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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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Megabooks
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I will always Stan Mandel‘s Station Eleven “trilogy”. I love the alternate timelines in each book and how each picks up on different characters from the previous book and spins them in a new way. But my favorite part has to be the autofictional author on book tour in 2201 when a pandemic breaks out. She is an autobuy author for me, and I can‘t wait to see what she writes next!! #AuthorAMonth

TNbookworm Totally agree, love her books! 5h
tpixie Oh my! Station Eleven is a trilogy? lol more to read! 33m
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Bookwormjillk
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This book has such a 2020-2021 vibe that I didn‘t pick up on the first time I read it. It all comes together beautifully at the end. I don‘t know how Emily St John Mandel did it.

You don‘t have to read Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, and this all in a row, but thanks to #AuthorAMonth I did and it was a great experience. @Soubhiville

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Bookwormjillk
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Reading tonight while Not My Cat watches me and my cat watches him.

AnnCrystal 😂💕😻😍😻💝. Watches with pure jealousy! 5d
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Bookwormjillk
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Lunch and a book. RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

dabbe Come to Phoenix on this too-sunny day! 🤩😂🤗 5d
Bookwormjillk @dabbe I wish I could! I miss the sun! 5d
dabbe @Bookwormjillk I'd send a BUNCH of it your way if I could! Here are some emoji-suns! 🌞☀️🌞 5d
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Bookwormjillk
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Hygge hour on the front porch enjoying music, mint tea, baklava, and the tagged book. The frogs are singing and I‘m keeping an eye out for the beautiful fox that has taken to commuting through my yard at dawn and dusk. My favorite hour of the week.

#Naturalitsy

AllDebooks Wonderful, sounds perfect x 5d
Chrissyreadit I love this so much!!! 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 5d
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Decalino
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In this brief SF novel, a strange phenomenon links various characters separated by space and time: a young British man in 1912, an author visiting Earth from her home on the Moon for a book tour, a bored Moon colonist seeking a more exciting career. Their connection raises questions about the nature of reality itself; is the universe a simulation, and if so, what does it mean for the meaning of life?

vlwelser I still have this in my holds queue. It sounds like more my jam than Glass Hotel but choices were made. 6d
Decalino @vlwelser I still need to read Glass Hotel! 6d
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5feet.of.fury
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#authoramonth
I‘ve been pondering this ending since last night, I enjoyed it, it‘s very clever & poetic. A unique interpretation on time travel & simulation hypothesis, more about the human element than the science.

Soubhiville Time travel is a trope I usually avoid, but I really liked this one! 1w
5feet.of.fury @Soubhiville it was so good! I‘m onto Station Eleven & read Glass Hotel previously but I think if anyone had tried to explain the plot I would have leery but they have all been good 3d
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5feet.of.fury
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Bought a waterproof case for my kindle so I could read in the hot tub 😂 📖🛀

jen_the_scribe Adding one of these to my wish list 😆 1w
Laughterhp Yes! I bought the same thing for my hot tub reading! 1w
TieDyeDude So jealous! 5d
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Melismatic
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Excellent. A thought provoking addedum (or a sci-fi epilogue) to Station Eleven that was perhaps a bit autobiographical? (Maybe that‘s just my assumption.) Even more relevant to our beyond-pandemic lives today without being navel-gazey.

I think I need to read everything by this author.🥺 #AuthorAMonth

ChaoticMissAdventures If you read her other 2 big titles, they are all interconnected which is so interesting! You can read in any order, they just often have a few characters that pop around that you become familiar with 😍 1w
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CatLass007
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May 2024 #AuthorAMonth #AAM #ReadAway2024 This short novel packs a lot of wallop! It is spectacular. I love science fiction because it makes me think. All good fiction should make its readers think, but science fiction is my favorite genre. I had somewhat figured out the twist at the end but not nearly all of it. Highly recommended!

DieAReader 🥳Awesome!! 2w
Soubhiville Yay! 2w
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BookWrym
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#AuthorAMonth so glad I joined in with this challenge I have found a new favourite author will continue with the backlist as and when I can get them from the library.

Loved the way Station Eleven is cleverly referenced in this book so much fun.

This book itself reminded me of Cloud Atlas circular and ending again where it begun.

Soubhiville I loved this one too! 2w
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DHill
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I did not enjoy listening to the audio as much as I did reading the book. I thought it was more difficult to keep track of the characters and connect the storylines. Still, a pick for me. Love this author.

#AuthorAMonth
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Soubhiville
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I was skeptical going in, as time travel isn‘t a theme I usually enjoy, but this surprised me. I really liked it.

There are quite a few characters and obviously it shifts through many timelines. I didn‘t see where it was going and loved the ending. 👍

Kenyazero Glad you gave it a chance even though you don't love this trope. It leaves room for surprises! 1mo
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IuliaC
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I spent three hours reading this nice mystery novel with a great premise: what if the world and our life are just a simulation?

A time travel agent from 2400 is sent to several periods in the past (1912, 2020, 2200 etc.) in an attempt to investigate an anomaly in the time continuum.

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Yenya1954
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The writing style of the author was good. I‘m not usually a big fan of time travel. This novel took the reader through many time frames with the different characters. I did enjoy the book.

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Tkimsal
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Some of us tonight after book group. Energized and ready for our next book. #FirstSaturdayReaders

Reggie Awww very cool! 2mo
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rachelk
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January - Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
February - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
March - Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

#topread2024 #fiction

Amandakay Love David copperfield! (edited) 2mo
rachelk @Amandakay I loved it so much that I wonder if any other book will be able to beat it! 2mo
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rachelk
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This is the third excellent book I‘ve read by Emily St. John Mandel. If you‘ve ever enjoyed going down a rabbit hole regarding the nature of reality, this novel might be for you. I finished it in one sitting. ❤️

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I love her books and this one was another winner! It went in a lot of different directions and you definitely have to pay attention but the ending pulled it all together in a wonderful way.

Andrew65 This was a really enjoyable book and not what I was expecting. 2mo
Jgacreations @Andrew65 completely agree 👍 2mo
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Tkimsal
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Loved this! Finished and immediately started rereading. Can‘t wait for book club to discuss this. Definitely recommend.

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Tkimsal
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Up next for book club. #FirstSaturdayReaders

dabbe Can't wait to read what you think about it; it's on my TBR. 😃 3mo
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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
@Andrew65

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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. 5mo
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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!! 6mo
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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! 7mo
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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. 7mo
GondorGirl The thought process that went into writing this book is kind boggling! 7mo
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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!!! 9mo
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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 10mo
Jari-chan @RaeLovesToRead Ok, I really, really need to do a Reread now 🤨 10mo
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 10mo
Jari-chan @RaeLovesToRead I guess you're right about that. That might be the reason why I was disappointed in The Glasshotel. 10mo
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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/? 12mo
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 12mo
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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! 12mo
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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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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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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 😃 14mo
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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 14mo
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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. 14mo
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BarbaraBB @jlhammar I feel the same. And I am glad the judge made such a nuanced decision 14mo
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. 14mo
Cinfhen Just voted😁while I didn‘t love SoT it is a worthy contender for the rooster ❤️🐔 14mo
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. 14mo
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! 14mo
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. 14mo
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. 14mo
BarbaraBB @Larkken I am glad you‘re enjoying it! I am happy you‘ve joined us! 14mo
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) 14mo
kwmg40 Voted, and looking forward to the final matchups! 14mo
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. 14mo
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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. 💙 1y
Readerann 👍 1y
jlhammar Farewell, Violin! I‘m okay with this decision. I really liked them both. 1y
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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. 1y
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. 📚✈️ 1y
squirrelbrain Ah, I‘m sad for Violin. 😞 But Sea would be a worthy winner so I don‘t mind so much. 1y
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. 😔 1y
Jas16 I am definitely pleased with this decision 1y
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. 1y
merelybookish @Hooked_on_books I agreed with the decision but this was the first judgement that I found unenjoyable to read. 1y
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I was thinking the same about the judges and their comments. 1y
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! 1y
Ruthiella @BkClubCare That is interesting! I would expect Tx3 and Mercury Pictures to also be in airport book stores. 🤔 1y
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books Definitely when the comments section strays from the books, you know people have nothing to say. 1y
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - maybe those were sold out? 1y
BkClubCare @cariashley - I have zero interest in the Banshee movie. Looks too depressing. (edited) 1y
Suet624 @BkClubCare banshee movie was super depressing. I thought the ultimate message of the movie sucked too. 1y
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 1y
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. 1y
Cinfhen And yesssss, WI-FI in Morocco is TERRIBLE 1y
kwmg40 No surprise. I loved both books but definitely expected Sea to advance. 1y
BkClubCare @Suet624 - TY, I will avoid seeing it (unless… hub wants to and I will read a book and watch scenery only.) 1y
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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. 1y
Megabooks Even though Mandel and that book have a huge place in my heart. I‘ll definitely read Kuang again though. 1y
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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. 1y
RebelReader I‘m disappointed that Babel didn‘t move on because Sea was not my cup of tea, but on to the next matchup! 🤣 1y
Jas16 Another match up of two of my favorites from the list and another outcome I wish had gone the other way. 1y
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. 1y
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. 1y
Deblovestoread I enjoyed both books. And although Babel got my vote I‘m not sorry to see Sea of Tranquility advance. 1y
batsy ("I really wished Babel would branch out beyond the scone" made me laugh lol) 1y
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. 1y
Readerann I, too, wish both could have moved on. But Sea was my fav of this ToB. 1y
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. 1y
Ruthiella I definitely preferred the deft and understated writing in Sea over the didactic tone of Babel. 1y
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 1y
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. 1y
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) 1y
Larkken @batsy just read that! Lol 1y
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. 1y
BarbaraBB @Larkken I wonder too why they set up genre books against one another. Did they always do this I wonder? 1y
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes! I know that feeling very well. Not with Babel though. I had it recently with 1y
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh gosh, yes. School for mothers…grumble, grumble. Just no. 1y
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CyaneFillion
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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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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Sapphire
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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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. ❤️ 1y
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