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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 If you were in a problem situation like one in the book, how would you have acted? Be sure to tell what the situation is.

I wouldn't be in a situation like this. Although, I think some people don’t end up in situations like this out of choice.

Tell in your own words the beginning of the book

Monte and Vicky are at a AA meeting. Monte is going to propose to Vicky after his 1 year speech.

Where did the story take place?

Colorado

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 Make a list of facts you learned from the story

Monte was a engineer. Dave was a volleyball coach. Vicky and Monte went to AA meetings. Dave was married to Cheryl. Cheryl was a attorney. Vicky and Cheryl had children. Monte and Angie tried to commit suicide. Angie had children. Monte and Vickie were forced off the road by Dave. They went off into a frozen lake. Vicky drown, Monte couldn't save her. Her legs were caught under the dash. Monte, Dave and Angie were all sent to rehab at The Sanctuary. Dave finally told Dexter and Monte about the wreck.

Top 3 things I liked about the main character –

I can’t really pick one favourite character because they all seemed to lend a strong voice to the story.

Is the story plot or character driven?

It is character driven.

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 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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