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Sea of Tranquility
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
"The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from an island off Vancouver in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and planets"--
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thereflectiveflaneur
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Simply marvellous! Loved piecing the fragments together and wow what a writer! Audio book was amazing!

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Jolynne
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I like a book where the beginning circles back. Speculative fiction, science fiction and time travel made for a good read. Station Eleven was a big book for her but I think I enjoyed this one more.

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PaperbackPirate
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My favorite book of February was also read with my book club.

✅ science fiction
✅ dystopian
✅ connectivity

#12booksof2023
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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The book has been on my tbr for awhile and the candy is my favorite. Thanks, @sblbooks for my #JolabokaflodSwap gift!

sblbooks You're welcome and happy reading! I read Station Eleven by this author. Hopefully, this one will be just as good. 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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Weird and wonderful! Time travel, spies, and pandemics make for a unique reading experience. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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TheLudicReader
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Is it a pick? I dunno because I don‘t think I was clever enough to really understand what the heck was going on in this story about time travel, living on the moon, pandemics etc. Perhaps someone will be able to explain it to me tomorrow night at book club.

CuriousG This one confused me at times too, but I still loved it, so I get the feeling. I'm okay with being confused though as long as I enjoy the experience. Hopefully you feel more clarity with discussion though! 4mo
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ItsAnotherJen
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I absolutely loved Station Eleven so was excited to read this. It was such a different reading experience. Like waking up from a dream over and over. It all came together at the end in a way that made me want to reread the book for clues.
I didn't see the forest for the trees.
Prob not for everyone, but I liked it because people seem to talk about simulation all the time these days. The peek into the future and time travel aspect was fun as well.

Kimbono “Like waking up from a dream over and over.” What a perfect way to describe the experience of reading this book. 4mo
GondorGirl The thought process that went into writing this book is kind boggling! 4mo
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wen4blu
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I read this book last year and remember feeling annoyed that I didn‘t predict the ending. I‘m giving it a reread, this time on audio, to see how it feels now that I understand where it‘s going.

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andioop
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Read this in three days, it‘s addicting.

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bekakins
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Really enjoyable, dreamy time travel story. This is my book club read this month and I‘m excited to discuss it! And here‘s my #bookspinbingo board for September too!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! 6mo
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JillR
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I really loved this. We follow several strands at different times in history as the story and links slowly pull together. I loved each and every character, and particularly loved the sections about author Olive Llewelyn as she copes with family life and a pandemic in the moon colonies circa 2400. In fact I‘d read a whole other book about the moon colonies. Brilliant.

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Jari-chan
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After loving Station Eleven and being disappointed in The Glasshotel I was curious to find out what I would think of Mandels third book. I was worried that I would dislike it as well, but after the first few pages my worries were long gone.

I was absorbed by the story and wanted to keep on reading and reading. It wasn't as intense as with SE, but I felt at home in this book and was happy to return to it. I now need to reread The Glasshotel.

RaeLovesToRead I weirdly LOVED the glass hotel 7mo
Jari-chan @RaeLovesToRead Ok, I really, really need to do a Reread now 🤨 7mo
RaeLovesToRead I'm planning to re-read Station Eleven because I remember it being good, but my review is tepid..... I think I have to be in the right frame of mind for Mandel 7mo
Jari-chan @RaeLovesToRead I guess you're right about that. That might be the reason why I was disappointed in The Glasshotel. 7mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Dreamy, quiet, speculative, with a dash of existential dread.
Shades of Greenwood, looking at different moments in time that are paralleled in their anxieties about the present and future, whether humanity will survive. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality As 'messing with time travel is dangerous' is a well worn trope in science fiction, I was glad to see the more compassionate response win out, as well as the nebulous premise of 'simulation hypothesis' floating about to complicate things. 2/? 9mo
Robotswithpersonality I enjoyed that we got an answer to one mystery, and it leaves us pondering many other questions.
I think the nature of this narrative - how we hop about - how we were introduced to multiple characters' lives - means that the reader is prepared for what might be considered an incomplete ending when attached to a different type of story.
Still not going to read Station Eleven. This is as close as I get to a pandemic book. 3/4
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Robotswithpersonality 4/4 ⚠️ Veteran PTSD, pandemic discussion 9mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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This book was so different than I was expecting! It follows the stories of several different people in different time periods. With a mixture of space travel and time travel, they do end up connecting… but I won‘t give it away. In some ways, this book felt more like a series of short stories. I think I‘d have to read it twice to truly get it! 😅 But it was beautifully written.

Saknicole Totally about the short story vibe! 9mo
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starlight97
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"If we were living in a simulation, how would we know it was a simulation?"
Very smart, very neat time travel story.
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LiterRohde
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At the heart of this time travel book that spans 500 years and explores bigs questions like the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the end of the world, is an intimate portrayal of loneliness, grief, and the connection we all seek.
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Sapphire So, now I am down the pen rabbit hole :) 10mo
LiterRohde @Sapphire Always happy to ‘help‘. 🤣 10mo
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Sapphire @LiterRohde lol! $70 later 10mo
LiterRohde @Sapphire Oooo! Did you really just jump in for the first time? That was quite a first jump then! What did you get? 10mo
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Yossarian
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I seem to have lost my motivation for online book talk, but I am still reading and doing more in person things — including now hosting a book club through Inkwood Books in Haddonfield, New Jersey! #bookclub #southjersey #philadelphia

If any of my online friends in the Philadelphia/ South Jersey friends want to join me in person, follow the link below and join me at Inkwood!

BarbaraBB That sounds good. I‘m sorry you don‘t like online book talk any longer though! You were the first person I talked to on Litsy 😃 11mo
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Larkken
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Winter #Booked2023 complete! Tagged and Round House were my favorite reads from this challenge, but I liked all of them except Frankenstein. Which is sad! I really wanted to enjoy Shelley‘s first and much copied scifi novel, not least because of the circumstances of its creation. I think it cannot be a coincidence that it was written by a new mother whose partner was dissolute and likely quite unhelpful… but alas.
Good luck all Booked challengers!

Cinfhen Yay! You‘re off to a great start 🤩don‘t forget you have until April 3 to fill out the google form 💕 Here‘s the link: https://forms.gle/DJJdqbFZydvy9ndv7 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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This was a close call! Before the start of our #LitsyToB 6 people voted for Sea as their favorite, 5 chose Rabbit. Now these 2 met and it is surprising that Rabbit is the winner, meeting Babel in the zombie round!

It feels like today‘s judge in the #ToB23 also had a hard time choosing between the two but her final arguments really resonate with me. Sea advances!

Please fill in the next form today: https://forms.gle/WJnU7sxgDgq6wH2a8 ‼️

jlhammar Voted! Thanks. The judge definitely had a difficult choice today. I'm a bit heartbroken to see Rabbit eliminated from the official tournament, but at least it lost to a good one. 11mo
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BarbaraBB @jlhammar I feel the same. And I am glad the judge made such a nuanced decision 11mo
Ruthiella I‘m also sad to see Rabbit go. I like SoT but will soon forget it, I think. Rabbit was for me the stronger entry and and impressive debut. 11mo
Cinfhen Just voted😁while I didn‘t love SoT it is a worthy contender for the rooster ❤️🐔 11mo
Jas16 Voted. I was happy to see SoT move on in the tournament although I liked Rabbit Hutch. For me Rabbit had bursts of brilliance and then moments that didn‘t work quite as well. I though SoT was a more consistent read. But I am frequently in the minority when it comes to TOB. 11mo
Larkken The plot (and the differences between the official tournament vs ours) grow thicker! I have to admit I'm enjoying this even more than I thought I would. Lots of good bookish thoughts and conversations here! 11mo
sarahbarnes I agree that it was a great and impossible judgment today. I love Mandel, and I am also so sad to see Rabbit lose. 11mo
Readerann So sad to see Sea (😁) go here! Like many of you, I appreciated the thoughtful judgment in the real ToB. I‘d never really thought about the criteria of judgment being so important to the process. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Larkken I am glad you‘re enjoying it! I am happy you‘ve joined us! 11mo
BkClubCare 🐇 🐰!! I am glad to see RH here (and glad that SoT wins “there.” More love for more books? DONE. Updated to say my vote is in now. (edited) 11mo
kwmg40 Voted, and looking forward to the final matchups! 11mo
Hooked_on_books Another thoughtful judgment today, which I enjoyed reading. And even though the commentary got off track with discussing short stories in the publishing world, it was super interesting. I‘m not thrilled for the upcoming rematch in the official TOB. I‘d rather see a new matchup. 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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We‘re in sync again with the #ToB23: both QF have Sea of Tranquility up against The Violin conspiracy. Our obvious winner is Sea, as is the official one.

sarahbarnes Crazy how close we are to the real tournament this year! And I‘m very happy to see Sea advance. 💙 11mo
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jlhammar Farewell, Violin! I‘m okay with this decision. I really liked them both. 11mo
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Deblovestoread Sad for Violin as I loved it. Thinking I might reread Sea as I didn't enjoy it as much as her other novels. 11mo
BkClubCare Interesting factoid (interesting to me?): the only TOB books on the shelves of the airport bookstores I perused recently were Sea of Tranquility and The Violin Conspiracy. 📚✈️ 11mo
squirrelbrain Ah, I‘m sad for Violin. 😞 But Sea would be a worthy winner so I don‘t mind so much. 11mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m not really surprised, though this is not the way I voted. I really liked Sea, but LOVED Violin, which is still with me a year after reading it. So sad to see it‘s not a zombie. 😔 11mo
Jas16 I am definitely pleased with this decision 11mo
Hooked_on_books Just finished reading the judgement, and I get the impression the judge didn‘t like either book all that much. He took them both apart pretty brutally. And then the commentators didn‘t really talk about the books at all, just some movies I‘ve never seen. Kinda odd. I am getting the sense from the judging that we‘re not the only ones feeling the lackluster nature of this year‘s tourney. 11mo
merelybookish @Hooked_on_books I agreed with the decision but this was the first judgement that I found unenjoyable to read. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I was thinking the same about the judges and their comments. 11mo
cariashley The judgment itself was just ok, but I actually really enjoyed the commentary and weaving in those movies. Mostly because I felt so meh about Banshees. Very happy about Sea advancing, in any case! 11mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare That is interesting! I would expect Tx3 and Mercury Pictures to also be in airport book stores. 🤔 11mo
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books Definitely when the comments section strays from the books, you know people have nothing to say. 11mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - maybe those were sold out? 11mo
BkClubCare @cariashley - I have zero interest in the Banshee movie. Looks too depressing. (edited) 11mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare banshee movie was super depressing. I thought the ultimate message of the movie sucked too. 11mo
Suet624 I liked them both but felt such a sense of relief that Sea moved on that I realized I actually did care about one over the other 11mo
Cinfhen I too was surprised over how critical the judge was @Hooked_on_books @merelybookish it was uncomfortable 😳 I really enjoyed Violin & he took that joy away from me. I totally agree @Deblovestoread about Sea - my least favorite of the trilogy. 11mo
Cinfhen And yesssss, WI-FI in Morocco is TERRIBLE 11mo
kwmg40 No surprise. I loved both books but definitely expected Sea to advance. 11mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 - TY, I will avoid seeing it (unless… hub wants to and I will read a book and watch scenery only.) 11mo
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BekaReid
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This is a story of all the questions: What does it mean to truly live/be alive? Who do we serve? What is our own agency? What is real? Can there still be value in a manufactured reality? If you could time travel, would you stop yourself from interfering? What is your duty; do you have one? We see Gaspery wrestle with all these questions as he ages and contemplates the past versions of himself and who he ultimately is.

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I read this for my book club. I was looking forward to it bc I loved the HBO show, Station 11, which was written by the same author.
This is a mystery taking place in the past & distant future. I connected to the characters dealing with pandemics, but loved the main character‘s mission to time travel. Alike Station 11 in that the author imagines a bleak future where people are able to survive by connecting with others.
We loved it!
🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻

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BarbaraBB
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Babel might have been the most surprising read for us this year. Most participants of the #LitsyToB23 enjoyed it more than expected. @Cinfhen @RebelReader and @kwmg40 even root for it in this years tournament.
It was up against Sea of Tranquility however, a book even more popular among us. Unfortunately Babel didn‘t stand a chance. Sea of Tranquility is our winner in this match! Unexpectedly, in my humble opinion, the #ToB23 judged likewise

Addison_Reads I loved them both, and I'm sad to see Babel out. I hated that these two were paired together. 11mo
Megabooks Even though Mandel and that book have a huge place in my heart. I‘ll definitely read Kuang again though. 11mo
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jlhammar Pleased with this outcome. I have to disagree with the judge regarding the HBO Station Eleven adaptation. It‘s quite different from the book, but I absolutely loved it. Funny that someone who avoids sci-fi and fantasy gets stuck judging this match. Though I think Babel is one that many who don‘t usually read fantasy have loved and same for Sea and those who may not usually enjoy sci-fi elements. 11mo
RebelReader I‘m disappointed that Babel didn‘t move on because Sea was not my cup of tea, but on to the next matchup! 🤣 11mo
Jas16 Another match up of two of my favorites from the list and another outcome I wish had gone the other way. 11mo
kwmg40 Too bad for Babel, but I loved Sea also (just a tiny bit less) so I can live with the judgements. I do hope Babel returns as a zombie. 11mo
batsy I've not read Mandel because it does feel like I should start from the beginning which I think is Station Eleven (that I haven't read), but I think the assessment of Babel was fair. I liked it, but with the same qualifications as the judge—the heavy-handedness grew exhausting. 11mo
Deblovestoread I enjoyed both books. And although Babel got my vote I‘m not sorry to see Sea of Tranquility advance. 11mo
batsy ("I really wished Babel would branch out beyond the scone" made me laugh lol) 11mo
Cinfhen I am disappointed since this was my least favorite book by Mandel but I‘m ok with Sea moving on. I do wish these two weren‘t up against each other but that‘s life. 11mo
Readerann I, too, wish both could have moved on. But Sea was my fav of this ToB. 11mo
Suet624 I believe I voted for Sea because a) I liked it and b) there was no way I was going to tackle Babel. I sing praises on all of you ambitious readers who read it and enjoyed it. 11mo
Ruthiella I definitely preferred the deft and understated writing in Sea over the didactic tone of Babel. 11mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I agree with the judge too, it was too long and turned exhausting. Buy it deserved to make it further in the tournament. The brackets suck this year! @Addison_Reads @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @Jas16 @kwmg40 @Deblovestoread @Readerann 11mo
sarahbarnes Agreed that I liked Babel more than I expected to, but as a huge Mandel fan, I was happy to see that one advance. 11mo
Larkken This is one where I changed my mind after voting! I think Babel was hugely cerebral and grows on me despite the dragged-on tragic ending while I‘m finding the long author-in-a-pandemic subplot of SoT is sticking in my mind and not in a good way. #unpopularopinions I think! 🤪 but I‘m also with all of you thinking both books deserved to move on! So it‘s nitpicky. Should I be more annoyed that genre books were pitted against each other? (edited) 11mo
Larkken @batsy just read that! Lol 11mo
Hooked_on_books Have you read a book where you enjoyed parts of it, but the author did something that made you by the end almost hate the book? Then every time you see someone say how great it is, you hate it a little bit more? That‘s me with Babel. I was so sure we were going to pick it and I‘m so glad we didn‘t. I‘m really happy to see Sea move on in both. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Larkken I wonder too why they set up genre books against one another. Did they always do this I wonder? 11mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes! I know that feeling very well. Not with Babel though. I had it recently with 11mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh gosh, yes. School for mothers…grumble, grumble. Just no. 11mo
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CyaneFillion
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I devoured this book within 24 hours! I loved it so much, it's faster paced than the Glass Hotel, but has characters from it featuring throughout. I think this is my favourite book of her so far, or at least closely tied with Station Eleven. I think Gaspery is a good character, and the book reminded me of a Sanderson's Snapshot, but with a happy ending.

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This book surprised me at every turn. This may end up being her masterpiece. The writing is spare and yet evocative. The tale twists and turns. The characters are so engaging. I could read a novel dedicated to each. I preferred last night in Montreal to stations eleven for its aspects of John Irving. But she finds her own voice distinctly in this work. I sit astounded as I set it down.

BkClubCare Now I want to reread this. ❤️ 11mo
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“Is there an unease that‘s specific to the sense of an invisible bureaucracy in motion around you?”

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Jaimelire
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Great book. Worth reading, especially if you are looking for something unique and beautifully written.

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Sapphire
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Illness frightens us because it‘s chaotic. There is an awful randomness about it.

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This book was ok. It took me awhile to get into it, but I‘m glad I stuck with it, just not sure I‘d recommend it…

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Sapphire
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If there is pleasure in action, there‘s peace in stillness.

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I enjoy Mandel‘s writing - sparse and light. This novel flits through a number of different time periods and characters, who are ultimately tied together through one man‘s time travelling. It is also a pandemic novel, clearly written through COVID.
I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as The Glass Hotel.

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Finished my 10th (and probably final) #tob23 book. I went in with low expectations (not sure why since I loved Station Eleven) & was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. A time travel book about a pandemic. Clearly Mandel had some fun with this. I enjoyed how all the pieces came together even if I'm unclear on the meaning. But there's no question that Mandel can write. There's a confidence to her prose that's reassuring. Pic of Obie who 👇

merelybookish who might be one of the featured TOB pets. (A new fundraising they are running. Each day of the tournament a reading companion is going to be profiled.) I'll be so proud! 😸 12mo
LeahBergen Go, Obie!! 12mo
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Ruthiella How exciting that you have entered Obie as a contender! 😸 I like your review. I really enjoyed reading the book, even if I‘m not sure what it all meant. 12mo
sarahbarnes Yes I saw that! Rooting for Obie! And glad you liked the book - I did too. 12mo
Leftcoastzen Cool Obie! 12mo
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too. And go Obie! 12mo
jlhammar I‘d love to see sweet Obie featured! I really liked this one as well. 12mo
Suet624 Yippee for Obie!! 12mo
Aimeesue I loved this one, and I love how Mandel has recurring characters in many of her books. I read this one and The Glass Hôtel back to back, which was neat. 12mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - how fun!! (Do you have to come up with the cute commentary description of your pet?) 12mo
Megabooks Good luck Obie!! 🤩 12mo
BarbaraBB I‘d be definitely rooting for Obie! I was surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did too! 12mo
batsy Rooting for Obie! 😸 I need to read Station Eleven! 12mo
Cinfhen Awww, Obie is too cute!!! This was a good book but my expectations were a bit too high. Agreed, Mandel is a clever gifted storyteller- I‘ll read whatever she writes!! 12mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Megabooks @Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Thanks! I will definitely share if he makes the cut! 😺 12mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! If there was an overall message it eluded me but still enjoyed it! 🤷😅 12mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Interesting that so many of us like it and yet my perception was (is?) no one is very excited about it being in the #tob. 12mo
merelybookish @Aimeesue I haven't read The Glass Hotel but am more curious about it now. Fun that she has repeating characters! 12mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare I do! My kids have been helping me. My son is convinced Obie's favourite book is Moby Dick. 😁 12mo
merelybookish @batsy I really loved it when I read but have always worried it wouldn't stand up to scrutiny which may be why I have avoided her books since then. But I feel more confident now that she is the real deal. 12mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Well said! You can trust she knows what she's doing! 12mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - fun! I look forward to the spotlight on Obie. 12mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I really liked it a lot but I read it right after it was published so that is probably why I‘m not that excited to see it in the ToB but that‘s not the book‘s fault 😉 12mo
BkClubCare OBIE!!! 11mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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I really enjoyed this. Mandel weaves different stories together from 1912 to a future where humans live on the moon. Her writing is so fluid & economical, in just a few lines she places you in the scene, you want to know what happens next. The characters feel real, I cared about them. A reflection on humans‘ desire for connection & a dystopic future but she has a light touch. Didn‘t love the sci fi parts (but that‘s just me).

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Sharpeipup
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Reading a few pages while it‘s still quiet in the office.
#celebritybc

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is this one? 13mo
Sharpeipup @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks interesting so far 13mo
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This book has no cover photo in the Litsy database, but the thread has some amazing shots! Here are a few of the ones I enjoyed the most. As for the book itself, it‘s a pleasantly forgettable tale reminiscent of at least a half dozen other time travel / futuristic stories I‘m familiar with. Barely a pick for me. Photo credits below ⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

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britt_brooke 🤩 Thanks, Martin! 13mo
FelinesAndFelonies 😂😂 thank you!! 13mo
AmyG I love all these photos! 13mo
DocBrown You‘re welcome @britt_brooke and @FelinesAndFelonies! Glad you enjoyed @AmyG! 13mo
Vanessa Thank you for including me! 12mo
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Saknicole
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I had a wonderful start to the year with my reading. My favorite was the first- Sea of Tranquility. In between all this I‘ve been working in A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations for my freshman honors class.

#teachersoflitsy #january

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LouiseWalters
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
Mehso-so

Read this book for Book Club and I have to admit I‘m not a fan of futuristic dystopian books. Nothing in this book changed my mind. It was a light read but I found holes in the believability of some details.

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OwenB
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Mehso-so

I picked up this book after reading positive reviews. and was my first read of this author. It took me a little while to get into the book and while it was wrapped up well at the end, I personally didn't appreciate it as much as most readers. It focuses on one man and his experience with time travel.

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Ruthiella
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I still like The Glass Hotel best, but this was a very smooth and satisfying experience, with some crossover to TGH. This book is about time travel, compassion, and humanity. Why humans are even here and where is “here”? It‘s all a bit trippy and circular. Also fun is the portrayal of author Olive Llewellen, certainly a stand in for Mandel.

I also like the thought expressed here, “A life lived in a simulation is still a life”.

#ToB2023

batsy I wanted to read this but then felt like I should read her previous ones first to get a better sense of it. I've yet to read any of her novels. 13mo
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too! 13mo
Cinfhen This was good but didn‘t emotionally satisfy like Glass House or 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead @batsy Definitely read Glass Hotel first 😊 And maybe Station Eleven as well 13mo
batsy @RaeLovesToRead Yes, I will! Especially Station Eleven; it sounds like my kind of thing 🙂 13mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one the best of the three! 13mo
RebelReader I enjoyed Station Eleven, haven‘t read TGH and bailed on this one, so perhaps Mandel and I just aren‘t gonna vibe! 13mo
Suet624 I really liked that line you quoted too. It jolted me at first but then calmed me in a weird way. 13mo
kwmg40 I really liked this one too, though not as much as Station Eleven, which is one of my favourite reads from the past 5 years. I've not read TGH yet. 13mo
Aimeesue Loved this one! I read Station Eleven before this one, and TGH afterward. I don't think it makes a huge difference which order you read them in - they still resonate. 13mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved both Station Eleven and Glass Hotel but this one just didn‘t “hit” for me. I may try it again someday. 13mo
sarahbarnes Yes! Great review. I read this and Glass Hotel back to back and it was fun to see the crossover. I did also like Glass Hotel better, but liked this one as well. 13mo
Ruthiella @batsy I think you could easily jump in right here with this one if you wanted. It is short and reads fast. 13mo
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books I think I will eventually go back and read her earlier stuff. See how it stacks up. 🤔 13mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I agree, it didn‘t go quite as deep emotionally as the other two. 13mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Interesting! Was it maybe the puzzle-like aspect that made it work better than the previous two, I wonder? 13mo
Ruthiella @RebelReader That‘s a possibility. She definitely has a sort of cool, distanced style that won‘t appeal to other readers. 13mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 I know, right? I found it to be very affirming. 13mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 I think you will like TGH if you liked this one and Station Eleven. 👍 13mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue I agree, they could work in any order. The Easter Eggs are still there. 13mo
Ruthiella @MicheleinPhilly I can see that. As @Cinfhen noted, the emotional level isn‘t quite as deep perhaps in this case, compared to the previous two novels. 13mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes That is neat you read them back to back! I was worried I wouldn‘t remember enough from TGH. But she gives plenty of background I think to help the reader. 13mo
BarbaraBB I am not sure. I didn‘t like Station Eleven, but I can‘t remember why not. I enjoyed TGH a lot but in the end I was a bit disappointed. So my expectations weren‘t too high for this one and I unexpectedly loved it. 13mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I love Emily St. John Mandel. Her books are always such beautiful sci-fi. There's something so familiar about her settings, even when they are in a bleak future. This book starts with Edwin St. Andrew exiled to Canada in 1912, moves to Miriella viewing an art showing in 2020, then Olive on a book tour in 2203, & then brother & sister scientists exploring the possibility that all life is a simulation. A stunning read.

DocBrown Lovely photo! I‘m still not sure what I‘m looking at 🤔 13mo
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Vanessa
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Pickpick

There is so much to love here - time travel! moon colonies! - and yet those elements fade into the background of stories about characters who are all lost for various reasons, missing a place or a person they cannot yet return to, if ever.
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Vanessa I loved the writing and liked the book overall, but there was just something missing for me. I felt like I didn‘t “know” any of the many characters as much as I would have liked. Still, I was invested in the story and would read another by St. John Mandel. 13mo
DocBrown Dazzling photo! 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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I really liked this! I loved the fragmentary fluid mindfuckery. This author does that SO well. It had a couple of things that I frequently dislike - I struggle with pandemic novels and also serious toned books where writers write about writers writing about writing. I think this book did both of those really well compared to others I‘ve read but they‘re still not my faves overall. The style and inventiveness absolutely carried me through tho

Megabooks So glad it was a pick!! I thought the narration and audiobook production was done well too. 👍🏻👍🏻 13mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ After not loving St John Mandel‘s previous two books, I planned to skip this, but received it as a gift, and with all the dazzling reviews, decided to give it a go. This time travel story spans centuries planting intriguing thoughts and questions bit by bit, though some things seemed much too convenient. The writing is lovely, but the brief page count didn‘t do Gaspery or anyone else justice. I needed it to be more epic, more sprawling.

rockpools I completely agree. Which is weird - I rarely need things to be more sprawling. But I definitely wanted more something 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Rissreads You have nailed how I felt about the book perfectly! 13mo
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britt_brooke @Rissreads Thank you! 13mo
Suet624 Hi there ... a bit off topic, but I'm sitting here watching Welcome to Wrexham and smiling and tearing up and wondering if you folks have been watching it. It's on Hulu. 13mo
britt_brooke @Suet624 No, but it looks really good - thanks for the rec! 13mo
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HOTPock3tt
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#auldlangspine @mcipher @monalyisha

I literally have to pick my jaw up off of the FLOOR 😱this book was AMAZING. Intricate plot, interesting characters… I can‘t say anything about the plot because I don‘t want to spoil it, lots of twists and turns. This is one of the best books I‘ve read in a long time. It has every element I could wish for in a book.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

Kimberlone 100% agreed! 13mo
Ruthiella This is next up for me!🤞 13mo
monalyisha Ah! I need to just read this. I think I‘ve been putting it off because I loved Station Eleven so much. Bumping it back up the list! 13mo
mcipher Yay!! I love her books so much and I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 13mo
HOTPock3tt @Kimberlone 🥰 @Ruthiella I hope you love it as much as I did!!!☺️ @monalyisha I personally like it a lot better than station eleven! @mcipher I loved it SO much! Looking forward to the next reads from your auldlangspine list! 13mo
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Emilymdxn
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I‘m struggling a little more than I hoped to find time to read physical copies of books this January - work and masters both very busy! I really wanted to get started on #alspine though so I got the tagged book on audio! I loved station eleven so much and I‘m so excited this one is fragmentary and odd as well. Excited to read more @Megabooks @monalyisha

Megabooks I read this on audio too and thought it was really well done! I hope you enjoy it. I don‘t get as much time to read in print as I do with audio either. (edited) 13mo
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Kimberlone
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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My top 22 reads in 2022! Although my overall average rating was only 3.7, I still read a lot of amazing books this year.

Not only was Sea of Tranquility my favorite book I read in 2022, but I also think it was one of the best new releases of 2022. Other worthy 2022 fiction releases include: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Lessons in Chemistry, The Candy House, Trust, and The Diamond Eye.

#top22of22

ChaoticMissAdventures Sea of Tranquility was my top read of 2022 also! Just so gorgeous and I love how she intertwines the storylines. 14mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures me too! It also made me appreciate The Glass Hotel more. I wonder if she is going to keep writing in this interconnected universe or if she‘s moving away from that? I feel like Sea of Tranquility wrapped things up perfectly though… 14mo
BkClubCare Wow! I have read and enjoyed most of these. But I don‘t think I know Diamond Eye - off to look 👀 for it. 14mo
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Suet624 Love your choices. I‘ve read about half of them and totally agree with you. 14mo
Megabooks Agree re: the glass hotel. Great choices!! 14mo
Kimberlone @BkClubCare definitely recommend all of Kate Quinn‘s historical fiction! My favorite is 14mo
Kimberlone @Suet624 @Megabooks thanks although there were so many I didn‘t get to this year! 14mo
Saknicole 😍😍😍 14mo
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