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Heaven: The Afterlife Series I

(The Afterlife Series #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,087 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Is perfection really an attainable goal? After their deaths, best friends Kate and Daniel learn that perfection is, well, boring. Heaven is not their cup of tea, so to speak, so they leave and begin visiting the afterlives of other religions, other times, even other species. But turmoil keeps churning back on earth, and the friends discover secrets between themselves, and ...more
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Published May 24th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2006)
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Mur Lafferty was generous enough to make a bunch of her ebooks available for free earlier this year. Which was lucky, as I'd never really heard of her before, but I seem to be suffering from an addition to free ebooks – the downloading more than the reading so far. However, sitting by the pool, having read all but one of my real books (always keep one real book back for the flight home – nobody can tell you to turn a book off during take-off) I was searching for something new to read on my Kindl ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if heaven weren't enough? I can't exactly call this a light-hearted look at the metaphysics of the afterlife, but it's certainly not heavy handed. What if heaven were a bore, and you had to go looking for more? What if all the concepts of the afterlife were true?

There's a thought or three here, but it's entertainment, not something to change your life.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jen Fabico
Book number 24 to my 2012 Reading Challenge is Heaven by Mur Lafferty. Heaven is the first installment of the series also entitled Heaven, which consists of five parts. This series cannot be found in a physical novel format; however, can be downloaded as a podiobook.

Several years ago, in 2008, even before my husband and I were engaged, my husband strongly recommended this podiobook to me. After listening to two or three "seasons" himself, he continuously urged me to give it a try, guaranteeing t
Daniel Roy
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here's the thing about Heaven: for reasons that have nothing to do with the story itself, I'm having a hard time giving this ebook a hard review.

I'm a fan of Mrs. Lafferty's podcast, "I Should Be Writing". I like her as a human being. I understand the context in which "Heaven" was published: it's an independent, self-published ebook based on a series of podcasts by Mrs. Lafferty. It's innocent fun and not meant to take itself seriously. Not only that, but the ebook was gifted to me by a good fri
Damian Patterson
In my recent days I've found myself to be far more forgiving on things in regards to fiction that I decide to spend time reading. Maybe it's from learning more about the craft of writing that has given me more insight. Perhaps one day I hope to be given some mercy whenever I manage to get something published myself?

This week I finished Mur Lafferty’s “Heaven” book one of the Afterlife series and I must say I'm impressed. The story follows Kate and Daniel as they die and find themselves in heav
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Many of the reviews of this book are for the audiobook version and many reviewers talk about their fondness for the author's voice, her podcasts, and things other than this work. I came to this serial through the ebook version, so I have none of that other stuff to influence me (for better or worse). It reads like a YA book with its teen characters and their continual befuddlement at virtually everything around them. I'm not sure if that was the author's intention but having great a lot of YA in ...more
It all started like an essay about life, short life, and death, quick and sad. What it then morphed into was something similar to Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go of the Riverworld series. It became an adventure book with a mythological theme.
I liked the writing, as it was engaging and I could really connect with it. The characters weren't that complex, but I have a feeling this story wasn't as much about characters as it was about their journey and mission.
Most definitely a most
Lianne Burwell
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks
This story is the heartwarming pair of childhood friends in the afterlife, after dying in a car crash. Oh yeah, and the end of the world.

Kate and Daniel have been friends for a long time, despite the fact that Kate is in love with Daniel, and he is completely blind to this. After dying in a car crash, they end up in separate heavens, but get the chance to reunite and travel between heavens because Daniel wants to find his sister, who died as a child, and God wants agents to find souls that have
Neal Dench
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why Mur Lafferty isn't more well known than she is. She has interesting plots, and she writes well, with a natural conversational style that flows well. Having been a fan of her novel "Playing For Keeps" (which I listened to in podcast form), and as a regular listener to her "I Should Be Writing" podcast, I thought it was time to dive into her Afterlife series, of which this is the first novella. Written, I think, before "Playing For Keeps", this tells the story of friends Kate and ...more
Eric Hellman
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pro tip for authors: don’t kill off your heroes on page one, then destroy heaven and earth 3 ways before page 150 in the first book of a series. Unless, of course, you happen to have the talent and imagination to pull off something that audacious.

Which is what Mur Lafferty does successfully in Heaven, the first book in her “Afterlife” series, now available as a Creative Commons licensed ebook on (CC BY-NC-SA). The first 5 books in the series are all available; “Thanks for Ungluing” con
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to DDog by: Mur Lafferty
This was a good listen. I haven't listened to the rest of the series yet, so hopefully some of the things that made me go "huh?" will be resolved later on. I think the concept is well suited to the novella format, and I'm looking forward to the next book, Heaven - Season Two: Hell. Lafferty's a great storyteller, and I liked that she read the parts from Kate's perspective and Jim Van Verth read the parts from Daniel's perspective.
B.  Barron
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Listened to the podiobook (a 12 part presentation).
I rather enjoyed it. It is not high literature, but it is far above most of the drek out there.
The author managed to surprise me several times - not an easy feat in my humble opinion (I am an arrogant prig, but I am smarter than the average bear).
Acquiring the rest of the podiobooks in the series.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and very fast summer read. Not for fundamentalists.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mur is so much fun to listen to. I flatter myself by thinking that my writing is similar. But the best part of her work is her amazing voice. I love to listen to her.
Teresa L Kesterson
Seems to be s good intro book of s series

The three star rating isn't a bad rating for i found the book to be good. The story is enough to make me read the next. I just felt that at times the writing was juvenile and then other it to be I the upper college edge. It made to be confusing in as much to have to stop reading to thumb through my mind over my mythology courses to reestablish the characters it referred. Now onward to Hell/Hades. Happy Reading and Peace
Booth Babcock
Took a pretty clever idea but got too ambitious. The basic set up: when we die, we go to a customized heaven based on our own preconceived notions of the afterlife. A few special "travelers" can travel between their heavens and other peoples'. So far so good, but then slides into an end-of-the-world storyline that I quickly lost interest in.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I chose to read this during/after Six Wakes. But just like with Six Wakes, I got severely bored. I just wanted it to be over way before it was.

Clever idea, though.

But the ending wasn't really an ending. Though I don't like loose ends, I am not interested enough to continue.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise. Not sure I got to the pay off and contemplating next book. Short, great writing but characters are a bit thin.
Melissa Hayden
Kate and Daniel, best friends and roommates, come to an untimely end. They wake to find themselves in their Heaven, with what they most want. But when they start to question things they see more. Needing more God gives them a pass to travel the different Heavens. As travelers they come across different settings, and learn more than they expected. Yet, there is more behind the driving force of their journey. A mission.

We have two main characters, Kate and Daniel. They are the best of friends, and
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella was crowdfunded and made into a podcast by Mur Lafferty, with the written version coming later on in the process. I downloaded it as part of the 2012 Hugo Awards, as Mur made a lot of her fiction freely available to those who wanted to know whether or not they should vote for her for the Campbell Award, which she sadly did not win. At the start of the novella (like, first sentence, so this isn't a spoiler), two friends die; as the title suggests, they find themselves in Heaven and t ...more
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Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in a five-part series, Heaven follows two friends who die in a car crash and end up in what we think might be heaven. Turns out, it's their own personal versions of heaven - or is it?

Mur raises a lot of interesting ideas with this novel, the first of which being the idea that heaven is whatever you choose to make of it. The characters first spend some time apart, but are quickly brought together again as they begin on a quest. They travel from 'heaven' to 'heaven' and meet the greek an
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, podcasts
Kate is in love with Daniel, but she's stuck in the friend zone until she dies and goes to heaven where she gets to marry him. This story spans many different versions of the afterlife from Greek, Norse, Buddhist, Shinto, and even dog heaven. Light-hearted fun.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podiobook
This book was okay. I liked Kate (the female protagonist), but not Daniel (the male protagonist) so much. The Christian afterlife was about what I expected, which isn't necessarily a good thing. No surprises, no clever re-imagining. Seeing the other heavens was more interesting, but still imperfect to me. I don't know much about Norse or Japanese mythologies, which I think subtracted from my experience. Dog heaven was really cool until it got weird. The plot moved quickly, sometimes to its own d ...more
Melissa Nichols
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
After reading the first chapter of "Heaven," I really didn't think I'd enjoy it. In the beginning, I wasn't a big fan of Kate. Her unrequited love and devotion towards Daniel seemed too pathetic and I worried that the rest of the story would focus too heavily on that romantic relationship. I was wrong. Rather than focusing on any romance between the two main characters, I instead enjoyed their friendship and playful banter. Kate seems like a pretty average girl. There's nothing that particularly ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I listened to the podiobook of this two years ago and gave it 3 stars; rereading it in print, though, I had some more thoughts and enjoyed it more.

Friends Daniel and Kate die, and go to heaven. Not all is right in Heaven, though, so they're sent on a mission from God to go through different heavens and find out what's what. On their travels, they encounter a few different pantheons of gods, and kinda sorta start a few Apocalypses on their way.

Lafferty captures the voices of both protagonists fa
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this whimsical look at the after life. Fabulous novum - coming of age adventure story set after thedeath of the protagonist. I stumbled upon this series as podiobooks, and the serialized format fit the story quite well. The Mighty Murphy does a great job breathing life into her characters as she reads the stories herself. The production quality improves consistently across the "seasons" in this saga. Loved the way she folded classic mythological elements into the series. One of the most de ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been aware of this book, and this series for quite a while. I know Mur is a great writer, it just didn't seem like something I would enjoy, but I was SO wrong! As a fan of Playing For Keeps, I really wanted to check out something else by this author as I am a fan of her podcast as well. So, I chose to start this series. It is incredibly well-written, decisively well constructed, and incredibly entertaining. Seeing the heavens of other cultures is quite a new thing for at reader, at least ...more
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Mur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series. She is the host of the Hugo-winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long-running I Should Be Writing. She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the M ...more

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The Afterlife Series (6 books)
  • Hell
  • Earth
  • Wasteland
  • War
  • Stones (The Afterlife Series Book 6)
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