Originally Posted by raychensmith
Am reading Cloud Atlas right now. I'm on the second story right now--the composer in Belgium--and while it's slow-moving, I am amazed by David Mitchell's writing ability. There are some young writers who get a lot of attention for, IMHO, gimmicks that mask what otherwise might be a mediocre talent (I immediately think of Markus Zusak and his Holocaust-pornish The Book Thief), but Mitchell is the real deal. I'm very, very, very impressed, and will definitely finish the book despite its slow pace.
haha, you are spot on re: The Book Thief. Sooo overrated. Zusak was clearly striving mightily for some sort of awe-inspiring, transcendent emotional response, but it just didn't work for me.
back to David Mitchell...he is very good. For those who have trepidation about reading "experimental" fiction - I don't read that stuff either, my tastes are solidly middlebrow - and I like Mitchell. I started out with the awesome Black Swan Green, which has a relatively straightforward structure. I then went on to Ghostwritten, which was beautifully written, but for me the ending didn't quite come together. I then read the utterly fascinating No. 9 Dream. Still have Cloud Atlas and "Jacob" to go, looking forward to it.