And of course before we get to the review and spoilers below…I will reveal the next book!
This book is Gilbert’s first foray into the ‘self help’ genre, and this year I’ve been enjoying books of this ilk. You may have read her best seller Eat Pray Love – this is nothing like that. The book’s tagline is “Creative Living Beyond Fear”. I confess I’ve already started reading my copy and it’s part the author’s personal philosophies and ideas about how her creativity manifests itself, and part positive talk / lecture about how to break free from doubt and make creativity happen.
The fact that you are even reading my blog suggests that you probably are already a person who enjoys undertaking creative pursuits, so you might find some great concepts and ideas in Big Magic.
Station Eleven – Review
I really should start making notes in a draft blog post while reading my book club books. I’m sure I’m going to forget a few things because I finished reading this over 3 weeks ago! Here goes:
- For me, the interest in this book was not about the characters, but what a possible post-pandemic world would look like.
- In the dystopian / apocalyptic genre, this story line is the most plausible I’ve read. The possible reality of it really freaked me out.
- Given the 99% death rate of the Georgia flu, it was odd that so many people connected to Arthur survived. But that’s just me being nit-picky.
- Speaking of being nit-picky, when discussing this book amongst friends, everyone had opinions of “well, this couldn’t happen” or “that didn’t seem right” etc etc. I actually think the author did a great job of reigning in her story – there was SO MANY possible tangents she could have followed but she kept the story pretty tight.
- In moments of this book, I felt like a world without internet would be kind of a relief.
- I felt frustrated that the first two years post collapse didn’t make the story, but the sheer volume of death would have possibly been too difficult for the author to incorporate.
- It was interesting to consider what people deemed important in their post collapse lives.
- I thought the twist of Arthur’s son becoming the crazy cult leader was good – I didn’t see it coming.
- The character of Clark grew on me. I liked how without the social constraints of having to operate in the corporate world, the collapse gave him the opportunity to return to his true self.
- I found Kirsten a bit sad – she had such a hard edge, and through her character you could tell that the author thought compassion and connection with others was a luxury in the post collapse world.
Overall, this book kept me hooked and I thought the ending was great. Would love a sequel or parallel story.
Three and a half stars!
Over to you. What did you think. Highlights, lowlights?