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New to the club, maybe I’ve missed this some where, but I have two add ons picked for next month already. But I’m finding all kinds I want to do for other months. It there a way to “favorite” or “save” them so I can easily find them again? Thank you in advance for any help or advice!!
I found this book extremely difficult to put down once I began. I believe I finished the novel in about a day & a half. The constant suspicious character introductions kept me switching my already drawn conclusions on the mystery of Alicia & the unsolved mystery.
I found it intriguing that the environment was based in a mental hospital when we were viewing the story from a disturbed mind. I sympathized with Alicia & Theo, although antagonists in the end, because they both sought love from their significant others. Throughout her case, Alicia seemed as if she was surrounded with friends from the nosy neighbor who claimed they were best friends, to Jean to Gabriel when she was actually alone. The neighbor who was obsessed with the drama of her situation, Jean who was obsessed with her artwork for his own personal gain & Gabriel who sought love in another married woman. And Theo, who struggled to find love and compassion from his childhood & in his marriage.
All in all this book was extremely clever, however I thought there were some loose ends with the extra characters. Like why did Alicia's cousin lie about getting money from her to Theo when he was investigating? Did the author just make each character seem suspicious to us because we were in the mind of Theo? Also, if Theo knew the result of the mystery, why was he suspicious of the other characters in the first place?
With this program is there a way to select an age group for which the books are chosen. My daughter is only 11, but LOVES reading. She goes through books faster than anything I’ve ever seen. We are constantly at the library. I think she would really enjoy a book in the mail each month, but I don’t want to give this as a gift to her if the books are not something she would be interested in.
Why hasn't anyone brought up the fact that Kate, the marriage counselor, was actually Richard's first wife? This was another strange curve ball that didn't seem to tie into anything else. Just like the ending with Maureen and Emma?
First, I LOVE Tom Hanks. Really, I do. With that being said, I am STRUGGLING with this book. I am almost half way through but am finding it difficult to want to pick it back up. Did anyone else have this problem? A few are fun but for the most part, the stories are boring. I won't say it's a bad book, but it's definitely not my forte.
I just finished reading this the other night and wow, Sarah Perry did amazing. My heart was in pain for her and all she had to go through. Her writing was great in a way that I felt like I was there walking through it with her. Her aunt Tootsie worked on my nerves. But to look back at how the family was so dysfunctional made it clear they did the best they could I guess. But Tootsie was very disappointing to me. It was good to see Sarah make it through it all the best that she could and seems to have turned out to become a beautiful amazing wondering woman.
I quite enjoyed the story. It was good entertainment for riding out Irmageddon yesterday. I loved the idea of her novels being like her subconscious remembering traumas of her past. However, I wasn't shocked by anything that happened. It was all very predictable to me. There are many clues in the text that make the reader piece together exactly what happened before the end. The fact that her hormone therapy makes her forget things. Then the fact she has repressed memories already. That her novel is so in sync with Nick's murder. The other issue I had was in the end when Liza is talking to the detectives. They act as if she saw the love note from Nick and that she'd seen it before and knew of his and David's affair, but then they all of a sudden drop the issue once she has a freak out. It just seems as if the detectives were suspicious and knew that she had murdered Nick but didn't do anything about it. Overall though I enjoyed the psychology of the work and exploring repressed memories and psychotic breaks.
I am so disappointed in this selection. It's my least favorite book I have read all year. I was not that impressed with the character development at all. There were two many little random side stories going on ( abortion, Iris, Grace making racist comments) to truly get a focus on the story. There was potential but I found it a waste of a selection.
I agree with the previous posts. The book is not an edge of your seat thriller and the end result of what happened wasn't and OMG moment, but the reading has been the best of my Book of the Month readings so far (4 books). Only one had such a great twist to it but was boring until the end came...
A good summary of the book is written righr in the book, "what's the price that you will pay for a lie?"
These friends kept secrets and lied to the point where they forgot where they began. Besties for life, but the friendship is toxic because their past has came back after graduating, making a family and moving on with their lives. They nearly forgot that they had a secret until the secret crept out for everyone to see, and now they're at risk for so much loss after working so hard to achieve their positions in life.
I saw there were so many comments for all the other Augusy books, except this one. Please tell me I'm not the only one who was upset with wasting hours of my time reading this one. I wanted to know more about GJ. I wanted to know HIS story. Instead, I feel into a feeling of "you made your coffin, lay in it" when it came to the Dad and all of his weight crap.
I am still not sure whether I liked this book, or not. On on side I liked the fact that it keep me engaged, I definitely couldn't put the book down; it had a good story-line and although the ending was somewhat predictable, there was something about it that I really liked. On the down side, it seemed rather unrealistic to me that a victim of abuse, who kept such a secret her entire life would actually open up to a reporter. No matter how trustworthy Kate came off, it just didn't seem realistic. Moreover, I feel like towards the end the author was just ready to wrap things up and the story felt a bit rushed. Judging by the way Will was described in the first part of the book, I expected him to put up more of a fight while defending himself. And the fact that Joe actually found the missing link at the end could be an explanation as to why he was even a character in this book, but that, too, felt rushed. Overall, it was a decent read and it kept me engaged, but there was also much left to be desired.
I tore through this book and love every bit of it; however, I just felt like it could have been more. I did not care for the abrupt ending, but it does leave the reader with a vague sense like the end of The Sopranos. I kept wait for "big finish" that Robby was talking about and wondering why there was such a miscommunication with the police. I had convinced myself the hostage situation had something to do with releasing the animals in the zoo out to the city and that was the big finish and the reason there was poor communication from the police. Otherwise why place it in a zoo, it could have taken place anywhere else. Overall I thought it was fantastically written it just wish there was something more.
Forgive me for using this forum to ask a question, but all other avenues did not work. Chat says not available, question not answered in any FAQs. Question is: have they taken away the SKIP THE MONTH button? I've never used it, but need to this month and can't find it anywhere. It is NOT on my account page as the company info said. Can anyone help with this?
Goodbye, Vitamin: I loved this book. The journal format was a nice break compared to some of the other books I've read recently. It was fast paced and I actually caught myself laughing out loud many times. As a nurse i take care of dementia patient's practically everyday, it is really nice to read about it from this view point. Having a main character like Ruth was really refreshing. She didn't overlay the part of the "victim", she found solutions and funny ways of dealing with her situation. Great summer/beach read! <3
Am I the only one who couldn't predict the ending?! Reading these posts I feel like I was! I was surprised! I definitely agree the book was hard to start off, worth the finish though. Definitely not my favorite book of the month, but a good read nonetheless.
I thought the book was sweet and cute. It took a while to understand the character of the narrator and her family and get a good enough picture of them, but I think it did its purpose. I didn't necessarily love this book or feel on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen. But it's a quick, short read that makes you feel sentimental. And since pretty much everything I've been reading lately involves murder...I think I needed this :)
So for three quarters of the book I wanted to throw it across the room because the characters seemed so out of sync with each other. At one point I thought about donating it to the free neighborhood library! There is a lot of coming to terms with many different kinds of growing up, facing the truth, and especially pain in this book. The last four chapters brought it back together for me, but after the beginning of the book, it absolutely fell flat.
Just wondering... What did you guys think about Nate and Hannah? I absolutely loved this book and all of the characters but felt the inclusion of Nate and Hannah was slightly out of place. I got that the character of Nate was trying to break a idealogoly about guys who may just look like bafoons but are actually nice and have more to them or something... But I felt like the storyline with Nate was kind of unresolved... Hannah and Nate never really even end up officially dating! And I felt like their pairing was a little too convenient. I mean, I loved all of these characters to pieces and the books is so precious, but this was just something that I was interested in other people's opinion on... Thanks!
SPOILERS...although not sure why anyone would read a discussion board before the novel. Also I can't figure how to change the book title above, it just flashes when I click on it in edit mode...
Vincent Drake and Diane had the briefest of interactions, just long enough to set up the dominoes that would lead Robert Mondasian to Mary. It is when they meet that we really see the cause of Mary's 'curse', the good looks, cunning mind, and those eyes. This scene is disturbing in that you just know Vinc..uh I mean Robert is already calculating how to get this pretty desk girl into his room for the evening. Even when his lies and their consequences are handing him his room key, he still insists he isn't who she knows him to be. Yet, what confuses me is why she doesn't stay to confront him!? Why doesn't she try to get something out of this besides insanity? We know when the wind picks up Mary is quick to follow, she knows it's Drake who put that gene in her body, however, I thought her to be stronger than to run from this too. I had hoped for a full confrontation. Surley this creep isn't no different than the other men she's gotten a payout from. Or perhaps she needed more than just his wallet, she missed out on a real family, one she knew Hannah had a chance at but lost because of Mary's bad genes...
couldn't put this novel down, and maybe i missed another discussion thread where this was brought up, but can we talk about that paragraph on page 296 as Rachel walks out of the apartment? anyone know what i'm referring to? threw me for a loop!
This book was absolutely beautiful and easy to read. Like the other commenters, I read the entire thing in a day or two. The most striking thing to me was not the romance or magical realism, although they were touching, but the examination of grief and its continuing affect on someone. I lost someone close to me a few years ago, and it hurts more as time goes by and you see your life continuing without them. That life for you doesn't cease when the life of someone important to you does is difficult and never heard easier, rather than pain becomes more poignant. The author illustrated that poignantly. The comment about pitying those who pity you because you know it is fate that all of us will have to lose someone close to us really struck home. I watched my husband and wept for him that one day he'll know the pit of despair that grief etches into you. I will recommend this book to anyone dealing with the death of a loved one.
Lord o' mercy!! I couldn't put the book down! As my first book, I'm astounded by the amazing book I literally just closed. It's hard for me to get a new favorite book, but this novel is stupendous. It was so real, so raw, such amazing writing. I was able to escape anything and leave my world to see Evelyn everywhere the book had taken me. The way things were mentioned and described...just impeccable! I can't wait for my next BOTM!
Spoiler:: I just got this book yesterday evening and already finished it. I could not put the book down. Just as the previous discusser said, probably the fastest I have ever read a book. I felt as if I was traveling on their adventures to each new destination that were easy to picture. It was exciting and heart aching. The characters and relationships were so beautifully detailed and described. The storyline from jumping forward and backwards was done at ease. I guessed pretty early about Hannah and Mary from the moment the author described the first night with Stephan. The author left clues/hints throughout each chapter after that just made is obvious and confirmed it once you had that thought placed in your mind before the big reveal but if you didn't, you could have just as easily missed the hints or overlooked them. Was anyone else so annoyed with Jake as a character? He really got on my nerves. The ending definitely made me tear up but it was perfect and it was an unexpected happy ending because it is everything that Mary knew Bunny deserved and Stephen too even though we all wished Mary could have had that life too but she was a free spirit. I saw Mary's fate coming by the first chapter of Bunny's note- without that expectation I would have probably sobbed at the end. My only questions are why did she feel she had to leave after meeting her dad?... I am concluding that the whole reason she came to that specific hotel in the first place was because she read that he goes to that hotel. And why did she leave Bunny? I get he was an ass but what was he going to do about it? Maybe it was pure anxiety.
All in all, Mary's love for Bunny was limitless and she would have done anything for her which was shown throughout the book.
I LOVED this book! Finished it in two days! When I first read the description I was not convinced; I thought it might be mildly entertaining but an overall throw away. I was WRONG. The writing style and imagery were fantastic. This author had some of the most unique and captivating use of metaphors I have ever come across. She is able to paint such a vivid image in your mind. The story line and character development, I thought, were very interesting and robust. It made me think a lot about my own childhood and experiences with my Mother, and what kind of Mother I will one day be. It seems most Mother's set out with good intentions, even if it is not perceived that way ultimately, by their children. I only wish I knew what ultimately happened to 'S' at the end? It almost seemed like she should have had one last epilogue. But I suppose it really was Lady's story and 'S' was the catalyst or the X-factor of it. Really great read, I will definitely be looking into more novels by this author.
Did anyone else think the end was a bit rushed? I got to the point where they were planning going back to the LIC and realized there weren't many pages left in the book for them to resolve everything. They did end up resolving everything by the end of the book, but I feel like that made the ending seem rushed compared to the pace of the rest of the book.
I felt that the book was pretty good, for the most part. It had some boring sections, in the middle, but it was pretty readable to me. I was struggling with the ending - It seemed that the author wanted to shock the reader, but didn't think through the whole decision of changing "Adele" to "Rob". It seemed that Rob was inlove with Adele, and disliked David, but then he suddenly saw him and fell madly in love - it a way that made him kill his only friend Adele, and throw her/his body into a well. I felt it was rushed and poorly explained. The last pages themselves- where Rob, in Louises' body was saying how Adam knew something was up was kind of upsetting. I felt bad for all the characters, they weren't likable at all and kind of got what they deserved.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone that grew up in the eighties. I had so many eighty flashbacks. In the eighties some boys were just like this. There was no access to the internet, boys got bored and did dumb things. The boys in this book fit my cousins to a T. I don't think this book would appeal to young adults because of all the eighties references. They just wouldn't see all the nostalgia. This book took me a while to get into. But once Will/Billy met Mary the story got exciting for me. Mary saved the day. Not a book that I would normally pick up, but I'm so glad I read it!
Loved this book... I didn't want it to end as I really cared about the characters. I felt like I knew them! Noa's death was so sad and a surprise. I wasn't expecting that. I wanted to know what became of his children, but I guess we weren't to know because the main characters were not part a part of their lives. I need to read more of this author's work!
First of all, this is my first book with Book of the Month Club and I have very mixed feelings. I enjoyed reading the book. It was an easy read so it was easy to fit a chapter into my lunch break without feeling rushed or that I was going to miss a plot turn but the ending fell completely flat. It felt like a cliff hanger.
It reads as I expect most millennials who are consumed by social media speak and I found myself snicking at how shallow that can be. I myself am a millennial but I do not actively use social media and I do not live in a huge city. However, I happen to have a friend who is the founder of a tech startup in NYC and he says this book does not accurately portray the culture.
I am passing this book on to my friends to read but I am very disappointing with the lack of an ending.
did anyone notice once in a while in the Adele chapters she would refer to herself as Adele... It would confuse me and I'd have to check to which chapter is was in. Then when I was done it made sense.. I wonder if they were put there as clues.
First off, THANK YOU for putting the setting in Upstate New York. There is a whole body of land up there above the island, people! The alphabet mystery game was very creative, and I'm bad at mysteries, so I was surprised by the reveal of every letter. Wonderfully explosive ending, too. I totally thought Zelda was in Paris the whole time. But what is Ava's aftermath? Does she stay in Ithaca?
I have to say, I was really disappointed in this book. The description didn't indicate there was going to be any supernatural, unrealistic plot lines. I kept rolling my eyes and I never wanted a protagonist to actually be killed before. If Louise was intelligent and loved her son, like she proclaimed so much at the beginning, none of this would have really happened. Especially after he got home. I'm so sorry! This is the worst book I've read in a long time and I am feeling like I lost minutes from another book I could have been reading. Again, I'm sorry to those of you that liked it so much.
Just finished Dead Letters. Interesting plot with miserable characters. I found myself vacillating between wishing that I had skipped the book selection this month or chosen another book.
The author painted a very miserable childhood and dysfunctional family life which made me not enjoy the book as much. Ava's treatment of Nico annoyed me and I found the Ava/Zelda relationship weird.
The author's storytelling ability is pretty well crafted but I guess I was hoping for less drama and more suspense, especially after last month's choice, Behind Her Eyes.
I thought this book was terrific. It slowly captured my attention and midway through the story I couldn't put it down. Despite often being quite sad it showed the intensity of friendship. While delving into artistic creative minds at work, was a glimpse into a lifestyle most of us aren't aware of. I definitely recommend this book. Linda
I have finally finished the book and man it was a serious struggle. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end. This book was a complete waste of my time. I kept reading page after page wondering when the action was going to start or when will I get to the big secret and the mystery but it never arrived. The book was drawn out and I realized the story wasn't going anywhere. There was no mystery everyone just told all there secrets. In my opinion even the plot of the story sucked. I mean come on, the synopsis was better than the whole book. I was hoping her "Secret" was a bit more extreme. The plot was a little weird to me too- pretending to be a dead man's wife. The so called "murder" wasn't really a murder she killed herself so that is not accurate. AND THE ENDING was terrible.
I LOVED this book. Oh my goodness. The whole thing was such a ride and I enjoyed every second of it. I'm glad I took my time with it to take in everything that happened. I honestly figured that Adele was crazy pretty much from the beginning...but...you know...not.
I was shocked by the twist ending. My husband was sitting next to me most of the time I was reading and the number of "WTF"s and "HOLY S***"s that he laughed at me for, let me tell you. When I finished the book I just looked at him and said "What just happened?" I couldn't believe what I'd read.
I think this must have been inspired by "Inception" because it's the only thing I've ever experienced that comes anywhere close to this story. This author is a genius. I hope to read more of her work in the future.
Also, can we get a movie? I feel like a movie version of this book would be incredible if it were done properly.
I'm in love.
First of all, how were you all able to figure it out?? I kept juggling the clues around in my head trying to figure it all out, but I NEVER saw that ending coming! I kept thinking Adele was going to harm Lousie or worse Adam! I wondered why he was so set on Lousie working out and getting her body together, but as I look back it all makes sense now! This book... MAN incredible! I have to read it again and pass it on to someone else.. this was a great read for me!
The first half of the book keeps you guessing and then it gets sloppy. A former detective now insurance investigator that can't see what is obvious to anyone reading the book. Police who don't investigate loose ends on the cruise ship. Police that didn't investigate parents who died suspiciously. Neighbors who don't recognize neighbors. Read the first half and then make up you own ending. You will be more content and not feel like you wasted your time.
I loved this book, It was so full of action and unexpected turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. However, I do wish the ending was not so rushed. I also wish they would have explained more about how Donal came back into the story. All the answers we wanted were answered but it just felt rushed at the end. I did love it though, it definitely deserved the book of the year award!
I absolutely loved this book and just devoured it- I couldn't put it down. I loved how atmospheric and foreboding it was, and I felt sorry for Drew. In fact, I loved this book so much I immediately went and purchased two of Megan Abbott's other books - The Fever (incredible) and Dare Me (okay, but had some issues). I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her books soon. My only complaint about this book is the ending - we don't get to see if Devon passes the qualifiers. I think we're left to assume she does, but it ended so abruptly. Overall, great read.
I am new to BOTM and I hope it gets better from here. I chose Lucky You as my first selection. I chose this as my selection based on "fierce and darkly funny" and felt that it could not have been further from the truth. The book started out getting you acquainted with the characters like any author would, but about a third of the way through it takes a dark spiral straight down the toilet. The story became weird and hard to follow and I came to a point where I didn't think I could go on with the story. But since I enjoy reading so much, I decided to keep going with it. In the end, it only got worse and I wish I had stopped when my gut told me to. There was no resolution or end to this story and I felt as though I was cheated out of 2 days of my life that I will never get back. I am not one to review anything, but I feel that something has to be said about this book to help sway their decision to select it. Please belive me when I say that reading this book will be a monumental waste of your time.
Did anyone else find themselves tearing up at spots where they wouldn't think they would? Like when Daniel talks about God being the manifestation of all the best parts of people or when the security guard lost his wife.. AH! I don't like feels, but this book had me so engrossed on SO many levels. Really well done.
I really enjoyed this book and the journey is took us through in terms of Daniel and Natasha, and everyone that they encounter throughout this day. The history of their families was interesting too, as this story was very realistic to me. I believe that actions can change the dynamic of another person's life, and the character that stood out to me regardless of how small her part was, was that of Irene. Her interaction with Natasha, and then with Irene getting that message from Natasha was a life changing event.
The story was very interesting as we have all probably thought about the things that have happened in our lives and wondered if things would be different had this or that occurred, or not occurred. I'm not sure how much that I really believe in fate, but the idea of it is nice in a sense that maybe there are certain people that are supposed to be on your life. As far as Daniel and Natasha, I feel that the story implied fate because they were drawn together more than once, and the afterword seemed to imply that maybe they had a "Happy Ever After".
As far as the parents and brothers go for both of the characters, I enjoyed the backgrounds of each and what happened to all of them in the future. Parents and siblings play a big part in who you are and why you are the way that you are, and the children play a huge part of who the parents turn out to be. As far as Natasha's dad, I can see where he is coming from in feeling that maybe his life was destined to be something else, but when you have kids, your life changes in terms of what is best for that child. It doesn't always of course as some parents chose to still pursue their dreams and put that child second, but in this story it seems like Natasha's father had regrets, but wanted both his family and his career and it didn't seem to happen that way for him.
Overall, this story kept me interested and I read it in three days. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story as a whole, and plan on reading other books from this author. This is my first month in the Book of the Month Club, and so far, I really like it and hope that my second book is just as good.
This part of the book's namesake story really stood out to me, and it keeps coming back to me:
"It is a time that calls for the most picturesque of metaphors, for we are swimming along in the mythical underbelly of America...there where it is soft and prickly, where you may rub your nose against the grainy sands of illusion and come up bleeding."
I'm curious what this means to the rest of you and how you believe it compares to today's political climate?
Well I just chose my book of the month and I chose Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce after reading about all the other titles even though the other ones sounded good also so I thought we'd see what others ordered. Thanks and have a wonderful day. It says wont ship until the 7th so happy reading in December.
Hello to everyone ! I just joined the book club. My name is Vicky and. I love God and strong in Faith! I'm happily married and also pursuing a dregree in Associate's in Science in Medical Billing and Coding at the age of 51. I have a dog named Little Bit 3 GROWN children my husband and my dog are my best friends! I'm a homemaker at this time while in college (all online) my favorite pass time is reading so yes I'M A BOOK WORM ! Looking forward to this great day to everyone!
A friend made the comment that it is a bit long-winded, and she is correct. However, everything about the book, from the use of time, the character developments, the relationships, is cleverly wrought in my opinion to immerse the reader in Alexander's experience. The long pauses, the tasteful asides, the significance of small events, and seeming insignificance of large shifts ... it all shares with the reader what an experience a life of such confinement would be for an educated and admittedly whimsical man. I truly enjoyed this book , beginning to end, and can't wait to read it again in a few years.
Another homerun by Kristin Hannah! The characters are so well written and brave. The history of the story makes you think and feel everything each character is dealing with! About half-way through the book, I was having a hard time putting it down. The is a must read for everyone!
The story of this book is incredibly beautiful, but also makes you cringe. I couldnt help but feel for all characters involved, but especially the two main characters. The story comes down to love. Love between two surprising characters and who they become because of circumstances. If you can handle who the two main characters are and their backstory, you will find this a great read! I finished the book in only a few days.
I liked the premise of finding your daughter after her being missing for 8 years and how could you not believe she was dead? But, Anna didn't find Julie, Julie returned home. In many ways I thought that the story was predictable: drug lord story, over the top leader of a fundamental Christian church being the villain, the mother's withdrawing from her remaining family. I thought that some of the story was titillating, not full of depth, such as Julie's journey of foster homes, stripping, dancing, etc. None of the character's were terribly likable, except for Jane and her father, and they were the two that we heard the least from. I'm glad that it ended the way that it did, at least the ending had redeemable qualities.
I feel as though they missed the chance to have a good finish. It was like one sentence away or one element from the ended I think the story needed. I think that a better ending would have been Julie explaining to her mother that she could have never been as perfect as she was before she left.
Do you think you would survive in a world like this? I always think that I would (sort of happily) die in the first wave. In this case, getting the virus. Do you think you would survive? Would you want to?
I'm quite intrigued by Miranda's graphic novel STATION ELEVEN. (I can see it in SFC.) If the author created an actual version, do you think adding it as an appendix or as extra web content would make the novel richer, or would you prefer to keep it in your imagination?
Miranda's mantra "I repent nothing" alludes to the knowledge that where she ended up and what she accomplished was worth whatever inconveniences occurred. By repeating this to herself in the hundreds of mirrors across the world she minimized the moments of sadness and disappointment that a lonely life both personally and on the road might manifest.
Loved how it started out in Toronto: Yonge Street, Cabbagetown, I was like "I know those places!!" Enjoy reading books that take you to cities that you've visited before. Sometimes it's so much fun, right?
While I recognize the strength of this author's writing, I'm having a hard time getting into this book. I'm not a fan of dystopian novels so that may be part of the issue, but I feel the whole symphony/theater element is throwing me off and is jarring against the background of a population wipeout. I will continue reading to see if there's a turning point that makes me turn the pages faster, but I have not reached that point yet.
I'm as big a Shakespeare fan as any typical thriller/suspense enthusiast. But I have to say, using King Lear to kick off the book just doesn't make sense. It seems like all sorts of authors are appropriating King Lear these days, sort of as if it can be used as an allegory of any deep humanist theme. I just don't get it -- what exactly is it about King Lear that has anything to do with Station Eleven?
So many images of flight: people on planes, survivors through space, pathogens by air, civilizations on foot. I even read the first ninety pages as if looking down impassively from some hot air balloon. But then this sudden literary shift in the wind. â€œA white smudge in the darkness at the end of the yard.â€ Claustrophobia and heartbreak, Station Eleven on Earth. A remarkable chapter. After Iâ€™m on the ground for good among all of these poor roaming bastards ISO.
I haven't been able to start reading yet, but how is everyone liking it?
Thereâ€™s been a ton of dystopian fiction released this year. What are some of your favorites? Bird Box by Josh Malerman was a pretty fun rideâ€¦into the darkness!
I'm really loving some of the interactions between the various characters. So far my favorite is Arthur and his first wife Miranda. I think Miranda is the character I'm more interested in so far. I guess because she's from his home town and she's writing the graphic novel......
I am halfway through the book and I hope I learn more about her. Which character interests you the most or that you hope to learn more about?
The juxtaposition between the realities of â€œthe collapseâ€ and the survivorsâ€™ pursuit of art, beauty, and love gives this novel a haunting edge missing from other disaster stories. If Station Eleven becomes a film, do you think its marketing will resemble that of movies like The Day After Tomorrow, or will it stay true to the novelâ€™s higher ambitions?
This is one of those books, among works by Margaret Atwood and others, that seem equally at home with "genre" and "literary" designations. Is the line between popular and literary fiction real or illusory? If real, is it one of intention or reception?
Amazing how enduring the art of theatre is...the world explodes and yet the irresistible pull of the footlights never fails. What do other actors or devoted audience members think of the book?