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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays (Week 1)

'Waterfall Wednesdays' if a read-along event where we discuss Lisa T. Bergren's novel 'Waterfall'. This week we are discussing Chapters 1-6.

Discussion questions and my answers for Chapters 1-6

1 - Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, she's depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?

It's hard for me to remember how I felt about Gabi when I first read 'Waterfall' (I've now read all three books), but I think I already liked her character and I feel like we are similar in many aspects.

2 - Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there any time in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?

I don't think I would want to travel back in time - even if I could - to ANY time in history, but I find 1900's, Medieval time, and Henry VIII's story interesting.

3 - Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if she's a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of men's mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?

I think it's a mix. Somewhat gentlemanly, but also chauvinistic.

4 - When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?

I don't think it's fair to be judged on differences and I think most people feel like an outsider at some point in their lives.

5 - What do you think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?

I think the coolest thing would be...hmmm that's tough, but I'll say the beautiful dresses and castles. The worst thing would be to not have plumbing and electricity.


Feel free to share your thoughts below!


  1. The no plumbing would def suck. Also I would love the castles and the clothing and just seeing the world before we changed it so much would be nice.

  2. I too would love to see the castles. But probably not travel back in time, I would like to see the ones that are remaining now! Thanks for joining the discussion!

  3. I definitely want the whole awesome-dress-in-a-castle-on-the-arm-of-a-handsome-knight experience.

    With indoor plumbing.


  4. Oh wow- I think your the first one to say they wouldn't time travel...:) Well I really love it here too in my own time...but Id still go to the 50's if I could!!

    Thanks for joining us this week!!

  5. Hmmm...Why do we immediately feel defensive against "outsiders"? I think there's something primal within, something that hearkens back to community at its core. Which is not always good, but is natural--something we all must guard against, don't you think?

    Thanks for taking part in WW! See you next week!

  6. The castles would be gorgeous I'm sure. I've visited some in Germany and was blown away by how detailed everything was.

  7. I would love all of the pretty dresses even though it would take hours to get dressed and undressed


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