seriously. this was FANTASTIC.like i am truly sad it is finished, as i wanted to continue to swim in the lives of all the characters for a whole lot longer.okay, maybe not adam ewing, but the surly the rest. and i want much more luisa rey journalism mysteries, if not just a series of movies or long form tv series. easily the best book i have read in the past 5 years.the form took a bit of time to get into -- six interlocked stories taking place over quite a few centuries, very much like literary russian dolls. but once i figured out how each interacted with each other, and they really do, i then found myself going backwards and forwards constantly trying to follow shifts and themes as they boiled over, in ever which way.i'll be honest, i was looking to read an easier book, but am so glad i opened this one when i did.david mitchell was not on my literary radar 3 weeks ago, now i am going to hunt the rest of his books down and float down river, or anywhere he wants to go, with him like his name was huck.it sort of reminded me of the best of steve erickson, only with far more to say. one absolutely amazing line:"Time is what stops history happening at once; time is the speed at which the past disappears." 244go read this now.