A Call for Questions

It’s kind of late and I’m not ready for sleep, so I thought I’d come here and let a few words spill out.

I was contacted by a reader this week regarding her book club.  ALT was included in their latest round of selections, and is scheduled for discussion near the end of the summer.  They use a website called Book Movement to keep everything organized.  It’s a community of sorts for any and all manner of book clubs–a place where they can post updates to their members, publicly list the books on their reading list, and leave reviews of said books.  It’s also a place for them to download discussion guides for these books to be used at their meetings.

“Your book,” she said, “is on the site, but there are things missing.  Can you help us out with this?”

I took a look at the page and, sure enough, it’s rather empty except for an image of the cover, a link to buy it on Amazon, and the synopsis from the back.  Then I started searching the site for information on how to go about filling in the blanks.  And I found out how.  Boy, did I ever.

So, since Book Movement wants $100 for the privilege of hosting a discussion guide for ALT, I’ve decided to host it myself.  Now, I don’t know if any of you have ever tried to objectively write about your own work, but I have, and it’s a pain in the ass.    I have a few ideas on where I’d like to begin with this discussion guide, but seeing as how this is the internet, I figured I’d step away from the microphone for a few minutes and let you guys sound off.

What would you like to see in a discussion guide for ALT?  What do you think is worth discussing?  Post your responses  in the comments.  I look forward to reading them.

On that note, I’m going to try and get some sleep.

TK

P.S.  Saw Watchmen today.  Save your money.

One thought on “A Call for Questions

  1. Things to discuss:

    How much does Donovan’s plight apply to your current situation? How much does the strength of this connection affect your appreciation of the story? Would the adventure still make for an entertaining tale if this connection was absent?

    With the advent of the financial crisis, do you think that unhappy office workers reading this book would feel motivated to quit and live their life? In other words, how do you think the economic turmoil of 08/09 has affected the motivational effectiveness of the message to do what you love?

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