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Initial post: Sep 4, 2012 8:26:40 AM PDT
MHK says:
such a good book and so well written..way above most of the recently offered fiction

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 7:11:29 PM PDT
I was glad Isabel didn't use the weapons mentioned on p. 227.

I admired a number of descriptions: "So none of the light gets away without earning its keep" (p. 57);
"Sometimes when he wakes up next to Isabel he's still amazed, and relieved, that she isn't dead...It is as great a miracle as he has ever seen." (p. 63);
"The recruiters weren't fussy about details." (p. 67);
"History is that which is agreed upon by mutual consent." (p. 153);
"Words had a way of getting into all sorts of places they weren't meant to. Best keep things to yourself in life, he'd learned." (p. 174);
"You're the one who always says that if a lighthouse looks like it's in a different place, it's not the lighthouse that's moved." (p. 184);
Frank's decision-"I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened, like my father did, or I can forgive and forget." (p. 323).

Several times the sentences would have been stronger if "only" had been positioned right in front of what it modified:
"some of them ever seen by only a handful of living souls" (p. 110);
"A person could take only so much." (p. 238) and "People can take only so much, Ralph." (p. 263);
"I'm alive only because of you two." (p. 341).

Lucy's response to the arachnids reminded me of the story of a child who perceived a wolf as a big dog and wasn't injured by the wild animal, who recognized the human presence as non-threatening (p. 199). I Kings 12:11 came to mind also, and sent me to learn that the tool of punishment was a kind of scourge p. studded with metal.

Thanks for increasing my vocabulary at least twice. Now I know that scion (p. 103) means descendant as well as the botanical definition, a detached living portion of a plant joined to a stock in grafting. I admire the pun in this usage.

I'm grateful for the book and that I took the advice of the other members of the book club: finish the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2013 1:25:40 PM PDT
Yes, the slow start was frustrating...perhaps because we already knew the characters were keeping the baby.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 5:15:45 PM PDT
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