The “Inner Senshi Book Club” is an online book club where five book lovers of different backgrounds and tastes across the world take turns at selecting and hosting a book each month. Individually, we are (in alphabetical order): Aimee, Angel, Meghan, Samantha Lin, and Samantha R. Together, we present you a whole range of books, complete with our responses to a rotating list of set questions.
A new book is selected on the 15th of each month, and our thoughts are posted roughly four to five weeks later. We hope you can join us in our reading shenanigans! (The book club derives its name from the five soldiers of love and justice from the Japanese manga and anime series, Sailor Moon. We are just as kickass, and if all goes to plan, twice as well-read.)
This month, our book choice is Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (as chosen by Angel)
Samantha L wants you to consider:
Which person–real or fictional–do you think will consider this book one of their favourites? Why do you think this is?
Samantha R is interested in knowing:
Did you have a favourite character in the book? If so, what was it about this character that drew you to them? Or in reverse, were there any characters that you particularly disliked, and why?
Meghan is wondering:
If you could rewrite any part of the book, what would you change?
Angel would like you to ponder:
Was it easy or difficult to identify with the narrator and why?
Aimee‘s (my) question for you is:
How believable were the character relationships in the book?
This month’s host, Angel, has two bonus questions for you to choose from:
Flowers from the Storm isn’t the quintessential romance novel, what with its focus on disabilities, religion and tolerance. What do you think the romance genre added to the discussion of these issues as Kinsale wrote them?
One major theme in this story is the loss of control and agency, e.g. Jervaulx’s stroke rendering him unable to think and speak properly and Maddy’s role as a woman in the Quaker church preventing her from making certain important decisions. How well does the novel deal with the hurdles both characters face and (if you think the problems have been solved) does it make for a satisfying conclusion?
Our book club will be reading Flowers from the Storm from now until September 15. Our answers to last month’s questions, as well as our reviews of last month’s book, Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, will be up soon, so stay tuned to our blogs for the discussion posts!