Reincarnation Blues: A Novel

By Michael Poore
Read by Mark Bramhall

13.05 Hours 08/22/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780525494508

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself. “Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try?  Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.      Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her. More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.         But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking. Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too. Praise for Reincarnation Blues  “The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR   “This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”—Chicago Review of Books   “Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”—New York Journal of Books

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Summary

Summary

An August 2017 LibraryReads Pick

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? 

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.
    
Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.
       
But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too.

Praise for Reincarnation Blues 

“The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR
 
“This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”—Chicago Review of Books
 
“Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”—New York Journal of Books

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun. New York Journal of Books
This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life. Chicago Review of Books
The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident. NPR
Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 
“Poore addresses humans’ relationship to the universe through a clever, personal story filled with gentle humor, wry sweetness, and perhaps even some wisdom.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by sean 1/30/2018
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Stories Within Stories

Great book. Stories of dozens of lives from a single soul. A lot of sci fi themes told without over-explanation. Narrator conveys very believable representations of the characters.

Author

Author Bio: Michael Poore

Michael Poore’s short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Agni, Fiction, and Asimov’s. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun”was selected for The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. His first novel, Up Jumps the Devil, was hailed by the New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 13.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English