Archive for March, 2016

Linked reviews: ‘The Bone Clocks’ and ‘The Book of Strange New Things’ (part 2)

March 22, 2016

 

Part 2 of a linked review looking at these two hybrid genre novels, this time focusing on The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber. As before, some of what follows could be considered spoiler-y.

In short: it’s rather special.

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Linked reviews: ‘The Bone Clocks’ and ‘The Book of Strange New Things’ (part 1)

March 15, 2016

I’ve not read much ‘proper’ fiction in recent months (or years, come to think of it) but recently, in the space of a few weeks, I finished a couple of excellent novels published in 2014: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, and Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. They have some interesting similarities — and some interesting differences. In the UK at least, both can be found in the main ‘literary’ fiction section of your local bookshop, but both defy easy genre classification and stray into science fictional territory (and in the case of The Bone Clocks, fantasy as well). Caution: what follows may be spoiler-y.

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