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Hereafter and After

Richard Parks

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ISBN 10: 190461986X / ISBN 13: 9781904619864
Published by PS Publishing
Used Condition: VERY GOOD Hardcover
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Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2635486622

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Title: Hereafter and After

Publisher: PS Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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Cover Hereafter, and After Author: Richard Parks Publisher: PS Publishing, 2007 Length: 90 pages ISBN-13: 978-1904619864 Jacob Hallman is an accountant and he is dead, right from the start of the book. In fact it begins with his being welcomed into heaven by an angel named Brendan. But Jake's time in the afterlife is not going to go quite as normally as most. He begins to have revelations, he begins to realise certain truths about the nature of heaven, angels and the Gods. He crosses the Rainbow Bridge and visits Valhalla. He encounters the Gods and heroes of Norse mythology and finds them bored with eternity, eager to interact with someone new and here tales that are new to them, irrespective of their not being particularly heroic tales. And at the request of Odin he travels to the demesne of Hel, the Mistress of the Dead, in order to try to win the freedom of Baldur. And all along the way he continues to have his revelations... This grabbed my attention. It's wonderfully irreverent, taking a skewed look at the afterlife and the gods of Norse mythology and the effect eternity would have on them. Jake is a fairly typical everyman character; there is nothing unusual about him - I mean he was an accountant. And it's this normalcy of our central character that makes this tale work. If we had a big heroic type or a super-intelligent person then it would not work. Making Jake an average guy makes this feel right, and the character comparisons to the gods, angels and demons are all the better for it. Its length also is ideal, Parks has shown a true understanding of the novella length. The idea suits 90 pages perfectly, and the author didn't get tempted to make this into a novel. Trust me, I've read novel-length books with less plot than this novella. -- Holly Schmidt

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