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message 1: by Murf the Surf (new)

Murf the Surf Nice review....very creative in its format. I'd enjoyed the way you went forward then backwards. Keep on writing...Cheers.....Murf


message 2: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Murray Lewis Alexander Winship wrote: "Nice review....very creative in its format. I'd enjoyed the way you went forward then backwards. Keep on writing...Cheers.....Murf"

Thank you Murf! I stole the format idea from the book itself, it does the same thing. Kind of felt right to try and use it in a review :-)


message 3: by Junta (new)

Junta Wonderful review, I enjoyed everything in it. The mayonnaise silence left the biggest impression on me.

I haven't been able to write much these days but I'm glad I can read your reviews! It's been one of the best things on here for me this year. Keep up the great work.


message 4: by Violet (new)

Violet wells You had me on the edge of my seat wondering how the essay was received. Brilliant review and fully agree about Louisa Rey mystery being the weakest link. I think he did purposefully riddle it with cliches to playfully mock the genre but, like you say, doesn't mean we have to like it.


message 5: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope 7. Liking.


message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda Awesome review, Matthias. :)


message 7: by Ilse (new)

Ilse Wonderful essay, Matthias. Mr. Vekeman should feel honoured featuring in your creation. I just think I won't be able anymore to prepare mashed peas for my family recalling the poor frog.


message 8: by Trish (new)

Trish Very cool review!


message 9: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala I followed the trail of that pea as if my life depended on it, Matthias - it was a purposeful journey, and I moved very smoothly forwards and backwards in the general vicinity of your Joyous Isles.
A very pleasant journey, I have to say.
And I had the same reaction to the Luisa Rey episode.


Fabian {Councillor} Matthias, if I had to come up with a list of my top favorite reviews on Goodreads, this will from now on be one of the first reviews to consider putting on that list. (I feel like a sycophant now, but that's how I feel about this review.) I am so glad to have this book right next to me sitting on my shelves and waiting for me, so that I can read it as soon as possible - preferably before the end of this upcoming month. The way you structured your review in a similar way to the novel (I already figured out from different reviews that this depicts the structure of Cloud Atlas) is fantastic. Congratulations, Matthias, and thank you!


message 11: by Anuradha (new)

Anuradha I see you have a shelf called "out of the box reviews"; not only do I love that name, I also think your unconventional review, tailor-made to fit the writing of Cloud Atlas itself is utterly magnificent. You have given me sufficient reason to up this book in my tbr, Matthias! What a refreshingly amazing review! :)


message 12: by Steve (new)

Steve Outstanding! I was caught up in each one of your nesting doll stories. Clearly, this structuring device suits you! And kudos for your comments on Mitchell and his inspiring book, too.


message 13: by Christine (new)

Christine Zibas This was a joy to read and a real encouragement to pick up this book, which has been languishing on my to-read list for some time now.


message 14: by Zoeytron (new)

Zoeytron A most exceptional review, Matthias.


message 15: by David (new)

David Schaafsma A great review, really creative and insightful.


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul E. Morph Matthias, I liked your review more than I liked the book... and I gave the book four stars. While you imitated the book's structure, the connections between your stories actually felt meaningful rather than an impressive but largely pointless literary gimmick.


message 17: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Junta wrote: "Wonderful review, I enjoyed everything in it. The mayonnaise silence left the biggest impression on me.

I haven't been able to write much these days but I'm glad I can read your reviews! It's been..."


I'm glad you enjoyed this Junta! I noticed you wrote a little less lately, but for me too, energy I can devote to writing comes in waves. The start of this year was a slow one reading-and-writing-wise, as you perhaps remember, so I'm making up for that now, with no small thanks to your kind encouragements (which contrast greatly with some mayonnaise silences I have known).


message 18: by Matthias (last edited Apr 02, 2016 01:05AM) (new)

Matthias Violet wrote: "You had me on the edge of my seat wondering how the essay was received. Brilliant review and fully agree about Louisa Rey mystery being the weakest link. I think he did purposefully riddle it with ..."

Thank you Violet! You had me on the edge of my seat when it comes to the reception of this review, and once again I find myself beaming with pride when reading your kind comment. And yes, the true mystery of Luisa Rey is how she made it into this otherwise wonderful book, but I don't want to be too harsh either. I'm sure "Cloud Atlas" has readers in its ranks that considered this one to be their favorite for all the action it contained. It just wasn't my cup of tea, though I admit to having watched "The Expendables 2" last night. Just to show I am not completely averse to Hollywood's temptations.


message 19: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Kalliope wrote: "7. Liking. "

8. Thanking. ;-)


message 20: by Matthias (last edited Apr 02, 2016 01:04AM) (new)

Matthias Linda wrote: "Awesome review, Matthias. :)"

This book was quite a ride! It was nice to have you tag along throughout status updates and this review. Something tells me you're quite fond of Cloud Atlas and I'm glad this review did nothing to change that. On to the next David Mitchell?


message 21: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Cole Wow, this is epic!


message 22: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Ilse wrote: "Wonderful essay, Matthias. Mr. Vekeman should feel honoured featuring in your creation. I just think I won't be able anymore to prepare mashed peas for my family recalling the poor frog."

:-D Sorry about that, Ilse, but I'm glad you liked this. I kind of like peas actually, as long as their green is not too yellowish. Frogs legs are a big no-no though.


message 23: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Trish wrote: "Very cool review!"

Molte grazie! Vielen Dank!


message 24: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Jean-Paul wrote: "A splendid piece of creative writing Matthias. Your reviews are always an immense pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing these gems with us and making goodreads such a exiting and vibrant place! jp"

Thank you Jean-Paul. It's the vibrant place that is Goodreads that has greatly inspired me to write this, so my thanks go back in equal measure to you, for taking the time to read this and sharing your enthusiastic encouragements! Cheers!


message 25: by Diane (new)

Diane This is impressive! Wonderful work.


message 26: by Trish (new)

Trish Matthias wrote: "Trish wrote: "Very cool review!"

Molte grazie! Vielen Dank!"


Wow, you're bringing out the big guns now?! ;P


message 27: by Melki (new)

Melki Wonderful review, Matthias!


message 28: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Fionnuala wrote: "I followed the trail of that pea as if my life depended on it, Matthias - it was a purposeful journey, and I moved very smoothly forwards and backwards in the general vicinity of your Joyous Isles...."

Did you find all the peas Fio? :-D So glad you found this journey a pleasant one. Joyous Isles are all fine and dandy but they've got a name to live up to, after all.


message 29: by Florencia (new)

Florencia Creativity, poignancy, humor; your reviews have it all, Matthias! A wonderful write-up about a book I'm adding to my TBR as soon as I finish writing this comment. Thanks for this amazing review, a lovely way to start this day.


message 30: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Well done, Matthias!


message 31: by Linda (new)

Linda Matthias wrote: " On to the next David Mitchell?"
Indeed I was quite fond of Cloud Atlas. :) I've gone on to read just two more of his books so far - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Slade House. Loved Thousand Autumns. So many books out there, but I've got a couple more of his hopefully lined up for this year.


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

Brilliant!


message 33: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Councillor wrote: "Matthias, if I had to come up with a list of my top favorite reviews on Goodreads, this will from now on be one of the first reviews to consider putting on that list. (I feel like a sycophant now, ..."

Thank you so much Councillor! Nothing sycophantic about it, in my view, just an objective estimation of this review's qualities ;-) Seriously, your praise is very much appreciated and most welcome. I'm eagerly looking forward to how you'll like this almost buddy-book of ours. Enjoy!


message 34: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Anuradha wrote: "I see you have a shelf called "out of the box reviews"; not only do I love that name, I also think your unconventional review, tailor-made to fit the writing of Cloud Atlas itself is utterly magnif..."

Haha, very perceptive eye Anuradha! I use that shelf whenever I get the crazy idea of getting creative all of a sudden :-p The results are mixed, but I'm glad you liked this one. Thank you for your kind comments. And you won't regret upping this book in your tbr list: it's great stuff!


message 35: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Steve wrote: "Outstanding! I was caught up in each one of your nesting doll stories. Clearly, this structuring device suits you! And kudos for your comments on Mitchell and his inspiring book, too."

Thank you Steve! Glad you stuck around long enough to catch this review before your departure ;-) ;-)


message 36: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Christine wrote: "This was a joy to read and a real encouragement to pick up this book, which has been languishing on my to-read list for some time now."

Let it languish no longer, Christine! I think you'll love it! :-)


message 37: by Matthias (last edited Apr 03, 2016 10:02AM) (new)

Matthias Zoeytron wrote: "A most exceptional review, Matthias."
Sidharth wrote: "Brilliant!"
Kevin wrote: "Wow, this is epic!"
Diane wrote: "This is impressive! Wonderful work."
Jason wrote: "Well done, Matthias! "
Melki wrote: "Wonderful review, Matthias! "
David wrote: "A great review, really creative and insightful."

Sorry for taking all of your wonderful comments together, but I'm running out of original ways to thank you all so just allow me to do it in one go: Huge Thanks!! :-D I am rather overwhelmed I have to admit :-)


message 38: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Paul wrote: "Matthias, I liked your review more than I liked the book... and I gave the book four stars. While you imitated the book's structure, the connections between your stories actually felt meaningful ra..."

Hahaha, oh you! You exaggerate!
Not complaining though, thank you for this very kind compliment. Of course I did have the luxury of not needing to spread this out in an entire novel, so we should give Mitchell at least some credit for that.


message 39: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Florencia wrote: "Creativity, poignancy, humor; your reviews have it all, Matthias! A wonderful write-up about a book I'm adding to my TBR as soon as I finish writing this comment. Thanks for this amazing review, a ..."

A breakfast review for champions! Hope the rest of your weekend was at least as pleasant as reading this review was for you. Thank you for your heartwarming comment Florencia :-)


message 40: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Linda wrote: "Matthias wrote: " On to the next David Mitchell?"
Indeed I was quite fond of Cloud Atlas. :) I've gone on to read just two more of his books so far - [book:The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet|714..."


I've got "Ghostwritten" and "number9dream" already on my shelves, so I'll probably start there, though I've been hearing such great things about "Black Swan Green" I might actually give that one a shot first. But I expect no David Mitchell book will be safe for me. It's been since Murakami and PKD that I've wanted to read everything a particular author has written. At least in Mitchell's case it seems somehow feasible.


message 41: by Linda (new)

Linda I also have "number9dream" waiting on my shelf. And it's funny that you mention Murakami and PKD - I have the same feeling with those authors as well! :)


message 42: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Linda wrote: "I also have "number9dream" waiting on my shelf. And it's funny that you mention Murakami and PKD - I have the same feeling with those authors as well! :)"

I can see Murakami happening, but PKD has given us so much to read I really can't help wondering how he made the time to write it all. Any other person would need three lifetimes to do it! The fact that his books are so re-readable doesn't make it any easier. I've read "Do androids dream" already three times by now... Probably I should just prioritize better.
Talking of that, I can't help but feel that the term "fabricants" David Mitchell used for his clones is somehow inspired by Blade Runner's "replicants". That word is actually Riddley Scott's idea because he didn't like the word "android" used by PKD and all the preconceptions it carried.


message 43: by Alex (new)

Alex Daaaaaaamn, Matthias, nice work here! Oh, traumatic camp stories...


message 44: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Alex wrote: "Daaaaaaamn, Matthias, nice work here! Oh, traumatic camp stories..."

Thank you Alex! No better way than including a little unresolved childhood trauma to spice up a review, is there? :-D


message 45: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Matthias, this is just brilliant. It's a wonderful book that has inspired many creative, informative and entertaining reviews, but this is in a different league.

I'd love to see what you could do with Calvino - an inspiration for Mitchell.


message 46: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Cecily wrote: "Matthias, this is just brilliant. It's a wonderful book that has inspired many creative, informative and entertaining reviews, but this is in a different league.

I'd love to see what you could do..."


Thank you Cecily for that amazing compliment! I noticed as well how Cloud Atlas managed to inspire many original reviews, I'm already glad that this one managed to live up to others' contributions. I'm definitely going to give "On a winter's night a traveler" a read, but lately there's so many books that keep ending up on the summit of my to-read pile, only to be topped by another one the day after. So I really don't know when Calvino's masterpieces will find their way from the bookshelf into my hands, though the day will surely come :-)


message 47: by Cecily (new)

Cecily I don't want to pressure you (well, I do, a bit), but If on a winter's night is the one that pairs best with this, but it needs to be read slowly and carefully. Invisible Cities (the only other one of his I've read so far) is utterly different, equally good, but much easier to read.


message 48: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Cecily wrote: "I don't want to pressure you (well, I do, a bit), but If on a winter's night is the one that pairs best with this, but it needs to be read slowly and carefully. Invisible Cities (the only other one..."

Haha, ok, not wanting to sound like a pompous waiter at an overly popular restaurant who's been asked if there's any free tables even though you didn't make any reservations:
I'll see what I can do
I will definitely take your kind advice to heart! But there's also Riddley Walker still pulling at my sleeve ;-)


message 49: by Cecily (last edited Apr 06, 2016 12:29AM) (new)

Cecily Riddley Walker goes well with part 6 of Cloud Atlas, which is probably why you're considering it. The dialect is hard to get used to - much harder than, for example, Clockwork Orange, because it's ALL written that way, rather than the odd word. Much of it is based on mishearings, puns, malapropisms. For example, "seedy" is "CD", I think. When you get stuck, try reading it aloud. Well, depending where you are! The language maybe hard, but it's a simple, post-apocalyptic story.


message 50: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Oh dear!! This is stupendous!! What creative penning, Matthias! If this book is half as good as your review, I would count 10 postcards, draw on all of them an atlas in 10 different avatars, care for the clouds and the environment at large and scan all 10 postcards, jokingly write my name all over them and then, upon reviewing, delete mine and write yours and mail them all to Mr. Mitchell as a souvenir for him to keep and refer to, at all the important meets henceforth, uttering in sauce modesty, 'Now, THIS is how good I am' !


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