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review 2017-11-15 22:11
If you've read his first book then it's not a surprise.
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man'... Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism - Ka Yoshida,Naoki Higashida,David Mitchell

My review somehow got eaten and replaced with another review. Sigh.


If you've read the author's first book then you're not going to be too shocked. There's value if you're curious about the author now as a young man vs. when he wrote his first book as a tween/young teenager. But I wasn't particularly intrigued and didn't find the blog-like posts all that interesting. 


I'm glad I could find it at the library though, and it might be be for someone else.

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review 2017-08-17 13:03
Interesting but not well-written or that interesting.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism - K.A. Yoshida,Naoki Higashida,David Mitchell

Author Higashida has a new book and so it seemed like this would be a good pick up after reading 'Neurotribes'. This book is very different from that one in the sense that it's really Higashida's "story" where he answers questions about autism, why he does certain things, how he copes in day to day life, etc. 


Some of it is quite interesting: I've seen commentary from people who believe that this work is either not Higashida's or that they can't believe a 13 year old could write like this, etc. If you put that aside it's worth reading the questions and his answers for more insight. As someone who genuinely prefers reading vs. listening anyway I found this very helpful.


That said, I didn't find it very interesting. I realize that this might be because I really like 'Neurotribes' but I just wasn't particularly interested in Higashida. It could be that something was lost in translation or the format (it's not a narrative, it's literally a book of questions and answers that takes up anywhere from less than a page to a few) has a lot to do with it but again it just wasn't a book that kept me reading.


However, it's clear from the reviews that opinions wildly vary. Many people love the book for many reasons and many people don't for other reasons. I'm glad this was available at the library and recommend borrowing it. I think I'll still check out his newest book but it'll probably be lower on my library queue.

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review 2017-08-01 10:24
The History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects - sort of a DNF
A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects - Dominic Mitchell,David Callahan

I'm stopping midway through; it's not bad, but it's definitely a case of a trendy bandwagon that's suffering from over-crowding.  Nobody is ever going to convince me that Microsoft's PowerPoint changed the world of Birdwatching forever.


I'll likely pick it up again at some point in the future, but right now I'm just too impatient with their stretching of the envelope.  Non-fiction should not require me to suspend disbelief (unless it's string theory).  If you ask me, they might have been better off sticking with 50 objects.

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review 2017-02-01 22:08
Review of Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

Three books later, I am not completely sold on David Mitchell.  I enjoy his writing style, but his stories have something about them that I have a hard time really appreciating.  This particular book is well written, but there is no real climax to the story.  Each chapter acts more or less as a short story in the life of a 13 year old boy in England in the early 1980s.  I appreciated the historical references, but the misery and bullying the kid goes through made it difficult for me to read.  Maybe my problem is more personal and it brought me back to that awkward age in my own life, but this is not a book I will return to in the future.

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review 2017-01-25 07:10
The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell

This book was in the back row of one of my double-stacked book shelves. Out of sight, out of mind. I forgot I’d bought it some time ago (and paid extra for the prettiest cover), which is unfortunate, because Slade House would have made SO MUCH MORE SENSE from the start if I had read The Bone Clocks first.




It was the use of the phrase “bone clock” in Slade House that reminded me I had this book. Better read late than never, I suppose, and Slade House was fresh enough in my mind that I was still able to connect a whole bunch of dots. Yay.


As for The Bone Clocks, I loved it. I still dislike present tense and Ed’s POV section seemed largely unnecessary, but those are my only complaints. I still love Mitchell’s storytelling, and I think he outdid himself here. Interesting characters with interesting stories (for the most part) tied together by an even more interesting string of events is something Mitchell does really well. In this case, the overarching story is a lot more cohesive than Cloud Atlas or even Slade House, and it builds slowly and almost sneakily to a pretty cool climax. As a bonus, there’s the usual smattering of book recs contained within the text, and while I’m looking for them at the library I might see if I can also discover the symbolism of birds on spades.

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