The Captain’s Log – the glass hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I adored station eleven and the singer’s gun so much that I got a hold of this book without knowing anything about it other than the author and title.  This is a lovely literary book with just a touch of the supernatural and a touch of murder mystery.  Ultimately though, the heart of the novel is what I think the author does best – intricate character studies that all eventually tie together.

I really want to gush about this novel but I can’t.  Any gushing would just be spoiler-filled and somehow diminish the read.  This is my current best read of the year in terms of writing quality even if there be other novels I emotionally enjoyed reading just a bit more (I love Murderbot!).

Side note: Check out some interesting reviews with the author at npr, book page, and kirkus.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel (shortened by me):

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Emily St. John Mandel – Author

To buy the novel visit:

the glass hotel – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

station eleven (Second Reflections – Sci-Fi)

the singer’s gun (Off the Charts – Murder Mystery)

mr. thursday (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

26 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the glass hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)

  1. UGH I so agree! The blurb is super spoilery and I think it’s better just to read it not knowing anything. Loved this one. My mom read it after me and loved it to.


  2. I just started this today. Like you, I didn’t research it at all–I loved Station Eleven so I immediately got on my library’s audiobook waiting list when it was released. Glad to hear you liked it!

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  3. For such a brief review, I found this post immensely exciting! Everything you say about this book makes me even more eager to pick it up- I did not know there was anything supernatural or particularly murderous in the novel, and am thrilled to hear that the character studies are excellent. I am very much looking forward to reading it, and so glad to see it’s your favorite read of the year (so far)!

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    1. I am so glad that me post managed to get ye excited for this one. It felt so weird not to discuss the plot or anything really. I kept debating what to write and didn’t know if me post did this book any justice. But yer comment makes me so happy. Hope ye love it as much as I did.
      x The Captain

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  4. I LOVED this book. Finished it last night. She is one of my favorite authors. She’s so good about multiple perspectives and going back and forth in time. It’s one of my favorite books of the year. I’m so glad to hear your glowing review too!

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    1. Glad to hear another adoring comment about this lovely read. I find meself thinking about how great it was at random times of the day. And aye, the changes in time flow so well! I do hope ye will review it on yer log. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  5. Ooh, okay, this intrigues me! One bookish pal of mine didn’t like the book at ALL and it made me nervous about the book, but now you and another blogger have absolutely raved about it. I am tentatively back in. If nothing else, I already know I love Emily St John Mandel’s brilliant complex-machine plots, so I’ll have that going for me at least. (Right?)

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    1. Aye, the plot is so well woven that ye can at least see how it unfolds. I be sad that the bookish pal didn’t like it but I can see how it wouldn’t work for everyone. I hope ye can give it a shot and then let me and the crew know which side ye fall on. Hopefully mine because of course I be always right!
      x The Captain


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