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Month: March 2008

Book Review: Cloud Atlas


I just finished the most amazing book – Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. I found this book when I asked a guy at BookPeople for a dystopia, and I can’t recommend it enough.

It’s a nested set of matryoshka dolls in front of a mirror; six separate stories woven together from the 1850s to a post-apocalyptic future and back again. Each could stand on its own, yet when taken together are glorious.

Here’s some thoughts I had while reading it:

About 10 pages in: Hmm. This doesn’t seem much like a dystopia. Oh well, it’s ok so far.

About 40 pages: WTF?

Another 40 pages: WTF???

Later: Wow, this is good! Hey! Wait! I needed more about that guy, you can’t just leave it hanging…

Still later: Holycrap this is good, but if all these threads don’t wrap up some how I’m gonna be pissed!

End: Wow. What a rush.

Can’t really say much about the stories, because really, you just have to see for yourself. Anything I could say would be a spoiler, so I won’t go there. This is one trip worth taking.


Originally published at Jen’s Corner. You can comment here or there.

I got to school on Monday and found out that my History teacher died over spring break. She’d had some upper respiratory crud going on the week prior, and apparently it turned into pneumonia and it killed her.

The disturbing part, besides someone I know however superficially dying without warning, is that she was just 42.

For those of you keeping score, I’m 41. I also, if I get sick, tend to get a horrendous cough that hangs on for weeks.

So yeah, it’s a little disconcerting.

Slipping again

Interestingly mentioned in a comment, and not actually, you know, announced – no more basic accounts.

Brad (you remember Brad, right?) has some thoughts.

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