Friday, May 19, 2006

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Here's one where I thought, "Finally, a really good book!"

Basically, after you die you go to this sort of intermediate place, where you live kind of like on Earth but you can pretty much do whatever you want. Most people have jobs and just live regular lives, and you stay there until there's no one left alive who remembers you.

So what happens is, there's a global pandemic, and the inbetween place starts filling up with people since so many are dying, but then it empties out because everyone who remembered them has also died. Finally, there are only a few thousand people left in the city and they figure out that they all knew the same woman, somehow, and she must be the only person left alive. Which she is, since she is stranded in Antarctica.

Cool, right?

There's more to the story, of course. Check it out.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think i remember you mentioning this to me... i think i may get it today! since "mayflower" by nathatniel philbrick is really not holding my interest since the pilgrims have already existed for a year in America. snore.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Marian The said...

Read it, man!

That nonfiction crap is for LOSERS.

6:54 PM  

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