Book Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor
Book Series: N/A
Released: 8/22/17 by Del Rey Books
Pages: 384 Price: $27.00 Hardcover
Buy the Book: Amazon Reincarnation Blues: A Novel
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.
What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.
I absolutely loved this book. Completely. I actually believe in reincarnation, much like what was described in this book. My belief is that we come back to Earth time and time again in order to experience every part of humanity and evolve as a soul. I also believe we plan each life, to some extent, in order to reach our goals so while this is a great story of human nature and love there was also the added bonus, for me, that so much of the plot fed into my belief system of life and death and reincarnation. Score!
Okay putting that aside for those of you who don’t share my beliefs this is still an amazingly good book. The story is entertaining, the characters not taking themselves too seriously, willing to poke fun at themselves. They were also full of depth, complex and unique. Some of their quirks had me laughing but the author also knew how to set the fun aside and get serious for a chapter or two. There were such profound moments in this book that it made my heart wrench for the characters. The author did an excellent job of showing the human race for what we are, blemishes and all. He also showed us the potential for what we could become, though. That in each of us we have the potential to do great things and some pretty crappy things too. Of course, then there is karma which will get us in the end and rewards us for our actions be them good or bad.
The synopsis leads one to believe this is a story about love and it is but it is also so much more. I would have to say that the love plot line almost took a back burner for me. Oh sure I wanted to see those two crazy kids get together and have their H.E.A (e standing for eternity here) but it isn’t what kept me engaged in the story. The observations on humanity are what kept me turning the page. The jumping back and forth in time, done well by the way and not confusing at all, to observe how the human race evolved over time and how one small act can ripple through out time and change the course of humanity for years to come.
This is simply a great read done by a talented author who can weave a complex and fresh story that not only entertains but makes one stop and think for a moment. It is one of those books that I’m better for having read it and you will be too.
My Rating: 5 Stars