Of Ghosts and Magic
By Alfred M. Albers
I. Warm-up questions.
1.When you first saw the book’s title, what did you think the novel was about?
2.What one adjective comes to mind when you reflect on the story?
3.At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
II. The story.
1.Is the story told from one point of view or many?
2.What did you think of the structure and style of writing?
3.What scene was the most pivotal for the book? How do you think the story would have changed had that scene not taken place?
4.What were the themes of the book?
III. The characters.
1.How do the characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
2.Do they react the way you think you would in a similar situation?
3.If one (or more) of the characters made a choice that had moral implications, would you have made the same decision?Why? Why not?
4.How do the characters’ own circumstances color the telling of the story?
IV. The Ending.
1.What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
2.Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this story?
3.Were you surprised by the ending of the novel? Why? Why not?
4.What do you think will happen next to the main characters?
V. Wrap-up questions.
1.What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
2.Does the writer’s style “break the mold” in any way? Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.
3.What is the significance of the book’s cover?