Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell was the 41st official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 31, 2012

How/Why was this book chosen:

It was chosen by Tom & Veronica to coincide with the movie version that comes out on Oct 26, 2012

Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of Cloud Atlas

Sword & Laser Podcasts and Videos: Kick Off: S&L 111 S&L Video 13-2 Wrap Up: Video 14-2 S&L 113

Cloud Atlas by David MitchellEdit

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

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