Mountaineers, Readers, Friends, welcome to week one of the Ackerly Green Book Club! This week, we are discussing Chapters One to Five of TMP Volume One: Flora and Fauna. Are you ready?
From the Foreword, onward. Here are some discussion points for the week!
1. Martin Rank, our narrator, opens his tale with a word on the Mandela Effect. What are some examples of the Mandela Effect that you can recall, besides the example of the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears given in the book?
2. Imagine that Marty had taken the Ackerly Green book from the Octagon ruins that day. What do you imagine could have been the result? What do you think the title of the book could have been?
3. If Marty had not been a journalist, driven to seek the truth, how do you think that he might have reacted differently to such events as the disappearances of children, or to the loss of his own son, Sebastian?
4. Why do you think that, despite his obsession with the truth, it was easy for Marty to convince himself that what happened in the library wasn’t real? Why do you think this was important for him to do at the time?
5. What is something you remember from a childhood book that you loved, but cannot recall the title or the author? (Bonus points if you can help another Mountie find the title of their own book!)
6. Have you ever experienced something inexplicable in your life that you dismissed as being a figment of your imagination?
7. What was your initial reaction to TMPv1? What hooked you into the story?
As always, Mountaineers, if you can pick out any themes or Easter Eggs from this week, please feel free to share! Your original thoughts, related ideas, or favorite lines from the book are always welcome in our discussion. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to @ me or another Guild Leader for guidance.
CREATIVE PROMPT: The theme of the chapter selection of this week is “The Lost, The New.” The header art of this week was created by the masterful @Revenir! Using the theme of this week for inspiration, please share with us your own written/visual/auditory creation.
Please enjoy this week’s YouTube Playlist, courtesy of Martin Rank: