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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
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Apr 13, 09

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Read in April, 2009

Mitchell really surprised me with this one. This being his first novel, I had lower expectations than his other novels. However, this may be the best of the bunch.

I love how Mitchell weaves in these small science fiction elements without making it SF. I believe I read that he lists Le Guin as one of his early influences and it shows. However, it is just one of the small things that makes this book great. If you loved Cloud Atlas, you will love this one, and vice-versa.
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Brad I had a similar experience with the surprise that is Ghostwritten. I liked it very much.

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Ben Have you read his other stuff? Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green are two of my favorite books. Can't wait for his new one this year.

Brad I've read Cloud Atlas and number 9 dream. Loved them both. But Black Swan Green has been sitting on my bedside table taunting me since it came out. I don't know why I haven't been able to overcome my odd fear of it, but I will. I didn't know he had a new one coming, but I figured it must be coming sooner rather than later by now. Do you know the title yet?

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Ben No, I have only seen it referred to as Untitled De-jima Novel. There's a bit of info on his wikipedia page.

Brad I'll go have a peek. Thanks for the tip, Ben.

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