I loved the comments from the Leaky Bookshelf Giveaway so much that I'm reposting them here! Isn't it fascinating how an inanimate object--in this case, basic H2O--takes on a life of its own in a work of fiction? For each of these books, the plot and characters would be vastly different without the presence or, in some cases, intrustion of water. The responses:
Lua : Hmm- I’ve just finished reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and our heroines spent a lot of time on the beach and “water” was one of the themes.
Ax : Favorite water book has to be Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. It's not the only book in the Outlander series to have some ship scenes, but its my favorite.
Kathleen Wall : Right now I am reading The Lightning Thief, the first book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It's excellent. And water is really important, but to tell you why would be a spoiler!
dolleygurl : I would have to say my favorite is The Odessey by Homer. Like another commenter said about their favorite book - the water is very important!
Katy : My favorite book with water as a theme: A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It is written so beautifully that it's almost like reading poetry.
"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters."
buddyt said : The first book that springs to mind when you mentioned water was The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Wonderfull book.
I'm sorry to say I've only read two of these--Life of Pi (excellent! You're right--water is so vital to the story!) and the Odyssey (call me a dweeb, but I really, really liked it). Reading all the Gabaldon books is on my list--I plan to steal them from my mom this summer :) And now I can see that I must read A River Runs Through It as well--beautiful quote! I can always do with some more Tracy Chevalier, and ought to check out Riordan's series, as well--they look like fun!
And now, without further delay--the winners of the giveaway, chosen at random by my husband selecting a post-it from a shoebox (followers got two post-its) :
Congrats, ladies! Please email me with your mailing address at: hyalineblue079 at yahoo dot com. (That's zero-seven-nine on the end.) First to email gets first choice between The Day the Falls Stood Still (hardcover) and Haweswater (paperback).