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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (DNF at 33%)

The Bone Clocks: A Novel - David Mitchell

DNF at 33%, right after Hugo’s chapter.


Many of my friends loved or at least liked this book.  I just thought it was dull. In case you’re unaware, this book consists of a set of six novellas, loosely connected, all written in the present tense and first person by different POV characters. I got through two of the novellas, and gave up after reading the first few pages of the third because it wasn’t getting any better. I didn’t love the writing like those friends who loved the book, and I found that it devolved into run-on quasi-incoherence whenever any kind of action sequence occurred. It was downright annoying.


So I was annoyed or bored throughout each novella until the only somewhat interesting thing would happen. And then? That section would end, we’d jump ahead, switch characters, and I’d be bored again. Slog through a hundred pages and get nothing for it? Ugh. Plus I hated reading both Holly’s and Hugo’s novellas. Even the friends who liked the book wouldn’t tell me that I’d find something worthwhile or interesting if I kept reading, and they all felt that the book went downhill in the second half or so.


I hate not finishing books, but there’s usually something I want to find out about, like how it all turns out. Here the only thing I was somewhat curious about was what had happened to Holly’s little brother, and that wasn’t enough to propel me through another four hundred pages of dross.


I haven’t read Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and after this, I’m not sure I’m even going to try.  I’m told it’s a better book but this was such a terrible read for me that I can’t imagine Cloud Atlas going much better.