Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s resi ...more
with this in mind, i can say that this holds its own as a self-contained supernatural/haunted house story. i didn't at any point feel lost or baffled. ho ...more
Rather like this book.
David Mitchell is usually shelved and sold alongside other writers of "Literary Fiction" (a label I dislike). He's twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and his novels often bulge with beautifully crafted images.
This is in a different mould; it's Mitchell having fun, and needs to be read as a much lighter confection in terms of style, though a rather darker one in terms of“Tonight ...more
The first story here is set in 1979, and subsequent chapters advance in nine-year intervals until we reach October 2015 – all of them first-person narra ...more
The enigmatic Slade House mysteriously appears every nine years for a day, like a sinister Brigadoon, accessible only to certain people. And those who visit it are never seen again. Some of the characters were particularly heart-wrenching, especially young Nathan, who is on the autistic spectrum, and Sally, the overweight young woman who is so hopeful and, at the same time, so desolate.
Although it seems at first ...more
You can clearly hear a X-Files Theme playing here..
Five Stories, One House.
A mysterious Black Iron door appears to you out of high brick walled alley, only on a certai ...more
Mitchell’s October 2015 publication (just in time and thematically relevant to Halloween) is a modern addition to a list of great October titles.
Styling a series of first person connected but stand alone chapters into a seamless narrative, Mitchell has crafted a story that slowly grips the reader until the last few pages in this short novel fly by as the reader is unable to put the book down.
Slade House is set in a quiet suburban neighborhood in England, albeit in a narrow and creepy alley, and pro ...more
ARC from publisher.
Wow, what a ride! David Mitchell’s Slade House came running round the bend, no pun intended (well, maybe just a little for those who have read it), at full steam ahead with all of the mechanical makings and suspenseful trappings of a haunting psychological thrill ride. It had a rhythmic flow that you could fall into, but beware. That trap has thorns. And fangs.
“…but as I watch, the running-boy shape gets fuzzi ...more
sweet- sensitive- autistic --( the type of boy other kids would make fun of at school),
Plus his mum is newly divorced, popping Valium like gum- drops.
Then jumping ahead...Nathan's mother, Rita, find the house off Slade Alley. Rita, being a piano player, gets invited to performs for well-known guests including Yehudi Menuhin. It was a street person
just passing by who helped them through an iron door - ...more
...I'd scream if I could but I can't my chest's full of molten panic it's choking me choking it's wolves it's winter it's bones it's cartilage skin liver lungs it's Hunger it's Hunger it's Hunger and Run!
A delightful romp into the creepy, ghostly, occult world of David Mitchell.
Slade House, a ghostly entity/vision/trap which is manned by malicious, parasitic twins, is open one day every nine years, to a special "guest" who is lured into this hologram world, construc/>...I'd ...more
If you are a Mitchell fan like me, you can gladly reach for it. I could hardly put it down. Many of you were disappointed in the break into fantasy- land at the end of “The Bone Clocks”. I would say that the apparent clash of genres won’t be a problem here. With this short novel (aro ...more
I wish to thank Net Galley, Random House and author David Mitchell for the privilege of reading an ARC of Slade House in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is my first David Mitchell read, and I will probably leave it at that. I basically had a hard time connecting with this book. If I hadn’t been involved in a buddy read with my good friend, I would have stopped after the first chapter. She encouraged me though, and I made it to the end.
I did like some aspect ...more
"Slade House" grew out of David Mitchell's Oulipean project in which he wrote a short story, "The Right Sort", strictly in compliance with Twitter conventions that restrict each tweet to 140 characters (approximately 20 words per tweet).
The restraints are so commonplace in a non-literary context that it's easy to overlook just how much this exercise constituted a work within the post-modern tradition.
Superficially, it seems that the story grew, tweet by tweet, without any overarching design. Thus, apparently, David Mitchell entrusted himTweet!"Slade ...more
Did it scare me? No
Did I enjoy the complex plot? Heck yes.
I almost gave up on Slade House in the beginning because the plot was so confusing. Stick with it!
Was I confused with some of the mystical shit? Uh, yes
Will I read more books by David Mitchell? YES!
I enjoyed this short, suspenseful book by David Mitchell. I wouldn't necessarily classify this as horror since it didn't scare me but it had great horror elements in it.
What a fun, creepy, clever book! A great follow-up to "The Bone Clocks" and much easier to follow.
"Slade House" consists of 5 intertwined stories, starting in 1979. Each subsequent story occurs 9 years from the previous story, ending in 2015. The mysterious Slade House is a mansion hidden b ...more
I thought I was smarter than you. I thought I knew where you were going with the story. I thought I was ahead of you and had it ALL figured out. I really believe you saw me coming because right when I thought I had caught you, you warbled and you wobbled and got away from me.
Turns out, I wasn't even on the same path as you.
I loved this book with all its twists and turns and su ...more
If you, dear contemplating reader, haven't read a David Mitchell novel, you are in for a spectacular, albeit short, treat, so go ahead, DO IT....
Step into the appealing aperture that's Slade House, only open a day or two every 9 years. Rest assured: what happens in Slade House, stays in Slade House.
I pleasured in reading David Mitchell's short novel, that is as witty as ...more
Imagine a fabulous mansion which appears only once every nine years and two horrific vampire like residents who live forever by consuming human souls. Then follow the stories of each of those souls as they are temp ...more
SUPER WEIRD and filled with the mysterious, this twisty haunted house tale makes for a great Halloween read! The unique format of the individual, but related stories combined with the various "tricks" and "treats" of the evil presence kept me guessing between what was real and what was imaginary.
This is my first David Mitchell novel, but NOT my last.
Slade House is the story of a hidden home, the site of a few disappearances over the years. What I have always loved about David Mitchell is his ability to shift into different genres, different styles, different characters. They are always different from one another and believable. This is a wonderful scary/ghost type story, more narrow in scope than some ...more
That’s more warning than victims get in David Mitchell’s devilishly fun new novel, which clawed its way to life from the ectoplasm of Twitter. Now, just in time for Halloween, “Slade House” opens its rusty door on a ghost story that dresses up all the dusty old tropes with Mitchell’s spirit and wit. His fans will need no enticement, but for the curious, too intimidated by “Cloud Atlas” or even last year’s “The Bone Clocks,” this little book will go down like fresh gummy wor ...more
Perhaps Mitchell finds the real world too ...more
Her reasons for not liking the book are actually the reasons that I did...she has more of a 'science mind', and some of the situations and scenarios were too hard for her to believe. For me, I felt if you are goin ...more
SLADE HOUSE is a haunted house story unlike any I've ever encountered before. That is because--with the exception of a very select few--Slade House simply "does not exist". Oh, you'll find the narrow "Slade Alley" across from the Fox and Hounds Pub, but no physical area to accommodate a lavish home and garden as Slade House is reputed to have.
If this is the case for you, count your blessings!
Author David Mitchell has brought us a complex tale of phys ...more
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