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The Afternet
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2011
The ingenious premise gives the author a wide canvas on which to display his undoubted talent. He combines observation and imagination to great effect. The result is a comedic masterpiece, with wit as incessant as the tide, and a satirical undercurrent of cutting social criticism. It is very funny, and the reader will be rewarded by laughter in abundance. The denouement leaves plenty of scope for more, and so we can only hope that the author delivers on his promise of a sequel to this triumphant debut novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2011
Hugely entertaining and wildly funny The Afternet, simply put, is the funniest book I've read in years and quite honestly could easily take the top spot of funniest ever. Filled with somewhat dark yet very endearing and likable characters The Afternet had me in tears (of laughter of course) throughout. Superbly funny story telling right from the start to very finish - British humor at its best! It's been over a week since I've read it and I'm still laughing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2011
Having just re-read this book for the 3rd time I realise that there is a lot more going on than at first meets the eye. The concept overall is quite fantastic - that the afterlife is actually run by a computer and a whole load of clueless Gods (not unlike some organisations I've worked for...)- but the individual scene setting and detail of the characters is priceless. The style of humour is well delivered and some of the situations the author conjures up had me howling too many times to be healthy! I see this being a movie or TV series one day - it would be perfect! You must read it. Oh, and it has made me realise how important simple PC maintenance is... so well worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2011
I feel I can immediately mention Sir Terry* in this review, as his books sprang to mind a lot whilst I was reading this. "The Afternet" is hilarious for those of you out there who like the Discworld series, Visigoths and eyeliner? Genius!! It had me hooked and I read it in one sitting, am still smiling about it!

*Of course I refer to Sir Pratchett, not Wogan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2011
A fascinating read. What a bunch of characters - I'm sure I recognise some of them from my own 'real' life associations, but maybe not quite so dark!
Takes you on a mind-searching journey through the past, present, and future ..... but in that order?
Full of superb wit and humour, which at times catches you off guard - fantastic!!
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on 19 October 2012
I have read a number of good books lately but this one beats the lot, an absolutely splendid book, just so, so, clever and imaginative and very, very funny. Not roll on the floor laughing but there was scarcely a 'page' that went by without a broad smile appearing on my face. The book is set in Purgatory where admissions starts to go seriously wrong when St Peter stomps off in a huff and a computer is brought in to decide whether the newly dead go on to Heaven or Hell. Needless to say it is not long before the computer starts to go wrong as no-one actually understands how it works and the two 'volunteers', one each from Heaven and Hell, who are drafted in to sort out the problem haven't the foggiest idea of even how to begin to get it sorted - or even know what is a computer. Not that they bother doing much and just settle back to enjoy themselves doing nothing until the situation gets so bad after a number of centuries that the Gods give them an ultimatum to sort it out - or else. Then the fun really begins. Having worked in an IT company for many years this part of the story was so true in so many ways, really fun.
The book is not just one story but has a number of sub stories as after thousands of years people from wildly different eras meet and mingle and carry on their lives pretty much as they did when alive. They even all have bodies which look pretty much as they did at the moment of death, albeit they now include the various swords, steering wheels or bullet wounds etc which caused their death. The 'bodies' even drink and eat as before. Marvellous opportunities for weird outcomes and interactions and revelations. I particularly enjoyed the small group of Dark Ages Visigoths encountering some genteel English ladies having a nice cream tea in a tea room - and came away enthusing about scones and jam and cakes. Glorious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2013
What a good book and the sequel is pretty good too. I found I was unable to put both books down as I had to find out what happened to the characters. The only thing that left me disappointed was the number of loose ends. What happens to Ron and Ethel and the Visigoths? do they reach their heaven or go to the warm place? Is this deliberate or is there a further instalment of Afternet planned?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2011
I have not read Terry Pratchett but I imagine Peter Empringham's book to be in similar territory, albeit with completely new ideas. I have however read Douglas Adams and I found the Afternet quite as witty - a book I would recommend strongly to anyone. I regularly laughed out loud and particularly enjoyed the ongoing jokes. A great concept by a new author and I was disappointed to get to the end because the yarn did not weaken in the slightest. The question has to be: how on earth can Mr Empringham follow that? But while I wait with anticipation, thank you!
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on 14 September 2014
This book was bought as i liked others similar, that turn familiar themes upside down and round about.
The idea that a computer system is running in place of St Peter was good. The characters were like able and engaging. Unfortunately, i found the writing to be extremely clunky in places. I feel a good edit of this book would have made it less of a stuttering read. I don't stand as an expert in English as you no doubt can tell by my review however I did feel in places that if even i can see errors.......
Having said that, I did finish it and may consider the next one but not immediately. I would suggest giving it a try.
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on 24 November 2013
Death is not the end......in fact it's not even the beginning of the end in this hilarious and irreverent story about the disastrous attempt to computerise the "final judgement" The Afternet, having been overwhelmed with information it cannot process, has broken down and now the dead from all periods of history and even mythology are rubbing shoulders together in an ever growing limbo. Fans of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and even CS Lewis ( the Great Divorce, The Last Battle) will find much to entertain and ponder on in this clever story and I for one will be buying the sequel.
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