- The Bone Clocks
- David Mitchell
- Sceptre Books, London, 2014
The Bone Clocks, the epic new six part novel by David Mitchell, came out to mixed reviews.
In James Woods’ so-so review, he says, “David Mitchell is a superb storyteller. He has an extraordinary facility with narrative: he can get a narrative rolling along faster than most writers, so that it is filled with its own mobile life. You feel that he can do anything he wants, in a variety of modes, and still convince. …The Bone Clocks is indeed entertaining. What it cannot be is coherent.”
From The New York Times Book Editor’s Choice Review: “Astonishing… No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience…. In his sixth novel, he’s brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions of Cloud Atlas until all borders between pubby England and the machinations of the undead begin to blur.”
Finally, from Ursula K. LeGuin’s Guardian review: “Relentlessly brilliant… [The Bone Clocks contains] depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master.”
The Bone Clocks was long-listed for the Booker Prize. Stephen King called it one of the best novels of 2014, and it won the 2015 World Fantasy Award.
This copy is the true first edition, first printing. It is in fine/fine condition and is signed by the author on the title page. Sceptre also simultaneously put out a limited, signed edition in a slip-case.
The slip-cased edition sells for about $275. This edition shown here can be found for as little as $100 with condition issues up to about $180 for a fine copy.
The U.S. edition came out slightly later and can be found for between $60 and $135.
Mitchell has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2007. I really feel that his novels are bound to increase in value over time.