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Jun 15, 2021readsalot80 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
If you don't like sad books about flawed characters, then don't read this book.
Jun 02, 2021Nativereader rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
After reading approximately 80 pages I gave up. The beginning was really dreary--a theme which continued as far as I read. No thanks
May 30, 2021merrywheaton rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Strange characters in unusual situations with intrigue. E.g., small town girl becomes a kept woman. I found the characters hard to relate to and the situations not implausible but not appealing.
May 04, 2021JollyBaba rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
The style that made Station Eleven so mysterious and intriguing just serves to distance the reader from the characters in this book, very few of whom are interesting enough to capture any attention in the first place. The shifting focus…
Mar 28, 2021taytaysnevets rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
The beginning of this novel, I was just hooked, like the first four chapters, were so atmospheric and spooky and I just thought her writing was brilliant, but then pretty quickly it changes to this whole thing about a Ponzi scheme and it…
Mar 19, 2021pennystandre rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I'm not sure why this book gets such a high rating. I thought it was mediocre. At least it is a fast read.
Mar 06, 2021Kidbean rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
There doesn’t seem to be a plot. Or it’s a very slowly developing plot, which I missed. I couldn’t finish this book.
Feb 28, 2021echong0430 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Did not enjoy this book. The connection between characters and events felt forced, and I am not sure what kind of book I had read when I finished reading it. May be this book is beyond my level of literally appreciation. I can't even…
Feb 24, 2021AndreaG_KCMO rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is my second St. John Mandel, and while I enjoyed Last Night in Montreal a bit more, this work showcases a mastery of storytelling and command of language. Her skill is imperceptible; in the act of reading, I am fully engaged. Between…
Feb 03, 2021
A dreary book full of unlikable characters. Pass.
Feb 02, 2021
I loved this book. At the beginning you're not sure where it'll go, but then the pace picks up and it forces you to keep reading to the end.
Jan 22, 2021esrobbins rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I had a hard time getting into this book but enjoyed reading it. It didn’t fully absorb me but the story telling is interesting and that’s what kept me reading. I didn’t particularly love any of the characters but they are written as real…
Jan 13, 2021SoHum rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent book. I preferred it to Station 11, very good descriptions.
Dec 31, 2020llewol rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Only familiar with the author through reading Station Eleven, I was disappointed when I heard about the basic plot of this novel. I had been hoping for more of the speculative fiction Station Eleven kind of story. However, it quickly won…
Dec 28, 2020AnnSkye rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I quite enjoyed this novel.
Dec 12, 2020flightofabluebird rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Haunting and lyrically written. I don't usually enjoy books that spend a lot of time describing the landscape, but it is done really well in this novel (plus a lot of it describes beautiful BC!). The characters are all unique and…
Nov 16, 2020Trixie_reads rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
A story about a lot of unprincipled and/or not very nice people who have bad things happen to them, this kept me interested enough to finish it, but I didn't love it.
Sep 10, 2020KatG1983 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Everyone is right, The Glass Hotel does not reach Station Eleven levels of adoration. That being said, Mandel is a wonderful writer, who draws me in and makes me empathize for each character in their own way. I did care about some…
Aug 18, 2020JessicaGma rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I mean it was okay, but it was not up to the level of Station Eleven, even with the interwoven stories and characters. I think the one dude who made out the best was the caretaker - not much happened otherwise. Not one of my picks for…
Aug 03, 2020Commacontrol rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Great book. I love how the author weaves not only the story threads into the tale but also how the characters are woven into it. They pop up here and there throughout. Maybe not quite as good as Station Eleven, but still good.
Jul 28, 2020alibraryguy rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
After her wonderful 2014 novel, Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel is a lacklustre disappointment. Mandel employs the same narrative style with a multitude of characters and a frequent moving back and forth in time and place. Unfortunately,…
Jul 19, 2020JLMason rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
So what is The Glass Hotel really about? Perhaps it’s a metaphor for life. We are transient occupants of a fragile existence. The glass hotel is momentary: one can change rooms so suddenly, upgraded to a suite, downgraded to a fleabag,…
Jul 13, 2020mpye rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
<Spoiler Alert> This is not a particularly memorable story despite the reviews above and being on the BBC's top twenty novels of the first half of 2020. St. John Mandel's breakthrough 2014 novel, Station Eleven, was a good read but not an…
Jul 12, 2020Katie_Dublin rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Certainly interesting, but did not live up to Station Eleven.
Jun 26, 2020maipenrai rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
This "Bernie Madoff" book about a Ponzi scheme and its effect upon various people was frankly boring to me. If an author cannot induce me to care about at least one of the main character, then they have failed me. Paul commits…