The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Interweaves six narratives spanning the period between 1984 and the 2030s to chronicle a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and a small group of vigilantes who would take them down.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780812994735
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (624 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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A vast, intricate novel that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and a small group of vigilantes called the Night Shift who try to take them down. An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, so... Read More »

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Aug 29, 2020

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Aug 02, 2020

great little nuggets interspersed through a long twisted read. I had to dip back to reconnect with some characters but when souls live on - it seems inevitable.

Jul 10, 2020

Pure incomprehensible and pretentious garbage. I loved the movie "Cloud Atlas" so I thought I might love the author, and tried this one first. The ridiculous slang terms are thrown in the reader's face at a rate of about 40% per paragraph, burying what could possibly be a decent story beneath a pretentious attempt on the author's part to emulate the literary greats like Mark Twain, who knew how to do it right. Mitchell doesn't have a clue how to do it. His writing is so dense with this type of language that I couldn't dig a story out of it with a steam shovel and a backhoe. Merely because I loved the story (in the movie) Cloud Atlas so much, I forced myself to suffer through an agonizing, torturous 25% of this book before I finally ditched it in utter frustration and disgust. I won't even look at any of Mitchell's other books simply because this one was utterly unreadable. Two thumbs down, WAY down.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Apr 09, 2020

Mitchell has written a story that quickly immerses and submerges you into the life of Holly Sykes and the strange happenings of paths crossed over time. Holly is at the center of a fight between good and evil.

Dec 29, 2019

Another great read from the author of all things strange and wonderful

Nov 11, 2019

In this narrative full of blind-siding events and super-natural mysteries, we cross paths with the sensible Holly Sykes via those whose lives she has impacted. Told through various lenses and time frames, this story ties together seemingly unconnected ideas of human purpose and resilience.

Mar 25, 2019

If you're a Vonnegut fan you will love this book. After this one read Slade house.

Oct 19, 2018

This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. The first half was good, but then as another reader put it, "I liked it until I didn't like it." The fantasy aspect got a little too weird and things went off the rails. Unfortunate because I normally really like this author (Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green being my favs).

Jul 02, 2018

david Mitchell is so impressive . stumbled on to him and read Slade House and l then followed it with tThe Bone Clocks about similiar themes and a few recurrent characters
His breadth is amazing and extermely readable . The final section as someone said is long and a bit dragging but rewarding in all.
Ill read Mitchell whatever he wrires

Nov 12, 2017

Some great writing, but it could have been so much better with some great editing. One of those books with a series of first-person narrators, which are always bitty - especially in the later sections when minor characters have to carry things forward. An enjoyable read, but it could have been a classic.

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