Today Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Corrigan says the novel gives readers “the chance to step out of time for a while and into a world richer and stranger than most of us could imagine.”
She encourages readers to try The Bone Clocks, even if fantasy fiction isn’t your cup of tea:
"David Mitchell is one of those writers I’d follow anywhere—even deep into (what is for me) the often-exasperating genre of fantasy fiction. I don’t naturally gravitate to tales about alternative universes, wormholes, or tribbles; but, there are always exceptions and if Mitchell feels like trying out a semi-futuristic vehicle about immortal soul stealers, I’m willing to take a deep breath, step aboard, and say, in the words of Rod Serling: “Next stop, the Twilight Zone.”
As in Cloud Atlas and some of his lesser-known novels, Mitchell’s new book, called The Bone Clocks, is elaborately constructed, jumping around in time and narrative perspective. A friend of mine, who’s also a Mitchell enthusiast, rightly says that his novels are “postmodernist without all the pretentious metaphysics.” What my friend means is that Mitchell’s technical wizardry is there, not for show, but in service to his themes and characters—he’s a deeply compassionate writer. In fact, despite its experimental edge, the main reason to read The Bone Clocks is an old-fashioned one: the draw of a charismatic character named Holly Sykes.”
Today, July 31, is J.K. Rowling’s birthday — a birthday she famously shares with her most beloved character, Harry Potter. Though she’s long since turned her formidable storytelling skills toward the adult fiction world, most recently publishing two mystery novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith, we can’t deny that it’s through her megahit Harry Potter series that Rowling has most infiltrated our lives over the past 17 years.
Harry Potter, as we’ve so often heard, changed reading for an entire generation — my generation. I was nine when the first book was first published, and 10 when I read it. Now, I wasn’t one of those kids who fell in love with reading because of Harry Potter. By fifth grade, when someone recommended Sorcerer’s Stone to me, I was already the type of girl who hid The Phantom Tollbooth inside my social studies textbook during quiet study time and hid behind Catherine, Called Birdy at recess. But that’s the true magic of Harry Potter — it took socially awkward bookworms like me and book-averse social butterflies and united us all in a passionate reading experience. Childhood wasn’t the same for us kids; we were the Harry Potter generation.
The author’s female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
Putting Landline on my To-Read list. I really enjoyed Fangirl - ended up reading Eleanor & Park as a result; enjoyed that one, too. Love her writing style and character development!
Your cat thinks you’re a much larger cat with good taste in food
A new book decodes cat behavior and explains what felines really think of us.
I’m not sure how I feel about this.
A lot of the books I really enjoy are being made into movies, which can be great, but at the same time, can be totally heart breaking. I’ve watched awesome books like World War Z become but a shell of their book. But people love them.
Even here, with this story. In the book, the boy is a child. He is twelve years old! He is burdened with keeping the memories of the community. All the memories, the good and the painful. In a world of sameness, Jonas is trying to form real relationships with people. It is so much deeper than this trailer implies, with a boy who is almost an adult, trying to rock the world with his radical ideas.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not always the case. Some books are awesome when they are made into movies. I have a hard time differentiating between the movie version and the book when this happens, because it seems as if they flow together so seamlessly, as if they are one and the same.
While some people may go back to read the books afterward, many will not, believing that the on screen adaption is good enough, not knowing that they are missing so much.
I fear for the future, where people would rather watch literature than read it.
Looking forward to reading the book!