Friday Firsts: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel #RRSciFiMonth


Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.  As this month is Sci fi Month 2016 my book today is a science fiction novel that I’ve had on my shelves for a while now.scifimonth2016


‘The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored.  This was act 4 of King Lear, a winter night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.  Earlier in the evening, three little girls had played a clapping game onstage as the audience entered, childhood versions of Lear’s daughters, and now they’d returned as hallucinations in the mad scene.  The king tumbled and reached for them as they flitted here and there in the shadows.  His name was Arthur Leander.  He was fifty-one years old and there were flowers in his hair.

“Dost thou know me?” the actor playing Gloucester asked.  “I remember thine eyes well enough,” Arthur said, distracted by the child version of Cordelia, and this was when it happened.  There was a change in his face, he stumbled, he reached for a column but misjudged the distance and struck it hard with the side of his hand.’

Station Eleven – which is your favourite cover:  I like both and they’re so completely different but on balance I think the dark cover would attract my attention more.

My First Impressions

I really don’t know what to expect from this book and I’m not sure that opening really gives much away!  But, I’m really looking forward to this book so, here goes..

What are you reading right now? Did it start out strong? Feel free to join in.


27 Responses to “Friday Firsts: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel #RRSciFiMonth”

  1. suzannerogersonfantasyauthor

    I read it for my book group a year or so ago. I found it quite a strange read, totally not what I was expecting.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m about a quarter in – I guess I’d say the first 25% has jumped around quite a bit but I’ve got the hang of that now so we’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve been curious about this book since the first time I heard it mentioned, but at the same time I’m not certain it would be a book for me… But I agree on the dark cover, the warm light coming from the tents creates a wonderfully sharp contrast with the darkness above.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I bought it absolutely ages ago and thought it would fit this event – together with a couple of other books that I’d like to knock off my tbr. Hopefully I’ll manage 3 or maybe 4 – although that might be a bit ambitious because I do have other review books to read too.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I think you’ll end up enjoying this one (I did!) 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, i’ve read about 25% and I think I could be getting the hang of the style now. Plus, we quite often have the same feelings on books so if you liked it I think I will too.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Zezee

    I love the dark cover, which is the one I have. I think it fits the story better. To me, the first sentences were a bit misleading because the story is about so much more and it takes an interesting turn later. I hope you like it. It’s one of my favorite reads for the year. The more I think of it, the more I like it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the dark cover does seem to fit so far – in fact I have no idea how the other cover relates at all but I guess I’ll find out I confess those opening sentences really gave nothing away!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carmen

    Definitely the dark cover, plus I’ve heard great things about this book. Most people seem to like it. I have it on my TBR to read at some point too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m about 25% in so I think I’m used to the style now – I seem to be receiving comments ranging from love to loathing with this one so I’m really intrigued!
      Lynn 😀

  6. jenclair

    I like the dark cover best, and I liked the book a lot!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – I must admit this book does seem to be dividing people between love and hate! I can’t wait to get further in (about 25% so far).
      Lynn 😀

  7. cupcakesandmachetes

    I’m trying to get my book club book for November finished (Under the Banner of Heaven) so that I can get this bad boy rolling as well. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Under the Banner of Heaven – not read that, are you enjoying it?

  8. Tammy

    One of my favorite books from two years ago, I hope you love it too!

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oooooh, you just reminded me I had been planning to read this one for Sci Fi Month Backlist Burndown. It had completely slipped my mind, silly me! Hopefully I can still fit this in… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay – I hadn’t even thought of this being a backlist book but it is! I love it when a none plan comes together – thanks for the reminder.
      Lynn 😀

  10. sjhigbee

    I like the book with the starscape best – but I’m always a sucker for a night sky…:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great cover and my favourite too – plus, from what I’ve read so far I’d say it’s quite fitting – not sure how the other cover fits in yet but I’m only 25% in so we’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’ll be fascinated to see what you think of this one. I gave it a try last year, but DNF’d it – I think I simply wasn’t in the right frame of mind, so I want to give it another go.

  11. Avada Kedavra

    For some reason, I did not like this book 😦 Many people loved it but I am not sure what the reason was not liking it. I hope you like it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m picking up that this may be a divisive book somehow – you’re not the first person to say they didn’t enjoy it but then others seem to love it. I’m about 25% in, first impressions, I’d say it’s doing an awful lot of jumping around but I think I’m getting used to that now.
      Lynn 😀

  12. nrlymrtl

    I like the first cover the most. I read this book a while back. There were some things I really liked about it and a few things that were just OK. I hope you enjoy it.

  13. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I like the starry night cover better. I read this book earlier this year and it was unlike any post apocalyptic novel I’d ever read. It’s hard to describe it. I hope you enjoy when you get the chance to read it 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved it – I finished it a couple of days ago and thought it was excellent.
      Lynn 😀

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