The Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) will start its Action/Adventure genre study on Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree. (No snow date.)
To get the most out of the meeting, please read a novel by Clive Cussler – your choice of Treasure, Sahara, or Inca Gold – as the benchmark title, as well as another book from the Adventure genre. (See suggestions below.) Be ready to talk about them in terms of reader’s advisory appeal factors, as laid out by RA-guru Joyce Saricks:
- Pacing (e.g. breakneck, unhurried, densely written)
- Characterization (e.g. quirky, well developed, ensemble cast)
- Plot/Storyline (e.g. action-oriented, sensual, domestic, sexually explicit)
- Tone/Mood (e.g. gritty, heartwarming, political)
- Style/Language (e.g. sophisticated, homespun, frank)
- Frame/Setting (e.g. urban, rural, world-building, time-frame)
NOTE: If you don’t finish your two novels in time for the meeting, it’s OK just to follow the “Read a Book in Ten Minutes” guidelines in order to be prepared enough to talk about the books in RA terms. Short, additional readings for discussion at the December meeting will be emailed to registered participants. Please register on the MLS Web site!
If you’re looking for ideas for your second title, we have put together a list of possibilities for general adventure authors, trying to avoid our upcoming subgenres of Historical Adventure, Espionage/Political Thriller, and Military Adventure.
Jack Du Brul
John J. Nance
Nonfiction ADVENTURE TITLES
Alive by Piers Paul Read
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Into the Wild or Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurzon
River of Doubt by Candice Millard
If you want to post information about your second title before the meeting, you can!