Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions

“The Cure”, Richard Jagger

General

1. For the person who chose this book: What made you want to read it? What made you suggest it for group discussion? Did it live up to your expectations?

2. How is the book structured? Does the author use any narrative devices like flashbacks or multiple voices in telling the story? How did this affect your reading on the story and your appreciation of the book? Do you think the author did a good job with it?

3. Talk about the author’s use of language/writing style. Do you have a favourite passage/chapter? How does this passage/chapter relate to the story as a whole? Does it revelal anything specific about any of the characters or illuminate certain aspects of the story?

4. Discuss the mystery aspect of the plotline. How effective is the author’s use of plot twists and red herrings? Were you able to predict certain things before they happened, or did the author keep you guessing until the end? Did you find that the novel held everyone’s interest throughout the story, or were there times when it failed to totally engross members of the group?

5. How important is the setting to the story? Does the author provide enough background information for you to understand the events in the story?

6. What was the most important part of a thriller to each member of the group: characterization, action, dialogue, or setting? How does the book rate in each of these areas?

7. Is the author equally interested in character and plot? Were the motivations of the characters believable, or did their actions feel like a means to further the plot?

8. Agatha Christie wrote in her autobiography about her dislike of mysteries/thrillers having a romantic subplot. Do you agree or disagree? How do you feel the romance aspect enhanced or detracted from the story?

9. Would you recommend this work to a non-thriller fan, or do you think the work would strictly appeal to fans of the thriller genre.

Specific Questions

10. How is the corporate world portrayed in the book?

11. Do you think personal issues are good drivers for business decisions, or should they be kept separate?

12. Did you like the choice of locations used in the book?

13. Do you think Sam is a strong woman, or just self-centred?

14. How do you think Sam will go working for millennium?

15. If you had to tell someone, whom would you trust with your greatest secret?

16. Why is Andrew motivated to find the missing files?

17. Do you think there are enough checks and balances on biotech firms and biotechnology research? How do you know whom to trust?

18. Do people make poor decisions because of money, or do they use that as an excuse?

19. Do you think that genetic material can be stored in plants (in this case olives) to be used somewhere else?

20. Do you think biotechnology is beneficial to mankind, or a risk to the planet?

21. What moral messages do you get from the book?

22. Should Andrew have handed over his data on the bridge, or should he have called the police?

23. What would happen in the sequel?

About writing

24. How do you go about getting a manuscript read by an agent or publisher?

25. How do you get a manuscript edited?

26. What are the greatest hurdles to getting a book into the public eye?

27. What options are available other than the traditional agent/publisher model?

28. When should I show my manuscript to an agent or publisher?

29. What kind of money can you make as an Author?

30. What help is available to first time authors?

31. How long does it take to get a book written and published?

32. Would you recommend writing as a career to high school students?