I read David Mitchell’s new book The Bone Clocks (actually finished it on Friday last week, I’ve just let it stew a bit). I know the official release date is the coming Tuesday, for some reason my online bookstore was early. No spoilers about the plot here, just some reasons why I loved it. Because I did. A lot.

I’ve read three of his other books; Ghostwritten, number9dream and Cloud Atlas (I’ve also got The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet somewhere in my pile of unread books). I like all of them, love Cloud Atlas, it’s one of my favorite books. Because of this I was excited to get my hands on The Bone Clocks. Then I basically spent all my free time over three days until it was finished, because it was wonderful.

It had several things in common with Mitchell’s earlier books, like the chaptered structure and several point of view characters. There are also references to his other books, like Spyglass magazine etc. Ghostwritten may get the most references, there is one similar concept (but developed further here) and a shared character. 

I’d say this new book is also more ambitious than his earlier books (makes sense, growing as an author and so on), not the least because of the timeline that takes us from 1984 to 2043, and imagines a future that feels very plausible.

It’s beautifully written, but stylistically differs from let’s say Cloud Atlas, which has a sort of dreaminess about it all. If I had to come up with one word to describe The Bone Clocks, I’d say uncompromising. It never distances us from what’s happening, it doesn’t soften the edges or idolize the characters. They all feel very real, because they are not absolutes, good people have flaws and their ugly sides (as we all do) and the less moral people are not entirely bad either. This all makes the reader truly care for these people, and live with them, through their victories and distresses.

All in all, I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

filmforlife

Endless list of favorite movies
           ↳
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) ”My name is Jordan Belfort. I’m a former member of the middle class raised by two accountants in a tiny apartment in Bayside, Queens. The year I turned 26, as the head of my own brokerage firm, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.”

lotrsincebirth

dwimmerlaiks:

Women of the Tolkienverse | Part I

VARDA was a Valië, the wife of Manwë and Queen of the Valar.
THURINGWETHIL was a Vampire servant of Sauron during the First Age.
TAR-ANCALIME was the seventh ruler and first Ruling Queen of Númenor.
GALADRIEL was a Noldo, a ringbearer and ruler of Lothlórien.
NESSA was a Valië and the wife of Tulkas and sister of Oromë.