The City by Dean Koontz
What are your thoughts on fate versus free will?
17 hours ago
How did Jonah’s beliefs play out thematically in the book? Did you have any of your own superstitions as a child? Are there any that you still cling to?
Do you agree with Amalia's view that no one has a right to tell you what you should think about a painting? Are there works that you've found particularly powerful?
Overall, what do you think of The City? (no spoilers please)
Did you gain any special insights about the race riots from Jonah's perspective? How did the core values of the characters affect their approach to the riots?
Jul. 25, 2014
Did you at any time question the validity of a White author speaking as a Black man?
Jul. 24, 2014
What is your view of first person narratives? How do you feel about Jonah as a narrator?
Jul. 23, 2014
What made Jonah an optimist? Do you find that your own difficult life experiences make you more optimistic or pessimistic?
Jul. 22, 2014
Please, read this book!
What are the most important things Jonah learned from his father figures? Have you had a father (or mother) figure in your life that has shaped you? If so, how?
How have time and distance affected Jonah’s retelling? Do you find that the more time you are removed from experiences in your own life, your view changes? If so, how?
Jul. 21, 2014
How do Jonah's everyday heroes influence the person he becomes. Do you have your own unsung heroes who've inspired you?
What did you make of the haikus strewn throughout the novel? Was there one poem in particular that stood out?
How did the music contribute to your reading experience? What music might comprise the score for the movie of your life?
What do you make of the theme of the "all-seeing eye"? Have you ever encountered a set of eyes that brought you face-to-face with something you wouldn't have seen otherwise?
From Psycho to Sound of Music
Jul. 15, 2014