05 April 2006
Book Banter -- The Brief History of the Dead
Title: The Brief History of the Dead
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Length: 252 pages
Genre: literary fiction
Plot Basics: What if the dead didn't go to heaven or hell, but rather to this place called the City, so long as people still living remembered them?
Banter Points: Brockmeier had an interesting concept and this was definitely one of those books that left a reader with that feeling of "huh" at the end. The cover art was really cool and creepy, if that counts for anything.
Bummer Points: Brockmeier jumps around among characters, though he doesn't start it too much until the second half of the book, which makes everything feel disjointed. Also, the pre-supposed idea that the Coca-Cola company had sort of taken over the world felt very hokey.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you are looking for a challenging book, read it. If you want to be entertained, skip it.