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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
If you're looking for a good afterlife fantasy that is neither overly sentimental nor religiously bombastic, then I think you'll really enjoy this novel.
While within the heaven of each of his antagonists, the protagonist Eddie -- who's led a "meaningless" life -- comes to appreciate that his earthly actions have had a ripple effect that he could not have predicted.
Particularly moving, in my opinion, was the opening tale about the man with the blue skin; it is the most succinct example of the novel's theme.
Particularly gruesome, in my opinion, was the author's description of war; the effect is necessary, however, to convey the physical and mental abuse inflicted… Read more
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, I waited with bated breath to read a novel so grand in scope. And yet -- just like RINGWORLD or RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA -- the novel fails (miserably) to deliver the other two key aspects of good fiction: strong characterization and conflict.
While the character of Richard Burton is complex, he is far from sympathetic. Indeed, he is rendered so unrealistically that the normal suspension of disbelief requisite to speculative fiction is inadequate to overcome.
This protagonist is better suited to a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The alien from Tau Ceti -- who piques considerable interest -- is inconsequential. The… Read more
Dragonfly by Frederic S. Durbin
Dragonfly by Frederic S. Durbin
Durbin evokes elements of classic horror and weird tales while using a prose style reminiscent of Ray Bradbury.
The protagonist is an 11-year-old girl who descends into a nightmare world beneath her home. The underworld that she encounters is every bit as weird and unsettling as Lovecraft's Dreamlands.
While sometimes billed as a children's book, I feel that the work is too disturbing for someone the age of the protagonist. And the prose, while beautiful may prove cumbersome to younger readers.
Once you get into the second chapter or so, the plot is compelling. The only reason that I did not give this book its fifth star is because the first chapter did not pull me in. I… Read more