Slade House

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Read 31/10/2017-01/11/2017

Rating: 3 stars

David Mitchell’s Slade House is an adjunct to his previous six novels, an Easter egg laid on Twitter turned into a book. I enjoyed it as a quick read on Hallowe’en, surrendering myself to its suspense and tension, allowing myself to be played with, as the visitors to Slade House are played with. I indulged myself in Spot-the-Link, appreciating the way plot lines from Mitchell’s previous works made tangents with this story. Continue reading

Random thought: Two versions of Cloud Atlas?

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I’m struggling to get through the book I’m reading at the moment. Too distracted by the Olympics.

An article in the Guardian caught my attention today, given that it concerns David Mitchell (the novelly one, not the comedic one) and Cloud Atlas. Continue reading

Black Swan Green

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Read 13/02/2016-21/02/2016

Rating: 4 stars

Read for the Reader’s Room Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge

This is a beautifully crafted coming of age novel. Mitchell uses language in a way that takes you to the person, place, time, event that he is describing. You can feel how much he loves words through the way he plays with them and allows them to tumble into each other.

The story is set at the time of the Falklands War, and is full of references to things from my own childhood – TV shows, sweets, games, school rituals. It felt very familiar, and at times uncomfortably true. As with all the Mitchell novels I’ve now read, there are links forwards and backwards to his other books, but this novel is less embedded in his ongoing saga of time travel and eternal souls. Black Swan Green is a smaller room in Mitchell’s literary mansion where a few supporting characters can hang out and do their own thing. Worth reading in its own right, though.

The first year of Jason Taylor’s teenage years is a full one. He negotiates a path between wanting to belong and wanting to be true to himself. He watches as his parents’ marriage falls apart. He tries to get his head around the subject of girls. He tries not to worry about the war in the Falklands. He encounters some unique individuals. He comes through on the other side stronger and wiser. I really loved this novel for the way Mitchell captured how it felt to be a young teen in early 80s Britain.

The Bone Clocks

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Read 13/08/2015-17/08/2015

Rating: 3 stars

Here’s a review of a book by the other David Mitchell, the one who isn’t a comedy actor.

I like David Mitchell’s writing and imagination. I find his books easy to read but still stimulating. I enjoyed The Bone Clocks. It was an interesting continuation of his time travel/reincarnation theme, with the now expected reappearance of select characters from previous books. Continue reading