Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WATERFALL WEDNESDAY #2 -- Now showing at The Unread Reader

This week's WATERFALL WEDNESDAY is being hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader (Missie's the gal who designed that pretty button --above-- for this event, so make sure you stop by and tell her how awesome she is!)

Now... let's grab our copies of Lisa T. Bergren's Waterfall and dip our toes into the River of Time!

Question 1: Gabi's search for her sister is made increasingly difficult by the fight for territory between Castello Forelli and Castello Paratore. At this point, do you think the rivalry is warranted? Why or why not?

Okay, I'll admit it. I really don't care if the rivalry is warranted. I just want Team Forelli to win the day. Paratore is a major creep-o. De-castle him!

(BTW: When are those Team Forelli t-shirts coming out, hmmm?)

Question 2: Gabi aids Fortino by having his sickroom cleaned out and using steam to loosen the phlegm inside his lungs so he could breathe better. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that required you to rely on home remedies to aid yourself or another? What are some of your favorite home remedies?

My youngest daughter was the most flatulent baby ever. And sometimes the gas didn't want to come out, which made us all miserable. So my husband and I took an infant massage class and learned several techniques (using Olive Oil as the massage oil) to reduce her tummy aches (and set those bubbles free.) She was the star of the class, if the efficacy of the treatment (and the sound emanating from her diaper) was any indication. Later when she was a toddler, she had a middle-of-the-night ear infection. We were out of the homeopathic, but store-bought ear drops I usually kept on hand, BUT I remembered the massage therapist touting the safety of olive oil (it's edible, after all!) and used a few drops of that, with cotton balls, to ease the ear pain. CURED! -- and fast. I love olive oil!

Question 3: Marcello and his men don't hide their surprise when they learn that Gabi is skilled with a sword. What did you think of this development? Has your initial impression of Gabi changed? Do you have any secret skills?

I had a super-brief moment of, "Well, that was convenient." But I got over it. It moved the plot forward and established her as an above-standard woman in that society.

Me? Secret skills? Of course I have secret skills. I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you.

Question 4: "Our lips were so close, I could feel the heat of his breath on my skin." Gabi and Marcello's feelings for one another are beginning to stir. What do you think of Marcello as a romantic interest thus far? What do you think of his intended?

I was totally interested in Marcello, romantically, at this point. I think the minute he was spotted outside the tomb, he was my -- er, Gabi's -- guy. And Ms. Rossi? Well, there's a word for that one, dear; but it ain't nearly so pretty as she is.

Question 5: Marcello and Luca take turns teaching Gabi the dances of Toscana. Would you have liked to attend a ball like the one Gabi was practicing for? do you like to dance? Do you know any cool dance moves? Extra (not really) points if you You Tube yourself dancing and share the video. Come on, it will be fun! :)

Are you kidding me??? I would love to attend a ball. In a gown. On the arm of a knight.

Oh, yes I would!

I took a ballroom dancing class about ten years ago. It was fun -- but wow! -- such a workout! My husband is the good dancer in our house, however, so I owe all my cool moves to his expert lead. On my own, I will admit that I like to Zumba in my living room, but only with the curtains closed. I imagine I look a bit like Elaine from Seinfeld when I dance, however, so that vision, my sweetlings, will not be landing on YouTube anytime soon.

Thanks for wading into Waterfall with us again! Make sure you hop over to The Unread Reader and say hi to Missie (and the rest of the gals participating in this event.) Make sure to join us RIGHT HERE next week when Joy and I get the chance to host the Waterfall Read-Along event for chapters 12-17! (Discussion Questions Follow)

Discussion Questions for Chapters 12-17

1. In Siena, on her way to the ball at Palazzo Pubblico, Gabi likened her experience to being on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the goal being "to see and be seen." If you were a peasant, watching from the crowd, what would you be thinking as this procession passed by?

2. Though quite nervous about dancing at the ball, Gabi discovers a strange feeling of connection to the time, the people, and the society through the unified beauty of the dance. Have you ever been in a position where you felt out of your element, but, in one, pinpointed moment, became a part of or connected to something bigger than your fear?

3. The kiss. Oh, the kiss. When Marcello finally kisses Gabi, he believes the experience to be proof that they are meant to be together. What did you think about his assumption? Were you surprised at Gabi's reaction to it? Have you ever experienced a kiss that seemed to be prophetic in a similar (or opposite!) way?

4. Many go through their teen years with a subdued sense of immortality. Do you think Gabi has a sense of this teen feeling? And did you think Gabi's converse observation, "Sometimes death came hunting and there was no way to cut it off at the pass." was informed more by the experience of losing her father, her self-admitted closet hypochondria, or the forced maturation of being transported to a different time? How does this observation show Gabi's growth as a character?

5. In the span of a few moments, Gabi goes from sword-wielding teen beauty to man-killing warrior. Did you think her realization of the finality of death -- and her justification for its necessity -- was realistic? And, in her slippers, could you have done the same?

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