Tag: Depiction

Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven | Review

Title: Station Eleven

Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 340

Rating: 4.25/5

I’d heard a lot of good things about this book going into it, and then it was picked out for me by a friend who I asked to pick out a random number to coincide with a book on my wish list. This is what she picked out for me.

It’s also a beautiful little book as well, and so my expectations were pretty high going into it. I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint me, too. It’s beautifully written and does a great job of examining a bunch of different themes and subject matters and asking the reader some questions.

But for me, though, what I was most impressed with was the depiction of a world in which a super flu has taken out most of the population. It was extremely well done, and it was also pretty unsettling considering what’s going on in the world at the moment. I mean, there was even a scene in which one of the characters started panic buying and ended up stocking up a trolley entirely with toilet paper.

So I mean, I’m not sure if it’s the best book for you to read if you’re looking for a little bit of a distraction from what’s going on in  the world around us, but if you just want something that’s genuinely well-written and a pleasure to read, you’re going to struggle to find something better than this. Having now finished it, I can say that it lives up to all of the hype.

Would I recommend this one? Hell yeah I would, even during these troubled times when you might not really feel like engaging with this sort of subject matter. It’s not far off being a masterpiece and definitely a top contender for my top books of the quarter, even though it’s only just begun. It’s just a little bit scary how realistic it all was, you know? Bit nuts.

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Stevyn Colgan – The Diabolical Club | Review

Title: The Diabolical Club

Author: Stevyn Colgan

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 304

Rating 4.25/5



This is the second Stevyn Colgan novel that I’ve read and maybe the third or fourth of his books overall. This one picks up from where the last one left off, although you can also read it as a standalone, which is the case with most murder mystery stories that I’ve come across. This one’s a bit different to the others though, because it has a deep sense of humour underlying it that makes it an unusual blend of mystery and comedy.

Colgan does it great, but perhaps that’s because he used to be a policeman and so he’s writing about what he knows. The same could be said of the setting – the fictional British county of South Herewardshire – which is clearly based on High Wycombe, the town that both Colgan and I happen to live in. I also like how it built on his fictitious writer, Agnes Crabbe, and how it even had a reference to books by Ariadne Oliver, who was one of Agatha Christie’s characters. It was a cool little crossover.

The only bone that I have to pick here is with the depiction of animal rights activists, which was kind of at odds with the way that most of the groups that I know of are known to work and function. But then, this is a comedy book as much as a mystery book, and so I think we can be too picky with things like that.

All in all though, I was pretty happy with this and I’m glad that I picked it up – and that I supported it through the launch campaign with Unbound, too. If you like humour and murders, give this a go.



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