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Sum : forty tales from the afterlives
Eagleman, David.
Adult Fiction EAGLEMA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A clever little book by a neuroscientist translates lofty concepts of infinity and death into accessible human terms. What happens after we die? Eagleman wonders in each of these brief, evocative segments. Are we consigned to replay a lifetime's worth of accumulated acts, as he suggests in "Sum," spending six days clipping your nails or six weeks waiting for a green light? Is heaven a bureaucracy, as in "Reins," where God has lost control of the workload? Will we download our consciousnesses into a computer to live in a virtual world, as suggested in "Great Expectations," where "God exists after all and has gone through great trouble and expense to construct an afterlife for us"? Or is God actually the size of a bacterium, battling good and evil on the "battlefield of surface proteins," and thus unaware of humans, who are merely the "nutritional substrate"? Mostly, the author underscores in "Will-'o-the-Wisp," humans desperately want to matter, and in afterlife search out the "ripples left in our wake." Eagleman's turned out a well-executed and thought-provoking book. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Neuroscientist Eagleman's (www.eagleman.com) highly acclaimed 2009 story collection features 40 brief imaginings about mortality and immortality, the meaning of life and death, beginnings and endings, and the nature of God and the cosmos. Some are witty, others are whimsical; all are glimpses into the maelstrom of human hopes and fears. A dozen top-notch narrators including Brian Eno, Miranda Richardson, Dominic West, Stephen Fry, and the author provide a variety of reading styles. Small bites of food for thought light enough for very short commutes and ideal for lovers of literary fiction, philosophy, or metaphysics.-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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