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A bizarre fantasy that tries to piece together what happens to a young man after his untimely death places him in dark exile.

When you die before you’re supposed to, sometimes you end up in a strange, in-between place. At least that’s where the unnamed narrator finds himself after a mysterious accident places him in the pathway of a pooch named Parley. Turns out, the Grim
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Published May 14th 2013 by Smashwords
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Wang Li
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
"An unusual picaresque fantasy that is at times sweetly amusing and at other times deeply disturbing. This book seemed to me like The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy meets Dante. If that combo makes you faintly queasy, well, don’t say I didn’t tell you.

"Because he died before his time, the teen protagonist of this wildly imaginative fantasy/sci-fi novel ends up in the special part of the afterlife reserved for lost things. He is meant to wait there until his proper time to die. Wit, as he is
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Marie Herman
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Death and Other Taxes is a Sci-Fi novel that brings an interesting twist on reality. It follows a boy who has died, but 'too early,' and so in turn must wait it out before he returns to the files. Because his parents didn't 'lose' his name, and because his 'wits' were in tact, this boy is then nicknamed Wit. Wit then goes on a journey of a lifetime, trying to win back the life that he believes is rightfully his. He meets a vast array of other 'people'(Talking horses, birds, and, yes,
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Li Wang
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
"A bizarre fantasy that tries to piece together what happens to a young man after his untimely death places him in dark exile.

When you die before you’re supposed to, sometimes you end up in a strange, in-between place. At least that’s where the unnamed narrator finds himself after a mysterious accident places him in the pathway of a pooch named Parley. Turns out, the Grim Reaper only uses his black cape as a ruse; Parley is actually his true form. And with that knowledge, readers are quickly
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Billy Brown
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is insane. Brilliant but insane. At first I thought it was kind of miserable, then I thought maybe it's insensitive but then I thought this guy is going through hell and writing about what he's feeling on the way through. So I'm not sure if going through hell makes you insane or you have to be insane to think you can get through hell and back but it started to make sense towards the end so I guess it either made me crazy too or the insanity was actually woven together into a pattern ...more
Alexander Crommich
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
At its heart, this book is about Wit’s, a young boy, journey through the land of death after his untimely demise. It’s an interesting premise to launch an examination of death from, especially in that it focuses on the dead, rather than the living, but severe problems with the pacing, coherency, and writing render the book unfathomable, rather than intriguing.

Before I start running through what didn’t work, I do want to make it clear that I am personally not a big fan of allegories, and I
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Robby Miller
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Parley After Life - DIY Guide to Death and other Taxes is an allegory about letting go of the compulsion to want to see our lost loved ones again. It is an answer to everyone who tried but failed to comfort me by saying my son, Tim, was still there somewhere. It is also an example of how to manage our unintelligible grief using the psychological trick of rewriting it into a work of pure imagination. There is nothing more rewarding than raising kids - it's what we're made for. The pain we feel ...more
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Born in 1968 on the far away island of Salamasond. Grew up a feminist with a liberal minded mother and sensible older sisters. Always loved science. Converted to religion and devout follower until it dawned on me that it didn't agree with scientific facts that had been verified by multiple professionals so now I follow the facts as they are discovered. Lost my teenage son in a risk-taking accident ...more