Slade House

29 11 2015

Ah, David Mitchell. How wonderful and weird you are. Thankfully, I already read The Bone Clocks so I had an idea of what was going on. That being said, the first couple chapters I found to be upsetting and disturbing, to say the least. There’s only so much *SPOILERS* death I as a reader can take.

But like The Bone Clocks, Slade House is a fast, exciting read. This is a book I couldn’t put down, and I rarely say that.


The Bone Clocks

9 07 2015

Fast becoming a David Mitchell fanboy. Although this one isn’t nearly as wordy as The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet and as resonant as Cloud Atlas (my favourite so far), I really enjoyed the pacing as the big ideas he tries to grapple with.

When a woman on the bus noticed that i was reading this book, she remarked that she wasn’t able to make it thru the entire novel. A shame, since his books, especially this one, is more about the bigger picture and how everything fits together. The whole, rather than the parts.

Also, my hair looks poofier than I thought but I don’t know what to do with it.


Now that I’m done Orange is the New Black Season 3…

6 07 2015

Maybe I can finally get to finishing The Bone Clocks before it’s due back at the library on Wednesday. And finish writing my memoir by the end of the month. Or just get on with life in general.

Damn you, good TV.

Note to self

27 09 2014

If going to see David Mitchell, be sure to have a copy of Cloud Atlas, the book you loved, for him to sign after. Or at the very least, bring enough cash on you so you have the option of buying a book at the book table so that he can sign it. Otherwise, you’re an idiot.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

6 07 2014

Took me nearly nine weeks to get through this one. The first third was the biggest challenge as not a whole lot happens and the language takes a lot of getting used to. Mitchell is certainly an interesting writer, and clearly language and research are more important to him than story or characters. Still, I did enjoy the last two thirds, and I’m glad to have read this one. I do prefer Cloud Atlas though.

Can you tell I endured a strenuous bootcamp class yesterday?


Cloud Atlas

21 10 2012

Saw Cloud Atlas today.  Thought it was really entertaining, even with its long runtime, but as a film, I was a bit dubious.  I`ve got just over a hundred pages left in the novel, I did feel like the novel was more philosophical and spiritual, whereas the film is much more action-oriented.  At first, I was a little disappointed that the film just didn`t feel as powerful as it could have been (I tried my best to distance it from the source material and to view it as a movie in its own right, which I believe is the appropriate thing to do when reviewing and enjoying an adapted film).

But the more I thought about the film, the more deeply it resonated with me.  It`s such a human film, and that`s all it is.  It`s an ode to humanity — to it`s greatness and it`s faults.  When I came home, I just felt like being close to someone, and I felt really emotional, but I couldn`t quite place it.

Sure, the film isn`t perfect, but it`s well worth a watch.  If it doesn`t make you feel something, then I guess you`re not human.

Cloud Atlas comes out in theatres this Friday, October 26th.