Cloud Atlas: a rather good book.

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  • Shadrach 1 Aug 2004 23:05:36 1,878 posts
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    If you're a regular in Waterstones et al you've probably seen it on the shelves. Its by David Mitchell. I only started reading it a couple of days ago but I can already recommend it. Its funny, and intriguing, the characters are beautifully realised and very colourful (my favourite so far being the wonderfully foppish freeloader musician) and the writing style is fresh and easy on the eye. Not sure entirely where its going but I'm looking forward to finding out. Recommended.
  • squaylor 27 Aug 2005 04:20:33 3,737 posts
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    An old thread, but I've just finished this book and agree entirely. A very interesting premise, what with the interconnecting stories and all. He's a very good writer, I steamed through number9dream, which was as good as a Murakami, imho. Anyway, if you need something to read over the long Autumn months, you could do worse than Cloud Atlas.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 27 Aug 2005 08:21:11 35,858 posts
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    Nice, I bought it a couple of days ago. Was a bit of an impulse purchase (don't really know what it is), so I am glad to hear it's good. :)
  • BravoGolf Moderator 16 Sep 2010 23:18:52 12,754 posts
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    I read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by the same author. Beautiful, truly he is a master story teller. Now reading Cloud Atlas, love it.
  • CosmicFuzz 17 Sep 2010 00:01:47 25,694 posts
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    Got this for my mum on her birthday a few years back. Havn't read it myself though. Tis next on my list!

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 17 Sep 2010 12:29:31 12,754 posts
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    Yeah, you should read it. It's really good. Nominated for Man Booker prize 09
  • Lexx87 17 Sep 2010 12:33:27 20,863 posts
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    It's a fantastic book! I love every page of it and how it's structured is just...it's a great read simply. Recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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  • Wilfster 17 Sep 2010 12:36:41 473 posts
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    I never quite finished Cloud Atlas although I did love the structure of the book. If you like it then you should definitely check out his previous book "Number 9 Dream" - one of best books I've ever read
  • Murbs 17 Sep 2010 12:37:33 22,591 posts
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    Ghostwritten is also excellent.
  • Scurrminator 26 Jul 2012 11:33:50 8,472 posts
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    Trailer for the film - looks good!

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  • RunningMan 26 Jul 2012 12:27:38 2,451 posts
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    Wow, cannot wait, excellent cast.
  • dr_swin 26 Jul 2012 12:37:42 4,915 posts
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    I couldn't get past the first part with the guy on the galleon. Just found it incredibly dull.
  • Armoured_Bear 26 Jul 2012 12:41:13 11,938 posts
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    BravoGolf wrote:
    I read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by the same author. Beautiful, truly he is a master story teller. Now reading Cloud Atlas, love it.
    I just finished this, a beautiful novel..

    Edited by Armoured_Bear at 12:41:39 26-07-2012

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  • Deleted user 26 July 2012 12:42:50
    Number9dream is his best imo, and will appeal to gamers.
  • Deleted user 26 July 2012 12:44:07
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    BravoGolf wrote:
    I read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by the same author. Beautiful, truly he is a master story teller. Now reading Cloud Atlas, love it.
    I just finished this, a beautiful novel..
    It is a great book. i picked up cloud atlas in a charity shop for 2 pounds the other week, shall start it soon. need to rebuy Thousands autumsn, left it on floor sort of under my bed, warped now, and mouldy.. :( not sure why it was there. i have a book case and all.
  • Thinkfloyd 26 Jul 2012 12:45:57 32 posts
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    Oddly, I had Ben Winshaw in my head as Robert Frobisher whilst I was reading this.
  • elstoof 26 Jul 2012 12:57:40 8,328 posts
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    I've got nightmare visions of the state of Joel's bed now I know it can turn books mouldy.
  • hypoBla5t 26 Jul 2012 13:31:00 1,585 posts
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    Yeah number9dream is the best.

    I don't want to influence or spoil, but for me the book promised a lot more than it delivered. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my mind.
  • DugBriderider 26 Jul 2012 13:34:36 531 posts
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    Wow, wish I'd read the book of that trailer.

    I mean a did did but I read it quite slowly so the narrative jumps made it hard for me to connect the stories. Compressed into the film could make it blend together better, compressed into a trailer makes it look like a whirlwind of action and drama.
  • DugBriderider 26 Jul 2012 13:40:59 531 posts
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    Also recommend Black Swan Green, a much more accessible story of a 13 year old growing up in a British Village in the 80's. Very good especially if you grew up in a British village in the 80's.
  • BinaryBob101 26 Jul 2012 13:59:03 24,449 posts
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    Looks like it could be a terrible, beautiful mess.

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  • Murbs 26 Jul 2012 13:59:07 22,591 posts
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    DugBriderider grew up in a British village in the 80s.
  • BinaryBob101 26 Jul 2012 14:00:16 24,449 posts
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    I grew up in a British village in the 80s. It was shit.

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  • nickthegun 26 Jul 2012 14:07:53 61,349 posts
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    I grew up in a British Village in the 80s and it kicked arse

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  • Murbs 26 Jul 2012 14:11:07 22,591 posts
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    I grew up in Milton Keynes in the 80s.
  • nickthegun 26 Jul 2012 14:14:30 61,349 posts
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    You have my sympathies

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  • Latin 12 Sep 2012 12:24:14 3,827 posts
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    Not sure if any of you are following this but it apparently got a 10 minute standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival... I have watched the brilliant 5 minute trailer dozens of times and am so excited to see this. But why do we have to wait until next year!?
  • nickthegun 12 Sep 2012 12:26:12 61,349 posts
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    The reviews ive read so far.... have not been great.....

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  • sport 12 Sep 2012 12:29:11 12,816 posts
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    Yup, they probably just applauded coz Hanks was there. Reviews so far haven't been good.
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