Tuesday, November 11, 2008

R.I.P. III.......



Although I didn't meet my goal, I thought it was fun to participate in the R.I.P. III challenge at http://stainlesssteeldroppings.com/ I look forward to participating again next year. I found it interesting to read something out of the box of what I would normally choose to read....
The following quote can be found in the beginning of the book, The Brief History Of The Dead......
"Many African societies divide humans into three categories: those still alive on the earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalized ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many... can be recalled by name. But they are not living-dead. There is a difference."
-James Lowen, Lies My teacher Told Me
The Brief History Of The Dead was written by Kevin Brockmeier. The book is actually a combination of two stories that tend to weave in, and out, chapter, by chapter until they ultimately connect with one another in a rather bizarre way. First there is the story of another existence, a sort of half point city, where people find themselves after they die. It is much like living here on earth where people work, eat, hold down jobs, and have relationships with one another. The dead remain in this city until they are no longer remembered by their loved ones and friends back on the earth. When they are no longer thought about they supposedly move on to a different plane. The Brief History Of The Dead is also the story of a young woman named Laura Byrd, a wild life specialist, who is part of a research expedition sent to the antarctic to explore methods of converting polar ice for use in soft drinks. Laura finds herself in the antarctic alone and comes to the realization that she may be the only human being left on the earth. The story depicts her struggles as she tries to find a way to get back to civilization again. As the story progresses the living-dead in the city notice that residents are coming and leaving at a much faster rate until the city actually starts to empty out. As the living-dead attempt to find out what is going on they discover that there has been some sort of terrorist attack on earth where a virus has been planted in Coco Cola bottles. The virus called 'blinks' has reached pandemic levels....
I thought the book was interesting, although, some what depressing. I enjoyed reading it up until the end when it became a little quirky and some what flat for me.....

8 comments:

nikkicrumpet said...

hmmm I think I'll stick to my murder mysteries lol. I hope you have a wonderful evening and a great tomorrow!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Interesting post and very good review!

Smilingsal said...

I feel that I don't need to read something depressing. I like to escape with my books. Choose another one and have some fun!

Shelia said...

Hi, Carol! Well, I'm just reading the other comments and I say I like all books! Even scary ones! Thanks for popping in.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Shellmo said...

The last book sounded interesting - but sounded like it fizzled out in the end for you. Lately I've been reading wildlife / outdoor and survival stories.

Lisa said...

It sounded interesting. I'm like you, it probably wouldn't be something I would just pick up and read, so I'm glad you did now I know what I'm missing. hee hee. I hope you and yours are doing well!!

Paula said...

Yep, I didn't meet my goal either.
School reading took over my RIP reading but I loved the books I did finish, like The Historian,
Excellent book!

I loved your reviews and now I have to add them to my book list!

Paula said...

P.S. I forgot to add this to my last comment;
As a non soda drinker, the idea of wiping out the population through Coca Cola is scary as there are almost more soda drinkers then water drinkers and only a soda company would disturb the polar caps for more soda production.
:)
Still, I am going to have to read that book now.

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