I finished reading David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” yesterday evening and I thoroughly recommend it to anybody who is thinking about reading it. It isn’t without its flaws but it is well plotted, well written and had me laughing and sniffing a tear in equal measures. Each section / era narrative is told in a style sufficiently different to help eejits like me distinguish between them and remember them vividly. Don’t expect the film when you read the book – some (understandable and necessary) changes were made to the narrative structure and the characterisations when the film was scripted. Frobisher’s and Cavendish’s sections are filled with pathos, irony and much humour. Sony’s Orisons are dystopian and horrific with a clever twist at t’end. Adam Ewing’s sections kicks off and rounds off the whole sequence. As thrilling as Luisa Rey’s sections are though, I shouldn’t have seen the film before reading the book as the spectre of Halle Berry haunted them all of the way through my reading. Of course, you should always read the book first!