Reincarnation Blues

Reincarnation Blues

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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. -- amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399178481
0399178481
Branch Call Number: F POORE-M
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm

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HotPotat
Sep 30, 2020

Y'know, I've never eagerly anticipated the death of the main character so much in my life. The story very much exists both in the lives and the afterlife of Milo. I loved seeing the relationship between Suzie and Milo develop in between each life cycle, so much that I almost wish there was a bit more of them together and exploring that gray area between being alive, Nothing, or Perfect. Overall, I enjoyed the humor and the character relationships in the story (not to mention the little nods to Milo's previous lives in future ones), but sometimes I did get a bit antsy waiting for him to finally die in a particular arc so we could return to the afterlife narrative. I think it's such a fun exploration of death and the afterlife, worth the read!

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avocadotree
Sep 19, 2019

A lot of short stories.

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aaronlbert
Oct 30, 2018

Absolutely loved this book. Great pacing - witty - funny and with some great twists. Just an all around wonderful read.

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janajee
Jan 24, 2018

"Listen," said the Master, coughing. "Don't search the ends of the Earth looking for your happiness. Perfection is being happy with what you are right now."

"What if you're an asshole?" someone called.

The Master offered a weak smile. "I doubt very much," he said, "that many happy people are assholes."

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Ten thousand lives. That's all you get. You either gain Perfection and join the Oversoul, or you fade away into Nothing. Milo has spent nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-five of those lives messing it up and he only has five lives left. There's also the Universals - non-human souls that watch over the human ones. Death is one them, but she prefers to be called Suzie.

When Michael and I first started dating, we always joked about how we mesh so well together that we've probably lived other lives together. It's not a personal belief that we hold, but there is something romantic about living ten thousand lives always finding each other.

And that's what I loved about this book. Milo is an interestingly flawed character and each life was an interesting journey. Painful at times, and definitely hard to read, but there were times when he was so close to Perfection he could taste it. But like a lot of us, we fall harder when we're almost there.

I agree with the Master - if you're not happy with who you are then you keep working on yourself until you're happy and maybe that's what perfection is.

KateHillier Oct 26, 2017

Milo has lived nearly 10,000 lives. Most people don't do life over again this often because they eventually reach perfection and join the universe. Milo is in no rush because he enjoys his time and romance between lives with Death (or Suzie as she prefers to be called). This is very loose Buddhism combined with Douglas Adams and it is great fun to watch Milo go through different lives seeing if he'll actually get it right. Especially considering he can't continue as he is forever.

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