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Slade House
by David Mitchell


Overview - By the "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Bone Clocks "and "Cloud Atlas "- A "Publishers Weekly "Literary Fiction Top 10 Pick for Fall 2015
"Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door."
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Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you ll find the entrance to Slade House.
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Overview
By the "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Bone Clocks "and "Cloud Atlas "- A "Publishers Weekly "Literary Fiction Top 10 Pick for Fall 2015
"Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door."
""
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won t want to leave. Later, you ll find that you can t. Every nine years, the house s residents an odd brother and sister extend a unique invitation to someone who s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it s already too late. . . .
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.
Advance praise for "Slade House"
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I gulped down this novel in a single evening. Intricately connected to David Mitchell s previous books, this compact fantasy burns with classic Mitchellian energy. Painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it s a "Dracula" for the new millennium, a "Hansel and Gretel" for grownups, a reminder of how much fun fiction can be. Anthony Doerr, author of "All the Light We Cannot See, "winner of the Pulitzer Prize
David Mitchell doesn t break rules so much as prove them inhibitors to lively, intelligent fiction. "Slade House" is a fractal offshoot of his remarkable "The Bone Clocks, "an eerie haunted-house tale that takes as much from quantum mechanics as from traditional supernatural lore, a spellbinding chiller about an unnatural greed for life and the arrogance of power. Dean Koontz, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author
What can t David Mitchell do?"Slade House"is a page-burning, read-in-one-sitting, at times terrifying novel that does for the haunted-house story what Henry James did for the ghost story in"The Turn of the Screw." It has all the intelligence and linguistic dazzle one expects from a David Mitchell novel, but it will also creep the pants off you. Adam Johnson, author of"Fortune Smiles"and"The Orphan Master s Son, "winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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David Mitchell has long been acknowledged as one of the finest if not "the" finest literary minds of his generation, but he s also one of the most suspenseful, and he proves it in every gripping, vertiginous setpiece. Joe Hill, "New York Times" bestselling author of "NOS4A2" and "Horns"
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Sharp, fast, flat-out spooky, "Slade House" is such a hypnotic read that you are likely to miss your subway stop in order to keep reading. And by you, I mean me. Daniel Handler, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Lemony Snicket series
Fans of Mitchell s "The Bone Clocks "and" Cloud Atlas" will recognize the interlocking narrative structure and literary-fantastical bent of this new work. " Library Journal
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Ingenious, scary, and downright weird . . . a] delicious ghost story. " Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780812998689
  • ISBN-10: 0812998685
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 238
  • Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mitchell’s latest novel is his shortest and lightest to date, and it functions as a sort of entry-level offering from the author of hugely ambitious novels such as Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. Unfortunately, it gives Mitchell’s fans far too little of a good thing. Tucked into an alley behind a British dive bar is the sprawling and mysterious Slade House, inhabited by the soul-eating, shape-shifting Grayer Twins. In episodes that begin in 1979 and end in the present, they lure a succession of human hosts into their Wonderland-like abode. First there’s a geeky teen and his mother, then a hard-boiled detective and a crew of New Wave ghost hunters, followed by a backstory-heavy section framed as an interview with an expert on the case. All will eventually enter the mind-bending architecture of Slade House and engage in psychic warfare with its denizens. There is a solid haunted-house book in here somewhere, but it’s wedged intermittently into a surfeit of quirk, repetition, and esoteric dialogue that’s very hard to take seriously without a more solid foundation. It all builds up to the requisite wizard duel between the Twins and the formidable Iris Marinus-Levy, who will be familiar to readers of The Bone Clocks. The high degree of self-reference—and the skipping through genre and time—is trademark Mitchell, but the constant rehashing of what is already a pretty thin plot means that this offering fails to really stand up on its own, or to add anything new to the Mitchell-verse. (Nov.)

 
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