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The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier
The Brief History of the Dead
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400095957 (1400095956)
ASIN: 1400095956
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
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moving under skies
moving under skies rated it
2.0 The Brief History of the Dead
I really thought I was going to like this but instead was ambivalent, bordering on hostile.* It's like Brockmeier read Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and thought, as we all did, that any one of those haunting and delightful cities would make a great setting for a full book. And then went off and ...
SilverThistle
SilverThistle rated it
3.0 Review - The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
The premise is wonderful and exactly the kind of story I usually love. I suppose it's an apocalypse book...kinda. It's more an 'aferlife' book though, if such a genre were to exist. I thought the beginning few chapters were great and I loved hearing all about the world of the departed (although no...
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
4.0
Rating: 3.9* of fiveThe Book Description: 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. Th...
The Aussie Zombie
The Aussie Zombie rated it
3.5 The Brief History of the Dead
3.5 stars Set sometime in the not too distant future, The Brief History of the Dead is a mixture of post-apocalyptic and fantasy, with alternating chapters between The City and the real world. Normally I'm not a huge fan of this structure, but here I thought it worked quite well. I loved the idea an...
I'll think of a damn title later
I'll think of a damn title later rated it
0.0 The Brief History of the Dead (Vintage Contemporaries)
I read the short story that begat this so I'm interested. It was a different take on the afterlife.
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