It was just 10 years ago when author David Mitchell's amazing, genre-hopping, time-traveling, mystical "Cloud Atlas" landed in the laps of the reading public. He's had a couple of subsequent novels that have sold well, but his sixth, which will be out in early September, seems from advance word to be attempting similar heights of ambitious invention.
"The Bone Clocks" (Random House, $30, 640 pages) encompasses six decades in the life of Holly Sykes, beginning when she is, in Mitchell's own words, "a rebellious punkette" in 1984 England and ending when she is "a wise old woman" in 2042. It is also about a "vicious vendetta between two circles of semi-immortals, one of which is more or less benign, the other decidedly predatory ... and Holly's role as a weapon in the feud."
Catch Mitchell talking about the book at http://bit.ly/1po0ChX, by clicking on the golden apple.
-- Sue Gilmore, Staff