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Sum by David Eagleman
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Jun 10, 2011

it was ok
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a quick and intriguing read, "sum" was ultimately a bit of a disappointment to me. it's probably not the book's fault; i think i was hoping for some slightly more fantastical visions of the afterlife. some of the vignettes were indeed imaginative and thought-provoking, but reading them in succession i began to feel a sense of sameness among them, like there was some theme connecting them all--and there is: the afterlife isn't what we think, and it's nothing to get excited about. eagleman is a brilliant guy and a real overachiever, but he's not first and foremost a fiction writer, which is probably another reason the book left me a bit flat.

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