Discussion 4/05: BLACKBOX by Nick Walker *SPOILERS*
Some pre-reading themes and ideas/questions from your April Discussion Leader, tomstrong83.
-Blackbox has what seems to be a very original and strange format with things like the colossal chapter count and a cast list at the beginning. Did the short chapters and counting down work for you? Did it add something significant to the story? Would the story have been as effective without the format, or possibly more effective? How does this compare (un/favorably) to other books you've read that have made similar choices?
-The chapter numbers are large and so is the cast. Did this make things more difficult as you were reading? Did the large cast have the payoff to make it worthwhile? Are there any characters you could have done without, particularily liked, or were there possibly any characters that seemed like a single character stretched into two?
-Did the ending work for you? Was it an interesting commentary on travel and the size of the world, or was it a little too six degrees?
-This is a novel that makes the reader work quite hard to get through it and to keep the pieces of the narrative straight. With this in mind: was the novel overall enjoyable as a read, or as a challenge, or both? Neither?
-As always, any favorite bits or bits you found problematic are ripe for discussion.