25 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

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This book grabbed me and pulled me in. The story idea is a great one and kept me reading it. The writing style is lyrical, so much so that I looked up to see 2 hours had passed me by without me even noticing. I truly got lost in this book.

This was end of the world meets end of life meets end of a journey. It is definitely a book that will make you think, will make you question yourself, and probably more importantly, will make you question the world around you.

It touches on corporate cover-ups, terrorism, super viruses, the afterlife, and so much more that I couldn’t possibly remember it all. For that reason alone, read it.

Now… the ending. I totally got the ending, but it felt too “la-dee-dah” for me. I need completely wrapped up endings without all the hoopla. And yes, I realize there was a definite ending to this book, so I’m not complaining about that. I just thought it was too physiological (and I’m not even sure that’s the word I’m reaching for here) for me. The book was always written very matter-of-fact, no annoying euphemisms that send me running to James Patterson – and then the last chapter or two just went off the track for me.

Still – read it. The last bit doesn’t ruin the rest of the book at all. This is a definite “top of the to-be-read pile” book.

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Synopsis

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation’s most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

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