I really do not ask for much in this class, so when I ask you to just read, and I give you the time to do it, it's disappointing when you do not... Your postcards are due Wednesday, the 16th, so I hope you are nearly finished with this book!
OK, enough ranting; let's get blogging!
So, what did you think of the various characters now that you know how it ended? What did you think of the ending? To me there are a few loose ends here [or perhaps improbabilities], and I feel like everything drew quite quickly to a close after a rather drawn-out narrative! The motive for murder seems far-fetched to me, and it seems improbable that the murderer could have managed two murders and two attempted murders. I still cannot quite connect all of the ins and outs of the yakuza/Kiki/Seiji Nakamura subplot [and I have read this book several times!]--why was an attempt made on Rei's life with a motorcycle??? And the weirdness of Kenji Yamamoto deserved more than the treatment Rei actually managed to deliver. I would rate him at a 9 on the "creep" scale! Shouldn't he get some sort of punishment for disappearing on the ski slope and causing Hugh's accident? Speaking of Hugh, what do you think of him now that everything is resolved? Is he a good match for Rei? I am not sure--Hugh seems somewhat arrogant to me, but he does seem to genuinely care for Rei. What did you think of Rei's family relationships--both American AND Japanese? By the way, were you able to untangle the complicated Japanese/American family relationships in Mariko's family? This was, after all, the crux of the main plot and at least one subplot.
In comparison to the other books we have read in class, do you think this story was believable? Why or why not? Would you read the next book in the series? [It's called Zen Attitude, if you are interested!] Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?
Finally, how would you rate Rei as a detective compared to Sano Ichiro, Hercule Poirot, or Amelia Peabody? Are you ready to move on to ancient Rome? I hope so because we begin our next book, Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis] next week!
Teacher Barb :)