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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Mar 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, mind-blown
Read from March 08 to 15, 2012 — I own a copy

How do I even begin to review a book like this? This book is one of the most incredible books that I have had the pleasure of reading. David Mitchell not only managed to write 6 unique and fantastic stories that I would love to read on there own, but he managed to connected them almost seamlessly making one mind-blowing story.

Like I said I would love to read each story as an individual for each one is so dynamic in itself. It is almost hard to believe that the same author wrote each story since each has its own unique writing style. You go from a sailing journal, to comedy, to mystery, to science fiction, and even a post apocalyptic world. He threw in all of my favorite genres and the best elements of each.

When I started reading this book I instantly enjoyed it and liked each story and then loved when I started to realize all the parallels between the stories and characters, and how all the themes came together I was even more in love with the story and flew through the second half.

It is hard for me to pick which story I loved the most but if I had to choose it would be between the mystery story featuring Luisa Rey and the science fiction story featuring Somni. The Luisa Rey story was an intricate mystery filled with all the best elements, the heartless assassin who enjoys killing, the investigative journalist trying to prove herself, and all in all the conspiracy of the mystery that goes higher up than believed. The Somni story was brilliant science fiction where there are clones and the world has become dependent on technology and Big Brother is watching you.

One of the very interesting elements of the book was the language throughout the novel. Once the story about Somni started there was an extreme difference in the use of language. Words were forgotten and things such as movies were all clumped together and called Disneys and all cars Fords. In the last story the language we know was gone. The story itself was hard to read because of how the people talked. Even though this element was on of my favorite themes throughout the book it also was a reason why the last story was my least favorite.

This book will keep you guessing up until the end and even then you will still sit there afterwards just observing everything. The end of each of the stories is amazing and mind-blowing. As soon as you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down and you will be a better person for it. This book will give you a different outlook on the people around you and wonder how everyone’s actions actually effected your own, because one thing this book taught me is that everyone is connected and even the smallest things can impact someone in the future.

Well there is my review I would give this books as many stars as possible. But if you would like to read a fantastic review of this book I would like to send you here:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
My brother and his review are the reason I read this book in the first place. ☺
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David Mitchell
“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell
“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas


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03/08/2012 page 13
3.0% 2 comments
11/02/2012 page 46
9.0% "Trying to read it a second time before seeing the movie... and I just love this book."
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s.penkevich Yay, 5 stars! Great review hermana, I saw this on your blog and hadn't realized you posted this on here yet.
his book will give you a different outlook on the people around you and wonder how everyone’s actions actually effected your own, because one thing this book taught me is that everyone is connected and even the smallest things can impact someone in the future.
I like that, very good point. There's that ripple effect here, almost LOST -like ha. They should have had Ben Linus play Bill Smoke.


Megan s.penkevich wrote: "Yay, 5 stars! Great review hermana, I saw this on your blog and hadn't realized you posted this on here yet.
his book will give you a different outlook on the people around you and wonder how ever..."


That would be awesome! Let's just make our own movie


Stephen M Nice! Good taste runs in the Penkevich family.


Jason The Penkevich Family has taken over Goodreads! (more at 11)


s.penkevich I hope this is still playing so you and Dad can go see it now that he finished! Dad is the first person to tell me that Ewing was his favorite.


Megan s.penkevich wrote: "I hope this is still playing so you and Dad can go see it now that he finished! Dad is the first person to tell me that Ewing was his favorite."

Yeah I hope so too I want to, actually I need to, see it immediately. Really I guess that doesn't surprise me, Dad loves olden time stuff like that... and he's the most normal haha.


Jason Aw you guys are cute. Is it too late for you to adopt me?


s.penkevich Hermana: Yeah, we should see it over xmas. Or is Les Mis out then? Because I NEED to see it! Ha, Dad really disliked Frobisher (my favorite!) but at least he loved Cavendish. I'm glad he read the book and liked it though.

Jason: I'll start drawing up the paperwork right now!


Jason ♥ Zachry & Meronym ♥


Megan Jason: Come join the family!

Hermano: Les Mis comes out christmas day as a commercial plays in the background (you still need to steal me the CD). We can do a double feature, or triple cause we also need to see The Hobbit! Yeah he told me he laughed out loud during the Cavendish part.


s.penkevich There are too many movies I need to see!!!!
Jason, you are still the only person I know that has that story as their favorite, and I think that is very cool. We should use Cloud Atlas as a sort of personality test, like, what does it say about you for which story you like best?


Jason I think it's Kris's favorite, too!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


s.penkevich Oh yeah! Nice. We should rip-off Twilight and have like 'Team Zachry' or 'Team Frobisher' t-shirts.


Jason Haha, awesome.


Megan s.penkevich wrote: "Oh yeah! Nice. We should rip-off Twilight and have like 'Team Zachry' or 'Team Frobisher' t-shirts."

Christmas is coming...


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