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The Afternet

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Unbeknownst to the living, St Peter has downed tools and gone fishing, leaving the entrance to eternity in the hands of a computer system, The Afternet. When the system begins to misfire under the workload, the ill-equipped representatives of God and the Devil tasked with managing the process are given an ultimatum. Fix The Afternet or go back to your previous afterlives. ...more
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published February 11th 2011
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Death is not the fact it's not even the beginning of the end in this hilarious and irreverent story about the disastrous attempt to computerise the "final judgement" The Afternet, having been overwhelmed with information it cannot process, has broken down and now the dead from all periods of history and even mythology are rubbing shoulders together in an ever growing limbo. Fans of Douglas Adams, (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul) Terry Pratchett (Mort) and even CS Lewis ( The Grea ...more
A thoroughly enjoyable romp through almost heaven and hell. Some nice asides which may not be caught by non-UK based readers or even some UK ones, but it doesn't interfere with the tale of a failure in St Peter's processing system at the pearly gates.

A motley collection of ill matched characters then has to resolve the crisis with some nice set piece scenarios. Of course the ability to bring virtually any character from history into the story adds to the fun as they have all been hanging around
St Peter has had enough! He walks out and leaves the Pearly Gates unattended. To remedy the situation, The Afternet is created. A computer that processes the recently dead and decides their eternal fate.
The basis for this story is pure genius and it is delivered hilariously page after page as you follow the adventures of Geoffrey and Marcel, the clueless representatives of God and the Devil, who are charged with monitoring the timely process of the lost souls awaiting their fate.
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The idea was interesting and original, though the writing was occasionally a bit clunky. I enjoyed it enough to read the whole series, so it was a worthwhile read for me.
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