We are meeting at Sherrie's house on Thursday, September 15th. Meeting at 7:30 with discussion to begin at 8:00pm
Menu: Provencal Dinner
avocado and romaine salad - Danielle
provencal vegetable soup - Sherrie
fresh bread - Chandra
winemaker's grape cake - Tessa
drinks - Sherrie
PS. Provancal cooking uses a lot of fish and seafood; I have gone vegetarian in this meal, but if anyone is inspired to add a little seafood magic to this meal, there are tonnes of great recipes out there that you could experiment with.
(questions taken from the author's website; note that there were 25 multi-part questions on the original list - over 100 altogether - so I really had to pick and choose and some aspects of the book may not be covered by the questions.)
- Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? Or... which aspects of the book did you enjoy and which did you not enjoy?
- How is Ysabel both historical and a fantasy? Do you sense that the author is drawing upon elements of myth and history to make observations about the present and past? How?
- Who's story do you think this really is? Why?
- How is this a coming-on-age story for Ned?
- What links the two stories in Ysabel?
- What role does setting play in this novel?
- Kay makes a lot of contrasts between modern and ancient - give some examples. Do you think these contrasts make the fantasy elements of the story more or less believable?
- What are Phelan and Cadell really fighting for?
- We invite our fate, one character tells Ned. Which characters do you think invite their fate and which are swept along by events?
- How does time work in this novel?
- Ned's dad is a photographer. He sees the world differently. Give some examples. How does seeing the world differently bring Ned and his dad closer together?
- There are references in Ysabel to Guy Gavriel Kay's other novels (specifically The Fionavar Tapestry, which includes The Summer Tree; The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road). Do you like it when authors include insider references like this? Are you more or less likely to read the other books now?