Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it....Continua
About six years ago I read Mitchell’s first novel and was stunned. Ghostwritten was an engaging albeit challenging read – but ultimately a very rewarding one. The book’s structure and themes are complex and not easily pinned down – and that may add to its fun.
I was captured but Slade House – a bewitching novel about a haunted house (is it?). So, enter the ghost.
I must say that this short novel is as entertaining and engrossing as I expected – no regret. But. Though I must admit that Mitchell is a fabulous architect – narrative-wise – and that this piece of fiction is rich and complex, I was somehow surprised to see that little has changed from his first novel. The genre, themes, some of the characters, ideas and Weltanschauung are basically the same. Yet the author manages to pull a totally intriguing, highly imaginative, clever and bizarre story and leaves you craving for more. Now – don’t get me wrong – I warmly recommend this book to anyone, but I was somewhat disappointed to see that Mitchell stands exactly where I last left him at the end of Ghostwritten.
This idea was confirmed when, in reading the Afterword to The Bone Clocks, his previous novel, I came across this statement:
“Each of my novels is a single chapter in a larger volume that I’ll keep working on until I die. If I were to choose a title for that volume, I would call it The Überbook.”
Now, I’ll certainly want more of this Überbook, but for the time being heaven can wait....Continua
Slade House by David Mitchell is a fantasy/horror set amongst present day, modern characters. It constructs its story over different periods of times from 1979 to 2015 but has a clear central story that connects one section to the next and comes to an unexpected conclusion. I found the book hard to put down, but, be warned, the ending seems to indicate a sequel.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/10/slade-house.html
Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley. Thank you Shelf Awareness....Continua