I thoroughly enjoyed The Bones Clocks and have recommended it to many, many people who have never read a David Mitchell before. I found The Bone Clocks to be very accessible and not as dense or as incomprehensible as his earlier works (I attempted to read Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet but didn’t get past page one in either book).
Since reading The Bone Clocks though, I have discovered the rich, interconnected universe that Mitchell is building with ALL his books. Many characters move between his books, sometimes only as a secondary or minor character in one book and at other times, given a larger role to play. Each new book recreates, reimagines or reinvents themes and ideas from his previous work, in an attempt at unification. Desires and dreams float through them all.
Thanks to this newfound understanding, I was ridiculously excited when my ARC of Slade House arrived. There is something about Mitchell’s writing and the worlds he creates that sucks me in and makes me forget any of my previous prevarications.
Due to it’s slimness, I approached Slade House (in my mind) as a novella. But I knew nothing else, except that it seemed like a good book to read during R.I.P.X so that I could sneak in with my one and only Peril the Third choice.
I was pleasantly surprised when I quickly discovered that I was inside another version of, or perhaps the same, Bone Clocks world. Starting in 1979 we follow the (mis)adventures of the occupants of Slade House every nine years. The date is the last Saturday in October each time. For those of you good with numbers, you’ll have already realised that the last chapter finishes in 2015…on the last Saturday in October – the 31st October, 2015 – Halloween!
Slightly creepy, a little disturbing and immensely readable. The final chapter is very satisfying if you’ve read and enjoyed The Bone Clocks.
Slade House is due for release tomorrow…just in time for the weekend and you guessed it…Halloween!
This is also book 14 in my #15in31 challenge.