- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 399 KB
- Print Length: 49 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Irene Soldatos; 2 edition (6 Oct. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O88JXS0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Innocent in the Afterlife Kindle Edition
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The irreverant, comedic take on religion brings an obvious comparison to the Monthy Python films, whilst the cast of minor and major deities is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the newcomer to the afterlife accompanied by a guide is, obviously, very Dante-y.
This is an clever, funny and witty little book that can easily be read in one sitting. Highly recommended indeed.
I want to avoid spoilers, because the step-by-step reveals are one of the best parts, so I will just say that I really liked the angel and his casual attitude, as well as the other people Innocent meets. The pope is of course our hero, and things here get a bit more tricky and conflicted. I found him to be mostly sympathetic (after all he has the benefit of having had only three days of infallibility). He's not an idiot either, although he is a bit shrill at points. I did wonder if more sympathy was needed for him, as the things he truly believed collapsed around him, and I kept going back and forth between "arrogant bastard, serves him right" and "but think about it from his perspective". Perhaps this means the author got it right.
Besides creating its own world and mythology in very few pages, the humour is the strongest point of the book, and it is what won me over- I would love to quote my favourite parts, but I am worried they would be too spoiler-y, and do not want to deprive new readers of the enjoyment of figuring things out. I did however find a few of the jokes cheap shots- when you are writing about the head of the Catholic church there are things that are just too easy to mock, and they do take over some parts of the final scenes.
All in all, this is a great little book and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Personally, I think I enjoyed the Afterlife more than Innocent in it, and I would like to see more of it in the future.
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What I really enjoyed was the great characters and mythological references. Some of characters had accents which is something that a lot of people don't enjoy reading, still I found them very well written (which isn't easy) and enjoyable, however I'm somewhat biased towards written accents (love Pratchett's accents in books).
Wish there was a bit more story to it, than just deconstructing the religious beliefs on the afterlife. But that's what you get sometimes in short stories. Still, it's a very good and short read with lots of witty humour and a lot of interesting references.
Was undecided between a 3 and a 4 star, but decided to go for the 4, because this will probably get some negative reviews from the religous fanatics.
So, if you like religous satire and/or fantasy humour, go ahead and grab a copy. I did it and I don't repent. (See what i did there?)