Slade House: For those who've finished reading
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I liked it...which is saying a lot because I usually dislike ghost stories. Don't even care for magical realism. So, what did I like:
--the characters were sufficiently well-developed that I could care about them, even when they were only present for a short time in the story.
--the ending was imaginative and I didn't see it coming
--well written and very imaginative
Echoing LynnB, I liked the characters. Although most of them weren't around for long, I was invested in them - even though I knew what was coming once I picked up on the book's rhythm.
Speaking of the rhythm, I expected the rule of three to come into play by the time I'd gotten through the first two sections. It did - but not in the was I was expecting. For me at least, the similar arcs shared by the first three sections gave the events a feeling of inevitability. It also helped to REALLY set off the fourth section for me, especially when Freya checks her text messages and starts to realize what's going on.
I found the end to be a surprise also. Mitchell handled it really well. It could easily have felt like a deux ex machina, however there was just enough foreshadowing for it to fit nicely but not too much to give the end away. I think I'm going to have to pick a few more of David Mitchell's books to put on my reading list.
I enjoyed being back in the same world as The Bone Clocks and at the same time very happy that no insider knowledge was required because I'm hopeless at remembering the plots of books!
I'm so glad to hear you guys enjoyed it. I'm kicking off staff discussion Qs at 12pm Eastern today, and will post to this thread again once they're up!
Head back to the group page to view them all. Members are also welcome to start their own topics with other questions now, too!
BTW: congratulations to Mitchell for winning the World Fantasy Award for the Bone Clocks over the weekend!
Not sure it will make me read any other David Mitchell, though I think I have a copy of Cloud Atlas on a hand-me-down kindle (and I enjoyed the movie), so maybe some day. I definitely didn't feel this was the type of book I would want to run out on the day it is published and purchase . . . which timely participation in this book discussion would have required. So, good Halloween choice, but it would have been a better choice for next year when it would be in paperback and/or more readily available.