Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WATERFALL WEDNESDAY #3 NOW SHOWING... HERE!


Welcome to another installment of a totally rockin', short-term meme created by Tina at Tina's Book Reviews! This Waterfall Wednesday we are looking at chapter's 12-17 of Lisa T. Bergren's YA smash, Waterfall, the first novel in the River of Time series.


Joy is under the weather and, since I am soon to be declared Officially Addicted to the River of Time series, it is my pleasure to serve as host of the Waterfall Wednesday Read-Along this week. I hope you'll join in the discussion by leaving a comment and linking up with the Linky widget below -- you could win an autographed set of the River of Time trilogy from the author!

Now... let's dive in!

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?

I think I would probably be in awe... and a little bit jealous. Okay, a LOT bit jealous. Even in my best I would feel totally under-dressed ("And here is Serena Chase, wearing vintage K-mart she picked up at Dolores's Resale Peasant Wear Boutique!), but... even then I might be so bold as to smell my pits to check for peasant B.O. and then try to catch the eye of an unattached knight. My luck, however, I would catch the eye of someone creepy, cuz all the good knights would have noted my sniffin' of the pits (which would probably be full-on hairy European pits, no less! Ew!) and that would be the end of that!

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?

The only moment I can pinpoint is the birth of my first child. Following a battle with endometriosis and a couple of years of fertility issues it was an arduous 24-1/2 hours of labor (3-1/2 pushing) before "It's a girl!" was finally announced. At that moment, the exhaustion faded (briefly) and I felt like Superwoman. If I could do that, I reasoned in my happy-new-mom-haze, then I could do anything! (Obviously, I was ignorant of the challenges I would face when that squirmy, purple, cheesy McNugget of a baby became a teenager!) To be charged with directing the potential of a miracle was (is) daunting -- but at that moment I was just... full -- in the most complete and honorable sense of the word.

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?

I've certainly kissed some should-have-been-prophetic frogs in my day. I mean, these guys were cute, sure -- but super toad-frogs on the Worthy-of-a-Liplock scale. At age 21, however, while slow-dancing to Kenny G (cringe) one cold winter night, I received what I will always refer to as "The Perfect Kiss." Spontaneous, gentle, and undemanding -- yet entirely romantic -- it was our first kiss and the best. I get tingles just thinking about it. A year later I married the perfect kiss-er and this December we will celebrate our 17th anniversary.

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?

Gabi does tend to throw caution to the wind, BUT... I loved this observation. It was such a brief and eloquent way for the author to show not only Gabi's growth as a character, but the forced maturity -- and sense of mortality -- that comes from losing someone close to you at a tender age.

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?

I love that Marcello had to yell at her, more than once, to get her head back into the game of staying alive. This experience was a game-changer for Gabi -- a pivotal shift in her maturation as a character and as a medieval warrior. Being forced to kill in the course of defending those she cares about cemented in her mind the necessity for violent action, often to the death, to defend what (who) you love.

This scene also showed a fresh side to Marcello. We've seen him as a romantic pursuer and as a decisive warrior and leader of men, but we've not necessarily seen him in a leadership role in Gabi's life. Here, he takes a stand as her protector and defender -- which is, of course, totally romantic -- but with a surety of strength that is driven by his experience in battle as well as his growing love for Gabi. We've already learned that Gabi is fairly adept at adapting to new situations and I thought this scene was a well-played pause which moved the character development forward in a very believable way.

Now it's your turn! Fill in the Linky below (and please leave your comments for us, as well!) to join in on the discussion. Visit the other participants' blogs to see their thoughts on these chapters, and join us again next week when Waterfall Wednesday will be hosted by Jenny at Supernatural Snark!



33 comments:

  1. ewww, smelly, hairy pits? That would be nasty! Love your answer to #2! I think first time mom's are always full of awe...until those "McNuggets" turn into teens as you say. LOL!

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  2. Awwww your first kiss with your hubby sounds very romantic :) And I would definitely be jealous too of the ball. Wish I could attend with a handsome knight!

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  3. Ahhh the kiss and sword fighting to save each other. There is a movie quote....I can't quite remember..."I'll save you right back" from Pretty Woman maybe.

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  4. Oh good call on that well played pause that put Gabi's brain back in the game!

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  5. I totally agree with the jealousy of all those at the ball. I got jealous all the time when I see people who are dressed super nice and I'm chillin in yoga pants and a hoodie.

    I also think that everyone has to kiss a few frogs before they find their prince.

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  6. Awwww, love your Perfect Kiss story :o)

    And great point about Marcello having to step in and 'lead' Gabi to seeing the reality of what's going on!

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  7. Awww...You married your perfect kiss-er! That's so romantic. You're very lucky! I hope you both have many more joy-filled years ahead.

    I would've also been jealous so I wouldn't have stood to watch the procession too long, for fear of growing discontent with my life and wishing for what I couldn't have.

    I loved how Marcello took charge and forced Gabi to get her head back in the game after she killed the guy. His love for her shone brightly through his protective actions in that moment.

    Great, thoughtful answers!

    Looking forward to next week:)

    Sarah

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  8. Even after I gave birth to my first baby I still though, Gah, I can't do this. Then again, maybe it was that uncontrollable shaking that was doing me in, LOL. Labor is rough. I'd like to shake your hand for having to do it for so long. I would have cried for half of it.

    It's also nice to hear of a happily ever after in real life. I don't see too many now-a-days and that makes me very sad.

    LOL, I was totally thinking about BO when I read that first question! Plus, I hate hairy pits...I wonder if it would have bothered me being raised in a time period where that's all everyone had. Still, I saw myself in a drab, brown dress whilst the lords and lady's pranced by in eloquence. Brown is so not my color. ;D

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  9. Thanks for sharing those fantastic moments! Congrats on the seventeen years and raising a teenager!

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  10. Awww...Love your asnwer for #3. I wish I had a moment like that to think back on:) And good points about Marcello pushing Gabi into action!

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  11. really like the dynamix and the push forward alongside Gabi's retrospection... great week!
    thanks for the new questions and dialogue ~

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  12. HAHA- Toad-frog kisses...

    I **SHUDDER** when I think about some of freaks I let kiss me......eww eww and EWWW....!! I wish I could go back and smack myself!

    I loved your answer for 2 ...I think being a mom is scariest, most wonderful thing Ive done in my life.

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  13. I'm totally swooning over your first kiss! Where do they train men to do that and where can I pick one up? LOL

    And I love your answer to number 2! Mothers are incredible. I hope to be one someday. I'd love to experience that feeling.

    I wonder if peasants knew if they had BO? May not? But I'd totally throw myself to any unattached knight too. ;)

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  14. haha, I'm gonna add another "eww" to the arm pit comment...far too realistic, lol

    But I also agree, none of those soldiers is looking into the crowd for their next wife. Maybe a house maid? But she'd probably just end up a mistress...Nope, no luck...we're all just going to have to go back as Ladies. Peasantry is not acceptable.

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  15. Awww I loved your dancing to Kenny G kiss story- so sweet

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  16. I was commenting on everyone else's post and I almost forgot to comment here! :)

    Great questions you wrote out for this week! Very thought provoking!

    "sniffin' of the pits"-hilarious!

    congrats on the soon to be 17th anniversary!

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  17. Aww- I loved your story about your perfect kiss. I hope that will happen to me one day!
    Great answers!

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  18. Added link! - http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/2011/09/waterfall-wednesdays-week-3.html

    Thanks!

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  19. Serena, the more I get to know you the more I realize we have in common. We got married at the same age, both have our 17th anniversary coming up, both suffered a bout of infertility.

    My perfect kiss was to a Bonnie Raitt song (not Kenny G, but equally cringeworthy).

    Great job with the questions and answers! LOL @ the vintage K-Mart.

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  20. Oh, my! The answers were divine! I am laughing, nodding in pensiveness, and just all around having so much fun with this!
    Those Euro-fuzzbomb pits do not sound fun...but I would definitely be craving some knights. I would definitely be in awe, too, of all the lords and ladies dressed so beautifully.
    The kiss stories were awesome. Great post!! :)

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  21. You gals are all so wonderful and funny! Euro-fuzzbomb. HA! That kills! I've been going nonstop since 5a.m. and about to dash out again (Wednesday is my craziest day since I started a new work schedule last week!) so please forgive me if it takes me a bit to catch up to everyone's posts! I will -- I promise! Waterfall Wednesday blog hopping is my best guilty pleasure of the whole week!
    ~Serena

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  22. oh the memory of a first kiss....

    I love when Marcello gets in Gabi's face to help here deal when she finally realizes that this if for real and she just killed someone. To have someone who helps you thru the good and bad is priceless. Thank you God for my own Knight...

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  23. I don't know if I could handle the hairy armpits and then no deo. Nope, don't think so.

    Crazy me loves watching red carpet things so I would have liked to watch them walk to the ball, but totally hated not joining them and getting my own knight.

    Tonia Seaman

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  24. finally ! got the answers inserted to the questions posted =))
    thx Lisa for visiting - craazzzy buzy day!
    i didn't link til the answers were added - getting the post up just made it easier to add them on...

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  25. Childbirth! Perfect answer! My first one was difficult too :(
    Awesome answers! (And questions!) Mine aren't nearly as good, but I read the book clear back in February and loaned it out so I couldn't do a reread. Still wanted to participate though. I LOVE these books!

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  26. Really great questions this week! I struggled a bit to come up with answers that were sufficient enough to be worthy of them!

    And great answers too! Your perfect kiss story is just too darn cute!

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  27. These were pretty tough questions! I still had lots of fun =D

    Thanks for hosting this week!

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  28. Those were very thought-provoking questions! Loved it!

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  29. This is the first time am hearing about the book.And i really like the book review shared here.Really enjoyed.The name of the book itself was interesting !!

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  30. I hope it's alright to post my answers here --I don't have a blog and this has been sitting in my e-mail drafts folder until I filled them all out. =)

    Thanks!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

    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?
    --I would probably be trying to remember all the details on the gorgeous gowns and dresses or better yet, I'd be sketching them ... that wouldn't get me in trouble, would it? =)

    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?
    --I loved her observation about the dance and wishing that we did that today (compared to some of the concepts of "dancing" that we have). I felt like that while watching "Pride & Prejudice" when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy danced together for the first time, it made the scene come alive and ... wow, I needed a fan after that. =P Back on topic, I don't know if I've ever felt that way ... there was the first time that I helped as a counselor at a summer camp, I was kind of nervous during training, thinking that I wasn't prepared, but during camp, I was just floored by what God taught me through the campers and the staff --we were all united in Christ and it was an amazing week.

    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?
    --Confession: I admit it, I'm a romantic-at-heart, so I loved "the kiss". *blissful sigh* However, I'm more practical in real life situations (kind of like how Gabi was trying to be, I guess, LOL). So ... I don't know. Can you really know that it's meant to be from one kiss? If it was the kiss that made up his mind AFTER considering all of the things that made him love her, then ... okay, I can buy that. You're really asking the wrong person, LOL. I wasn't surprised by Gabi's reaction because she's spent over half of the book trying to convince herself that nothing could happen between them ... =P

    Cont. in next post.

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  31. 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?
    --For me, I think it's because you're so young, you don't think about dying --it seems so far away. A lot of what put Gabi in danger was her drive to find her sister and get back. I'm pretty sure she's been aware of what could happen to her, but I think that she's willing to risk it to achieve her goal. I don't remember if what happened to Gabi's father was ever specifically mentioned, but I think it was also the result of being transported back in time. She realized that at that place, in that era, if something happened to her, there was a chance that she might not make it. This realization meant that she wasn't trying to sneak out of the castle or things like that --which drove me (and Marcello, LOL) crazy in the beginning of the book. Her growing maturity helped me to like and relate to her character better.

    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?
    --I think it was. Before her step back in time, all her experience with sword-fighting and fencing have been for sport, for fun, and a way to spend time with her dad. To cause someone's death ... I can't even imagine what she must have felt. Because of this, Marcello and Luca were correct to be concerned and make sure she would be alright to continue the mission or give her the opportunity to back out. She had to be sure she knew why she was doing this, because if she wasn't able to justify it, she would surely hesitate if she were in that situation again and it could cost her life. I think you can know if you'd be able to do something like that until you're in that situation (which I hope none of us would ever have to be). Great, well written scene. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  32. Thanks for sharing your answers, Lady Dragonkeeper (love your online name, BTW!) And I'm with you on needing a fan after P&P Dance scene. Before Marcello, I was Team Darcy. (still am, for Austen-time.) ;-)
    ~Serena

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