Slade House

Slade House

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The New York Times bestseller by the author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas Named One of the Best Books of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, National Post, BookPage, and Kirkus Reviews

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.

Praise for Slade House

“A fiendish delight . . . Mitchell is something of a magician.”The Washington Post

“Entertainingly eerie . . . We turn to [Mitchell] for brain-tickling puzzle palaces, for character studies and for language.”Chicago Tribune

“A ripping yarn . . . Like Shirley Jackson’s Hill House or the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining, [Slade House] is a thin sliver of hell designed to entrap the unwary. . . . As the Mitchellverse grows ever more expansive and connected, this short but powerful novel hints at still more marvels to come.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Like Stephen King in a fever . . . manically ingenious.”The Guardian (U.K.)

“A haunted house story that savors of Dickens, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling and H. P. Lovecraft, but possesses more psychic voltage than any of them.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Tightly crafted and suspenseful yet warmly human . . . the ultimate spooky nursery tale for adults.”The Huffington Post

“Diabolically entertaining . . . dark, thrilling, and fun . . . a thoroughly entertaining ride full of mind games, unexpected twists, and even a few laughs.”The Daily Beast

“Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of David Mitchell’s Slade House. It’s a wildly inventive, chilling, and—for all its otherworldliness—wonderfully human haunted house story. I plan to return to its clutches quite often.”—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl and The Grownup 

“I gulped down this novel in a single evening. Painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it’s a Dracula for the new millennium, 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 he proves them to be inhibitors to lively intelligent fiction.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz

Baker & Taylor
Follows the narrative of five different people who disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway to visit the titular house and also vanish completely from the outside world. By the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. 150,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Follows the narrative of five different people who disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway that leads to Slade House, owned by a peculiar brother and sister, and vanish completely from the outside world.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998689
0812998685
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 20 cm

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cellardoor7
Jun 26, 2018

You really can't beat any of David Mitchell's books. SO GOOD!

A haunted house that only appears every ten years. This story takes your from the 1970s to the present with a house and its mysterious occupants. I wouldn't call this story scary, it was more puzzling. I can't say more without giving it away, but it was interesting. If you are looking for a scare, you might go elsewhere, but if you like creepy stories and are a fan of the mysterious/haunted house theme, this one will give you some twists you won't expect. It is a different type of haunted house story, and will keep you on your toes.

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Pisinga
Jun 09, 2017

Abracadabra in a Victorian-style house, which appears, then disappears. Each chapter, depending on the period of time reflected, has its own characteristics in the descriptions, corresponding to that length of time, interspersed with humor.

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sgcf
Mar 26, 2017

This was billed as a “Horror” but more fantasy/sci-fi I thought, although I’ve not really read much in either genre. So I was entertained and intrigued by Mitchell’s inventive tales that followed the atemporal twins who defy death by feeding off their victim’s souls every nine years. He has a knack for immersing the reader in his created whole world with authentic language.

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Earlgrey454
Mar 10, 2017

Pretty dull stuff, I couldn't stick with this one for very long.

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rahmmie
Nov 11, 2016

At times I almost gave up on this book when the writing felt heavy and sluggish. However, I liked the ending and I can't deny the author's originality

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smmeloche
Oct 31, 2016

For all my reviews, visit my blog, Clues and Reviews!
https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

Every nine years, when the conditions are just right, the entrance to Slade House can be found. You’ll be invited in and you’ll be so glad. Tickled to be included. You won’t want to leave. And soon you’ll find out that you never will….

Slade House by David Mitchell is a classic paranormal, ghost story with a twist. I picked this one up on a spur-of-the-moment trip the library to add to my Halloween reading pile.

The story is written very differently. It is laid out like series of short stories. Spanning five decades, each chapter tells the story of how each person (a mother and son, move on to a police detective, college students, a journalist and a psychologist) arrived at Slade House and their encounter with Jonah and Norah, the telepathic twins. The people never come out alive. As the disappearances continue, the story becomes that of an urban legend, so naturally, some people start exploring and more people are drawn to Slade House. A different character narrates each chapter and the story is weaved together with some connecting force in each one.

I found the novel overall to be quite eerie, but I didn’t think it fit into a “horror” genre. It is absolutely a paranormal fantasy story. I found that it read quite juvenile. Almost like a Goosebumps story, or a story I would have seen on Are You Afraid of the Dark. I did appreciate the consistency of the stories, each one begins with the invitation, the story develops and then they end with the disappearance.

My favourite chapter or section of the book ended up being Chapter 3, entitled “Oink, Oink”, that follows a group of college students from a Paranormal Society as they try and find this house that is now an urban legend. I felt like this one was the most creepy and it is one of the first chapters where we get some actual information of what could be going on at Slade House.

I found that this novel was a little hard to get a full grasp on. The novel was short in itself, and then the narration- being like short stories, didn’t allow me to connect to any of the characters fully. Upon some further research, I found out that this novel was actually a companion to another of Mitchell’s work called The Bone Clock. Perhaps if I read this novel first, I would have liked this one better. There is also an abundance of language that is associated with the paranormal and the occult; I had to cross-reference and look up these terms as I was reading them so I could understand.

If you are a fan of the paranormal and love classic ghost stories, then I think this one would be something you’d enjoy. However, if you are looking to be scared, I would skip this one. I think you’ll be disappointed.

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goddessbeth
Sep 28, 2016

I'm so glad Shannon gave me this book, because I hadn't even heard of David Mitchell before reading it- and now I want to pick up more of his books! His writing is very visceral and evocative, with layers of depth (you know when an author refers to something you can't possibly know, but does it in a way that intrigues you instead of isolating or frustrating you? That thing).

This story is the kind of horror/supernatural tale you hear at campouts. It has an ending (which reminds me- I like my endings a bit more sinister and open-ended), but the lead-up was so suspenseful I finished this book in 3 days. There's a host of characters, and you really feel in the head of each one, as a distinct, real individual. Including the monsters, which took the tension down a notch, but also supplied some much-needed background info.

I now know that David Mitchell has another book, The Bone Clocks, which is in the same supernatural world. So this has been a delightful teaser to whet my appetite for that one.

I recommend this one for fans of Neil Gaiman and generally creepy mystery supernatural stories set in modern day, especially if you like creative prose, tension, and a world of imagination before the curtain. It's a great book for Halloween, especially if (like me) you prefer spooky and creepy to outright horrifying.

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carrie_47
Aug 28, 2016

I read this book a few months ago. It started out ok but got worse as it went on. Boring, and not frightening at all. I will probably not read any of his work other works.

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helena_gaspar
Jul 18, 2016

Marvelous Universe. Really enjoy it!

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