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Sum by David Eagleman
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Apr 21, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: religion, short-fiction
Recommended to Mike by: Sadeem
Recommended for: fans of Lem, Hofstadter, Borges, Pratchett
Read on April 21, 2012 — I own a copy

Imaginative, entertaining, frequently thought provoking, like getting punched in the side of the head and suddenly lines are bent and squares are circles, for a moment at least, which is about the best you can ask of an author. Some of the vignettes are slightly derivative but no less pleasing for it. Can be somewhat repetitive as the same question is asked 40 times: what if the afterlife is…? However, the book, like poetry, should probably be read in bites rather than a gulp. Spread the book out over a few weeks and the sense of repetition would disappear.
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