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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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,…Read moreRead more of this comment
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,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 13, 2020mpye rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
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…Read moreRead more of this comment