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I bought and read this book in an attempt to better understand the first book, Changling Star.
While Changling Star was frustrating and nearly impossible to follow in thw first half of the book, it still ended up being a good book.
This sequel, however... well, suffice it to say that this book has turned me off to trying any of Carver's other works.
On top of a weird and just plain unenjoyable book, the narration was aweful, making the confusing book worse. Merrit Hicks has poorly discernable voices for most characters in this book. Nearly half the voices are so different, I knew after the first introduction of each which one was which. This made the lack of differentiation in other voices even more frustrating because I knew she COULD have produced more dissimilar voices. All the others were so pitifully voiced that I lost track of dialogue trying to keep up with which voice she was speaking in.
What did you like best about Down the Stream of Stars? What did you like least?
It had a good story line, albeit an impossible one to even try to believe. I won't give it away though. A child might actually enjoy the rambling, never ending story. I kept my hope up that it would eventually cash in on its possibilities- but it never did. It was like watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for ten hours straight, bordering on boring. Still, for a child it might be interesting.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Down the Stream of Stars?
I enjoyed the 6-7-8 year old battle scenario in which one boy is "killed" in saving the "captain." The writer was infinitely patient in producing this book. That showed all the way from beginning to end. That's one reason I rated it as high as I did.
Have you listened to any of Merrit Hicks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not.
Could you see Down the Stream of Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
It could be a TV series, you know the kind that never reaches a resolution!
Any additional comments?
The author's passion seems to be CARING. The interactions of even the gruff characters showed that caring attitude. His computer teacher showed it. The entire book impressed me with a fantastic attitude toward children and their feelings. The author must be a really great guy in person.