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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rapid Fire Review by Emily St. John Mandel

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating, well written, Canadian ( you must remember any mentions of Canadian places makes us Canucks all tingly and stuff) and a tad too literary for this sweet simpleton. It reminded me of times as a cross between The Stand and The Passage (also got a kick later in the novel where the author actually implies the novel The Passage) -- which by the way is a compliment as I highly enjoyed both of these novels. It is fast paced, the language is beautiful and well its full of Shakespeare, you cannot help but enjoy it. The writing was so vivid that you felt like you were acually immersed in the story. I loved how it expressed the idea that without art, life is empty. Now that being said it was beautifully written and very Canadian Literary (Yes I know that isn't a word, but I am not that intelligent and cannot find the exact word for what I am looking for to express a feeling) but it felt empty at times in terms of characters that you felt a connection to.
Ok, I know this is silly, but like I have felt while reading other dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories - not enough time has gone by for things to have turned this much to shit in terms of knowledge. (That being said I have no real idea what would happen so you can always just ignore that comment)

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Jeevan's understanding of disaster preparedness was based entirely on action movies, but on the other hand, he'd seen a lot of action movies."

"First we only want to be seen, but once we're seen, that's not enough anymore. After that. we want to be remembered."

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