Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WATERFALL WEDNESDAY #4 -- Now showing at Supernatural Snark!

Waterfall Wednesdays is a temporary meme invented by super-cool Tina over at Tina's Book Reviews (the super-awesome button -- above -- was designed by Missie at The Unread Reader) Waterfall is the first installment in Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time series for young adults.

(If you haven't yet dipped your heart into the River of Time and want some more dish on this series, you can check out my reviews for Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent by clicking on the book titles.)

Last week, we got to play host to the Waterfall Wednesday Read-Along Event, but this week's Waterfall Wednesday is being hosted by the always-entertaining Jenny at Supernatural Snark! Please stop by Supernatural Snark and leave some love for Jenny (after leaving your comments here, of course!) Now... on to the discussion of chapters 18-23!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTERS 18-23

1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?

With a dictionary in one hand and a thesaurus in the other, I'm a word-wielding ninja -- but truth be told, I'm a writer, not a fighter. I think I'd want a weapon, yes... but I'd also want to know that I would only have to use it in an emergency.

2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?


First off, I have to stipulate that my dream gown would appear on my 16 year old body, not my 38 year old body. That being said, my dream gown would be: a shimmering copper color with gold accents and jewels, and I would be thin enough not to require any sort of breath-stealing corset torture devices.

3. Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?


Because I am a bit of an accident-prone klutz, I have developed a pretty high injury-pain threshold. (I do admit that, as I'm aging, I do rely on Aleve and Advil quite a bit, though!) I tend to joke myself through medical procedures -- if it was anything long and drawn out, however, the medical people would probably want to sedate me (or at least muzzle me) before it was all over, if for no other reason than to stop the incessant, lame jokes.

4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?


Romantic Courtesy. I think courtesy, even in its most basic form, is all-too-often missing from our modern society and modern relationships -- and that its absence could be the root cause of most dysfunctional/dissolving marriages. Courtesy based upon love is what, I think, makes a successful relationship last -- and could restore romance and healing to many faltering couples.

5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?

I think it's a little bit of both. Of course I'm with Gabi, and totally in love with Marcello -- but Lia's desire makes sense. The plague is coming. Their mom is all alone. There are no hair products or electrical outlets or toilets or underwires or tampons or....?

But then again, there is, of course, Marcello... ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head over to Supernatural Snark to check in with Host Jenny after leaving your comments below!

We've almost reached the end of our Waterfall Wednesday Read-Along Event -- just one more week to go! Join us at Irresistible Reads this time next week when Nic will be our final host!


13 comments:

  1. As always Serena great answers! "I'm a writer, not a fighter" I loved that answer! Definitely nay to the corset and other torture inducing-thin making devices! "Romantic Courtesy" EXCELLENT!

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  2. "There are no hair products or electrical outlets or toilets or underwires or tampons or....? But then again, there is, of course, Marcello... ;-)"

    I absolutely love it...and completely agree. It's a hard choice since both sisters want something completely different but they have to make the choice together. Yikes...It's a decision I wouldn't want to make.

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  3. Ooooo copper! That would be a stunning color for a gown! And I agree with you on the being thin enough that no corset was required. Not sure I could deal with that. I like breathing. It suits me:) And you nailed it with the romantic courtesy answer - no wandering hands in that time period:)

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  4. BAHAAAHHHAAA- I always envision myself with that 16 year old body as well....oh the days before strecth marks, nursing breasts and swollen pregnant ankles and the convenience of Burger King on a busy night...:)

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  5. *snorts* Oh Serena. Your answer for number two is perfect! If I had my 16 year old body instead, then I'd love to play dress up with those Medieval gowns.

    And, is there a class I could sign up for to become a word-wielding ninja? Because being one would be awesome! Plus, I'm kind of tired of only using the word "awesome" to describe awesome things.

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  6. Question 5- I forgot how much I would miss all these modern conveniences! I have totally been taking underwires for granted! I was only dreaming about staying with Marcello and gazing into his eyes forever.
    I agree with you about romantic courtesy- there needs to be a mutual respect to make a relationship work.

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  7. It cracks me up that they are trying to gauge where they are in relation to the plague (must have had a great WH teacher). I totally want my gown on a much younger, slighter version of myself.

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  8. Lovin' your answers :o) And yeah, Marcello definitely has some sway over "stay-vs-go" ;o)

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  9. I'd want my dream dress to be on my 16 year-old body as well, lol.

    You are so right on the courtesy!

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  10. Courtesy based on love! Great answer!

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  11. Oooo, a shimmery coppery gown? Delicious! And ah, to go back to my 16-year-old body. That'd be nice too!

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  12. Love your answers. You always make me smile. I'm a klutz with a high pain tolerance too but I'm not sure I could endure stitches.

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  13. Loved the "I'm a writer not a fighter" and 16 year-old body! Your answers made me laugh.

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