Station Eleven, By Emily St. John Mandel, a Standalone ILB Thread

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tv show just dropped; might be a little too real right now tbh

thought the little girl actress was fantastic

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 December 2021 22:44 (nine months ago) link

Realized the other day that this book manages to include not just a pandemic but also a shipping crisis: Miranda on that beach in Malaysia looking at all the container ships that are stuck offshore unable to dock.

Lily Dale, Friday, 17 December 2021 00:00 (nine months ago) link

I was disappointed by this novel. It came with some kind of big repute, yet felt like ... like ... what I imagine Young Adult fiction to be like? The immediate rejoinder is that this is a baseless slur against YA fiction. But it seems a shorthand way to describe the bright, 2-dimensional character of the book.

In any case, I was surprised that the novel was so slight. The different aspects didn't add up well, the connexions didn't feel worthwhile. The very short chapters that came along at one point didn't fit in.

Yet, to be sure, she was right about the emergence of zoonotic pandemics.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 10:52 (nine months ago) link

I liked it. I thought it was a little bit slick, a little bit pat, yet also quite lovely in the way it managed to summon up a sense of nostalgia for the world we live in - or the world we lived in at the time the book came out. And a few things really stayed with me: Miranda dying on the beach in Malaysia, with the sun coming up and the container ships just in her field of vision, is an extraordinarily beautiful scene imo.

I reread it some way into lockdown, and it seemed to me then that the Station Eleven comic, with the people of the Undersea, was the really prescient part of it. The story about people who are dangerous because they resist reality, because they want to go back to a world that doesn't exist anymore - that felt much more like our pandemic than any of the details about the Georgia Flu.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 15:39 (nine months ago) link

Those are good comments -- about 'nostalgia for the world we live in - or the world we lived in at the time the book came out': yes: it makes ordinary modern reality seem like something fond and lost.

(Perhaps John Wyndham et al did that too?)

The comic within the novel, I felt, might have been central and important (as in, say, KAVALIER AND CLAY), but actually went nowhere. The version I bought and read contained no images, as I think others' did. I no longer remember any of the details of the comic as ekphrastically described.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 17:29 (nine months ago) link

I don't think any editions had illustrations, did they?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 05:42 (nine months ago) link

mine has two pages right at the very back, a mocked up cover and a splash page so effectively just 2 pictures with about 2 sentences of text.

koogs, Wednesday, 22 December 2021 06:58 (nine months ago) link

this show is good

mookieproof, Sunday, 26 December 2021 03:20 (eight months ago) link

HBOMAX?

Santa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 December 2021 03:38 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2021 season is nominated in the ILX TV poll, with voting ending this weekend:

ILX's Best Television of 2021 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends After January 31, 2022

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (3 minimum, 25 maximum, ranked by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 20:55 (seven months ago) link

It's a TV programme?

the pinefox, Thursday, 27 January 2022 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Yes, it was turned into an excellent 10-part series.

that's not my post, Thursday, 27 January 2022 01:47 (seven months ago) link

I remember damage.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 January 2022 07:19 (seven months ago) link


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