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House of Tarot Cards

By Alfred M. Albers

 

Discussion Questions

 

I. Warm-up questions.

1.Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.

2.What surprised you the most about the book?

3.How did the book compare to the author’s first novel?

 

II. The story.

1.Did the story’s plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?

2.Were there any notable cultural or socioeconomic factors at play in the book?  If so, what were they and how did it affect the characters?

3.Why do you think the author wrote this?

4.How do you think the main character’s point of view is similar or different from the author’s point of view or background?

 

III. The characters.

1.Does the location and environment of the book change?  If it changes, does this have any affect on the central characters?

2.Did you find the characters’ actions troubling?

3.What is motivating the actions of the characters in the story?

4.What were the dynamics of “power” between Detective Jeannie Roberts and Sergeant Broder?  How did that play a factor in their interactions?

 

IV. The ending.

1.Were you surprised by the end of the novel?  Why?  Why not?

2.How have the characters changed by the end of this book?

3.Have any of YOUR views or thoughts changed after reading this book?

4.If you could change something about the book, what would it be?  Why?

 

V. Wrap-up questions.

1.Is it possible to find a book interesting without 'enjoying' it?

2.Did you learn something you didn’t know before?

3.What do book reviews say about this book or more generally the author?