Thoughts and Ramblings
I don’t have time to write a review of Station Eleven. OK, I have been avoiding writing a review of Station Eleven.
Bear with me as I share all sorts of other stuff instead.
I had consciously decided that I wanted to read Station Eleven when it came to battle against Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State in the Tournament of Books*. I really was impressed by the phrase ‘higher thread count’ to describe excellent writing. (See the winner and moderator comments here.)
I seem to have that ‘distant admiration’ for the author. I recognize how very smart she is and how well she constructs a novel, links complicated plot points believably, builds a world, and develops characters. And yet. I still feel that I am a bit detached. Something bothers me that I can’t explain and even pinpoint. It moves in my brain when I try to focus on it.
I don’t want to see the wizard behind the curtain; but I sense there is one.
I read Mandel’s debut novel The Last Night in Montreal and praised it highly! SO GOOD!!! And yet. Something about that book bugged me even as I recommended it. I now only remember that the ending was POW! and that I considered the author one to watch.
I give Station Eleven 5 stars. And yet … now want to rethink it and pick it apart and possibly downgrade because a few things don’t make sense now that I’m outside of that world and away from the characters.
I do like Roof Beam Reader’s review.
I also like Book Journey’s review (with links to a spoiler page).
To change the subject…
I’m reading/listening to Atlas Shrugged and it is a mind-boggling icky-feeling thought-provoking ordeal. It’s part of Ti’s readalong through August.
I started Lost Lake and just love Sarah Addison Allen! It is always a pleasure to fall into her books.
June ended with me being ahead of my goal of 65 books /year and I’m doing excellent at challenge-accomplishing. I need one more for What’s in a Name – usually in December I’m trying to cram two or three reads in to finish! I only need the animal book.
and CLASSICS! Oh – just pat me on the back and tell me how awesome I’m doing reading classics! Cuz I am. Awesome.
Was going to make a nectarine lavender pie but I’m running out of time. My first niece is getting married tomorrow and I have things to do to be ready! Like, that idea to give her my personal favorites pie recipe book… I think she’ll have to get that for Christmas now. SHHHHhhhhhhh, don’t tell her.
Have a great weekend, chat soon and tweet ya on Twitter!