Claire North [read online] The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Is until he finds The Cronus Club After one of the Cronus club members helps Harry out of a bad situation he cannot escape on his own Harry leans about the others
like him and the rules they must follow Harry goes on living his lives as a him and the rules they must follow Harry goes on living his lives as a member of the Cronus club until a oung girl catches Harry on his death bed and gives him a message to send up from The Defense (Eddie Flynn young to oldoung to old The world is ending faster than it should be and always has in the past Can Harry find who is causing the future to change from the past and stop themI will say that I ended up really liking the book The problem is that the beginning moves so very slow I almost gave up reading this book several times But kept hearing other people s reviews about how the story picks up So I kept going I m glad I did The last 25% of the book really make the story one worth reading This was a deeper and darker story than what I initially that I was reading It makes Hai nhà you uestion so many things This is the type of book that stays withou longer after Harry Potter a Me Ka Pōhaku Akeakamai: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Hawaiian you ve finished reading itI struggled with what rating to give this The slowness of the beginning really is off putting There will be many readers not able to finish because the story has no visible direction for so much of the book I can definitely see how people came to the different rating The 2 stars will be the people who gave up and stopped reading The 4 stars will be the people who enjoy the last part so much that it s enough to overlook the slow build up Then there will be those like me who really liked the book but just couldn t get passed how slow the being was and felt that the book suffered for it So that is how I came to my 3 star rating I don t really understand the reviews that said this book was slow paced I read it in a single week and had a tough time putting it down For a book about a man who is literally immortal this book actually moves along at a decent clipFirst the bad I will say that at points this book gets caught up in its own brilliance and comes across as a little pretentious and heavy handed At other times the author seemed to deliberately choose the most confusing possible way of getting an idea across and a few pages I had to reread several times to understand most of Vincent s conversations with Harry especially at the beginning were this way Some of the emotionally weighty moments were given a bit TOO much weight and rather than being memorable in the way of a beautiful view are instead memorable in the way of getting slapped rather sluggishly with a wet towelThat said I was so enraptured that when I finished this book and realized it was nearly five hundred pages I was stunned because it hadn t felt nearly so long It takes a while to get going the first half of the book is world building and exposition but done so exuisitely and with such originality that I found that I didn t really care where it was going only that I was along for the ride The book regains its focus at about the halfway point where all of the exposition from the first half suddenly clicks into place I feel the ending of the book would not have been nearly so powerful had the author not taken as much time in the beginning to give her story weightWhat I dismissed in the beginning as a failure to explain the mechanics of her world was instead a vital piece of Harry s moral struggle we don t know how the kalachakra work but neither does he and what is the price of finding out Similarly scenes whose point I did not understand turned out to be vitally important for Harry s development and decision making anything involving Phearson for example and because of these scenes Harry is remarkably well developed for a character who spends half the book pretending to be a blank slateThe characters are very complex the plot is complicated but fairly easy to understand the world is wonderfully strange There s so much to chew on in this book and uite a lot to parse both thematically and narratively This book comes together at the end so beautifully that I was tempted to immediately start a second read through just to put it all together a bit better It has its rough points and perhaps could have been streamlined better but the overall experience was so exuisite that I have to give it five stars. Ittle girl appears at his bedside I nearly missedou Doctor August she says I need to send a messageThis is the story of what Harry does next and what he did before and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. .
Read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustIng their memories wiped and amazing technology appears decades early he realises that one of their number has betrayed them and is using their power for their own ends with destructive conseuences for humanityThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was released in 2014 and won the John W Campbell Memorial Award as well as being nominated for the Arthur C Clark Award It gained surprising widespread prominence after being featured on the UK s biggest TV book show It is written by Catherine Webb under the pseudonym Claire North which she uses to explore protagonists with unusual abilities The Sudden Appearance of Hope
IS IN A SIMILAR VEINWEBB ISin a similar veinWebb is constantly intriguing and interesting author shifting genres and prose styles with enviable ease as she explores different ideas and characters At her best she comes across as a restless far prolific and slightly less repetitive but also somewhat wordy Christopher Priest with her books dwelling on themes such as identity and motivation amongst shifting realities and points of viewThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August may be her finest novel to date The central premise is incredibly strong and it deals with the existential uestions surrounding the idea in surprising depth and with logic uestions are raised such as if the Ouroborans are living in the same world changing it each time they live through it or if they are skipping from one timeline to another and the moral conseuences of that for the timelines they leave behind upon death The overlapping lifespans of different Ouroborans allow them to bring back knowledge from the distant future since an Ouroboran born in say 1984 dies in the late 21st Century is reborn reveals that information to another one who was born in 1925 who can pass it back in their next life etc and this raises moral uandaries about if they should hoard their knowledge or try to improve humanity s lotThis latter uestion consumes much of the novel especially when it becomes clear that trying to change things often results in far worse conseuences But the dry time travel shenanigans are contrasted against Harry s characterisation especially the trauma he carries from his first life and his intriguing relationship with a sometimes nemesis Vincent The Path Of The The path of the can be a lonely frustrating one and Harry s dislike of Vincent for his relaxed morality is tempered with respect for his intelligence and just the company of a fellow travel on a journey through their looping lives This relationship forms the core of the novel and is developed with relish by the authorThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a smart and thoughtful reflection on life love loss identity science and the end of the world premise but with a twist The title character is the bastard son of an English lord and a kitchen maid who was born on January 1 1919 The maid died giving birth but the boy is adopted by the lord s gamekeeper and his wife August lives a long life but after his death he finds himself reborn as exactly the same person at the same place and time with all of his memories intact In his third life he finds people in the same predicament as him and joins a secret society known as the Cronus Club They also call themselves Ourobourans and Kalichakrans and have learned to pass information both to the past and to the future The story is told in first person in a non linear manner and August has gone through fifteen lives up to that point The plot is full of twists and is hard to put down when Falling Through Clouds you get to the last hundred pages Two aspects of this novel reminded me of Anne Rice s Interview with the Vampire The lives August experiences the detached he becomes from ordinary human emotions and his nemesis and friend Victor another Ourobouran has already become a complete sociopath much like Rice s vampires after they have lived a few centuries Also the first fewears after he is reborn while he is physically a child he is emotionally an old man like Rice s vampire Claudia who became a vampire as a child What if The Art of Acquiring you could life forever but instead of living in past present and futureou live the same few decades of our life over and over again Would ou ever get boredHarry August has been reborn and doesn t understand what is happening to him That. Or the decisions he makes when death comes Harry always returns to where he began a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before Nothing ever changes Until now As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life a Mind blowing reworking of past life premise Claire North es I do know it s her pen name has written a pearl of a book here In a nut shell there is a hidden group of people who when they die are reborn with their conscious mind and all their memories from ALL previous lives intact Obviously the second time they realise at age 3 5 that they are reliving their lives in their original bodies tends to send them a bit potty think de ja vu but constant and permanent and they either go insane and get committed bad move pre 21st Century or just
TAKE A PERSONALLY IMPLEMENTED DIRT NAPa personally implemented dirt nap is where a Group Called The Cronus Club If And Until They Are called the Cronus Club if and until they are of ou step in to explain and assist I m trying not to River Song people here Then as our hero Harry goes about his many existences it turns out that a message is relayed from the future and its a really clever game of leapfrog suggested here where the end of humanity is not just arriving but getting faster with each lifetime led in the future again no spoilers and Harry is in a position by luck or judgement to get to the root of it and stop it This book fully deserves five stars and does not pull any punches in explaining the theories behind the past life concept scientific principles or moral dilemmas involving Harry August and I salute Ms North for recognising that her readership don t always need to be babysat through the text where it gets technical or assume her readership needs to be guided like simpletons This is and I ve said this in other reviews as confirmation of writing principles in my opinion a brilliant Mr. Fix-It yarn written with intelligence care and attention to detail and I can almost smell a movie deal in there Given some of the half baked rubbish that passes for reading matter out there this is not just a breath of fresh air its a Tornado of Triumph What an astonishing book Harry August is born lives an unremarkable life and dies Then he is born again in the same circumstances but as he grows from infancy to childhood he remembers all of his previous life At first it drives him mad but he finds that suicide doesn t stop the repeat So he gets used to it prospers much better at school is able to make better decisions about his life and knows how to stay out of danger during serv Takes one to know one they say Well clearly Miss North has to be a mnemonic for imagination doesn t stretch so far and wide for oneoung life to conjure does itThis tale is ravishing opulent with detail coercive in promise and utterly compellingYes the story is protracted necessarily so to validate the protagonist s rationale but in fact massively condensed actually considering the eight hundred ears it took to play outIt has a narrative which jumps timelines back and
like a sparking intermittent current electrodes an adroit craft that demands ou concentrateThe research put in has been vast the human observation and I picked up this book in Waterstones cafe last ear The beginning intrigued me so I bought a copyThe premise is that Harry August is re born each time he dies He lives his life over again albeit never in the same way He accumulates knowledge and experience across his lifetimes as do others of his rare kindThe story becomes something of a time travelling thriller a cat and mouse chase over several repeated lifetimes I am sorry to say that the characters lacked credibility and depth I would say a good idea that needed a better writer Harry August has a pretty ordinary life He is born in Berwick upon Tweed in 1919 and dies in a hospital in Newcastle in 1989 In the meantime he has different jobs various relationships and tries to move on from his difficult family life But when he dies he finds himself as a child again regaining his memories of his prior life This happens again And againHarry is an Ouroboran destined to live his life again and again He is one of hundreds and through the overlapping lifespans of Ouroborans it is possible to send and receive messages from the distant past and distant future But in Harry s eleventh life the messages from the future start changing the world is ending and it is accelerating When Harry s fellow Ouroborans start permanently dying by someone assassinating their parents before they conceived or hav. Wildly original funny and moving The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary story of a life lived again and again from World Fantasy Award winning author Claire NorthHarry August is on his deathbed AgainNo matter what he does.FORTH LIKE A SPARKING INTERMITTENT CURRENT