Sea of Tranquility
By Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf, 9780593321447, April 2022, 272pp.
The Short of It:
Reading Mandel guarantees exploratory thought processes.
The Rest of It:
Summing this story up is not easy. It’s a little bit of everything. There’s space exploration in the form of airships to other worlds, time travel, very interesting characters who float between this world and the next. Really, the story asks the question, what if what we are living in is a simulation? A carefully constructed “reality” that is anything but real?
Sounds wild, right? It is and it’s fascinating the way Mandel takes these characters through different time periods. As with most time travel stories, changes made anywhere within the continuum impact things down the line. Mandel softly tiptoes around this as her characters are warned over and over again what the end result will be. And in the midst of all of this, one of those time periods involves a pandemic.
I really enjoyed this short novel. It provided so much food for thought and was really well done. If you loved Station Eleven, you will appreciate this story as well.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a “whatnot” post. I’ve been a little tied up with my reading. Still trying to make-up for my slow-down after my surgery. I am catching up though! Catching up is good because ALL the books coming out this fall have me so excited! Like the new Cormac McCarthy set. The Passenger comes out in October with Stella Maris set to hit shelves in December. Do you enjoy his writing? His subject matter is very dark and heavy but I do enjoy his writing.
On a personal note, my son and his cat Root Beer have settled in nicely. She has a window that overlooks the apartment courtyard so she watches all the coming and going until he gets home. This apparently involves lots of dog sightings. I wonder if she misses The Otter Pup.
My daughter’s theatre job is going well. She loves it. They’ve already invited her back for winter break which is nice.
I never mentioned it but I saw the new Top Gun over Memorial Day weekend and it was really good. Say what you want about Cruise but he makes good movies. Makes me want to watch the original again. On another note, we have one more episode of Stranger Things, Season 4 and I have thoughts. Many, not good but I will hold judgement until I watch that last mega episode.
I am reading my book club pick for this month, The Swimmers. It’s very interesting. The writing is interesting in that there are many informal lists of things to set the stage and while reading, I could 100% relate to what she was sharing. It’s so short but is packed with meaning.
Have a good week! The weekend is nearly here. I’ve been gathering some recipes that stretch the dollar a bit. Inflation is a bit much right now. And with some areas in my region charging nearly $10 a gallon for gas, I find myself trying to cut back a little.
Oh, if you missed my summer list, check it out here!
Have a great week and tell me what you are reading!