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The Bone Clocks

By David Mitchell


624 pages

What’s it about? This novel centers around a fifteen year old English girl named Holly Sykes.  Holly is madly in love for the first time, but things do not work out as planned and soon Holly is running away from home with a broken heart.  The next 600 pages loosely follow Holly over the years.  The book manages to combine time travel, psychic abilities and relationships into one unusual but compelling novel. What did it make me think about? David Mitchell is an incredibly talented writer. I am going to have to tackle ” Cloud Atlas”, sooner rather than later. Should I read it? I thoroughly enjoyed this sprawling, weird, brilliant book but patience is a virtue when reading this one. Quote- “I think about pinball, and how being a kid is like being shot up the firing line and there’s no veering left or right; you’re just sort of propelled.  But once you clear the top, like when you’re sixteen,seventeen, or eighteen, suddenly there’s a thousand different paths you can take, some amazing, others not.  Tiny little differences in angle and speed’ll totally alter what happens to you later, so a fraction of an inch to the right, and the ball’ll just hit a pinger and a dinger and fly down between your flippers, no messing, a waste of 10p.  But a fraction to the left and it’s action in the play zone, bumpers and kickers, ramps and slingshots and fame on a high score table.  My problem is I don’t know what I want, apart from a bit of money to buy food later on today.  Until yesterday all I wanted was Vinny, but I won’t make that mistake again.  Like a shiny silver pinball whizzing out of the firing lane, I’ve not got the faintest bloody clue where I’m going or what’ll happen next.”

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