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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Aug 18, 07

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Not only is the structure of this book remarkable, but each interrelated short story (broken into two pieces, one part told in ascending chronological order, from the days of seafaring explorers, to 1930s Europe, to 1970s sci-fi-noir, to near future Korea, to post-apocalyptic Hawaii, and then back again) is itself a masterpiece of style and substance. It's hard to believe the very distinct voices and tone came from the same mind, and the interconnections seem organic, as if Mitchell discovered, rather than invented them. And if it all sounds rather ponderous and difficult, it's not -- there is wit, danger, cliffhangers, really cool futuristic stuff.
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