I usually avoid describing the race/ethnicity of characters so readers can immerse themselves in the story-world and ‘see’ the characters in whatever race/ethnicity they expect based on their own cultural surroundings.

How does this affect your interpretation and mental image of the characters?  Did you even notice this before I brought it up?  Do you ‘see’ a mix of characters that matches your own cultural surroundings?

Reader’s Choice

The Virtual Backyard Book Club is four months old now, so I figured it was time to see how we’re doing and ask for your ideas.  Let’s brainstorm, and I’ll implement your ideas and add your topics to the to-be-discussed list!

What topic(s) would you like to discuss?  What would you like to change about this forum?

Found Any ‘Easter Eggs’?

Many of the books have ‘Easter eggs’ hidden in them:  little clues that foreshadow events in later books.  Some lie dormant for several books before the foreshadowed events take place (and some still haven’t been hatched).

Have you spotted any ‘Easter eggs’ as you read the series? Did you notice them while you were in the story, or have an ‘aha’ moment when they hatched in a subsequent book?

Sacrifice Or Selfishness?

When we talked about John’s motives earlier the consensus was that his actions sometimes looked selfish, but in our discussion about Stemp last week we touched on how sacrifice for the greater good can sometimes look like selfishness to outside observers.

John has given up a lot in the name of duty:  Thirty years without a stable home, a family, a fulfilling relationship, or personal safety.  With that in mind, does it change your perception of his attempts to hold onto a relationship with Aydan?

What’s Up With Stemp?

In later books, is Stemp’s personality changing as a result of his interactions with Aydan, or is he simply beginning to trust her enough to reveal some of his personal details?  Or is his ‘opening up’ just another method of emotional manipulation? 

Do you trust Stemp?  Why or why not?