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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 What lesson did you learn from the story?

No particular lesson, I never had a desire to tried drugs.

What part would you change in the story, and why?

I wouldn't change any of it, as painful as the book seemed I think the sadness was necessary so people can understand what the situation is like for some addicts.

Consider the main character: what does he or she believe in? What is he or she willing to fight for?

He fights for nothing, but death.

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 Top 3 things I liked about the whole book –

For me, it would be the realistic characters, the meaningful reflections and a truthful approach to a situation that is often covered up.

Secondary characters play an important role in this book. Which secondary character resonated most with you and why?

Robby - Monty's sponsor at AA. He set up a intervention and he tried everything to help Monty.

What were the main themes of the book? How well did the author execute these themes?

Addiction, lies, betrayal, death. The author did a pretty good depicting the different life stories and how bad addictions can get.

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 were the main relationships explored in this book?

Monty - Vicky; Dave - Angie - Cheryl; Monty - Dave - Robby - Dexter

Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?

Some parts of the book dragged for me and I know some of the book club members agreed with me. It wasn't entirely a forced read.

How does the setting figure into the book? Does it come to life? Did you feel you were experiencing the time and place in which the book was set?

Most of the settings were situations I wouldn’t want to be part of but I think some people find themselves in situations like these from years of neglected emotions and broken families.

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 Were you able to connect with the main character and why?

I think connecting with the characters was a bit difficult because although realistic, their situations seemed so bad and there was no chance of a remedy. Or was there?

Did the book description relate to the story?

The description was accurate and the book was definitely an eye-opener for me.

Would you recommend it?

I would only recommend to someone interested in reading/learning about addiction and the toll it takes on the addict and their families.

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