Reviews and Blog Posts: death

Death Becomes Her: New York Times Bestselling Author, Caitlin Doughty, Visits Denver

“Accepting death doesn't mean you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.”
― Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Briony Hatch : a graphic novel

by Ginny Skinner

Briony's life is one long waiting game for the next adventure of her favorite dystopian novel, The Adventures of Starling Black. But it isn't enough to read about Starling, the beautiful spell-casting exorcist. Briony wants to be strong and powerful just like Starling. And when she completes the very last...

Sum : forty tales from the afterlives

by David Eagleman

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In Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, Eagleman explores various possibilities for life after death in short pieces that are at once philosophically and scientifically complex and beautifully poetic. These forty pieces were somehow both stimulating and strangely comforting, not to mention invariably poignant. The only negative comment I could...

Chicken with plums

by Marjane Satrapi

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I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and...

Dark triumph

by Robin LaFevers

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Sybella serves as Death's assassin in an alternate version of 15th century France. She is forced to return to her abusive family in order to complete her most difficult mission. Adventure, political intrigue, love, and deeply disturbing family dynamics are handled deftly in LaFevers' second installment of the His Fair Assassin...

Bloody Chester

by J. T. (John T.) Petty

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Westerns are one of my least favorite genres, I feel like there are a lot of events discussed/drawn that don't necessarily progress the tale. While this isn't always a bad thing, it often feels like a waste of a page to me. I was hoping Bloody Chester would be different...

The shootist

by Glendon Swarthout

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This is a dark read and a great study into the human character.  J. B. Books, the main protagonist, is the shootist or gunfighter and he is dying. This is the story of the end of his life.  The author, Glendon Swarthout‘s use of imagery makes you feel the dust...

The fault in our stars

by John Green

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I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent,...

Cobweb bride

by Vera Nazarian

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In a fictional, Renaissance-era, European country, Death wants a wife and, until he finds her, he's calling a halt to taking souls.  Oh, you can still die, as demonstrated by dismembered soldiers, assassinated princesses and butchered animals, but the spirit remains in your animated corpse.  Despite appearances, this is not...

Life after life : a novel

by Kate Atkinson

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1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to...

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