Aug 16, 2017

Discussion Questions for A HORSE AND HIS BOY

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Hi everyone, let's begin our discussion. Please answer the following questions!

  1. If you read The Horse and His Boy in the past, how was it different than you remembered?

  2. Which characters did you enjoy the most?

  3. Would you like to ride a talking horse? Why or why not?

  4. This book was first published in 1954. How does the writing differ from modern books? Or does it?

  5. If this feels too much like school, then just give us your overall thoughts and impressions about the book!

I'll check in a bit later and join the discussion!

Aug 16, 2017Edited: Aug 17, 2017

I love this book! I will admit that I haven't reread it because I've been busy with going back to school stuff, but I am planning on reading it. One of my favorite characters is Aravis. It was very brave of her to run away from home so she wouldn't have to marry Ahoshta. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you believe. I would like to ride a talking horse because they could help me improve my riding (my old trainer was a really bad teacher but I just got a new one Yay!) and also so I could always have a friend to talk to. favorite part of the book is probably when Shasta/Cor goes to meet Aravis after the battle because he is the Prince of Archenland.

 

 

Aug 16, 2017

One of my other favorite parts is when Rabadash gets stuck on the nail and turned into a donkey. Those parts always make me laugh.

Aug 17, 2017

Also, I would love to know how you, as an author, find inspiration for a story. That is what I struggle with the most when I write.

Aug 17, 2017

I have been reading and listening to this whole series since I was five and I absolutely love it! It wasn't really different because I read it so much. My favorite characters are Shasta, Bree, Hwin, and Aravis. I would definitely love to ride a talking horse because, well, it would just be cool to hear a horses point of view! I think that this series is different from the modern books, and in a very nice way. The only modern series that is even a little like The Horse and his Boy, is The Guardian Herd, that's why I love it so much!

Hi everyone! I'm happy to read that you're enjoying the book for this month (and next month for those who are still reading it). The new trilogy I'm writing, RIDERS OF THE REALM, features humans and wild pegasi. They don't speak the same language, which makes things quite uncomfortable and a bit violent when they first cross paths! But there is a boy named Rahkki who tries to understand them. I hope you all enjoy the new books. The first one is ACROSS THE DARK WATER, and it comes out May 1, 2018.

 

To answer your question, I'm usually daydreaming when I become inspired to write a book. The first idea comes when t I'm imagining something fantastic, like flying horses. Or I have a question like: What would happen if pegasi encountered humans? Then I sit down to create the world and write the story. However, I can't begin until I have a character. So the Guardian Herd all began with a pregnant mare and a special unborn foal. I knew the foal would be my main character and that he was special and that the leaders would be afraid of him. Then I let loose and began writing. I discovered the rest of the story as I went.

 

With RIDERS OF THE REALM (ROTR), I already had my pegasi characters, and then I imagined Rahkki Stormrunner, a 12 year old boy who works as a groom in a stable. I knew that he had a big destiny and a big secret and a horrifying past. Then I began to write and I discovered the rest of the book as I went.

 

So I suggest beginning with a question: What would happen if? Or a world: What if people could fly, or whatever, and then choose a main character. You don't have to know much to get started. It helps to be curious, you don't have to know what happens next. You write to find that out--at least I do. You just need to start! I do my best thinking on the page, so when I get stuck, I write anyway. Soon I am unstuck!

 

Also, I'm inspired by real life animals, people, and their problems. I study everyone I meet! I hope this is helpful to you aspiring writers!

Aug 27, 2017

wait wasnt Rahhki the boy who befriended Nightwing, calling him Midnight, but died four hundred years ago? or am i getting confused with someone else?

P.S. sorry if this is onky for discussion purposes. I havent read the book yet...

For Echomoon--the boy who met Nightwing is named Remy. I probably shouldn't have named each boy with an R name. Oops. But they will never appear in the same novel since they were born 400 years apart. You have a good memory!

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