Hey everyone, I'm a newbie here as well as to book clubs in general, so bear with me. I read the first 31 pages, and then proceeded to read the rest of the book in the same day. I just didn't want to put it down. But I made sure to stop and make notes at the proper sections.
At this point I thought that it was definately going to be an interesting read. I agree with Scott, it is a very simple writing style, but an enjoyable one. I find it a bit tiresome when authors think they have to use big flashy words in every sentence, and take five pages to describe the surroundings, just to keep us interested.
As for Eddie, I immediately fell in love with him. I saw his 'proneness to violence' as Scott said in a positive light. To me, it seemed more that he was a protector, than a violent person. He was protecting his country in the war, protecting the people at Ruby Pier by making sure all the rides were safe, and protecting his older brother from getting beat up.
I personally don't believe in heaven/hell, but I'm always interested in what other people think it would/will be like. It's interesting that he is back at the Ruby Pier of his childhood, and that although he looks the same, his body feels like he's a young man again. I guess, being an old man with aches and pains, his heaven would be to young and innocent again.
But that's just my opinion. Can't wait to read what everyone else thought of it!!!