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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
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bookshelves: british-culture, fantasy, english-author, historical, urban-fantasy, read-in-2015, adult-fiction, contemporary-fiction, reread-in-2018
Read 2 times. Last read August 9, 2018 to August 27, 2018.

Wow! What a story, and a mammoth of a book too. Even more ambitious even than his earlier novel 'The Cloud Atlas'. I approached this book with some trepidation. I knew it needed my full attention, but thankfully, this book read itself.

Believable characters, rich in detail, whether we are in 1980's England, Iraq, Iceland, Australia, Switzerland. Just when I thought I couldn't love the book any more, I found myself hooked.

Split into six different sections in time, The Bone Clocks follows the lives of many characters, albeit no matter where we travel, it all surrounds the life of Holly Sykes. An ordinary teenager who has some weird occurrences as she runs away from home.

Subtle at times, the detail Mitchell manages to create with a few sentences is immense. I have to appreciate the authors eye and effort. Emotion wells up inside you without you realising; take the moment where Ed loses his daughter, and the ending section! Oh my! What a farewell to the novel, I have to say.

Despite its many, many, many good points, there are a few which fail to turn this novel into a five star classic for me. The fantasy element is just a little sparse for me; only reappearing at the end of each section. It is fabulously created and imagined, but fails to develop in an authentic way to be remembered. Also, I found the section with Crispin the author a little too much like the section in Cloud Atlas where we follow Timothy Cavendish.

On the whole though, if you fancy a book that'll stay with you, hook you and make you think about a many different things, this is one you'll need to grab.
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Reading Progress

September 5, 2014 – Shelved
April 3, 2015 – Started Reading
April 3, 2015 –
page 57
9.3%
April 5, 2015 –
page 93
15.17%
April 9, 2015 –
page 186
30.34%
April 10, 2015 –
page 283
46.17%
April 13, 2015 –
page 328
53.51%
April 14, 2015 –
page 397
64.76%
April 15, 2015 –
page 432
70.47%
April 16, 2015 –
page 452
73.74%
April 17, 2015 –
page 512
83.52%
April 19, 2015 –
page 579
94.45%
April 19, 2015 – Finished Reading
August 9, 2018 – Started Reading
August 9, 2018 –
page 20
3.26%
August 10, 2018 –
page 67
10.93%
August 12, 2018 – Started Reading (Hardcover Edition)
August 12, 2018 –
page 104
17.48% (Hardcover Edition)
August 15, 2018 –
page 150
24.47%
August 17, 2018 –
page 204
33.28%
August 17, 2018 –
page 220
35.89%
August 19, 2018 –
page 233
38.01%
August 19, 2018 –
page 248
40.46%
August 21, 2018 –
page 289
47.15%
August 22, 2018 –
page 325
53.02%
August 22, 2018 –
page 351
57.26%
August 23, 2018 –
page 372
60.69%
August 24, 2018 –
page 401
65.42%
August 25, 2018 –
page 421
68.68%
August 25, 2018 –
page 438
71.45%
August 27, 2018 –
page 498
81.24%
August 27, 2018 –
page 539
87.93%
August 27, 2018 –
page 572
93.31%
August 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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