04-20-2009 01:16 AM
04-20-2009 06:06 AM
I would just like to briefly say that reading Physick Book shed a bright light on a period of history that, I thought, was pretty much said and done. Yet this novel made the circumstances and the people so much more alive than ever before. In our busy lives, at least mine, we don't have time to delve into history books and sort out the facts. This is exactly why I enjoyed this book, because I walk away with a new take on an old issue and reminds me that just because something happened 300 years ago doesn't mean there aren't two sides of the story to consider.
Would you like to share any final thoughts about The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, or about your reading experience here with the rest of the group?
"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader
"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
The Time Traveler's Wife
It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
04-20-2009 07:56 AM
I loved the book and the discussion. Hats off to Rachel for such thought provoking questions, Katherine for being so open with her thoughts, and my fellow participants for their energy and enthusiasm. While I would have picked this book up without the discussion, I'm not sure I would have gleaned the insights and information that have come from this opportunity to do an indepth discussion. My husband and I had a great time discussing is at home as well. Thanks to everyone at B&N who made, and continue to make, the FL club a success. I can't wait to continue the conversation!
"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
My blog: http://bookworm56.blogspot.com
04-20-2009 07:57 AM
I totally agree.
Carmenere_lady wrote:I would just like to briefly say that reading Physick Book shed a bright light on a period of history that, I thought, was pretty much said and done. Yet this novel made the circumstances and the people so much more alive than ever before. In our busy lives, at least mine, we don't have time to delve into history books and sort out the facts. This is exactly why I enjoyed this book, because I walk away with a new take on an old issue and reminds me that just because something happened 300 years ago doesn't mean there aren't two sides of the story to consider.
"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
My blog: http://bookworm56.blogspot.com
04-20-2009 08:10 AM
04-20-2009 10:06 AM
Hi Rachel and fellow first lookers,
First of all let me say once again how much I love first look. It's such a unique way to read and share books with others in the club and such a rush to know that you're one of the first to read the book. Talking with the authors and editors bring new light to the discussion and answer questions that some times we didn't even think to ask.
Now about this book: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was my favorite so far of the first look selections. I'm a lover of great fiction in whatever genre it happens to be and TPBODD is one of the best I've read in a long time and I think it will literally fly off the shelves once it's published in June not only because of all the attention it's getting on the various sites but because it's that good.
I never have been a fan of American History because it's so full of holes and lies that the American public in general never knew about. Like our own concentration camps during WW11, racial, gender and age unequality, and in general any thing the Government didn't think wise to reveal. (okay off soapbox).
So I never really knew much about the Salem witch trials except what I learned in school and reading this novel opened my eyes to what happened there so long ago. Katherine's dialogue was so vivid that I could see Mercy standing on the out skirt of town watching the hangings, I could see Deliverance in the filth of the jail cell trying to help little Dorcas cope however she could, see the sneers on the faces of those jury and judge members, could feel the fervor of the crowd when those foolish foolish young girls were spouting and sputtering nonsense. And most of all she gave us something else to think about, what if there were really magic involved to a degree enough to give credit to the accusers at the trials, but what if it were "good" magic.
I have really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to whoever will listen to me about it.
Thank you B&N for this amazing opportunity to be a part of something great!!
04-20-2009 10:29 AM
04-20-2009 12:57 PM
I have participated in several of other First Look discussions and by far, this has been the best for me. Not just the book but also the group activity/discussion. There was so MUCH enthusiasm for this book. In previous FL discussions, I felt somewhat intimidated - this was not the case for TPBoDD. My comfort level probably had something to do with the early discussion of how/when/what to post.
I feel that Rachel did an excellent job, once again, as the moderator and starting us off with thought provoking questions. Thanks Rachel!!
I must say that Katherine did a fantastic job of answering all questions/comments posed by us. Her answers were well thought out, open and articulated.
Thanks to all - I have thouroughly enjoyed this experience!
Looking forward to many more discussions.
04-20-2009 02:10 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed the online discussions of this great book even though I wasn't able to contribute much this time around. I think the fact that so many people enjoyed the book helped to spark lively interactions; it is much harder to motivate about a book when the overall feeling is "meh".
Thanks as always to the B&N mods who do such a great job structuring the discussion.
04-20-2009 02:41 PM
Thank you Ms. Howe for a wonderful book. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the discussions.
Rachel- you ask such thought provoking questions--which lead to great discussions.
Thank you B&N!
04-20-2009 03:04 PM
I enjoyed the book until the end when it left the realm of the possible and entered the impossible realm of magic and fantasy. I didn't feel prepared for the ending. It didn't so much as surprise me which would have been okay, but it disappointed me because I hadn't felt that the book was truly about witchcraft as a supernatural experience but rather about the reverse, the unreality of witchcraft as the crime for which the women were hung.
04-20-2009 04:54 PM
This was by far my favorite "First Look" book. I've already pre-ordered a copy from Barnes & Noble.com for my friend's birthday in June. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends.
Katherine Howe, congratulations on writing such an awesome, thought-provoking book! This book has helped educate me on the Salem witch trials, which wasn't really touched on in any history classes I've taken. I loved the combination of voices from Connie, Deliverance, and Mercy's points of view.
04-20-2009 05:04 PM
I'm going to make a confession here. This is the second First Look discussion that I've participated in. The first one wasn't that great an experience, partly because I was a little bit intimidated, but also because I disliked the book so completely that I didn't see the merit in discussing it.
By contrast, this has been a wonderful experience. I feel that I have been part of something very special. I would have bought this book if I had found it in a bookstore, but I wouldn't have gotten nearly so much out of it without the discussion. Thank you all for making this book so much fun. I look forward to discussing the next book with you.
~Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus~
04-20-2009 05:20 PM - edited 04-20-2009 05:33 PM
Thank you again B&N, Katherine Howe and her publisher for hosting this First Look Book Club. Thank you also, Rachel, for the thought provoking questions that lead us into such lively discussions! It's a generous gift of a book, time and energy - and very much appreciated by us participants!
This is my favorite book selection and discussion of all the First Looks that I've joined. It was a such a treat to read the book, to reexamine the book with Rachel's thought provoking questions, to share reactions with everyone and then to hear Katherine Howe's answers and comments!
I particularly loved how the book combined mystery and romance but also got me thinking. I'd mentioned this in earlier posts but I had never thought what life would be like before the Scientific Revolution and awareness of disease and causality. Katherine Howe wove this into the book and had me thinking even as I enjoyed the adventures and detecting of Connie and her allies!
This was a particularly fun book and experience - I'll try to do my part to spread the word!
Thank you again!
04-20-2009 05:25 PM
I just wanted to thank B&N, Rachel and Katherine Howe for this generous gift of the First Look Book Club selection! It's my first time at First Look and was great fun!
I very much enjoyed the book - it was something thing that I likely would not have found on my own but once I started reading was such a treat!
I liked both learning more about the early American history along with the fun and mystery. Thank you!
04-20-2009 05:29 PM
04-20-2009 05:49 PM
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have been involved in the discussion of "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane". I was drawn into the novel as soon as I saw the cover and read the first page. When an author can do what Katherine did for me with this book, they must be terrific.
I'd also like to thank B&N and everyone involved with picking this book as well as those we see here on the boards. A big thank you to all participants. You kept me thinking the entire time. It's always good to see different points of view and to be able to share thoughts with others.
I believe the this novel will be a Best Seller shortly after it hits the bookselves. Bravo to Katherine Howe for writing such an insightful and captivating novel.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss
04-20-2009 09:03 PM
04-20-2009 09:26 PM
04-20-2009 10:33 PM
This was the best ARC I have experienced so far.
Wonderfully written..and a book I just could not put down.
The discussion for this book was also a very rewarding experience.
Thanks to the author, editor, and everyone who took part.
Is there a list some where of where Katherine will be touring? (I might have missed that).
A big thanks to everyone.