Peter's Top Ten of 2014
I don't often read books, but when I do I put them in a Top Ten list.
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When I read an early copy of Station Eleven, back in May, I was immediately blown away. Here, the incredible promise Emily St. John Mandel had shown with The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet, had been fulfilled.
I was enchanted that wondered whether, as a long time fan of Emily's, I was perhaps biased. Was I seeing excellence where I wanted it to be. This book was good, but could it really be that good?
So I asked the rest of the staff to read it. They universally concurred with my judgement. We all love this book.
Station Eleven is a book that often demands an instant re-read to maintain the immersion in the hope filled world Emily creates. This is both a love song to the world we inhabit now and a testament to the enduring promise of humanity.
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Because it contains incredible photographs that only the abundantly talented Ken Scott could produce.
And because we have never sold so many copies of any one title, and we did it in record time.
And because Ken Scott is an absolute star and signs our books for us.
Beekle is just wonderful.
I'm sure this is a serious work of philosophical thought masquerading as a child's book.
It also has an awesome book trailer.
Colleen enjoyed this and suggested I read it before the movie.
I'm glad she did.
The book tells you more than the movie.
Yes, another kids book.
But this is quite Brilliant.
Try to find footage of adults reading this. And the kid's reactions.
While a Top Ten list insist on one bok per spot, I am declaring all the Dunes Reviews as being in the top ten for 2014.
The excellent Michigan Writers have been holding their launch readings at Brilliant Books for years, and the depth of talent on display from our own, often otherwise totally unsung, poets, is astonishing.
I have come to have a deeper, better appreciation of poetry from Dunes.