15 16:45
Seaward- Susan Cooper
Seaward - Susan Cooper

I read this on the recommendation of the same friend as The Winter Prince, but this one wasn't as much of a success. I really liked the first half, with its mysterious urgency and perils, as we struggle, like Callie and West, to understand the rules of this new world and the reason for their journey. Everything through the mysterious castle was marvelous and all of a piece, but once we got to Callie and  West's journey through the desert, the tension dropped, and the allegorical ending was a bit obvious for me. The gender roles sometimes rubbed me the wrong way, but the book and the characters seemed aware of the that.

 

The ending reminded me of a less brutal The Amber Spyglass (a book I love to bits) and I wonder if Seaward influenced that ending.

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review 2013-07-09 00:00
Some Are Sicker Than Others
Some Are Sicker Than Others - Andrew Seaward List the characters and describe them

Monte - Alcoholic and a chemical engineer. He blamed his self for Vicky's death. He wants to drink his self to death. Vicky - Mother of Tommy. Was suppose to be clean, but was doing cocaine. She drown. Dave - Girls volleyball coach. Hooked on meth and alcohol. Total denial about his addiction. Angie - Meth - Very sick, delusional. She tried to commit suicide, when she was in rehab.

Find one word that describes a character in your book very well. Give five reasons for your choice of words.

Diseased - Drank and least a half gallon a day. Took pills. Drank Listerine, when he didn't have liquor. Wanted to die. Didn't care how he lived or who he hurt.

If you could rewrite the ending, would you?

No, I wouldn't rewrite it. It was perfect as it was.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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review 2013-07-09 00:00
Some Are Sicker Than Others
Some Are Sicker Than Others - Andrew Seaward Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Compelling

The characters seem real, but I didn't like reading about their lives.

What did the title have to do with the book?

Addicts are addicts, but I guess some are more sick than others.

What do you think the author was trying to accomplish with this novel?

Just wrote a graphic book about family people with addictions.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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review 2013-07-09 00:00
Some Are Sicker Than Others
Some Are Sicker Than Others - Andrew Seaward What did you think of the story structure with the past revealed in short chunks? Did you find it effective?

The story structure was delivered in chunks because that is how they remember things in their lives.

What are some of the major themes of this book?

Addiction, lies, denial, pain, suicide.

Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

Guess, it ended as it usually does with addicts.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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review 2013-07-09 00:00
Some Are Sicker Than Others
Some Are Sicker Than Others - Andrew Seaward Describe 2 different settings or locations.

Monty's apartment - Stale cigarettes and liquor. Carpet soak with urine and vomit. Half eaten food, black fuzzy mold every where. The ice covered lake, where Vickie and Monty's car went under. Dark and snowy.

Did the book end the way you expected?

It was somewhat of a surprise.

Which characters do you particularly admire or dislike?

I admire the counsellors. Dislike the disease.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.
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