Brilliant in concept and execution, The Brief History of the Dead is a spectacular achievement that lingers in the mind long after the final word.
©2006 Kevin Brockmeier; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"Beautiful, delicate." (Publishers Weekly)
I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It makes you stop to think about all the people you cross paths with daily without really noticing- yet remember. Enjoy!
Barely a professional novel, this moves at the pace of a snail crossing a sticky floor. Despite much of the novel being a one character show, there's barely any character development. It's hard to even figure out how the author uses all those time-consuming words while accomplishing so little with them. In theory I love the idea of the novel, but wake me up when it's over.
Richard Poe is actually a really good reader. You couldn't completely tell it from this, but I've heard him read books before and he was one of the things that recommended this purchase to me. His voice has a lot of gravitas and feeling to it. Everything he reads sounds smarter because he read it, which suggests how braindead this book must actually be.
Anger that I wasted the time. Sadness that I spent the money.
If the friend is 13 and under yes I would.
a little less silly would be nice.
nah. I think we got all the good out of this one.
.....I found myself looking at it over and over again.....just trying to grasp the whole concept of it....and being one who will read a book because the cover is appealing.....I happily dove into this one. It was very different from what I expected and there were parts I really liked and other parts were just a bit too confusing or bizarre to figure out.
The City was a great concept of simply being there because of being remembered by those who were still alive. It was a waiting station for the soul before it travels on to the next realm. I just expected more to come of those that knew Laura Byrd the best......that they would become more fleshed out and get to know each other better. There were a few times where I felt like the stories were a bit choppy......not quite complete....because we still had to learn about Laura and her situation.
The Antarctic expedition was tough and I admired Laura for her tenacity to keep on going despite the extremely difficult circumstances that surrounded her each day....while there were things that were answered about her situation...I felt there was still a vagueness to her story.....especially the last couple of chapters.......they were just a bit to strange to try to understand if she was dead or not.....if she was hallucinating or asleep and dreaming.....
The ending was a huge disappointment for the fact that it just ended.....and I was left thinking that I must have missed something because it just doesn't feel like it's over yet. I understood what was going to happen.....there was no other way for the story to go......but I think it could have ended a bit more fleshed out and not so abrupt. I liked this book okay but I didn't love it and I don't think I will spend much time thinking about it and that's kind of a bummer for I love when that happens.....a book finds it's way into your heart and mind and you take it with you everywhere.....this just wasn't one of those books for me.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
This was a reread for me. The premise of the book is so intriguing: a story split between a city of the "living dead" who only remain in the city as long as someone on Earth holds that person in their memory and a wildlife researcher in the Antarctica who may be the only person on Earth who has not yet succumbed to a manmade virus. On my second reading, I did a better job of tracking all the myriad connections between the many living dead and the still-alive wildlife researcher - however tangential those connections might be. What did not happen, however, is a change in my ultimate opinion for the book. I was definitely satisfied but nothing more.
I was intriqued by the idea of the after life and kept waiting for something to develop during this story. After 8 hours, it never did develop. I will be far more careful in my future selections. I really felt cheated at the end. Where can I get my 8 hours back?!
I loved this book, but I guess it isn't for everyone. We've probably all wondered about the "afterlife", as has Kevin Brockmeier, but he has apparently listened to some points of view that are really out there. It's a book I always felt that I was outside of -- actually a reader and not part of the story -- so my own beliefs were never threatened. I enjoyed it a lot.
This is a well written story about the connections we all share in life and ultimately in death. I found the story to meander along like a river with a few rapids thrown in but ultimately arriving at a predictable and pointless ending.
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