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“Odd, gentle, beautiful, enchanting. A light tale of discovery, change, and dubious redemption; all wrapped into the tale of a block party like no other.”

Alyse died and she isn’t happy about it. She finds herself stuck in a ghost town occupied by dead souls with whom she has nothing in common. Her reaction to her loneliness and isolation is to throw a neighborhood block pa
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Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published October 29th 2017 by Who Chains You Books
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J.P. Willson
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up because I like this author. I have read a few of her other works and have always left them with a sense of self-assurance of sorts. This authors writing just makes me feel good. It's hard to explain.
Although the writing here is still strong as always, this story however just didn't really go anywhere.
There really was not much in the way of an actual story-line. No real plot or conclusion or drama that one would normally find.
I kept reading simply because I was expecting more to
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Samantha Burnell
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Limbo – a run down village with little shacks, set in a beautiful wandering prairie. The inhabitants have time on their hands and little to do. There are some great characters, all with their own unfortunate stories to tell, all of them trying to understand why they have ended up stuck where they are. Well written, posing some interesting questions – Limbo is certainly worth a read.
Gloria Piper
Wow! Laura Koerber is deservedly a prize-winning author. Her writing is clean and subtle. She shows instead of tells, so the words seem to disappear as the reader loses themselves in the story.

We are immediately attentive as Trey floats in air, his legs dangling. And we get that he is a ghost. Gradually we see that his friend, Alyse, is also a ghost, newly dead. The two occupy a ghost town of about 30 souls on a prairie that never changes as one day follows the next.

We follow roughly 12 ghosts,
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Jeanette
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Laura Koerber's Limbo is not your usual story. Sixteen-year-old Alyse finds herself in a strange afterlife following dying from cancer. It is an in between place where nothing really happens, and no real answers are forthcoming. The inhabitants of Limbo, a disparate collection of people, inhabit a ghost town on the prairie, and attempt to make sense of their situation or at least to endure it.

Koerber's characterisations of the different ghosts, such as Alyse, Jack, Trey, Lily, the Preacher, the
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K.T. Munson
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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The unique characters are the strength of this story. Alyse appears to be the primary character but many other supporting characters (Lily, Trey, etc. - even a dog named Dean). Each character is very unique and has a story of their death worthy of attention. That is where it starts to break down for me.

Like the limbo they are stuck in - the plot takes a while to form and isn't concrete. Instead it relies on the reader to draw their own conclusions. At least in part. After introducing so m
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D. Peach
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what I thought of this book at first. A teenager, Alyse, finds herself in Limbo after dying of a brain tumor. It’s a dismal place, populated by rather dreary ghosts like herself. The pov doesn’t stay with Alyse, and though I found this distracting for a couple of chapters, as the story progressed, I got to know this odd community, the characters’ backstories, their hopes, dreams, failures, and sorrows. Suddenly, they became deeply human, relatable, and utterly poignant. I was moved ...more
Loralee
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing in this story was well done, and the anecdotes about the characters were entertaining. The story doesn't really have much in the way of a plot, and doesn't really go anywhere. That seems to be intentional. For myself, I like a story that has an end goal. The story itself is a look into the life of several ghosts, Alyse, in particular, and the way they interact with each other. Not all the ghosts are human, some are animals, and they live together in a kind of limbo, thus the title, t ...more
Kady Monroe
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book follows the afterlife of a number of ghosts stuck in limbo. Things really get going when a newcomer arrives to the ghost village. Of course, a lot of the story revolves around the question of why the spirits are stuck in Limbo as even the ghosts have no idea why they are there.

The characters were well done, although I feel more could have been done with the plot. The writing was good and overall, I enjoyed the story.

Scott Peters
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This short book pulled me in and kept me interested from beginning to end. Here was this group of diverse strangers thrown together into a sort of wan, wild-west existence, a place between life and some 'great beyond'. Was this the beyond? They didn't know. Should they hang around for the long term? But where else would they go? Should they try to make friends, even though everyone was so different and they would never hang out with each other under normal circumstance? All good questions that i ...more
James Maxstadt
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short book that’s well worth the read. I found it to be a really interesting concept. I’ve read books about people going on to the afterlife. A few in heaven, or hanging around here as ghosts, and a bunch about going to “the bad place”, but this was new.
Limbo is just that. Limbo. There is nothing to do, nowhere to go. You’re stuck in a ramshackle town, with people that you didn’t know in life and have no connection to. What to do? The author does a great job in detailing what some of t
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Laura Koerber
May 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
From BookLife (Publisher's Weekly:

Koerber (The Dog Thief and Other Stories) paints a quietly sweet portrait of the afterlife through a series of interconnected vignettes. Trey, a middle-aged Texan, and Alyse, the youngest and most recent arrival in Limbo, spend most of their days in their small, unnamed town playing poker in Lily’s run-down saloon and floating aimlessly around on “walks.” Like many of the inhabitants of Limbo, Alyse has many questions about why she ended up where she is, as wel
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Paul Arvidson
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Limbo” by Laura Koerber

Beautiful -Weird

This is a book that will stay in my head for a long time. It was peculiar, beautiful, gentle, well crafted and well, weird. I mean that word to stand as a compliment, as that’s how it’s intended. I love when a writer crafts an entire place I’ve never been to before, with it’s own curious rules and conventions, and then populates it with a fascinating, quirky cast of characters and mysteries. And that feeling of weird, that this other-worldly place might ju
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Darrell Nelson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say I liked this a lot.
Stripped down to its very basic elements it is the story of Alyse, a sixteen year old girl, coming to grips in a new environment. It just happens that new environment is limbo, and she and every one in town is dead.
What is limbo? That is briefly asked then moved on.
Why are they there? Again asked and moved on.
As far as a classic story goes, there isn't one. However, it still worked.
Most of the credit for it working goes to the writing. Koerber does a gre
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Leland Lydecker
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A New & Unique Approach to Life After Death
Laura Koerber’s Limbo may or may not be the Limbo of the Christian afterlife, but many of its residents believe it is. Dressed--or in some cases, undressed--as they died, the ghostly residents of this small town bear the baggage of the lives they left behind. Some harbor regrets; others, grief or anger. Some died very young, while others passed after long, full lives. It is a mystery to all of them why they have wound up where they are.

Koerber’s charact
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P.J. McDermott
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Limbo, by Laura Koerber, is well written and edited to perfection, which (for me, at least) makes it an easy read. The concept of Limbo, with all the question marks about where is it, is there a God, who goes there after death, why am I here, why is she here, etcetera is thoughtful and well executed.
The setting in an isolated country town is well described and easy to visualize, and the characters are mostly interesting, sometimes amusing, and of course all dead with no real way of changing the
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Heather Bridson
Well, this one is different. It really has no point to the story, just a bunch of ghosts stuck in limbo. No real plot. Just ghosts living in a prairie town in limbo, floating around and bored most of the time. The individual stories that flipped form ghost to ghost were interesting but still had no point to bring it to a cohesive story. It was an interesting read, just no real plot or story.
Crystal
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, kindle
Was there a point here? I felt like I was in limbo reading this.
Mary Woldering
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Limbo, by Laura Koerber is an interesting character study. It sensitively portrays dead people who weren't bad enough to go to Hell or were too flawed to enter Heaven. In many ways this Limbo is an Ancient world concept of the Underworld because souls simply stay there doing not much for eternity, There's some wonder on the part of the main character Alyse who died young of cancer and doesn't know (nor do we find out) what barred her from the pearly gates. Some characters play out a more hellish ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
I'm not quite sure how to rate this book. At the start, I thought it was either a study on human behavior or Christian fiction, but it ended up not being either. The book follows 12 ghosts in limbo. It's a short read, so you only get a tiny snippet from each ghost except maybe one to two. There's a few drama scenes, but they resolve themselves maybe a page later or in the next chapter.

I thought someone would move on or have some big revelation as to why they were in limbo in the first place, but
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Marc Roche
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. It's original and entertaining. I read it on the train home and it was a great little find! Very good :) ...more
Robby Charters
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is it heaven, or hell, or some place in between? No one can be quite sure. They just call it Limbo.

Alyse, who died at 16, lives in a village that would have belonged in the old west. She and everyone else have light as air bodies that don't need food, nor can they eat. But they can fly and go through things. Also like everyone in town, she’s not been reunited with any previously departed family or friends. Only one person has, with a husband whom she would rather not have seen ever again. In fa
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