Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WATERFALL WEDNESDAY #1 -- Now showing at Tina's Book Reviews!!


This week's WATERFALL WEDNESDAY is being hosted by Tina at Tina's Book Reviews. She's come up with some awesome discussion questions for us. Won't you join in? You can get there right now (or a few minutes from now) by clicking on the pretty button above that Missie (at The Unread Reader) designed for this event! So grab your copy of Lisa T. Bergren's Waterfall and let's all dip our toes into the River of Time!

Here are my thoughts on Tina's discussion questions:

1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi. She's depressed, a little angry, and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?

I found Gabi's voice to be "believably teen" from page one. I well-remember getting dragged -- almost as baggage -- into some of my parents' interests, so I connected with Gabi's feelings of bored resentment. Gabi wants to be where the action is (aka: BOYS) and hates that she and Lia are almost an afterthought to their mother, who is much more interested in digging in the Etruscan dirt than connecting with her daughters. I liked the humanness, teen vernacular, and realness of Gabi. A lot.

2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy -- the Dark Ages in its prime. Is there any time in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?

I'm drawn by the chivalry of medieval times -- but a little put off by the violence and chauvinism (not to mention the lack of plumbing. And medical care. Leeches and Poop are not my idea of holistic remedies.) Of course, if Marcello and Luca were there to greet me, I might consider the trip! sighhhhhhhhh.

3. Most of the men, including Marcello, have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if she's a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of men's mentalities back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?

I'm sure then, just like now, the mentality depended on the man: how he was raised, and by whom. I'm sure there was a bit of each characteristic in most medieval men -- and also in the women for the same reasons. If you're told/treated all your life your are chattel for breeding heirs, you will most likely believe it of yourself and your purpose without some sort of intervention.

In our modern times, acts of chivalry are often mistaken for chauvinism. I think that is a sad loss to our culture in acknowledging the hidden worth of a woman -- and the beautiful care of the men who appreciate it.

4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?

In a climate of war, within a society where daily survival is in question, I think it is perfectly fair to be suspicious of newcomers. However, it is also wise to make an effort to perceive the newcomer's character and adjust your opinion according to those observations.

Sure, we've all been in those situations. As the wife of a public school principal, I am often relegated to the "leper section" at school events. It's almost comical at times, the invisible force field that surrounds me and repels people from sitting within my immediate radius. Like Gabi, I've learned to deal with it, laugh about it, and to more easily discern who is brave enough to be seen in proximity to one such as me and the (perceived) "evil authority" that I represent.

What do you think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?

Coolest? Chivalrous knights determined to adore me in my beautiful gownage.

Worst? Violence without proper medical care. An also, because it is scary. And also, because I could get hurt or killed, and that is most certainly not on my bucket list.

Thanks for stopping by this week! Please visit TINA's blog, as she is this week's official host! (and **GIVEAWAY ALERT** make sure you go to THIS POST at Tina's Book Reviews to "linky up" and get in the running for one of FIVE autographed* sets of the River of Time series, generously provided by Lisa T. Bergren.)*autographed sets for U.S. winners only.

Happy Read-Along! Meet us at Missie's place (The Unread Reader) next Wednesday!

25 comments:

  1. Whoo-hoo Serena, great beginning to Waterfall Wednesdays! I'm sorry I won't be able to hop around today to visit everyone, but I'll catch up when I get back!

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  2. I'm loving it that everyone is having a problem with the lack of plumbing during this time period!

    " In our modern times, acts of chivalry are often mistaken for chauvinism. I think that is a sad loss to our culture in acknowledging the hidden worth of a woman -- and the beautiful care of the men who appreciate it. "- ;)

    You have to want a knight in shining armor! ;)

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  3. Sorry guys! The pic link isn't working! I'll try to fix it, but in the meantime, just click on Tina's name in the first paragraph or go to www.tinasbookreviews.com!

    Joy -- have fun under the palms -- hope you brought a book to the beach (as if you wouldn't!)

    Jacinda -- plumbing. It's all about the plumbing! -- but the knights might make up for it. ;-)

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  4. I'm off to work where the security on my computer doesn't let me leave comments on blogs (darn bank computers!), but I'll be sure to checkout everyone's posts I didn't get to yet when I get back home tonight!

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  5. Yes, I felt Gabi was definitely a typical teen. Maybe I was just never a real teen because I would love to spend the summer on an archaeological dig!

    Love your answer for number three. I also agree about the violence. I am much too faint-hearted for such things.

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  6. UGH- I never even thought of the crazy violence and no medical care issues...very scary!!!

    I LOVED your answer for number 3, I think men have lost that take care of you, open the door for you mindset....maybe it was our own fault with all our men ranting...:/

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  7. Good point on the medical care. I think everything would be a little scary without our proper medical knowledge.

    I loved that you talked about a man's upbringing and how it affects their attitudes towards women...so true!

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  8. Great answer to number 3! And I would take a Knight any day..as long as he took a bath and brushed his teeth first of course!

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  9. Great point about the medical care...that would be a big one for me too...but then...that explains why we are so overpopulated now!

    My post:Waterfall Wednesdays-Week 1

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  10. Great answers to the questions this week. I'm with Julie above. Great answer to #3. I also would take a "hygiened" knight any day!

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  11. Good point on the medical care. I think the no toilets thing would kill me.

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  12. LOL! Yeah, I need my guy nice and clean and smelling good. Love your answer to number 3. I agree. The way people are raised really shapes how they will think and act.

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  13. "And medical care. Leeches and Poop are not my idea of holistic remedies."

    Truer words were never spoken. Poop is in no way a remedy I would ever consent to. Pass. But sexy knights wanting to look after me? Absolutely:)

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  14. yeah, I'm with ya on the not getting killed part. LOL

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  15. Oh yes, the violence would be jarring to be sure. It would be like entering a war zone! Yikes. Great answers!!

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  16. I absolutely agree that sometimes acts of chivalry are often considered to be a little bit chauvinistic and I think that is such a shame.

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  17. I def agree with you that the hidden worth of a women is often forgotten these days. I think the hidden worth of people in general is often forgotten in the world that is more worried about themselves. I hope that things change in the future. One can only hope. Great answers!!!

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  18. "Violence without proper medical care. An also, because it is scary. And also, because I could get hurt or killed, and that is most certainly not on my bucket list."

    ^Agreed!! I definitely would be wary of living in that time with the lack of medical care. Especially in the middle of a war.

    Great answers :D

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  19. This has been so fun, hasn't it? Connecting book love warm fuzzies with everyone! I just visited 25 Waterfall Wednesday blogs -- some of which I'd never seen before! I love it!

    Thanks for everyone for stopping by today! I'm already looking forward to next week!

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  20. Great answers! I'm with you on the character thing! I think that speaks volumes about a person. I didn't think about the violence so much as the lack of bathrooms and medicine! Great answers!!!

    Heather

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  21. Awesome answers! I am with you about the men being protective and caring not being a bad thing. I wish more men today were gentlemen :)

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  22. Terrific first round, Serena. I tried not to think of Fear of Death as I wrote about Gabi and Lia wading into the fight...

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  23. thanks Serena! your visit is MUCH appreciated !
    fun imagining our own time travelling ..
    great responses '')

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  24. Can't wait to find out more about Marcello. Why is it he seems to appreciate Gabi already ? Was it how he was raised? Or is he just that bored with Rossi?

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. I appreciate your mentioning an often disregarded observation of how sad it is that chivalry is mistaken for chauvinism in today's world. This is the first I've read of concern over the violence and medical care aspect of things and I have to admit that I'm guilty of placing personal hygiene above safety, to the extent that I did not even consider how dangerous these times were when answering these questions.

    Sarah
    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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