The Bone Clocks

By David Mitchell,

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The dazzling novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.

Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an…


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It’s difficult to choose a single book by David Mitchell, since everything he writes is painfully poetic, but The Bone Clocks is a favorite. The title is a derogatory term immortals in the story use for humans flawed with mortality because of natural aging. Six unique first-person perspectives; six timelines spanning past, present, and future. If underlining inspiring passages, in awe of their creation, most of the book would need underlining. Nearly every sentence is breathtaking for readers and writers alike. Mitchell is as literary as they get, but this novel dips into science fiction the way his novel Slade…

From Michael's list on immersing readers through poetic prose.

David Mitchell is perhaps more famous for writing the book that inspired the Hollywood film Cloud Atlas. I prefer Bone Clocks though because it is really…creepy. It revolves around a timeless battle between two factions that can achieve immortality by murdering. It got under my skin in a way that made it a page-turner and a book that has always stayed with me. I usually hate horror but this was not gratuitous (though Stephen King did say it was one of the best books of its year of publication!). It was spiritually terrifying if that makes sense… another dose…

From Emma's list on escape from the darn kids.

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