Reincarnation Blues

Reincarnation Blues

A Novel

eBook - 2017 | First edition
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A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try?

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to "get it right." Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.

Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn't make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo's lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living--as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he'll never have to leave her side again.

But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle--if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut's, Michael Poore's Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it's more than Milo and Suzie's story. It's your story, too.

Praise for Reincarnation Blues

"The most fun you'll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident." --NPR

"This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life." -- Chicago Review of Books

"Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun." -- New York Journal of Books
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399178498 (electronic bk.)
039917849X (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC POORE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 19, 2019

A lot of short stories.

Oct 30, 2018

Absolutely loved this book. Great pacing - witty - funny and with some great twists. Just an all around wonderful read.

Jan 24, 2018

"Listen," said the Master, coughing. "Don't search the ends of the Earth looking for your happiness. Perfection is being happy with what you are right now."

"What if you're an asshole?" someone called.

The Master offered a weak smile. "I doubt very much," he said, "that many happy people are assholes."


Ten thousand lives. That's all you get. You either gain Perfection and join the Oversoul, or you fade away into Nothing. Milo has spent nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-five of those lives messing it up and he only has five lives left. There's also the Universals - non-human souls that watch over the human ones. Death is one them, but she prefers to be called Suzie.

When Michael and I first started dating, we always joked about how we mesh so well together that we've probably lived other lives together. It's not a personal belief that we hold, but there is something romantic about living ten thousand lives always finding each other.

And that's what I loved about this book. Milo is an interestingly flawed character and each life was an interesting journey. Painful at times, and definitely hard to read, but there were times when he was so close to Perfection he could taste it. But like a lot of us, we fall harder when we're almost there.

I agree with the Master - if you're not happy with who you are then you keep working on yourself until you're happy and maybe that's what perfection is.

KateHillier Oct 26, 2017

Milo has lived nearly 10,000 lives. Most people don't do life over again this often because they eventually reach perfection and join the universe. Milo is in no rush because he enjoys his time and romance between lives with Death (or Suzie as she prefers to be called). This is very loose Buddhism combined with Douglas Adams and it is great fun to watch Milo go through different lives seeing if he'll actually get it right. Especially considering he can't continue as he is forever.


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