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The Brief History of the Dead
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This is very difficult to categorise - utopian? dystopian? It's about what happens when you're dead, but…more

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Jul 16, 2009 Sherrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves well thought out fantastical fiction
WOW! One of my favorites of 2006! What a fantastic book! The only way I can do this book justice is to first give you the Editor’s blurb: In a not-so-distant future, a deadly virus kills off every human on Earth, except for Laura Byrd, a wildlife specialist on an expedition to the South Pole. Readers quickly learn that the dead move on to another life in a fantastic city on another plane of existence; there, they live out a second life free from aging and disease until every person who knew them...more
"It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel....." well, if not fine, then pretty OK with it.

A fairly gentle treatment of the end of civilization on earth (caused by a virus with a 100% fatality rate - is that even possible?), which alternates between chapters involving the last survivor, Laura Byrd, marooned in Antarctica and the other side's "waiting room" filled now only with people whom Laura knew on earth. Very interesting, and rather sweet, I thought. Well worth reading if you like...more
Interesting concept. This novel goes back & forth between two worlds - one is the world of the living where a pandemic has killed all but one scientist living in the Antarctic. The other world is a purgatory-type place where people remain as long as someone who is living remembers them. So essentially, that world is populated by everyone that one woman had contact with in her life. SEMI-SPOILER ALERT: When she realizes she is the only one left and contemplates suicide it puts it in a whole o...more
This is an amazing book---one of the best I have read so far in the twenty-first century. Based on the premise of a dual afterlife: Upon dying, people go to a sort of limbo and remain there for as long as at least one person still living remembers them. When no one left alive remembers you, then you move on to the true hereafter. This book takes place in the near future and follows Laura Byrd, an antarctic research for the Coca-Cola Corporation, and her deceased parents in the afterlife.
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Jan 06, 2010 April marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
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Shelves: apocalypse, disaster
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