The Bone Clocks (Hardcover)

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Mitchell, the Booker shortlisted author of The Cloud Atlas, writes fantasy novels. Actually, he writes lots of different kinds of books. He’s written a straightforward, deeply researched, historical novel (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet); he’s written a coming of age “bildungsroman” (Black Swan Green); and he’s written a Murakami-esque fantasia (Number9Dream). He is a critical darling renowned for his lucid flowing prose. And it turns out that he has been writing a fantasy meta-opus the whole time. Or maybe not, maybe he stumbled onto it just recently but that appears to be the plan as of now. And The Bone Clocks, Mitchell’s new book, is where it all starts to come together. Don’t get me wrong, this one is a no problem stand alone and maybe even Mitchell’s most accessible book but the good news is that once you’re in on this there is so much more good reading to come (and already at hand). The Bone Clocks is ostensibly the story of Holly Sykes. We meet her in 1984 at age 15 and by the end somewhere in the not too distant future Holly has reached the ripe old age of 74. This does nothing to describe what happens in between, my bad. So factor in a broad range of colorful characters (some familiar to readers of previous Mitchell books), a battle between good and evil, vampires (not really, but kind of), some literary parody (name that debauched novelist? Amis? or? Amis I’m thinking) a little bit of Less Than Zero, a little bit of David Lodge style campus comedy, how about you want a bleak punch to the gut from Cormac McCarthy a la a post-apocalyptic nightmare? We’ve got that too. Put it all in a blender. Sound weird? Sure it is, but also? It’s really good.

— Matt, Los Angeles

The Bone Clocks is pretty darn fabulous. This man can write! It has a wild and original plot. Meaningful stuff happens. Otherworldly beings pop up with the humor and menace of The Master and Margarita. A saga unfolds with Classic tradition. Mitchell’s style calls to mind some of our best contemporary authors from across a span of genres, and yet it is unlike anyone else. How have I never read him before? I mean, Cloud Atlas? The upside is that I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out to read more, more, more!

— Sara, Atlanta

September 2014 Indie Next List

“Once again, Mitchell's inventiveness and imagination prove to be nothing short of genius. He combines dark fantasy, boldly original prose, and finely drawn characters who will keep the reader riveted from Holly Sykes' initial angst-ridden teen thought to the very last, hopeful sentence. Mitchell proves once again that he is a writer of no equal when it comes to the invention of language, place, and time, taking the reader to the edge of both the real and the imagined as if he were guiding you personally by the hand. I will not have to persuade anyone into enjoying The Bone Clocks!”
— Javier Ramirez, City Lit, Chicago, IL


The"New York Times"bestseller by the author of"Cloud Atlas"- Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize - Named One of the Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year by "Time, Entertainment Weekly, "and" O: The Oprah Magazine"- A "New York Times" Notable Book - An American Library Association Notable Book - Shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award
Named to more than 20 year-end best of lists, including
NPR -"San Francisco Chronicle -The Atlantic- The Guardian""-Slate - BuzzFeed
With "The Bone Clocks, " David] Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of "Cloud Atlas." "Los Angeles Times"
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as the radio people, Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves even the ones who are not yet born.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.
Rich with character and realms of possibility, "The Bone Clocks"is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer"The""Washington Post"calls the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction.
An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, "The Bone Clocks, "crackles with invention and wit and sheer storytelling pleasure it is fiction at its most spellbinding.
Praise for "The Bone Clocks"
One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I ve read in a long time. Meg Wolitzer, NPR
Mitchell] writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. "The New York Times Book Review"
Intensely compelling . . . fantastically witty . . . offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation. "The Washington Post"
A] time-traveling, culture-crossing, genre-bending marvel of a novel. "O: The Oprah Magazine"
Great fun . . . a tour de force . . . Mitchell] channels his narrators with vivid expertise. "San Francisco Chronicle"
Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive. "The Boston Globe.

About the Author

David Mitchell
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400065677
ISBN-10: 1400065674
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 624
Language: English