Michael Chabon compares David Mitchell's novel to "a series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book," and goes on to say, "I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds." The novel consists of six suspenseful stories, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action and then concluded in the second half of the book. Two connectors are first, that every story is in some way "read" by a character in another and second, an implication that every central character is a reincarnation of a previous character. Readers will want to see the film for comparison to the book (many say it makes the plot easier to understand). Readers may also want to dip into the two novels that David Mitchel wrote followint this one -- the straightforward Black Swan Green about a boy with a stutter and his 2010 novel, The Thousand Autums of jacob de Zoet, a "straight-up, lilnear, third-person historical novel," according to Dave Eggers who says, "Postmodern it's not." But Cloud Atlas certainly is. Come and enjoy our analysis and reactions.