The Wildcat’s Victory Book Club
1. The Wildcat’s Victory is part
counter-intelligence story and part
alternate military history. Did the two
work together? Did the author glorify
war, or show its horrors?
2. Did your view of the characters
change as the story progressed? Could
you relate to their predicaments?
3. Were the 17th century
threats convincing or were they minimal,
even within the limitations of their
culture? The author modelled the
Empire’s forces and tactics on the Duke
of Marlborough’s campaigns, while the
Iskander capabilities are mostly
American Civil War, except for the Boer
War field guns. Of course, the radio
communications of the Iskanders shows up
the importance in all campaigns of
timely information. Were the perils and
the stakes evened between the actors?
4. The major character, Gisel, is
somewhat exaggerated, but does she act
consistently and credibly in her role?
5. What specific issues did the
author emphasize throughout the novel?
What do you think he is trying to get
across to the reader?
6. Was there character development in
the story, or were characters unchanged
by their experiences? What events
trigger such changes?
7. Does the story tell you anything
about the author’s attitude to cultures,
technologies, and history? Were there
aspects of Gaian history that were
commensurate with ours?
8. What did you notice about the
alternate Earth setting of the book and
how did it enhance or take away from the
story? Did you recognise any Earth